Make cannabis Class A drug, say Conservative police commissioners at Tory party annual shindig

Next they’ll be wanting to schedule tea & coffee as class A drugs.


The BBC reports

A group of Conservative police commissioners is calling for cannabis to be reclassified from a Class B to a Class A drug.

This would put it in the same category as heroin, cocaine and ecstasy.

It would mean tougher penalties for possession, and potential life sentences for suppliers and producers.

Police and crime commissioners are elected to hold forces to account in England and Wales, but do not control criminal law or police operations.

At the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham, a group of them argued new health data on cannabis makes the case for re-evaluating penalties.

They say it is “time we realised that it is not just a little bit of weed”

The Home Office said there were no plans to reclassify cannabis.

And cannabis campaigners have dismissed the idea as “crazy” and “dangerous”.

But David Sidwick, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset, said that cannabis was “driving harm” in communities.

“We’re seeing it because it’s a gateway drug. If you look at the young people in treatment, the number one drug they are in treatment for is cannabis.”

Mr Sidwick, who used to work in the pharmaceutical industry, claimed that a “wealth of new data” on the drug’s effects on health had come to light, which merited a “re-evaluation”.


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