Conference in Moses Room, House of Lords, 28th November 2002-11-28 CONSENSUS OF CONFERENCE
● In the light of the most recent international evidence regarding the adverse effects of cannabis, we urge the Prime Minister and the Home Secretary to reconsider their determination to reclassify Cannabis from a Schedule B to Schedule C drug.
● We are concerned that reclassification sends the message ‘it is ok to take cannabis’ or ‘cannabis is harmless’ or ‘taking cannabis is legal now’, especially to young people. We therefore strongly oppose reclassification.
● Instead, we urge the Prime Minister and the Home Office not to play down the many adverse and sometimes irreversible health effects of cannabis but to send out the clear message that cannabis is both harmful and, for that reason, illegal.
● We urge the Prime Minister – in the light of recent evidence – to reassess the adverse physical, emotional, mental and spiritual impact cannabis abuse has on individuals, but also to assess the adverse effects of cannabis on society including families with a special reference to ethnic minorities, the education system, the National Health Service, the Police, the criminal justice system.
● We are concerned that drug prevention is not given the emphasis it deserves, that ‘mixed messages’ are sent out and in particular we are very concerned at public funding of organisations whose ‘drug education material’ appears to promote rather than prevent drug abuse.
● We urge the Prime Minister to allocate more resources on prevention of cannabis abuse. Prevention is better than cure. We believe that these resources will be well spent. Our society and especially our young people deserve to be protected from cannabis abuse.
28th November 2002-11-28 CONSENSUS OF CONFERENCE