Scots drug possession stats prompt calls for fresh approach to cannabis
Calls for a 'regulated cannabis market' after drugs stats for 2016/17 are published
CANNABIS accounted for over 60 per cent of Scottish drug possession crimes in 2016/17 according to official statistics, prompting calls from Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton for the introduction of a "regulated cannabis market".
Powers over drug laws are reserved to Westminster, but Cole-Hamilton has said the "war on drugs" is costing millions but not working, suggesting government adopt "ground-breaking" Lib Dem plans for a regulated cannabis market.
National Union of Journalists condemns Ruth Davidson's call for RT to be banned
Banning the Russian-funded news organisation would be “an extreme step” and “would put the livelihoods of journalists at risk”
THE NATIONAL UNION OF JOURNALISTS (NUJ) has hit back at Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson’s recent call for the Russian-funded broadcaster RT to be banned in the UK, saying that “journalism and journalists should not be banned”.
Liberal campaign leader Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP reported by police over election spending
Police act on alleged criminality by Liberal Democrat MSP in spending row
UP AND COMING Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton has been reported to the Procurator Fiscal over allegation’s his campaign in Edinburgh Western in 2016 broke electoral spending laws.
The decision for the police to submit a formal report following months of investigations into allegations of improper reporting of expenditure by the LibDems in the run-up to the vote in May of last year.
LISTEN: Podcast with Edinburgh Western candidates Alex Cole-Hamilton and Toni Giugliano
#sp16 candidates for the SNP and Liberal Democrats chat to CommonSpace reporter David Thomson
AS part of our ongoing Scottish parliamentary election coverage, we caught up with Edinburgh Western candidates Alex Cole-Hamilton (Scottish Liberal Democrats) and Toni Giugliano (SNP).
Topics discussed include the closure of 17 PPP-funded schools in Edinburgh after safety concerns; social care for children and young people; the Scottish Government's Named Persons scheme; mental health; and climate change.