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Drug Law Reform

  • Submitted by: Elena Whitham, Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Scottish National Party.
  • Date lodged: Monday, 18 September 2023
  • Motion reference: S6M-10490
  • Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, 19 September 2023

That the Parliament believes that every life lost through drugs is a tragedy and recognises that behind each statistic is a grieving family and community; agrees that the scale of the drug deaths emergency in Scotland requires the Scottish Government to use every lever at its disposal to save and improve lives using the best available evidence; further agrees that the principles of the Scottish Government's national mission should be rooted in a human rights informed, public health approach, not a criminal justice one; believes that the support for people with substance dependency should be in parity with other health conditions, removing unnecessary stigma and discrimination; supports the calls for an urgent review of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 to fully align the law with the public health response outlined in the Scottish Government paper, A Caring, Compassionate and Human Rights Informed Drug Policy for Scotland, of which decriminalising drugs for personal use is one part, and agrees that the Scottish Government should work constructively with the UK Government to either amend the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 or devolve the powers to Scotland to draft its own drugs legislation that better reflects international best practice.


Supported by: Humza Yousaf

Vote

Result 66 for, 45 against, 0 abstained, 18 did not vote Vote Passed

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Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

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Scottish Liberal Democrats

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Defeated amendments

Motion ref. S6M-10490.1

Submitted by: Sue Webber, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date lodged: Monday, September 18, 2023

Current status: Taken in the chamber on Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Result 28 for, 66 against, 17 abstained, 18 did not vote Vote Defeated


Motion ref. S6M-10490.3

Submitted by: Jackie Baillie, Dumbarton, Scottish Labour, Date lodged: Monday, September 18, 2023

Current status: Taken in the chamber on Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Result 21 for, 90 against, 0 abstained, 18 did not vote Vote Defeated


Amendments that have not been voted on

Motion ref. S6M-10490.2

Submitted by: Alex Cole-Hamilton, Edinburgh Western, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date lodged: Monday, September 18, 2023

Current status: Taken in the chamber on Tuesday, September 19, 2023