Force Policy on Possession of Cannabis and Members of the Public who possess a Cancard™

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Dear Northamptonshire Police,

I am writing to respectfully make a request in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

My request is as follows:-

1. Please can you make disclosure of any force policies, procedures and/or guidance documents which refer to and/or detail the forces position in relation to dealing with members of the public who are found to be in possession of cannabis for personal use (including where the person believes in its assistance in alleviating medical conditions).

2. Please can you confirm the forces policy in relation to any member of the public who presents with a Cancard™ upon being questioned, detained and/or arrested for offences relating to the possession of cannabis for personal use (including where the person believes in its assistance in alleviating medical conditions).

3. Please can you confirm the number of people a) arrested and b) convicted in accordance with s.5(1) of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 within your force area for the Year ending March 2022 and September 2014.

For clarity, I can confirm that Cancard™ is a medical ID card, recognised by the police. It is a validated indication to any third-party that someone is consuming cannabis for medical reasons.

If I am able to provide any further information in support of this request, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours faithfully
Mr Ryan Jarvis

Freedom of Information,

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Dear Ryan,

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT - FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - REQUEST FOR
INFORMATION - Our Ref: 005237/22

 

With reference to your e-mail received on 20/09/2022 requesting the
following information:

 

1. Please can you make disclosure of any force policies, procedures and/or
guidance documents which refer to and/or detail the forces position in
relation to dealing with members of the public who are found to be in
possession of cannabis for personal use (including where the person
believes in its assistance in alleviating medical conditions).

 

2. Please can you confirm the forces policy in relation to any member of
the public who presents with a Cancard™ upon being questioned, detained
and/or arrested for offences relating to the possession of cannabis for
personal use (including where the person believes in its assistance in
alleviating medical conditions).

 

3. Please can you confirm the number of people a) arrested and b)
convicted in accordance with s.5(1) of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 within
your force area for the Year ending March 2022 and September 2014.

 

For clarity, I can confirm that Cancard™ is a medical ID card, recognised
by the police. It is a validated indication to any third-party that
someone is consuming cannabis for medical reasons.

 

Every effort will be made to ensure that you receive an appropriate
response on time, however please note it is not always possible to be able
to complete the response to your request within 20 working days.

 

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I have provided the relevant link below.

 

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Joanna Armson | C0985 | Information Sharing Researcher

Information Assurance | Professional Standards Department

( Telephone: 101 ext 347185 (if calling from outside of Northamptonshire,
please call 03000 111 222)
: Email: [2][email address]
+ Address: Force HQ, Wootton Hall, Mereway, Northampton, NN4 0JQ

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Good afternoon,

 

CLARIFICATION REQUEST - FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - REQUEST FOR
INFORMATION - Our Ref: 005237/22

 

With reference to your e-mail received on 20/09/2022 requesting the
following information:

 

 1. Please can you make disclosure of any force policies, procedures
and/or guidance documents which refer to and/or detail the forces
position in relation to dealing with members of the public who are
found to be in possession of cannabis for personal use (including
where the person believes in its assistance in alleviating medical
conditions).
 2. Please can you confirm the forces policy in relation to any member of
the public who presents with a Cancard™ upon being questioned,
detained and/or arrested for offences relating to the possession of
cannabis for personal use (including where the person believes in its
assistance in alleviating medical conditions).
 3. Please can you confirm the number of people a) arrested and b)
convicted in accordance with s.5(1) of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971
within your force area for the Year ending March 2022 and September
2014.

 

For clarity, I can confirm that Cancard™ is a medical ID card, recognised
by the police. It is a validated indication to any third-party that
someone is consuming cannabis for medical reasons.

 

We have been asked to seek clarification of your request:

 

For question 3 - please can you confirm the dates that you require?

 

We are unable to work out what you mean by ‘…..within your force area for
the Year ending March 2022 and September 2014’:

 

Do you require:

1.      1 January 2022 to 31 March 2022, AND, 1 January 2014 to 30
September 2014? or

2.      Each year between September 2014 and March 2022 (i.e. 1 September
2014 to 31 March 2022)?

3.      1 March 2022 to 30 September 2022? or

4.      Do you require a different date parameter?

 

To enable us to proceed with your request I would be grateful if you could
provide the requested clarification within 40 working days of this
correspondence. If you choose not to respond then your request will be
closed.

 

Kind regards

 

Mrs Singy Bagniuk | C0166 | Information Sharing Researcher

Information Assurance | Professional Standards

Tel : 101 | Ext. 348736 (If calling from outside of Northamptonshire,
please call 03000 111 222)

Address : Force Headquarters | Wootton Hall | Wootton Hall Park |
Northampton | NN4 0JQ

The content of this email should be treated as OFFICIAL - SENSITIVE unless
otherwise indicated

 

Dear Northamptonshire Police,

Thank you for your email in relation to the FOIA request submitted by me on the 17 Sep 2022.

I can confirm the following:-

The dates in question relate to 1 Jan 2022 to 31 Mar 2022, AND, 1 Jan 2014 to 30 Sep 2014.

If I am able to provide any further information in support of this request, please let me know.

Yours sincerely,

Ryan Jarvis

Freedom of Information,

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Dear Ryan Jarvis    

 

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - REQUEST FOR INFORMATION Our Ref: 005237/22

 

With reference to your e-mail received 20/09/2022 requesting information
as reproduced below:

 

1. Please can you make disclosure of any force policies, procedures and/or
guidance documents which refer to and/or detail the forces position in
relation to dealing with members of the public who are found to be in
possession of cannabis for personal use (including where the person
believes in its assistance in alleviating medical conditions).

 

2. Please can you confirm the forces policy in relation to any member of
the public who presents with a Cancard™ upon being questioned, detained
and/or arrested for offences relating to the possession of cannabis for
personal use (including where the person believes in its assistance in
alleviating medical conditions).

 

3. Please can you confirm the number of people a) arrested and b)
convicted in accordance with s.5(1) of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 within
your force area for the Year ending March 2022 and September 2014.

 

Clarification

The dates in question relate to 1 Jan 2022 to 31 Mar 2022, AND, 1 Jan 2014
to 30 Sep 2014

 

I can confirm that Northamptonshire Police holds the information requested
in the attached.

 

I trust you find this information to be satisfactory but if you have any
further queries please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Northamptonshire Police provides a review and appeals procedure within the
terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. If you decide to make an
appeal and, having followed the full process you are still dissatisfied,
you will then have the right to direct your comments to the Information
Commissioner who will give due consideration to the matter. See Appendix
'a' attached.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Gemma Barrie | C1374

Senior Freedom of Information Officer and Researcher

Enabling Services – Northamptonshire Police, Northamptonshire Fire and
Rescue Service and Northamptonshire OPFCC

Telephone: 101 | Ext No. 343701/341171 – (if calling from outside
Northamptonshire, please call 0300 111 222)

Email: [1][email address]

Address: Force Headquarters, Wootton Hall, Wootton Hall Park, Northampton
NN4 0JQ

[2]www.northants.police.uk   [3]www.northantspfcc.org.uk  
[4]www.northantsfire.gov.uk

 

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