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|Cannabis Grows on Police|
- Met concentrates on hard drugs as pot heads for lighter legal touch
LIBERALISING anti-cannabis rules has helped London's police take on the more serious issue of hard drugs, according to a senior Metropolitan Police officer.
Commander Brian Paddick says a pilot scheme - running since last year - in Lambeth, south London, where possession of cannabis is met with only confiscation and a warning, has proved successful.
The scheme has freed up officers to tackle gangs dealing in crack and heroine, Paddick said.
The Lambeth experiment with cannabis is likely to be extended to other parts of London and the rest of England and Wales after another official report backed the de-criminalisation of the widely used soft-drug.
The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs - a government body - said that cannabis was less harmful than tobacco and alcohol and that there was little evidence that use of cannabis led to later use of harder drugs.