As Blunkett decides whether to reclassify drug, pioneer at centre of Lambeth row disputes opponents’ evidence
Drug gangs have flourished in Brixton since the police began an experiment under which cannabis was effectively decriminalised, Oliver Letwin, the shadow home secretary, said yesterday.
Police have launched a study to find out the effects of a controversial “softly, softly” cannabis policy on young children.
TORY wounds on drugs and gay rights are re-opened today with the leak of a letter showing that a member of the Shadow Cabinet backs the repeal of laws against cannabis and the promotion of homosexuality.
Cannabis should be legalised but with strict regulations, a senior Midland MP has said.
STREET crime in the London Borough of Lambeth which is piloting a “softly softly” approach to cannabis possession has fallen dramatically, according to new figures.
Lord Bingham, the senior law lord, called yesterday for abolition of the laws against cannabis.
The Lambeth experiment in liberalising the response to cannabis possession will lead to more schoolchildren smoking the illegal substance, Scotland Yard’s most senior drugs officer has told the Government.
Ecstasy, the dance drug used by thousands every weekend, should be downgraded from the class A status it shares with heroin and cocaine, according to the results of a year-long official inquiry into Britain’s drug laws published today.
Today’s cross-party Select Committee report gives the Government the amber light it was looking for. This time last year it was still taking an uncompromising line on soft and hard drugs alike, for fear of antagonising concerned voters.
The stepmother of teenager Leah Betts, who died in 1995 after taking ecstasy at her 18th birthday party, today hit out at the report recommending a softer line on the drug, saying it would “play into the hands of the dealers”.
Scotland Yard appears to be backing away from a more liberal approach to cannabis possession after a senior officer said a pilot scheme was attracting drug dealers and users into the area where the experiment is taking place.