Cannabis laws tightened

The home secretary Jacqui Smith will reclassify cannabis as a class B drug, ignoring the advice of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs.

The council was commissioned by Gordon Brown in 2007 to review the health risks associated with the stronger strain of the drug, known as ‘skunk'.

It was downgraded to class C in 2004. 

The report concluded that cannabis should remain a class C drug, but said the drug can ‘unquestionably cause harm to individuals and society'.

Ms Smith will overturn the advice and reclassify cannabis as part of a drive to combat drug abuse. 

Speaking in the House of Commons yesterday, she told MPs: ‘There is a compelling case for us to act now, rather than risk the future health of young people.'

tom.ireland@haymarket.com

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