Police and Crime Commissioners call for cannabis to be made a Class A drug

A group of police and crime commissioners has called for cannabis to be reclassified from a Class B to a Class A drug.

At a meeting which took place during last week’s Conservative Party Conference, the group argued that new health data on cannabis makes the case for re-evaluating penalties.

The upward reclassification would put cannabis in the same category as heroin, cocaine and ecstasy and would result in tougher penalties for possession; and potential life sentences for suppliers and producers.

The Home Secretary has apparently signalled that she intends to go further on cracking down on middle-class drug users, including through random drug testing in offices. It is also understood that she is strongly opposed to decriminalising cannabis.

Research conducted by the Addiction & Mental Health Group in 2020 shows that over the past 50 years, street cannabis across the world has become substantially stronger.

Ean Lewin, Managing Director of Cold Chain Federation member D.tec International said; “The government must do more to tackle the UK’s growing drugs problem and its good to see police and crime commissioners being proactive on this subject”.

He added; “Beyond the health and societal impacts of drug use; from a purely road safety perspective, the tougher we are on drugs use, possession, supply and production, the safer our roads will become. One in eight fatalities on our roads are caused by drug drivers and statistics expected midway through next year, are likely to prove beyond doubt, that drug driving is now more prevalent in society than drink driving”.

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