Would the SNP legalise marijuana?
The law relating to the definition and control of drugs is reserved to the UK Parliament, therefore this is not a matter the Scottish Parliament has looked at in detail.
In 2009, there were 545 drug-related deaths in Scotland. Of this total, 322 deaths (59%) were related to heroin and/or morphine.
As part of its responsibility for the Criminal Justice system, the Scottish Government has addressed the issue of how to deal with people caught up in the system because of their misuse of drugs.
The government’s approach was spelled out in a report ‘The Road to Recovery‘ published in May 2008.
This report, and the background reports feeding into it, is a good starting point to understand Scotland’s relationship to illegal drugs and how we can address the problems.