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Live Reporting

Alun Jones and Nia Harri

All times stated are UK

  1. Hwyl

    That's it from the Siambr for today.

    Senedd Live returns on Tuesday 23 January.

    Senedd
  2. Short Debate: The robots are coming

    The topic chosen for the Short Debate by Lee Waters (Llanelli) is "The robots are coming – Wales needs a plan for automation".

    Robots
  3. Motion on cannabis for medicinal purposes approved

    AMs approve the motion calling on the Welsh Government to "ask the UK Government to reschedule cannabis for medicinal purposes".

    the vote
  4. Welsh Government rejects five recommendations

    Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services Vaughan Gething sets out the Welsh Government's response to the report, which can be seen in detail here.

    Five recommendations are rejected.

  5. Health, Social Care and Sport Committee's report

    We move on to a debate on the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee's report on primary care clusters.

    Committee Chair Dai Lloyd presents the report which has 16 recommendations, the first of which is that:

    "The Welsh Government should publish a refreshed model for primary care clusters which restates a clearly defined vision for them from the beginning of the new financial year".

    Dai Lloyd
  6. Welsh Government 'will continue to take an evidence-based approach'

    Health Secretary Vaughan Gething says the motion raises more questions than answers, and the government will not be supporting it.

    He says the Welsh Government will continue to take an evidence-based approach on which medicines could and should be made available.

    He suggests the motion proposes circumventing existing approval systems for medicines.

    "Just because states in the United States do this does not mean we should just follow," he adds.

    Vaughan Gething
  7. Raw cannabis 'could and would be abused'

    Darren Millar thinks raw cannabis "could and would be abused and be dangerous in our society in Wales".

    Darren Millar
  8. Unethical that people are being driven to break the law

    It is unethical that people are being driven to break the law to relieve their pain, says Mohammad Asghar.

    Mohammad Asghar
  9. 'Needs to be more research on the effects of long-term use of cannabis'

    UKIP's Caroline Jones says there needs to be more research on the effects of the long-term use of cannabis before it is said to be safe for medical use.

    Caroline Jones
  10. 'Medicinal cannabis can be regulated'

    Leanne Wood says Wales needs to adopt a position on medicinal cannabis - she argues that people living with MS are forced to buy cannabis illegally.

    She takes objection to a Welsh Government spokesperson's comment that: "Using an illegal raw drug of unknown quality is not how we want to provide medicines."

    Ms Wood says the whole point of medicinal cannabis is that it is not a raw drug and means it can be regulated.

    Leanne Wood
  11. Not about legalising the drug for recreational use

    Mike Hedges makes it clear it is not about legalising the drug for recreational use.

    Tackling the issue of whether prescription of cannabis would set a precedent, he highlights that opium-based drugs are available on prescription.

    Mike Hedges
  12. 'Forced to utilize street dealers'

    Mark Isherwood says access to a reputable supply of cannabis is a "real issue" for medicinal users, and some who do use it are "forced to utilize street dealers".

    He adds he knows of arthritis sufferers who have used cannabis to manage their condition.

    He quotes veteran Labour MP saying the "tide of world opinion is moving towards legalising cannabis".

    Mark Isherwood
  13. Member Debate under Standing Order 11.21(iv)

    Next, four AMs lead a debate about medical marijuana.

    Mark Isherwood (North Wales)Leanne Wood (Rhondda)Mike Hedges (Swansea East)Rhun ap Iorwerth (Ynys Môn)

    call on the Welsh Government to ask the UK government to reschedule cannabis for medicinal purposes.

    Cannabis is currently banned for sale in the UK, although one cannabis-derived drug has partly been made available in Wales
    Image caption: Cannabis is currently banned for sale in the UK, although one cannabis-derived drug has partly been made available in Wales
  14. Welsh Government could present Continuity Bill before end of the month

    Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford says the Welsh Government will present its Continuity Bill to the Llywydd before the end of the month unless changes are made to the Withdrawal Bill, which is "wholly unacceptable" as it currently stands.

    AMs unanimously back Steffan Lewis's motion noting the proposal for a Welsh Continuation Bill.

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  15. UKIP support the motion

    UKIP's Neil Hamilton says his group will also support the motion as well as the principle of a Continuity Bill: "I had perhaps thought originally it was somehow to delay or get in the way of the Brexit process. I have now come to believe that this is not the intention behind it."

  16. Welsh Conservatives support changes to the Withdrawal Bill

    Conservative Mark Isherwood says the Welsh Conservatives support changes to the Withdrawal Bill and regret they haven't been made yet, but he notes that Minister for the Cabinet Office David Lidington and the prime minister have said they will be introduced when the Bill reaches the Lords.

  17. 'Act in defence of our hard-won democracy'

    Steffan Lewis questions why the Welsh Government hasn't introduced the Continuity Bill it's already produced: "What more do they need to do to threaten Welsh devolution before we are prepared to act in defence of our hard-won democracy?"

  18. 'Increase the pressure on UK ministers'

    Plaid Cymru's Brexit spokesman Steffan Lewis urges AMs to increase the pressure on UK ministers by backing his motion to immediately introduce a Continuity Bill.

    Mr Lewis says his bill - if passed - would preserve the assembly's existing powers, with any changes to relations with Westminster following Brexit to be made "on the basis of partnership, cooperation and agreement".

    Mr Lewis says, "I am a Welsh nationalist and I will always believe in an European future for my country. But whether you were Leave or Remain and whether you are an unionist or a nationalist is irrelevant to the question of a Continuity Bill.

    "Whether to support a Continuity Bill or not comes down to how you answer one simple question: do you believe that the referendum of 2016 provides a mandate to the UK Government to remove powers from this National Assembly.

    "Plaid Cymru says it does not."

    If a Continuity Bill is to carry any weight, then it will need to have been passed in the assembly before the EU Withdrawal Bill completes its legislative journey in Parliament.

    Steffan Lewis
  19. Debate on a Member's Legislative Proposal

    We move on to a Debate on a Member's Legislative Proposal.

    Steffan Lewis is proposing a bill to immediately transfer powers in devolved areas currently held in Brussels to Cardiff after the UK leaves the EU.

    UK ministers' EU Withdrawal Bill plans to transfer the powers to Westminster initially as a "holding pattern".

    They have rejected claims it amounts to a central government "power-grab".

    The UK government insists the relevant powers will eventually be passed onto the devolved administrations.

    Changes to the EU Withdrawal Bill, proposed jointly by the Welsh and Scottish governments,were rejected by MPsbefore the UK government promised to make changes when the Bill returned to the Report Stage in the House of Commons on Monday.

    But the timetable has shifted, with ministers in Westminster saying that they will now introduce changes when the bill is goes to the House of Lords in the coming weeks.

    EU and Welsh flags
  20. 90 Second Statements

    We move on to the 90 Second Statements, which can be used to raise any subject of concern. For example, a Member may raise matters of pressing concern to their constituents, draw attention to local issues, mark anniversaries or significant dates, or pay a tribute.