Results 1981–2000 of 2204 for cannabis

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Prisons (Drugs) (20 Mar 1997)

Ann Widdecombe: ...that of more than 32,000 prisoners tested between April and October 1996 under the random drug testing programme, between 20 per cent. and 25 per cent. tested positive. The vast majority were for cannabis. Further research is in hand to provide a more detailed picture.

Multiple Sclerosis (10 Feb 1997)

Simon Burns: ...individual patient. That message was repeated in our recent White Paper, "The National Health Service—a Service with Ambitions". I shall deal briefly with the point about the therapeutic use of cannabis. I shall write to the hon. Member for Pendle in the next few days about the issues with which I am unable to deal because of the time. My ministerial colleagues and I are aware of, and...

Orders of the Day — Crime and Punishment (Scotland) Bill: Women Offenders (20 Jan 1997)

Michael Connarty: ...the different sections—page 9 deals with drugs and page 10 gives an analysis of drugs. Most people who go into Cornton have had some contact with drugs. In Cornton, as in other prisons, because cannabis can be traced in the bloodstream for up to 30 days, people are switching to harder drugs, such as heroin, which is out of the bloodstream in two days. The drug regime is getting harder,...

Petition: Public Entertainments Licences (Drug Misuse) Bill (17 Jan 1997)

Peter Viggers: ...should have heard some very different contributions to the debate. Statistically, about 21 per cent. of the 20 to 24 age group have tried LSD; 28 per cent. have tried speed; 45 per cent. have tried cannabis; 12 per cent. have tried Ecstasy; and some 15 per cent. have tried magic mushrooms. Those people do not see themselves as junkies on a slow decline to the gutter. They see themselves...

Orders of the Day — Crime (Sentences) Bill: Testing and Treatment Order (15 Jan 1997)

George Howarth: ...; as the Opposition suggested on Monday, it may be quite the opposite. A small but definite trend in the statistics show that there is a shift in drug abuse in prisons away from the use of cannabis towards the use of opiates such as heroin and cocaine. On Monday, the Minister stated: I do not want to sound complacent, because for years there was very little progress on drug treatment in...

Orders of the Day — Crime (Sentences) Bill: Testing and Treatment Order (13 Jan 1997)

Mr Tom Sackville: ..., as heroin addicts. The growth in treatment schemes is welcome. In his speech, the hon. Gentleman made a point that he has already made in Committee and elsewhere, about the apparent switch from cannabis use to heroin and other opiate use in prisons. As he said, according to the best figures available, opiate use is now at 7 or 8 per cent. Some of the increase may be due—I believe that...

Orders of the Day — Prisons (Alcohol Testing) Bill (13 Dec 1996)

Edward Leigh: ...found that, in some gaols, two thirds of inmates tested positive for drugs. By the end of July this year, 34,496 prisoners had been tested, of whom 30 per cent. proved positive-23 per cent. for cannabis and 7 per cent. for heroin. One hesitates to use a word like "crisis", but I do not think that the public know about these problems. They think that prisoners are locked away out of sight,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Prisons (Drug Abuse) (5 Dec 1996)

George Howarth: Will the Minister acknowledge that a mandatory drug test can detect cannabis after up to 28 days, whereas heroin and cocaine are held in the bloodstream for two to four days? There is a perverse incentive for people to take the latter drugs. Can he confirm that, between March and September, the number of positive tests for opiates increased by 27 per cent., which amounts to 3,500 people? Does...

Orders of the Day — Crime (Sentences) Bill (4 Nov 1996)

Mr William Powell: ...could stop me.'The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, confessed to: committing his first offence at 13, breaking into hundreds of cars in four years, selling stolen radios to buy cannabis.He said: 'I don't want to do this for the rest of my life—but it's easy money.' That person had no fear. Just before Christmas, at the Middlesex Guildhall—just the other side of...

