The Scottish government says people caught with small amounts of marijuana should pay immediate fines.
In a report, the government recommends those caught with small amounts of cannabis receive a ticket with a $67 fine on the spot, The Scotsman reported Wednesday.
"This was felt to be a proportionate means of dealing with a minor offense which would also save a lot of police time," the report said.
Of police officers surveyed, 83 percent said they backed spot fines for people caught with small amounts of marijuana, the report said.
The report also recommended such fixed-penalty tickets for minor thefts and minor assaults.
Scottish police already issue such tickets for offenses like public drunkenness and disturbing the peace. From April 2007 to March 2009, officers issued 65,490 tickets, the government says.
Safety Minister Fergus Ewing said issuing the tickets for minor offenses had saved officers thousands of hours.
"Our police officers are punishing low-level antisocial behavior swiftly and effectively, hitting perpetrators in their pockets," Ewing said.
November 25, 2009