Why have a review?
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.
If you know what you\’re going to do anyway, why bother to spend the money?
In her letter to Professor Sir Michael Rawlins, the chairman of the council, requesting a further review of evidence, Ms Smith said: “Though statistics show that cannabis use has fallen significantly, there is really public concern about the potential mental health effects of cannabis use, in particular the use of stronger forms of the drug, commonly known as skunk. This is in addition to the longitudinal studies undertaken in New Zealand and the Netherlands that link cannabis use to mental health problems.”
Allow me to translate that for you. Given that everyone has been lying through their teeth about the effects of cannabis on mental health, the public now believe that cannabis causes schizophrenia. Because we have mislead the public on this point we can now change the law to accord with the misinformation we have fed the poor deluded fools.