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NCJ Number: 119302 Find in a Library
Title: Cannabis: Report by the Advisory Committee on Drug Dependence
Corporate Author: Great Britain Home Office
Advisory Cmtte on Drug Dependence
United Kingdom
Date Published: 1968
Page Count: 78
Sponsoring Agency: Great Britain Home Office
London SW1, England
Her Majesty's Stationery Office
Norwich, NR3 1GN,
Sale Source: Her Majesty's Stationery Office
PO Box 29
Norwich, NR3 1GN,
United Kingdom
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This report on cannabis by the British Advisory Committee on Drug Dependence focuses on the drug's effects and laws governing its use and distribution.
Abstract: The adverse effects produced by cannabis consumed in even small amounts are significant, such that the wider use of cannabis should not be encouraged through the decriminalization of its use. On the other hand, the commonly accepted dangers of its use and the risk of progressing to opiates from cannabis use have been overstated. Consequently, existing criminal sanctions intended to curb its use are unjustifiably severe. The committee's recommendations pertain to research, the reform of general drug legislation and existing law relating to cannabis, synthetic cannabinols, and police powers of search and arrest in relation to drug offenses generally. The recommendations represent a plea for the use of cannabis to be judged more realistically in the codes of law and social behavior, given current understanding of the drug's effects. The recommendations do not oppose the obligations to control cannabis assumed by the government as a party to the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961. 46-item bibliography, appended supplementary material.
Main Term(s): Marijuana
Index Term(s): Drug effects; Drug laws; Great Britain/United Kingdom; Law reform
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