Police officers in Scotland
have been instructed not to arrest cannabis users, according to an article
in the Sunday Mail. All police forces in Scotland have made a conscious
decision not to waste time arresting those in possession of small amounts
of marijuana. The Sunday Mail reported that this has been confirmed
by a source close to Justice Minister Jim Wallace.
This stems from frustration
at the inability of prosecutors to prosecute all cases, abandoning one-fifth
of all drug cases. Similar policies seem to exist in London and Lambeth.
Home Secretary David Blunkett intends to reclassify cannabis as a Class
C drug instead of a Class B drug this summer.
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Issue #243, 6/28/02
Editorial: The Specter of Coming Violence | DRCNet Interview: Roger Goodman, Voluntary Committee of Lawyers | DRCNet Book Review: Drug War Heresies | Supreme Court Allows Drug Testing All Students in Extracurriculars | Slim Supreme Court Majority Upholds But Also Criticizes Mandatory Minimum Sentencing | New York Rockefeller Law Reform Dies This Year as Pataki, Democrats Deadlock | Vermont Governor Quietly Signs Compromise Medical Marijuana Bill | Newsbrief: Unitarians Approve Anti-Drug War Platform | Newsbrief: Fatal Drug Overdoses on the Rise in Florida | Newsbrief: New York Pharmacies Fail to Distribute Sterile Syringes | Newsbrief: Arizona Supreme Court Rules Police Knock and Talk Violates Privacy Rights | Newsbrief: Kansas Sentencing Commission Wants to Focus on Prevention | Newsbrief: Illinois Juvenile Drug Courts Given a Green Light | Newsbrief: Medical Marijuana Distributor Angers Judge in California | Newsbrief: UN Reports Drug Use on the Rise Worldwide | Newsbrief: Scottish Police to Ignore Marijuana Use | Web Scan: Uniform Crime Report, World Prison Population List, Transnational Institute, Imani Woods, CDC, WorldNet Daily | The Reformer's Calendar
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