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From 26th Jan 2009 Cannabis in the UK has been upgraded back to class B after spending the last few years as a class C drug.

>> UK Home Office - Cannabis Reclassification - 26/01/2009

Source: Press Association
Date: May 7, 2008

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has defied the government's own experts by
announcing that laws on cannabis will be toughened up.

Ms Smith said the drug must be upgraded from Class C to Class B to avoid
"risking the future health of young people."

The move comes despite the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs
(ACMD) concluding that the health dangers from Cannabis did not justify
its inclusion in the higher category.

A report from the group said scientific evidence pointed to a "probable,
but weak, causal link between psychotic illness, including
schizophrenia, and Cannabis use."

However, in the population as a whole, the drug played only a "modest
role" in the development of these conditions.

Ms Smith told the Commons that, despite the experts' conclusions, the
Government was determined to "err on the side of caution."

"I have given the council's report careful consideration," she said. "Of
the council's 21 recommendations I accept all bar those relating to
classification.

"I have decided to reclassify cannabis to a Class B drug, subject to
Parliamentary approval."

She added: "There is a compelling case for us to act now rather than
risk the future health of young people.

"Where there is a clear and serious problem, but doubt about the harm
that will be caused, we must err on the side of caution and protect the
public. I make no apology for that - I am not prepared to 'wait and see'."

With this change, you can now get a maximum of 5 years in prison for possession of cannabis in the U.K. and only 4 years for carrying a knife. A strange decision for a country with so much knife crime.


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