Legal loophole lets island Britons smoke cannabis

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A newly-discovered legal loophole is allowing Britons to smoke cannabis lawfully.

Residents on Guernsey can smoke the Class B drug for medicinal purposes under a little known clause in the Channel Island’s independent legal system.

Users have to obtain a special licence and prove they are seriously ill before getting the green light to import and possess it. The loophole came to light after a bedridden islander pleaded to be allowed to smoke cannabis legally as relief for chronic neurological pain.

Since then, several more 
people have been given permission.

The Channel Island is a dependency of the British Crown but has its own legal and healthcare systems.