Monday, October 13, 2008

Cannabis announcement will criminalise thousands of people

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."
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