Cannabis: Current Policies and Its Consequences

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Cannabis The likely long-term consequences of current policies in relation to cannabis, bearing in mind its widespread use, is that there is going to be an extension of the current trend of relaxing policies on cannabis usage. When one examines the official policy towards cannabis over the last several decades, one sees decades of resistance to changing those laws, despite substantial evidence that societal attitudes towards the use of some of those drugs had changed significantly during that time period. There was reluctant by members of both the Conservative and Labour parties to suggest or embrace changes to drug policy, probably because of a belief that advocating these changes would leave them vulnerable to charges that they were too soft on crime, and make it difficult for them to get into office or retain their positions. Therefore, for many years it appeared that drug policy would continue to fail to reflect the reality of drug use in the country and the changing attitudes towards that drug use. However, in 1997, the Police Foundation, a small interest group that promoted independent police-related research, set up an independent inquiry whose purpose was to examine whether it was time to change the country's drug laws. Despite results that demonstrated widespread public support for this type of legislative changes, the government still resisted those changes. However, by the fall of 2001, Labour Home Secretary David Blunkett announced a significant change in
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