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The People

20 April 2008


EXCLUSIVE Just FOUR YEARS after Govt decided smoking a joint ISN'T serious crime: Jail for possessing pot PM's election mission

By Dean Rousewell


Gordon Brown is set to ignore advisers and reclassify cannabis as a Class B drug.

The dramatic U-turn comes just four years after the drug was downgraded to Class C.

It means some of Britain's three million cannabis users would be jailed for FIVE YEARS and suppliers locked up for 14 years.

The Prime Minister has told colleagues it is his "personal mission" to toughen up drugs laws, insisting that a crackdown is the "right thing to do".

The change could be brought in from as early as July.

Currently, pot smokers nabbed by the police are generally let off with a caution.

But the PM will reject the report from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs to send out a "strong signal" that cannabis is dangerous to health and allows criminal gangs to prey on the young.

Mr Brown's new stance coincides with a desperate need for Labour to regain its flagging popularity.

Huge losses are feared in next month's council elections and some polls put the Tories as much as 16 points clear.

The PM is convinced a crackdown on cannabis will resonate with voters. The move is set to become the first of a series of measures aimed at winning back public support.

Mr Brown ordered a review of cannabis laws in July 2007 amid fears the drug, especially in the powerful form of skunk, was linked to a rising tide of serious mental health cases.

But the Advisory Council concluded there was no evidence that increased cannabis use since the early 1970s had caused more problems.

Even so, mental health chiefs and NHS executives say that since cannabis was downgraded, 16,500 adults a year have sought treatment for cannabis-related problems. And the number of children needing medical attention after smoking dope has risen to more than 9,200.

At the time of downgrading in October 2003, then Home Secretary David Blunkett said the move would "give the police more time to deal with more harmful drugs".

But the Association of Chief Police Officers has since said the measure has proved counter-productive. This is because cannabis abuse is part of the chain which leads to heroin, cocaine and other hard drugs.

Mr Brown's crackdown is backed by the Tories but opposed by the Lib Dems who say it could needlessly criminalise millions of young people.
 
You've really got to ask yourself what these politicians agendas are.
Since cannabis has been downgraded to class C, usage amongst teenagers and children has actually dropped.

But then this decision is comming from a man who hired a team of specialists to advise him on the drug subject only to ignore them when their decision differed from him. They are called experts for a reason Gordon you muppet.

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True, Gordon Brown is a simpleton desperate for some media attention who thought granted when getting that job he so much begged and cried for. He could fuckin show his red knickers or get an alliance with Berlusconi for joint world tours, as no Carla Bruni would get any close to this numeral ox. When in Britain i've got to go and buy a couple ounces of stash for the time i'm in, as my plants are in Granada. I don't want to go to jail for that, let alone my reasons. It's simply an insult. It's probably out of old envies to the likes of Jack Weed Straw. If Gordon Brown has a bigger mind than the numeric peanut he presents, he's a better actor than Laurence Olivier.
I was reading a spanish newspaper a few days ago in which said that our own Zapatero was focusing on getting closer relations with conservative heads of european governments, such as Sarkozy and Brown. Might be just one of the frequent mental gaps of article writers, but quite a significative one.
Some of us expected that with time passing, normalization would prevail over a weak and rusty law, until its final decease for its uselessness. But as they say in the south, removing the shite only brings back the smell.
Gordon Brown, certainly NOT one of the great prime ministers. Hopefully you have to loose one bloody million votes from that stupid move. Actually, 999.999.
 

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