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

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Cannabis clampdown – The Times

Posted January 9th, 2008 in drug offences, news by sally

“Cannabis is to be reclassified as a Class B drug after an official review this spring, The Times has learnt.”

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The Times, 9th January 2008

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Regina v Hawkes (Attorney-General’s Reference No 68 of 2007) – Times Law Reports

Posted December 11th, 2007 in drug offences, firearms, law reports, sentencing by sally

Regina v Hawkes (Attorney-General’s Reference No 68 of 2007)

“Drug dealers who kept weapons with a view to using violence would, on conviction, have their sentences significantly increased to reflect that fact.”

The Times, 11th December 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

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Key advisers attack new drugs policy – The Observer

Posted December 3rd, 2007 in drug offences, news by sally

“The government was at loggerheads with its own advisers last night over its new drugs policy.”

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The Observer,2nd December 2007

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UK’s first drug and alcohol court – BBC News

Posted November 26th, 2007 in alcohol abuse, drug offences, family courts, news by sally

“Three London councils have combined to set up the UK’s first Family Drug and Alcohol Court.”

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BBC News, 26th November 2007

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Police chiefs want cannabis re-classified – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 21st, 2007 in drug offences, news by sally

“Police chiefs have come out in support of reclassifying cannabis as a Class B drug just three years after they supported the controversial Government decision to downgrade it legally to a less serious Class C substance.”

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Daily Telegraph, 21st November 2007

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Seymour v The Queen – WLR Daily

Posted November 8th, 2007 in Bermuda, drug offences, jurisdiction, law reports by sally

Seymour v The Queen [2007] UKPC 59

“A person who had possession of controlled drugs in Bermuda with the intention of supplying them to another person outside the territory of Bermuda, and therefore outside the jurisdiction of Bermudan Courts, did not commit an offence under s 6(3) of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1972 of Bermuda.”

WLR Daily, 5th November 2007

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Drugs strategy debate “is a sham” – The Observer

Posted October 22nd, 2007 in drug offences, news by sally

“The government’s consultation on a new 10-year drugs strategy is a ‘sham’, according to one of Britain’s leading think-tanks on narcotics, which warns that the current policy is fuelling a crime epidemic.”

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The Observer, 21st October 2007

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Regina v Kennedy (No 2) – Times Law Reports

Posted October 19th, 2007 in drug offences, homicide, law reports by sally

Preparation of heroin syringe does not constitute manslaughter

Regina v. Kennedy (No 2)

House of Lords

“It was never appropriate to find someone guilty of manslaughter where that person had been involved in the supply of a class A controlled drug, which was then freely and voluntarily self-administered by a fully informed and responsible adult to whom it had been supplied, and the administration of the drug then caused his death.”

The Times, 19th October 2007

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R v Kennedy (No 2) – WLR Daily

Posted October 18th, 2007 in drug offences, homicide, law reports by sally

R v Kennedy (No 2) [2007] UKHL 38

The answer to the question ‘When is it appropriate to find someone guilty of manslaughter where that person has been involved in the supply of a class A controlled drug, which is then freely and voluntarily self-administered by the person to whom it was supplied, and the administration of the drug then causes his death?’ was: ‘In a case where the deceased was a fully-informed and responsible adult, never’.”

WLR Daily, 18th October 2007

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note: once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Legalise all drugs: chief constable demands end to ‘immoral laws’ – The Independent

Posted October 15th, 2007 in drug offences, news by sally

“One of Britain’s most senior police officers is to call for all drugs – including heroin and cocaine – to be legalised and urges the Government to declare an end to the ‘failed’ war on illegal narcotics.”

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The Independent, 15th October 2007

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Brunstrom’s campaign over drugs – BBC News

Posted October 11th, 2007 in drug offences, news by sally

“North Wales Police chief constable Richard Brunstrom has said he will be “campaigning hard” for drugs such as heroin to be legalised.”

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BBC News, 11th October 2007

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Mother spared jail after supplying children with cannabis – The Guardian

Posted October 10th, 2007 in drug offences, news, sentencing by sally

“A former primary school teaching assistant who admitted supplying cannabis to her son and daughter so they would not approach street dealers was yesterday spared jail but ordered to carry out 200 hours of community service.”

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The Guardian, 10th October 2007

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Cannabis laws set to be reviewed – BBC News

Posted July 18th, 2007 in drug offences, news by sally

“Laws making possession of cannabis a largely non-arrestable offence could be reversed, Gordon Brown has said.”

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BBC News, 18th July 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk