It has come to light by ‘the Times’ that approximately 500 people per month in Scotland are not being prosecuted for being caught with cannabis. There has been criticism of the police for using a soft approach but Police Scotland have stated there are benefits of using the current system of police warnings.
The current system, although used increasing frequently, sets out that if a person is caught twice in three months a report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal’s office. Cannabis remains a Class B drug in Scotland.  The Scottish Conservative justice spokesman, has said in light of these findings: “It isn’t a ‘soft drug’ as some would have you believe. It funds a black market which floods Scotland with all kinds of lethal substances. Research links cannabis to mental illness.”