Government clashes again with its own drug advisers about downgrading ecstasy – The Guardian

Posted January 5th, 2009 in drug offences, news by sally

“The government’s drug advisers are to recommend ecstasy be downgraded to a class B drug, in a report due to go before ministers at the end of the month.”

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The Guardian, 5th January 2009

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Nightclub drugs pair lose appeal – BBC News

Posted December 12th, 2008 in appeals, drug offences, news by sally

“Two men jailed for permitting the ‘rampant’ sale of ecstasy at a Devon nightclub have lost their appeal.”

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BBC News, 12th December 2008

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Cannabis upgrade ‘very damaging’ – BBC News

Posted November 25th, 2008 in drug offences, news by sally

“A group of leading scientists and MPs has attacked plans to reclassify cannabis as a more dangerous drug.”

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BBC News, 25th November 2008

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Drug use declines as seizures reach record – The Guardian

Posted October 31st, 2008 in drug abuse, drug offences, news by sally

“Illicit drug use in Britain is declining, with cannabis use at its lowest level for 10 years and cocaine also down, according to British Crime Survey figures published yesterday. The estimated falls in drug consumption are matched by a 15% rise in seizures of all classes of drugs by the police and customs in England and Wales to 186,028 – a level not seen since 1973.”

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The Guardian, 31st October 2008

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Woman’s ear sliced for £10 debt – BBC News

Posted October 24th, 2008 in drug offences, news, wounding by sally

“A drug dealer has been found guilty of cutting part of a woman’s ear off because she owed him £10.”

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BBC News, 23rd October 2008

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Tougher action on cannabis – Home Office

Posted October 16th, 2008 in drug offences, press releases by sally

“When cannabis is reclassified as a Class B drug in 2009, those who continually break the law will face tougher penalties.”

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Home Office, 15th October 2008

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Mother was seduced by 14-year-old boy, says judge – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 14th, 2008 in children, drug offences, news, sentencing, sexual offences by sally

“A judge allowed a mother who had sex with a 14-year-old boy to walk free, saying that the boy seduced her.”

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Daily Telegraph, 14th October 2008

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New penalties for cannabis users announced – The Guardian

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

“Cannabis users face new penalties when the drug is upgraded to class B from January next year, the home secretary said today.”

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The Guardian, 13th October 2008

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Pensioner caught with £1,300 cocaine in handbag escapes jail – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 13th, 2008 in drug offences, news, sentencing by sally

“A 77-year-old pensioner caught with £1,300 of cocaine in her handbag has escaped jail after telling a judge she used it to treat pneumonia.”

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Daily Telegraph, 10th October 2008

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Drugs classification should be scrapped, experts say – Daily Telegraph

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

“A leading think-tank has called for the Government’s system of drugs classification to be scrapped.”

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd September 2008

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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