This week, End Cannabis Prohibition Jersey met with Max Andrews, who is standing for election as Deputy in St Helier North (District 4), and Piers Sangan, who is standing in Grouville and St Martin (District 9).
As with all of ECPJ's meetings so far, our presentation was well received by both candidates. We hope that if elected, they will be receptive to cannabis reform in the next term of the States Assembly.
The various Scrutiny Panels published Legacy Reports this week, summarising the work they've undertaken over the current term along with suggestions for future work.
It was disappointing to find that there was no mention of the substance use strategy in the Legacy Reports of either the Children, Education and Home Affairs or the Health and Social Security Panels. The development of the new Drug and Alcohol Strategy needs to be priority of the next Government.
Medicinal cannabis is suggested as an area of future work in the Legacy Reports of both the Economic and International Affairs and Environment, Housing and Infrastructure Scrutiny Panels.
Reference is made to the possibility of a follow up review of the cultivation industry to focus on environmental and planning aspects, as well as suggestions for the Health and Social Security Panel to undertake a review of the prescription of medicinal cannabis. These suggestions align with our recommendations to review medicinal cannabis use in the Island, and to ensure effective governance and oversight of the industry.
By proactively engaging with candidates on the subject of cannabis reform, End Cannabis Prohibition Jersey is advising and educating election candidates on issues that will be on the agenda of the next States Assembly.
The time is right for a progressive and ambitious approach to cannabis.
À bétôt et à la préchaine,
The ECPJ Team.