Commenting on the announcement that cannabis users will face new penalties when the drug is upgraded to Class B in January, Liberal Democrat Shadow Home Secretary, Chris Huhne said:
"Today’s announcement is more about titillating tabloid newspaper editors than tackling drug abuse.
"Increasing penalties for possession will criminalise thousands of people, particularly young people, at a time when cannabis use is falling.
"Ministers should heed the advice of their own expert advisory council on drug misuse. Public education works better than flagellation."