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Suella Braverman believes cannabis has been “effectively” legalised because it is not “policed properly”.
A source close to her said she was “receptive” to calls for the drug to have the higher classification. But the Prime Minister has “no plans” to upgrade the drug’s rating, Downing Street insisted.
A spokesman said: “There’s no plans to change the laws around cannabis. Our priority is on cracking down on illegal drugs and the crime they drive. We’ve launched a drug strategy backed by record investment to deliver a whole-system approach to tackling supply and demand.”
Ms Braverman was looking at increasing cannabis to Class A to allow tougher penalties to be imposed on those caught using or dealing the drug.
A Home Office source said she was “receptive” to ideas put forward by Conservative police and crime commissioners who had called for the tougher stance.
“Her position on this is that effectively cannabis has been legalised by not being policed properly. We need to focus attention on changing that.”
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