HC Deb 24 May 1972 vol 837 cc421-2W
Mr. Deakins

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what research her Department is undertaking into the health hazards of smoking cannabis.

Mrs. Thatcher

The Medical Research Council, for which I am responsible, is supporting studies centred on social and clinical factors in drug abuse, including cannabis, at one of its own research establishments. Similar work is being carried out with long-term grant support provided jointly by the council and the Department of Health and Social Security at another centre and a further long-term grant covering investigation of the pharmacological and toxicological actions of cannabis has recently been awarded. Shorter-term grants have also been made to cover a number of studies on this particular drug.