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Wednesday, March 02, 2005

UK drugs policy in disarray

In 2002 David Blunkett announced a relaxation of the laws concerning cannabis. Possession of small amounts would no longer be considered an arrestable offence.

The justification for this move?

The decision to reclassify cannabis was in response to a report by MPs arguing that drugs policy should focus on tackling the problems caused by heroin addicts.

"There will be an increasing focus on class A drugs," the home secretary said.

As a result of this increased focus on hard drugs we learn today that the UK had the largest rate of heroin seizures and the third highest number of heroin addicts in Europe in 2004. Another triumph of unintended consequences.

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