Since its category was downgraded to a class C drug, use has fallen quite significantly. The proportion of young people using cannabis has fallen from 23.5% to 20.9%
This is despite the downgrade of the drug to class C.
Ironically, since the drug was downgraded the police have increased the numbers of street warnings about using cannabis. The number of people dealt with by the police for cannabis possession has doubled since the drug was downgraded.
However, this shows that problem is not solved by prohibition, quite often prohibition can create different kinds of problems such as:
- Benefits criminals who can deal in illegal drugs for good profit margins
- More difficult to control quality of drugs (e.g use of . Skunk has become more widespread)
- Making it illegal may make it seem more dangerous and interesting
Nevertheless, as the article suggests, there is a good case for taking the decision of drug classification out of the hands of politicians.
See also: Should drugs be legalised?