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Cannabis: Penalty Notices

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the maximum quantity of cannabis of which an individual may be found in possession is before it would be considered appropriate to issue a penalty notice for disorder according to his Department’s guidelines. (249535)

Penalty notices for disorder are not currently available in respect of possession of cannabis. When, subject to parliamentary approval, penalty notices for disorder become available for this offence, the Secretary of State will issue guidance under section 6 of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 about their appropriate use.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when his Department’s consultation on the use of penalty notices for disorder for cannabis possession offences was launched; and to whom the relevant consultation document was sent. (250890)

The proposal that cannabis possession should be added to the penalty notice for disorder scheme was made public in October 2008. There was no formal consultation document.