Orders of the Day — Education and Local Government (29 Oct 1996)

Mr John Maxton: ...out of hand—to drink 10 pints of beer with one's pals or have a few whiskies after a game of sport, and it is all great fun, whereas, if someone takes one ecstasy tablet, or smokes one reefer of cannabis, that is both morally and legally wrong. Our youngsters do not altogether understand when people say that it is wrong to take drugs, but that, although one should not really do it, going...

Clause 148: Rectory School, Hampton (8 Jul 1996)

Mr Toby Jessel: .... That is clearly understood by all pupils and parents. It is a tough but fair policy, which is backed by parents and staff in the interests of the 900 pupils taken as a whole. Drugs such as cannabis can become an addictive habit. In the long run, according to the "Oxford Textbook of Medicine", cannabis can cause lung cancer, bronchitis and emphysema. It can damage reproductive capacity,...

Prayers: Drugs Strategy (21 Jun 1996)

Mr John Bowis: ...is not a proposition that we can accept—for the reasons given by my hon. Friend the Member for Bury St. Edmunds (Mr. Spring). Those reasons include the health effects of, and cancers caused by, cannabis. As the Labour-Front Bench team has also made clear, we would send a message to young people who seek to say no and are succeeding in doing so. What sort of message would we convey to...

Sentencing Proposals (19 Jun 1996)

David Maclean: ...chances beforehand. They will not receive a minimum sentence for the first conviction. Some people might share the view that it would be a little unfortunate if those who are simply passing on a cannabis cigarette or whatever were sent to prison, but we are not dealing with cannabis. Drug dealers who will be liable to a minimum sentence are those who are dealing in class A drugs. If...

Prayers: Primary Schools (5 Jun 1996)

Bob Spink: That is another silly Liberal Democrat policy which ranks alongside legalising cannabis. I am sure that you will be appalled to learn, Mr. Deputy Speaker, that, during a visit to a primary school in my constituency, when I asked why, during the service, they had sung only politically correct hymns about yellow buttercups and had made no reference to traditional hymns, to our saviour Jesus or...

Prayers: Education (16 to 19-year-olds) (17 May 1996)

Denis MacShane: ...they can make a useful contribution to society. In Rotherham, people are turning to drugs. There has been an increase in drug-related crime and most schools are reporting the selling or use of cannabis and harder drugs. In the past 12 months, there have been six drug-related deaths in a part of the world that has had many difficulties, but that is not—I think my friends in Rotherham...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Drugs (Scotland) (16 May 1996)

David Heathcoat-Amory: In 1995, customs anti-smuggling staff in Scotland seized 6 g of cocaine, 12.4 kg of cannabis, 402 doses of LSD and 7 g of other prohibited drugs. The estimated street level value of these seizures was approximately £40,000.

Orders of the Day — Licensing (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: 'Conditions for existing licences (1 May 1996)

Roseanna Cunningham: ...more widely than just in clubs. A recent survey conducted by Britain's top selling teenage magazine, Sugar Magazine, came up with some startling percentages. Members may be surprised to hear that cannabis is used by 40 per cent. of teenagers, 3 per cent. more than use tobacco. It appears that it is more popular among teenagers than tobacco. Neither statistic is to be welcomed, and I...

Prayers: Buckley Hall Prison (27 Mar 1996)

Ms Liz Lynne: ..., and was quoted as saying that there was a major drugs problem and that 95 per cent. of prisoners on one wing were using smack. He said that, because of mandatory testing, prisoners had gone from cannabis to hard drugs, because cannabis stayed in the body longer. He told the paper that two Buckley Hall prisoners had given themselves up at Strangeways because they feared being returned to...

Ministerial Responsibility (12 Feb 1996)

Mr Jacques Arnold: ...of refugees. How could any Home Secretary answer for the Liberal Democrats' favourite policies, which were passed at their conference, on the decriminalisation of prostitution and the possession of cannabis? I doubt whether any of those would go down very well. The hon. and learned Gentleman made much of quangos. As my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster rightly...


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