A north-east alcohol and drug organisation has launched a survey to gauge views on the legalisation of cannabis.
Aberdeenshire Alcohol and Drug Partnership (ADP) has created the questionnaire which targets residents and medical professionals.
According to ADP, 10.4% of substance users who work with the partnership said their main drug usage was the Class B drug.
On the survey, the partnership said: “Views about drug regulation are changing across the UK.
“ADP would welcome hearing your views in order to inform the partnership’s position about the legal status of cannabis.
“This survey aims to collect the views of ADP members, community members and key partners such as GPs, educators and police.”
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Medicinal use of cannabis is to be legalised in the UK this autumn.
However, ADP also emphasised potential dangers of cannabis use, stating that frequent heavy use can result in a higher risk of developing a psychotic illness.
They said: “Cannabis is the most frequently used recreational drug after alcohol, caffeine and tobacco. It is the most widely used illicit drug in Aberdeenshire.
“About 10% of regular users become addicted. Most cannabis sold illegally in the UK is super-strength according to an analysis of samples seized by the police.
“It is thought that people who use cannabis with high levels of THC, particularly in adolescence, have a higher than average risk of developing a psychotic illness.”
ADP has stated that they have launched the survey due to the changing opinion surrounding cannabis use in the UK.
They said: “Given the topical nature of the debate, the ADP would like to establish an Aberdeenshire position in anticipation of the need to express an informed view at some stage.”
To take part in the survey visit bit.ly/2xK2jxZ