On the 22nd
October 2001, Home Secretary David Blunkett proposed
reclassifying cannabis from its previous category under the MoD
act as a class B drug to a class C drug. More than 2 years later it finally
happened on 29th January 2004. In the intervening period the changes were so watered
down as to almost meaningless and a mass of confusion, misinformation and misunderstanding
of both what the changes are and what effect they would have occurred.
ACPO guidelines were ammended in January 2007 such that children (<18) would
no longer face automatic arrest for possession, bringing them in line with the
way adults are treated.|
This rather meaningless
change was reversed in 2009 by the government of Gordon Brown despite the advice
form the ACMD not to do so. Cannabis is now a class B substance again (as of 2010),
although the enforcement regime is totally unlike that for any other class B drug.