Our youth are enjoying and using hard and soft drugs
in Sheesha Cafes.
According to the most recent data (2009), despite a reputation for tolerance of soft drugs
, the share of the population abusing drugs was on par with the rest of Europe.
Home Secretary David Blunkett will also be summoned before a public hearing in the Commons to justify the current ban on the use of the so-called soft drug
An early day motion signed by 34 MPs "deplored" the continuing criminalisation of the soft drug
Cannabis is often portrayed as a soft drug
that causes relatively little damage to health.
The survey showed, not surprisingly, that the highest percentage of soft drug
drivers, 31 per cent, came from the youngest age groups (18- 25).
Indeed, there was a study by the University of Amsterdam following the relaxing of the drug laws there, which actually showed that as soft drug
use went up so did hard drug use.
When we were younger it used to be a quick drag on a cigarette behind the bike shed, but now this habit has been changed to a more lethal daily dose, which even although it's classed as a soft drug
, is no soft option and will lead many youngsters on to a harder one.
The only other crime where this might happen is, I suppose, soft drug
use, but cannabis use among non-drivers does not injure anyone else.
He rounded on those who said nothing could be done to stop hard or soft drug
The Police Found-ation is expected to recommend downgrading the drug from a class-A substance which puts it on a par with heroin, to a so-called soft drug
such as cannabis.
While in Amsterdam, ironically renowned for its soft drug
policy, visitors should be aware that its policy on hard drugs is anything but relaxed.
Headteacher Father Gabriel Everitt said: "Some may regard cannabis as a soft drug
, tolerated for recreational use by much of society, but that's not the view here.
The Shadow Home Secretary pledged "zero tolerance" of soft drug
possession, with pounds 100 spot fines for even tiny amounts.
The example of Holland comes up very clearly in the report, showing that after 20 years of soft drug
decriminalisation in Holland, they have fewer users of both soft and hard drugs and they use those drugs in milder forms and in safer ways than we do here.