Home Secretary plans to make cannabis a Class A drug

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Home Secretary Suella Braverman is considering upgrading cannabis from a class B to a class A drug, fearing it is linked to numerous health problems.

To be clear, Class A drugs include cocaine, ecstasy, heroin, LSD, magic mushrooms and crystal meth, and possession can be punishable by up to seven years in prison. jail.

Braverman became Home Secretary in September 2022. Credit: Mark Thomas / Alamy Stock Photo

According to a source close to Braverman’s thinking, quoted by The temperaturethe politician strongly opposes the decriminalization of weed because she believes it sends a ‘cultural’ and ‘political’ signal that use is ‘acceptable behavior’.

Instead, the Home Secretary reportedly told her allies she was on the “same side” as a group of conservative police and crime commissioners (CCPs) who believe drugs should be classified as same class as cocaine.

Braverman is also alarmed by evidence suggesting the herb could be linked to issues such as psychosis, cancer and birth defects, and should consider the evidence before making a decision.

Last week, Dorset PCC David Sidwick claimed new health data on cannabis indicated a need to reassess the penalties applicable under the law, saying: ‘We see it because it’s a gateway drug. If you look at young people in treatment, the number one drug they’re in treatment for is cannabis.”

Cannabis is currently a class B drug. Credit: Joe Bird / Alamy Stock Photo
Cannabis is currently a class B drug. Credit: Joe Bird / Alamy Stock Photo

Braverman is said to believe deterring use is key when it comes to delaying the drug’s popularity among teens, with the source describing plans to ‘scare people away’. However, she is aware that upgrading cannabis to a Class A drug would present a new challenge for already strained police resources.

Braverman’s plans don’t stop at cannabis modernization, as she’s also signaled her intention to crack down on middle-class drug addicts, with random drug testing in offices and educational campaigns highlighting the links between cocaine use, criminal gangs and the exploitation of young people. people.

If the Home Secretary decides to go ahead with plans to turn weed into a Class A drug, it is unclear whether she will have to take the matter to the Abuse Advisory Council of Drugs, the public body that makes recommendations to the government.

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