This is going to make things interesting:
The Government\’s drug advisory body is set to recommend that cannabis should remain a Class C drug, creating a dilemma for Gordon Brown who has indicated he wants to clamp down on use of the drug.
Which way is he going to jump?
But the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs appears to go against this view.
Though the council refused to confirm its conclusions, the BBC reports that the decision was taken at a private meeting of the council where new research from Keele University about links between cannabis and mental illness was discussed.
The study reportedly found no evidence that rising cannabis use in the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s led to more cases of schizophrenia later on.
Quite: the question of whether the link between cannabis and schizophrenia is causative or not still remains. Does smoking send you crazy or do people going crazy self medicate?
That, even on the most alarmist figures, and assuming that the dope is the cause, we were talking about 500 cases per year. Amongst
2 4 8 million users (make up your own statistic here) that\’s nothing:and certainly not, even if true, a good enough reason to threaten that many people with 5 years in jail.
So, which way will the monocular Scot go? Will politics trump science again? Politics trump freedom and liberty?