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ARRESTS for cannabis possession have fallen by a third in the first year since the drug was downgraded, official figures for England and Wales show.

The Home Office said the move to reclassify the drug from Class B to Class C had saved police an estimated 199, 000 hours of work.

Cannabis is now ranked alongside anabolic steroids and some prescription anti-depressants, and its possession is generally not an arrestable offence.

The Home Office's British Crime Survey suggested 28. 2% of 16 to 24-year-olds used cannabis in 1998, compared with 24. 8% today.
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Date:Jan 29, 2005
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