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Scottish National Party Supports Marijuana Decriminalization

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The Scottish National Party (SNP) met recently for their annual conference. While many topics were discussed, their discussion regarding medical marijuana is turning heads.

SNP stated they support the decriminalization of marijuana for medical use, says a report from the Independent, a UK news organization.

Conference attendees heard a speech from Laura Brenna-Whitefield that brought many of the issues surrounding the use of medical marijuana to light.

“It has become very clear to me over these last nine years that many people living with MS have been using cannabis to help with the symptoms of that condition. In fact, it’s one of the worst kept secrets at the hospital,” said Brenna-Whitefield, according to the report. “I don’t think someone who is in pain should be criminalized for trying to ease that pain.”

First Minister of Scotland and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon also called for the party to reconsider their views on medical marijuana. “Cannabis is not a harmless substance. I am not in favour of general decriminalisation but I do think there is a specific case for medicinal use,” Sturgeon said, according to the Courier.

The movement was opposed by Councillor Audrey Doig who fears pain management with marijuana would only lead to people seeking harder drugs or medication, says the Scotsman.  

SNP also called for the UK to continue the discussion of medical marijuana.

Cannabis is currently considered a Class B drug. Possession charges can lead to up to five years in prison.

You can view highlights from Nicola Sturgeon’s keynote speech here.

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