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[Guardian, UK - Leader article] Cannabis should remain a class C drug, say UK government advisors. (13 Jan 2006)

URL: http://www.guardian.co.uk/leaders/story/0,3604,168...

The decision that Charles Clarke is due to take in the next few days on cannabis is serious, but not difficult to make. On his desk is a 24-page report from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs ... the council insists that cannabis should remain a class C drug ... yet several council members fear that Mr Clarke will ignore their advice.

The council sets out three reasons for the status quo: the risk of developing some form of schizophrenia remains tiny; the harm caused by the drug is substantially less than from other class B substances, such as amphetamines; and the reclassification of the drug to the less serious category C has not resulted in an increase in use by adolescents or young adults.

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