Teen arrested on suspicion of possession at pro-cannabis protest

By Gary Adair

A 15-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of possession of a class B-controlled drug at a pro-cannabis protest in Londonderry.

Protestors had gathered at Guildhall in Derry as part of a UK-wide campaign to call for an end of the criminalisation of cannabis users. Eamonn McCann, a former People before Profit MLA, said that "it is illegality that makes cannabis dangerous" and that "the law needs to change". The PSNI patrolled the event and exercised powers under the Misuse of Drugs Act to search a number of people attending the protest. A 15-year-old was arrested on suspicion of possession and was held in custody overnight, and another 17-year-old was taken home.

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