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Thursday, May 8, 2008

Britain set to fill its jails with marihuana smokers

The reclassification of cannabis as "B-type drug" in the insular kingdom means that posession can mean up to five years in prision. Meanwhile in neighboring Netherlands or Spain posession, and even growing for personal use, is at least formally legal (though, quite contradictorily, trade is not or, in the case of the Netherlands, limited to taverns with a special license).

I wonder if they have even thought in what that means for the penal administration as potentially maybe a fourth of the island's youngsters are elegible for such harsh penalties at some moment.

This reclassification is made on exclussively political grounds, as the scientific advisory council advised against it a few days ago.

More information on hemp at Erowid

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