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Cannabis to be reclassified class B drug

Published:Wednesday | May 7, 2008 | 2:58 PM

The United Kingdom Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, said cannabis is to be reclassified as a class B drug.

Ms. Smith said she wants to reverse Tony Blair\'s 2004 downgrading of the drug to class C because of its increased strength.

She said the move is part of efforts to tackle drugs and to protect the future health of young people.

Her decision reportedly comes despite the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs\' review, commissioned by Gordon Brown, which says the drug should remain a class C.

Shadow Home Secretary, David Davis said the decision shows that the 2004 downgrading of the drug was a mistake.