Scotland can support people addicted to drugs:

  • Decriminalisation. We believe that the criminalisation of drug use creates more harm than managed and regulated supplies. It ties up much police time and decades of effort have failed to eradicate drug use from society. Green MSPs will support the decriminalisation of the cultivation and possession of cannabis for personal use, and decriminalisation of possession of drugs that grow wild in the UK.
  • Licensing, enforcement and treatment. We will support licensing for the supply of cannabis and propose that other currently illicit drugs required as part of a programme of treatment for addiction are supplied through pharmacist-run treatment centres. Enforcement of existing laws should prioritise targeting major illicit suppliers, and penalties should reflect accurate assessment of harm. And Green MSPs will advocate for increased investment in drug and alcohol treatment programmes.