Cannabis should be Class A drug like cocaine or heroin, Home Secretary believes

The newly-appointed Home Secretary thinks cannabis should be bumped up into the Class A drug category.

In a crackdown that would see the drug marked on a similar danger class as that of heroin and cocaine, Suella Braverman is said to have privately backed a Police and Crime Commissioner group calling for tougher drug sentences.

Such a classification would mean that cannabis possession would see a maximum jail term of seven years, an increase from the current five-year sentence behind bars, with life for supply.

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Supporters of Braverman have claimed that the Home Secretary is opposed to calls to decriminalise the drug, instead confirming that the cannabis classification was "subject to review".

Deterrence, Braverman believes, is crucial in curbing the rise of cannabis' popularity, with one source claiming the Government has "got to scare people".

News of the attempted cannabis curb comes as a group of Police and Crime Commissioners revealed a new health data plan on cannabis which showed a need to re-evaluate penalties over the drugs usage.

Their claims came from a meeting at the Conservative conference last week.

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Dorset PCC David Sidwick was reported by The Sun as saying: "If you look at the young people in treatment, the number one drug is cannabis."

Prime Minister Liz Truss is said to not back any law change.

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