City workers who supplied cocaine to bankers jailed – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 23rd, 2008 in drug offences, news, sentencing by sally

“Two former City workers who supplied high-flying investment bankers and traders with thousands of pounds worth of cocaine have been jailed.”

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd September 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Government drug advisers begin review of ecstasy’s class A status – The Guardian

Posted September 17th, 2008 in drug offences, news by sally

“The government’s drug advisers will begin a review of the classification of ecstasy next week, raising the prospect that the drug could be downgraded from class A.”

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The Guardian, 17th September 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Ex-drugs policy director calls for legalisation – The Guardian

Posted August 13th, 2008 in drug offences, news by sally

“A former senior civil servant who was responsible for coordinating the government’s anti-drugs policy now believes that legalisation would be less harmful than the current strategy. Julian Critchley, the former director of the Cabinet Office’s anti-drugs unit, also said that his views were shared by the ‘overwhelming majority’ of professionals in the field, including police officers, health workers and members of the government.”

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The Guardian, 13th August 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Convicted drug dealers banned from owning more than one mobile phone – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 17th, 2008 in drug offences, news, telecommunications by sally

“Four convicted drug dealers have become the first criminals in England and Wales to be banned from owning or using more than one mobile telephone, under new police powers.”

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Daily Telegraph, 17th July 2008

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Appeal court quashes hydroponic cannabis convictions – The Guardian

Posted July 14th, 2008 in drug offences, news by sally

“A court of appeal decision has shone a light on the homegrown cannabis industry. The quashing of the convictions of three men involved in hydroponics comes at a time when cultivation of cannabis in the UK is at record levels.”

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The Guardian, 14th July 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Specialist drug courts ‘working’ – BBC News

Posted May 28th, 2008 in drug offences, magistrates, news by sally

“Specialist courts which deal only with drugs offenders are proving a success, the government has said.”

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BBC News, 28th May 2008

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Home Office considers downgrading ecstasy – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 21st, 2008 in drug offences, news by sally

“The legal status of Ecstasy could be reviewed, the Home Office said.”

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Daily Telegraph, 21st May 2008

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Cannabis laws to be strengthened – The Independent

Posted May 7th, 2008 in drug offences, news by sally

” Jacqui Smith defied the Government’s own experts today by announcing that laws on cannabis will be toughened up.”

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The Independent, 7th May 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Reefer madness: Do the drug laws work? – The Independent

Posted May 7th, 2008 in drug offences, special report by sally

“Defying the weight of medical and scientific opinion, Gordon Brown is to order tougher new laws today on cannabis possession. The Prime Minister has decided to overrule his own expert advisers and reverse the downgrading four years ago of Britain’s favourite illegal drug from a class B to a class C substance, threatening cannabis smokers with five-year prison terms.”

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The Independent, 7th May 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Police resist tougher action on cannabis – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 1st, 2008 in drug offences, news, police by sally

“Police will not toughen their approach to cannabis when ministers upgrade the legal status of the drug to class B, it has been disclosed.”

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Daily Telegraph, 1st May 2008

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Brown warned that cannabis decision may face legal challenge – The Guardian

Posted April 29th, 2008 in drug offences, news by sally

“Gordon Brown’s decision to overturn the advice of his own group of drug experts by pressing ahead with a tougher policy on cannabis could face a high court challenge from campaigners.”

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The Guardian, 29th April 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Rastafarian temple drugs trial collapses – The Guardian

Posted April 8th, 2008 in drug offences, news, trials by sally

“A £100,000 cannabis-dealing trial, launched following a high-profile police raid on a Rastafarian temple in south London, has collapsed in legal confusion.”

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The Guardian, 8th April 2008

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Cannabis: tough penalties on way after another change of mind – The Times

Posted April 4th, 2008 in drug offences, news by sally

“Gordon Brown is preparing to overrule the advice of the Government’s drug advisory body and upgrade cannabis to a Class B drug, carrying tougher penalties for its possession.”

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The Times, 4th April, 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Straw confirms expansion of dedicated drugs courts – Ministry of Justice

Posted April 2nd, 2008 in courts, drug offences, press releases by sally

“Jack Straw has confirmed that drug courts, dedicated to tackling drug misuse and related crime, are to be extended to up to four more magistrates’ courts.”

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Ministry of Justice, 1st April 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Dedicated drug court pilots: a process report – Ministry of Justice

Posted April 1st, 2008 in courts, drug offences, reports by sally

“In December 2005, the then Department of Constitutional Affairs announced a commitment to pilot Dedicated Drug Courts as part of the government’s agenda to reduce drug-related crime.

Matrix Knowledge Group has produced an independent process evaluation of the pilots in England and Wales: Leeds Magistrates’ Court and West London Magistrates’ Court.”

Dedicated drug court pilots – a process report (PDF)

Ministry of Justice, 31st March 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Cannabis users to face fixed penalty – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 18th, 2008 in criminal records, drug offences, news by sally

“Tens of thousands of people caught with a single joint of cannabis will get an unofficial criminal record that could blight their future employment prospects under new police proposals, The Daily Telegraph can reveal.”

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Daily Telegraph, 17th February 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Regina v Xu and Others – Times Law Reports

Posted February 14th, 2008 in drug offences, law reports, sentencing by sally

Regina v Xu and Others

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

“Persons convicted of being concerned in the large scale commercial cultivation or production of cannabis, could expect to receive sentences with a starting point of three years if they acted as a gardener, six to seven years if they acted as an organiser, three to seven years if they acted as a manager and higher sentences where they controlled a large number of such operations.”

The Times, 14th February 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Judge may sit alone in drugs case deemed too dangerous for a jury – The Times

Posted February 11th, 2008 in drug offences, intimidation, juries, news, trial without jury by sally

“Prosecutors plan to apply this week to hold a major criminal trial without a jury for the first time. The step is being taken because of concerns that jurors assigned to the case – which involves members of an organised criminal network – would be vulnerable to intimidation or bribery.”

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The Times, 11th February 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Police to urge cannabis regrading – BBC News

Posted February 5th, 2008 in drug offences, news by sally

“Senior police officers are to tell government advisers that cannabis should be upgraded from a Class C to a more dangerous Class B drug.”

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BBC News, 5th February 2008

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Crime gangs ‘exploit change in cannabis law’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 4th, 2008 in drug offences, news by sally

“Relaxation of the law on cannabis has fuelled organised crime in the UK, police chiefs will tell an inquiry panel this week.”

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd February 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk