Home Department written question – answered on 4th April 2011.

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Photo of Charles Walker Charles Walker Conservative, Broxbourne

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what health risks associated to the use of skunk cannabis her Department has identified; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)

The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD), the Government's independent expert drug advisers, has assessed the evidence on the health harms of cannabis, including the risks to young people.

In its latest report, 'Cannabis: Classification and Public Health (2008)', the ACMD found that cannabis has a number of acute and chronic health effects and that prolonged use can induce dependence.

It also found a probable but weak causal link between psychotic illness, such as schizophrenia, and cannabis use. It further stated that whether this would become stronger with the wider use of higher potency cannabis (sinsemilla-sometimes referred to as 'skunk') was uncertain. There has been no decisive new research since the 2008 ACMD report.

The ACMD publishes its reports on the Home Office website available via the following link:

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Nik Morris
Posted on 7 May 2011 3:44 pm (Report this annotation)

I wish Mr Brokenshire would start dealing in facts, as there's no solid evidence that cannabis use can cause schizophrenia. Until there is(or is not)I believe he should stop spouting such pap. He's forever twisting the debate. It's time he stepped down from office. Propaganda is WRONG! Lying to the public is wrong. Dealing in make believe is wrong(unless you're under 10). Nik