U-TURN ON CANNABIS CAUTIONS; EXCLUSIVE No let-offs by police to beat drug use rise.
CANNABIS users are to be hit in a new Government crackdown on ALL illegal drugs, The People can reveal.
A police let-off will no longer be an option under new hard-line proposals being discussed by ministers and senior police.
Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, who admitted smoking cannabis at university, is considering a U-turn to combat a rise in drug abuse, particularly among the young.
New figures showed that police cautions for cannabis possession have more than doubled since it was downgraded from a Class B to a Class C substance in 2004.
Scientists now say the drug causes more long-term physical and mental damage than previously thought.
Smokers caught with even the smallest amount will no longer get away with a let-off.
A Whitehall aide said: "The tide seems to be turning against cannabis and the softly, softly approach to its possession."
The pressure group Talking About Cannabis has told ministers: "Going back to the original classification will send out a clear message that smoking cannabis in child and teenage years is highly dangerous."
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