Jacqui Smith explores the cannabis debate in Radio 5 live documentary, Stoned Again

Date: 15.11.2012     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 17.57
Category: Radio 5 Live
In a revealing documentary, former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith talks to some of her fiercest critics as she reassesses her 2008 decision to reclassify cannabis from Category C to the more serious Category B, a decision that prompted public debate, but attracted criticism from some drugs charities, health workers and academics.

In “Stoned Again”, Jacqui Smith tests the evidence and reasons for her decision and considers its impact.

She talks to those who opposed the decision including her first face-to-face meeting with Professor David Nutt, who was on the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs at the time.

She and another former Home Secretary, David Blunkett, discuss the political decision making process involved in the cannabis debate. David Blunkett was previously responsible for downgrading the cannabis classification from B to C.

Drug users and front-line workers talk about their experiences of the law and the drug, and Jacqui sees drugs education in action. As Jacqui reflects on these conversations, she considers whether she stands by this decision and whether it had any impact on cannabis use in Britain.

Notes to Editors

Stoned Again presented by Jacqui Smith will be broadcast on BBC Radio 5 live on Thursday 29 November at 10pm. Tony Livesey will continue the discussion of the issues raised in the programme at 11pm.