A PRO-DRUGS campaigner is selling cannabis products – from a former police box.
The red box in Glasgow city centre was once used by officers. But now it is being openly used to sell a smoking product derived from cannabis.
Chris Mackenzie – who stood for election last month for the UK’s first pro-cannabis party – is handing out drug-legalisation propaganda from the former police box in Sauchiehall Street. The self-confessed cannabis user is also selling e-cigarette liquids containing one of the active compounds found in the plant.
The 26-year-old claims his £30 ‘vape oils’ – which apparently contain cannabidiol (CBD), an extract from the cannabis plant– can treat a range of medical conditions, including cancer, epilepsy and diabetes.
He joked with undercover reporters last week: ‘There’s some irony in selling cannabis products from a
‘It gives you chilled effect but it’s legal’
Cannabis is a class B drug meaning it it is illegal to possess.
Anyone found with the drug could be imprisoned for up to five years while supplying it can be punished with a 14-year jail sentence or an unlimited fine.
The penalty depends on the amount of the drug, the person's criminal history and other aggravating or mitigating factors.
Police can also issue a warning or an on-the-spot fine of £90 to someone found with cannabis.
Alternatively, officers could issue a cannabis warning which goes on a person's record but is not revealed by a standard criminal records check.
Of the 16,101 convictions for cannabis possession in the UK in 2016, 292 were jailed.
The legality of recreational use is not up for debate, the government has said.
What is medicinal cannabis?
Cannabis also contains cannabidiol (CBD) which scientists are investigating as a medical treatment.
CBD-based treatments have shown some promising results for reducing seizures in children with severe epilepsies.
Medical trials have largely focused on pharmacological preparations.