The British government is set to tighten the law on marijuana, reclassifying it as a more dangerous drug and imposing a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison for possession. Prime Minister Gordon Brown is determined to designate pot as a class B drug, only three years after Tony Blair downgraded it to class C.
Brown's plan goes against the recommendation of Parliament's advisory council on drugs, which supports keeping marijuana as a class C drug, reports the Independent. In 2004, the Blair government relaxed pot laws to allow police to concentrate on the fight against harder drugs. Since then possession of marijuana, while still a crime, has led to confiscation and a warning rather than a criminal prosecution.