'No plans to make cannabis a Class A drug', says Downing Street

Marijuana is currently classified as a Class B drug in the UK.

‘No plans to make cannabis a Class A drug’, says Downing Street iStock

There are “no plans” to classify cannabis as a Class A drug, despite reports that the home secretary would be open to doing so, Downing Street has indicated.

According to a source close to her, Suella Braverman believes that cannabis has been “effectively” legalised as it has not been “policed properly”.

The home secretary was also said to be “receptive” to calls for the drug to be upgraded from Class B to Class A.

However, No 10 has stated that there are no plans to change the law around cannabis.

Class A drugs include cocaine, ecstasy, heroin, LSD and methadone, with possession carrying with it a sentence of up to seven years in prison, an unlimited fine or both.

Supply and production of a Class A drug can bring a sentence of life in prison, an unlimited fine or both.

On Monday, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman dismissed the suggestion that the Government could move to reclassify cannabis,

“There’s no plans to change the laws around cannabis,” he stated on Monday.

“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.”