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McConnell backs prosecution for cannabis possession

Tom Gordon, The Herald, 5th September 2006

Jack McConnell yesterday reminded police that cannabis possession is a crime, after it emerged some forces are giving warnings to adults caught with the drug instead of passing on cases for prosecution.

The First Minister said he was "very keen" that people were prosecuted. "Cannabis is illegal and nobody in Scotland should ever get the impression otherwise," he said.

His comments followed The Herald's revelation on Saturday that some police forces, in collaboration with the Crown Office, are piloting warnings for possession of cannabis worth less than £15.

The arrangement has been criticised by anti-drugs campaigners, anxious that it sends out the wrong message about use of the class C drug.

Mr McConnell said he would not dictate to the police or fiscals, but wanted their actions to be "proportionate".

Jack McConnell yesterday reminded police that cannabis possession is a crime, after it emerged some forces are giving warnings to adults caught with the drug instead of passing on cases for prosecution.

The First Minister said he was "very keen" that people were prosecuted. "Cannabis is illegal and nobody in Scotland should ever get the impression otherwise," he said.

His comments followed The Herald's revelation on Saturday that some police forces, in collaboration with the Crown Office, are piloting warnings for possession of cannabis worth less than £15.

The arrangement has been criticised by anti-drugs campaigners, anxious that it sends out the wrong message about use of the class C drug.

Mr McConnell said he would not dictate to the police or fiscals, but wanted their actions to be "proportionate".

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