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

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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

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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

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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

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

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

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

Source: www.guardian.co.uk 

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

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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

Source: http://observer.guardian.co.uk

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

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

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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.