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Cannabis Production - 1363/20

Date Responded 21 September 2020

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked:

Subject: Evidence Pertaining To Charges Under MODA 1971

I write to you under the Freedom of Information act 2000 to request four pieces of information/evidence that would be the foundation of any criminal charges relating to cannabis production and supply in the UK.

  1. FOUNDATION EVIDENCE for the claim that all genus of cannabis meet the currently accepted criteria for a schedule 1 substance in its raw form.
  2. FOUNDATION EVIDENCE for the claim that cannabinoid preparations meet the currently accepted criteria for a schedule 1 substance.
  3. FOUNDATION EVIDENCE for claim that cannabis is a 'controlled' substance in the UK and which government department is making that claim.
  4. FOUNDATION EVIDENCE for what is considered misuse of raw cannabis and its various preparations.

By foundation evidence, I mean the imperical evidence which demonstrates that cannabis meets the criteria for the schedule 1 status as legislated for (Schedule I drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse), evidence that cannabis is more harmful than substances/chemicals of lower schedules (2-5) and the evidence you hold from the ACMD which justifies the Class B penalty classification.

In Response:

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted within Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is not held by Northumbria Police.

We hold no information relevant to any of your queries above.

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