AS New York becomes the 16th American state to decriminalise the use of marijuana and countries around the world are changing their approach on use of the drug, campaigners are calling for the UK to overhaul its laws – at a time when Scotland’s drugs deaths have been revealed to be the highest in the world.
What happened in New York?
The US State’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, signed a a bill at the start of the week that decriminalises the use of marijuana in the state and also expunges the records of some people convicted on cannabis-related charges.
The new bill means that the penalty for possessing less than an ounce of marijuana is a $50 fine. A person caught in possession of one to two ounces can be punished by a fine of $200.
What motivated the move there?
Targeting the black market is one reason. Cuomo also said that “Communities of colour have been disproportionately impacted by laws governing marijuana for far too long, and today we are…