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Great "Class C" debate
29th January, 2004: The long awaited day when the cannabis law was eventually
reformed: Only not much really changed.
2001 the then new Home Secretary David Blunkett announced the intention to reclassify
cannabis under the Misuse of Drugs Act, accepting the fact that cannabis is safer
than most other drugs.
time dragged by the reform was made almost meaningless by changes to the definition
of cannabis within class C. However, it probably means that most of the millions
of normal, well adjusted and otherwise law abiding people who use cannabis will
no longer come into conflict with the police and fewer lives will be wrecked by
a pointless draconian law. It's better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick,
important to understand that these changes were forced onto the government by
widespread contempt for the previous law. It remains to be seen how much more
respect this timid change brings about. UKCIA believes more changes are needed
and that more will come, eventually...
phone-in programmes from the period running up to reclassification reflected the
surge in "reefer madness" scares promoted by the tabloid media. The
following recordings have been edited to remove music, traffic reports etc. You
may have to download them before playing.|
Moral Maze - 28-01-04 12.2 mB MP3
Vine phone-in BBC Radio 2 - 26.01.04 7.54
Worricker 22.01.04 BBC Radio 5live 17.5mB MP3
Passion feedback - Oxford local radio 1.2.04 10.8mB
Barnard excerpt from above 1.2.04 2.3mB
'The classification of cannabis under the 1971 Misuse of Drugs
Act ' backs Blunkett's reclassification of cannabis.
Review of Drugs Policy and Proposals for the Future'
ACPO report reviewing
the progress achieved so far towards the Government's drugs objectives.
Home Affairs Select Committee initial announcement
Home Affairs Select Committee final report
from the report
UKCIA reporting the plan
23rd October 2001
Sense on Cannabis
Peter Lilley (ex-deputy leader of the Conservative party):
The Conservative Case for Change
police foundation report
Policing the possession of cannabis, residents
views on the Lambeth experiment (pdf
Figures Vindicate Embattled Met Police Commander
report from 22nd March 2002
to the Home Afairs report - June 2002
to Blunketts proposal to downgrade cannabis to class C July 2002
Police guidlines on cannabis enforcement following reclassification
to Blunketts proposal to downgrade cannabis to class C July 2003