Hamilton Academical’s stadium in South Lanarkshire

Hamilton Academical have defended their decision to rename their stadium after a company involved in the sale of cannabis-based products.

New Douglas Park will officially be known as the HopeCBD Stadium after the company paid the Scottish Premiership club a “five-figure sum”.

The business – based at the ground – sells products containing cannabidiol, which is produced from cannabis plants.

The club say the deal is “within the ethos of Hamilton Academical”.

They also say the products – which include oils, sprays, vapes, sweets and tea bags – are “100% non-psychoactive or addictive” and compare them to “alcohol-free lager”.

On Thursday, the Westminster government announced that specialist doctors in the UK will be able to legally prescribe cannabis-derived medicinal products by the autumn.

“We are proud to be at the forefront of a positive and progressive partnership with CBD providers such as Hope CBD,” a statement said