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Cannabis Campaigners Decry Islanders' Jail Terms

Campaigners for cannabis law reforms have slammed the jailing of two islanders for growing and supplying the drug, which they said was for medical reasons.

Michael Clarke, who is 68, has been handed a four year prison term, while 35 year old mum-of-three Lucia Pagliarone got three years.

Peter Reynolds, from the UK Cannabis Law Reform group CLEAR has called the pair's punishments 'savage.. in a jurisdiction which is now exploiting the legal cannabis market'.

"There's no doubt that a crime has been committed. But I think three years and fours in jail, for this crime, is completely disproportionate."

"The law is wrong. The law has been an ass on cannabis for many years, for about 100 years, and it's time we put the thing back in proportion. This is a plant that grows in your garden. There are many plants that grow in gardens that are far more dangerous and far more poisonous than cannabis." 

 

End Cannabis Prohibition Jersey says the prison sentences handed down are 'not right':

Caregiver Clarke had said he had initially started growing the drug in the basement of his St Peter Port home to help his wife, who is in a wheelchair.

Pagliarone  - who founded the Guernsey Drug Strategy Campaign and has previously stood unsuccessfully for election to Guernsey's States - said she used it and sold it to others as a medicine. 

Her partner  Christopher Burnet got a suspended 19 month term for his lesser part in the drug's supply.

It comes as the States are due to consider a review of the legal status of cannabis.  T

The Royal Court said it was bound by existing legislation in passing sentence.

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