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Discussion in 'Marijuana News from The USA' started by Frank White, Feb 4, 2004.

  1. Northwich Chronicle


    CANNABIS users in Mid Cheshire have been warned they could face jail if caught, despite the change in the classification of the drug.

    Congleton and Vale Royal Supt Tim Jackson says police tactics in the war against drugs will not change, even though cannabis has been downgraded from a Class B drug to Class C.

    The move is designed to give police more time and resources to focus their efforts on harder drugs, but Supt Jackson says officers in Mid Cheshire have long focused their efforts on life-wrecking drugs.

    Despite the changes, cannabis remains illegal and anyone caught using it could still be arrested.

    Supt Jackson said: 'Cannabis is a controlled drug and if people are using it we will take action. But the main focus of our strategy on drugs will be to tackle users and dealers of heroin and crack cocaine - that has long been the case and that will not change.

    'I don't see the new classification as fundamentally changing our activities.

    'The majority of our enforcement work will be centred around harder drugs, drugs like heroin or crack cocaine, the ones that are regarded as being more addictive and which people commit crime to fund their habits.

    'I have not come across anyone yet who commits crime to fund a cannabis habit.'

    But he added: 'People have been arrested for cannabis possession and will continue to do so in the future.'

    The reclassification of cannabis took effect on Thursday. It remains illegal to possess cannabis, and in some cases people will be arrested for possession.

    Under the new law it is up to the officer's discretion as to whether a user caught with only a small amount - defined as just enough for personal or medical use - is arrested.

    They are likely to arrest users if there are any aggravating factors involved, such as smoking in public view or taking the drug near youngsters, such as out-side a school or play area.

    People under 18 are covered by the Crime and Disorder Act, not the cannabis enforcement guidance, which requires young people be dealt with at a police station. This means officers may arrest people aged 17 or under in possession of cannabis for personal use.

    Growing cannabis plants remains an arrestable offence, regardless how many plants are involved.

    The British Medical Association (BMA) is among a number of groups warning that young people could be misled into thinking the drug is safe.

    Dr Peter Maguire, deputy chairman of the BMA's board of science, said: 'Cannabis is a drug that can kill. People are making the conclusion that it is safe, where in fact it is actually more dangerous than tobacco.'

    Mental health charities have also highlighted the link between cannabis and schizophrenia.

    Caroline Flint, the Home Office drugs minister, said: 'Cannabis is harmful and will remain illegal. By reclassifying cannabis, we are being honest to young people about the harm cannabis can cause in comparison to drugs such as crack and heroin.'


    -I live in the town of congleton, and barely anyone is actually arrested or anything...(just the dealer usually get busted)

    They should clamp down on the drunkards though i got jumped months back(was badly beaten) and nothing ever came of it!!!!

    Just pisses me off, they finally downgrade it and all of a sudden its all eyes on Cannabis!:mad:
     

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