§ Mr. Terry Fields
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information he has as to the extent of the availability and illicit consumption of the drug sinsemilla, a derivative of the cannabis plant; what steps he proposes to take to control the incidence of this drug; if he will call for reports from chief constables as to the numbers of prosecutions of persons alleged to be dealing in this drug or to have exhibited posters offering it for sale; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Mellor
We have no evidence at present that sinsemilla is available on any significant scale in the United Kingdom. As a form of cannabis it is already controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and there are adequate powers to deal with persons who deal in it or who offer it for sale. My right hon. Friend has no plans, in the short term, for calling for special reports from chief constables, but we shall ensure that the Home Office drugs inspectorate monitors the situation.