Friday, May 16, 2008

UK Strengthens Its Cannabis Law

In BBC Political News; 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.