A North Wales police boss is backing plans for new “cannabis cards” for medicinal users which would effectively decriminalise the drug.
The region’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Arfon Jones, a long-term advocate of drugs reform, believes it would free millions of sick people from the fear of being prosecuted.
It is estimated that over a million people regularly use cannabis, a Class B controlled drug, to help them cope with the pain and anxiety caused by illnesses including cancer, depression, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis.
Mr Jones is supporting a call from the National Police Chiefs Council, the body that represents Chief Constables in the UK, to give the new system the green light.
The council is working with the organisers of the cards to design and implement it and the Police Federation which represents rank and file police officers, is also behind the scheme.
The card would identify them as a ‘registered medical cannabis patient’ and prevent them…