2004 CE
UK Moves Cannabis to a Class C drug, with lower Penalties

In 2004, UK Home Secretary David Blunkett approves the reclassification of cannabis from Class B (which it had been since the 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act) to Class C. Class C carries lower penalties for possession of the drug. The decision was in part based on advice from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD). 

Source: Trace, M., Klein, A., & Roberts, M. (2004). Reclassification of cannabis in the United Kingdom.

Drugs: Cannabis (marijuana)
Regions: UK (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland)
Topics: Taxation and regulation