HC Deb 16 July 2001 vol 372 c70W
Mr. Dobson

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice he has received on the carcinogenic, toxic and psychotic effects of smoking cannabis; and if he will place it in the Library. [4156]

Yvette Cooper

A report by the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology, published on 11 November 1998, included a review of available evidence on the effects of cannabis. The report is available in the Library.

The Department has funded three literature reviews of various aspects of cannabis. The following reports are also available in the Library. Clinical and Pharmacological Aspects"—Professor Heather Ashton (Newcastle University) Psychological and Psychiatric Aspects"—Dr. Andrew Johns (Institute of Psychiatry) Therapeutic Aspects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids"—Dr. Philip Robson (Oxford University). A further study, "Long Term Heavy Cannabis Use: Patterns and Problems" is due to be completed in September 2001.