Azara Blog: UK to move cannabis back from class C to class B

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Date published: 2008/05/07

The BBC says:

Cannabis is to be reclassified as a class B drug, Jacqui Smith has said.

The home secretary said she wanted to reverse Tony Blair's 2004 downgrading of the drug because of "uncertainty" over its impact on mental health.

The move from class C means the maximum prison sentence for possessing cannabis rises from two years to five years.

Her statement to MPs came despite the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs' review - commissioned by Gordon Brown - saying it should stay class C.
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Ms Smith, who has admitted smoking cannabis while she was a student, told MPs: "There is a compelling case for us to act now, rather than risk the future health of young people.

The worst sort of pathetic pandering to tabloid newspapers and their ilk. And in this case, since Smith has admitted smoking cannabis, she should certainly go to prison for five years in order to act as a deterrent to others.

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