On September 27th the Medicinal Cannabis Reform Scotland (MCRS) group met with MSP’s, representatives of the Scottish Governments Substance Misuse Unit, and representatives of Police Scotland, to present the case for urgent action on medicinal cannabis reform in Scotland. The meeting was chaired by Anna Ross of SDPC with the aim of securing agreement on a further meeting to discuss how to take it forward, and the establishment of a Scottish focused expert panel on cannabis in Scotland.
The meeting saw 4 medicinal cannabis users present their stories on how cannabis has helped them, and discussion on how Scotland can start to move forward within the current legislative framework. There was very positive responses from all those involved, and a recognition that this is an issue that needs to be addressed by Scottish institutions, particularly in creating cross party discussions, and greater collaboration between the different institutions involved in policy implementation.
Going forward there is a meeting in December to bring more stakeholders together to discuss the challenges and ideas on how to move forward, and an agreement that a Scotland focused expert panel, or something similar, should be considered.
The full record of discussion can be found here.