Cannabis has mental health risk factors for young people, police warn, after teenagers were caught smoking it in a Burwell street

Cannabis seized Ely

Cannabis seized Ely - Credit: Archant

Teenagers are being warned about the mental health risk factors of smoking cannabis after a 16 year old and his friend were caught smoking cannabis in Burwell.

PCSO Matt Chennell seized cannabis from the teenager in the area of The Causeway whilst on foot patrol in the neighbourhood.

He said he was attracted by the strong, distinctive smell and on searching him found four small individual bags of herbal cannabis in his outer clothing.

“The offender was taken home and interviewed in the presence of his father. Having admitted the offence he will be issued with a conditional caution, on the basis of his attendance at a drugs awareness counselling session,” PC Chennell said.

“We’ve reported previously on the risks presented by drugs and the ambiguity that some people perceive around cannabis particularly.

“Cannabis remains classified as a Class B drug. Possession of a Class B, can result a five years imprisonment and or a fine.

“The maximum fine is £5,000.

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“Cannabis has been identified as a risk factor in mental health conditions - with particular regard to psychosis and schizophrenia.

“Experts have been keen to express that the risk is greatest during the formative teenage years when the user is more susceptible to cognitive impairment.”

He continued: “As with all drugs - users need to make informed choices and know where they stand within the law.

“If you do use you should never - under any circumstances - get behind the wheel of a car.”

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He added that for support, advice or guidance on the question of drugs - or if you have concerns about a member of your family or a friend - then contact the non emergency police line on 101.