Cannabis is to be reclassified as a Class B drug after an official review this spring, The Times has learnt.
Gordon Brown and Jacqui Smith are determined to reverse the decision to downgrade the drug when the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs completes its report in the next few months.
While its recommendations are not yet known, ministers are already making plain that the Home Secretary is prepared to overrule the expert body if necessary.
What the fucking hell is the point of commissioning a bunch of so-called experts to produce a report if you are going to proceed with a course of action regardless of the recommendations?
If this is what Brown is going to do, will the monocular cunt pay the costs of the report out of his own pocket? Because, if he is not going to take its advice I don't see how he can possibly justify spending our money on it.
This is all bullshit; pay attention to police chief, Richard Brunstrom, because he's talking sense.
Call me the mad mullah of the police but drugs should be legal
Brunstrom refers to 20 substances listed in a “hierarchy of harm” printed in The Lancet last year. The league table is headed by heroin, closely followed by cocaine, with alcohol in fifth place, tobacco ninth, cannabis 11th and ecstasy 18th. If ecstasy, as he stated on Radio 4’s Today programme last week, was “far safer than aspirin” how does he respond to the parents whose children have died after taking a pill?
The policeman has a broad answer: “There has not been a single case of someone dying as a result of being poisoned by ecstasy.
“The most famous case is that of Leah Betts, a young girl who actually died of water poisoning in 1995. Because ecstasy causes you to be thirsty, she drank too much water. Her brain stem was crushed and her heart stopped. My advice to everybody is don’t take ecstasy in the first place. But why should it be a criminal offence? It may be stupid, but why should you be arrested and prosecuted?”
His latest campaign has prompted the tabloids to replay a peal of clangers by the 52-year-old Londoner. Notable was his decision to display photographs of a headless motorcyclist to a public conference without asking the family’s permission. There have been calls for his resignation, including a petition last year on the Downing Street website that attracted 3,000 signatures. Why has he invited such vilification? “Because it matters. I think I have a public duty to speak out.”
Legalise drugs, educate people about their effects, regulate the purity of the drugs. It's a very simple idea and it is the only reasonable one.