Cannabis still 'harmful' despite reclassification

A new campaign has been launched which it is hoped will educate the public about the reclassification of cannabis from a class B to class C drug.

The government's message is that cannabis will be reclassified on 29 January, but "it is harmful and will remain illegal".

The move is part of the government's overall drug strategy which focuses action on class A drugs, like heroin and crack/cocaine which cause the greatest harm to individuals, their families and communities.

The change was recommended by an independent expert committee that advises the government on drug classifications.

Home Office Drugs Minister Caroline Flint said: "By reclassifying cannabis we are being honest to young people about the harm cannabis can cause in comparison to drugs such as crack and heroin. This an open and effective way to tackle the problems associated with class A drug use which Government medical advisors have recommended."

Radio adverts and leaflets will target young people, as part of the Frank campaign, and postcards in pubs and clubs will help to get the message across to over-18s.

The government will invest £1.2 billion this year in the drug strategy which aims to tackle supply, address treatment needs, help communities and educate young people


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