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Dear Norfolk Police and Crime Panel,

I wish to request, under the Freedom of Information Act (2000), the following from your Constabulary, Commissioner, or Panel:

1) a copy of the Constabulary's policy or procedure for the verification of the legitimate possession and use of prescribed medical cannabis/cannabis-based prescription medicine (CBPM);
2) if the Constabulary does not have a local policy regarding this, could you please confirm that the Home Office guidance is adhered to by the Constabulary - namely that someone claiming the legitimate possession and use of medical cannabis will be expected to produce: the original medication container complete with the pharmacy dispensing label bearing the name of the patient; with either a copy of their FP10 prescription or a letter from the prescribing clinician; and a form of recognised photo ID (such as a passport, driving licence, or a PASS accredited photocard) bearing the same name as displayed on the dispensing label and the copy of the FP10 or clinician's letter;
3) if your Constabulary does not have a policy relating to this, could you please provide the Constabulary's policy regarding compliance with the PSED (Public Sector Equality Duty), especially with regards to the avoidance of discrimination against disabled people for the legitimate possession and use of a prescribed medication;
4) a copy of any internal briefing documents provided to police officers regarding the existence of - and the process for the verification of - prescribed medical cannabis flower or other CBPM's following the Home Office Circular 2018: 'Rescheduling of cannabis-based
products for medicinal use in humans' and The Misuse of Drugs (Amendments) (Cannabis and Licence Fees) (England, Wales and Scotland) Regulations 2018 which allowed the prescribing of medical cannabis (CBPM);
5) the named lead for the Constabulary for matters pertaining to the verification of medical cannabis (CBPM);
6) the Constabulary's policy or position relating to the recognition of unaccredited card schemes such as Cancard or MedCannID, if such a policy exists.

The above information will be invaluable to patients in receipt of medical cannabis and will ensure a wider understanding and subsequent compliance with the expectations of your Constabulary. It is clearly in the public interest to ensure that medical cannabis patients are aware of local policies and procedures and can comply accordingly, so that finite police resources are not spent on the avoidable and potentially unlawful arrest of patients in receipt of legitimately prescribed medical cannabis medication (CBPM's).

Many thanks, and I look forward to receiving your response.

Yours faithfully,

Aharon Shimon

Information Management, Norfolk Police and Crime Panel

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Freedom of Information, Norfolk Police and Crime Panel

DearAharon Shimon,

Freedom of Information Act 2000/Environmental Information Regulations 2004 Information Request ENQ-549675-W3M4Y2

Thank you for your request for information received on 22/03/2022.

We have up to 20 working days in which to deal with your request.

If we require clarification of your request we will contact you to explain this, and the 20 working-day period will then start from the day that we receive your clarification.

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If the requested information contains references to any third parties, we may need to seek their views before we can decide whether or not to release the information to you. In such cases we will not share your own personal details with third parties.

Should you have any queries regarding your request, please contact the team by email at [email address] or by telephone on 01603 222661.

Yours sincerely

Information Governance Service Assistant
Complaints Team
Strategy and Transformation Department
South Wing , Ground Floor

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Dear Aharon Shimon

 

Freedom of Information Request ENQ- 549675-W3M4Y2

 

I refer to your request for information dated  22 March 2022.

 

You asked for:

 

1) a copy of the Constabulary's policy or procedure for the verification
of the legitimate possession and use of prescribed medical
cannabis/cannabis-based prescription medicine (CBPM);

2) if the Constabulary does not have a local policy regarding this, could
you please confirm that the Home Office guidance is adhered to by the
Constabulary - namely that someone claiming the legitimate possession and
use of medical cannabis will be expected to produce: the original
medication container complete with the pharmacy dispensing label bearing
the name of the patient; with either a copy of their FP10 prescription or
a letter from the prescribing clinician; and a form of recognised photo ID
(such as a passport, driving licence, or a PASS accredited photocard)
bearing the same name as displayed on the dispensing label and the copy of
the FP10 or clinician's letter;

3) if your Constabulary does not have a policy relating to this, could you
please provide the Constabulary's policy regarding compliance with the
PSED (Public Sector Equality Duty), especially with regards to the
avoidance of discrimination against disabled people for the legitimate
possession and use of a prescribed medication;

4) a copy of any internal briefing documents provided to police officers
regarding the existence of - and the process for the verification of -
prescribed medical cannabis flower or other CBPM's following the Home
Office Circular 2018: 'Rescheduling of cannabis-based products for
medicinal use in humans' and The Misuse of Drugs (Amendments) (Cannabis
and Licence Fees) (England, Wales and Scotland) Regulations 2018 which
allowed the prescribing of medical cannabis (CBPM);

5) the named lead for the Constabulary for matters pertaining to the
verification of medical cannabis (CBPM);

6) the Constabulary's policy or position relating to the recognition of
unaccredited card schemes such as Cancard or MedCannID, if such a policy
exists.

 

 

Our response:

 

The County Council does not hold the information that you have requested.

 

I understand, however that you can obtain the information from

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Yours sincerely,

Information Compliance Officer

Strategy and Transformation

Dept: 01603 222661

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