The Magistrate's Blog (2005-2012)

This blog has migrated to www.magistratesblog.blogspot.co.uk This blog is anonymous, and Bystander's views are his and his alone. Where his views differ from the letter of the law, he will enforce the letter of the law because that is what he has sworn to do. If you think that you can identify a particular case from one of the posts you are wrong. Enough facts are changed to preserve the truth of the tale but to disguise its exact source.

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The blog is written by a retired JP, with over 30 years' experience on the Bench.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Going to Pot Again

Steve has kindly sent me this link. I have blogged before about cannabis, and I shall be interested to see how the debate turns out. A good friend of mine will be a delegate at the conference, so I might ring him up for a bit of quiet lobbying.

For what it's worth, I am as concerned as the next man about the prevalence of high strength cannabis, especially now that we are becoming aware of possible links to psychotic damage from the drug, but this proposal seems unlikely to help. The use of cannabis is endemic among many young and quite a few not-so-young people and in most cases detection is unlikely. To fiddle around with classification will deter no-one, and the gesture value will also be nil.