Speaking at the conference, Home Office minister Bob Ainsworth said that under the new reclassification, a warning would usually be sufficient in dealing with people caught in possession of cannabis, freeing up more police resources to tackle problems surrounding harder drugs.
Hinting at the new strategy, which is expected to be outlined in detail at the conference tomorrow, he said: "Under the new classification, cannabis possession will be policed in a way which is not resource intensive."In most cases a warning will be sufficient together with confiscation of the drug."But where there are aggravating factors the police will retain the power of arrest."He added that as well as freeing up police time, the move to reclassify cannabis in line with the dangers it posed to communities would also make drug education more "credible"."We have to have effective education if we are going to reduce the problem that we have," Mr Ainsworth said."One has to see overwhelmingly the decision to reclassify cannabis in that light."Young people are not stupid.
n July 15th, 1995, in the quiet Southern California city of Whittier, a 33-year-old black man named Curtis Wilkerson got up from a booth at Mc Donald's, walked into a nearby mall and, within the space of two hours, turned himself into the unluckiest man on Earth. "So I was like, ' Baby, I'm going to the mall.'" Having grown up with no father and a mother hooked on barbiturates, Wilkerson, who says he still boasts a Reggie Miller jumper, began to spend more time on the streets.
The laws have been repeatedly criticized in some states for producing somewhat ridiculously harsh sentences for smaller crimes that are committed as the third strike.Habitual Juvenile Offenders Minors who are arrested for offenses in Illinois are not tried or convicted in the same way as an adult; they are instead adjudicated to be delinquent minors, if they are found to have committed the offense.Therefore, a habitual juvenile offender is any minor who has been twice adjudicated a delinquent minor for offenses that would be felonies if an adult was facing similar charges, and the minor is subsequently adjudicated a delinquent minor for a third time.If the problem remains in place at the deadline, it is time for a second meeting and a written warning, followed by a new deadline for resolving the issue.A third meeting means it is time to terminate the employee.We need to be able to talk to them in credible terms if we are going to be able to stop them experimenting and potentially becoming problem drug users."Mr Ainsworth said it was important that children and young people did not receive a mixed message on drugs."Cannabis is harmful," he said. It is not legal."But it is not like heroin and it is not like cocaine and unless we have that credible differentiating message we will not be able to get the message to young people in this country."One part of that would need to involve the cracking down on the type of "cannabis cafes" which have opened up across the country in the past few years, he added.