Thursday, January 05, 2006

Clarke paves way for U-turn on cannabis

Is this the result of a careful study of the evidence or of giving in to electoral considerations?

Charles Clarke, the UK home secretary, was criticised yesterday from both sides of the debate on the misuse of drugs when he publicly indicated that he is considering restoring the class B status of cannabis in the light of medical evidence. In what the tabloids labelled a "humiliating climbdown" from the decision of his predecessor, David Blunkett, to downgrade the widely used drug to class C, Mr Clarke used media interviews to signal his approval of an imminent report, which he has already read, from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs. ...continues here!

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