The English government in 2004 downgraded cannabis to a Class C drug in hope that its use would not rise in a significant manner. A recent study by YOuth Offending Teams discovered a rather remarkable rise in cannabis use. It is now estimated there has been a 25%-75% increase in its youth among young people in England. According to a King’s College survey in some areas 90% of youth are using cannabis and about 25% of those arrested claim they committed a crime to obtain money for its purchase.
The results are rather surprising, not that more young people would use cannabis, but th extent of its impact upon such a large swath of the youthful population.