‘Three strikes and out’ cannabis law proposal undermined

Home Office throws spanner in the works for attempt for tougher penalties

Plans for a tougher a “three strikes and you’re out” policy for those caught in possession of cannabis were scuppered by the Home Office yesterday (October 13), when it was revealed that first offence warnings would not be recorded on the police national computer.

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith outlined a new system by which adults caught with the drug after it is classified a Class B drug in January, reports The Times.

Swift said that under the new system those caught in possession would be given a police warning for their first “strike”, an £80 fine for the second and an arrest for the third.

However, the proposal was undermined by her own department, the Home Office, who warned that the first “strike” would not be recorded, making it tough for police to determine whether an offence had been previously committed.

Swift‘s proposals were criticised by the Transform Drug Policy Foundation‘s Danny Kushlick.

“Escalating penalties for possession only serve to further marginalise and criminalise millions of otherwise law-abiding people,” he claimed.