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Asked what was the Prime Minister’s view on down grading ecstasy and whether he thought it was right for others to recommend it, the PMOS said he was not aware of the context and as such it was better if he did not comment yet. Put to him that the parents of Leah Betts, who died of ecstasy 10 years ago, had told the Sun that the Government was not doing enough on drugs, particularly ecstasy. As a result they were now going to have to close the Leah Betts helpline because of lack of support from the Government over the issue of ecstasy, the PMOS said for specifics on ecstasy policy it was better that journalists spoke to the department. In terms of cannabis reclassification we were keeping it under constant review. Asked if the Government had a general stance on drugs policy and whether it had the balance right between prevention and sanctions, the PMOS said that drugs policy was one of those matters that you had to keep constantly under review, which we did in conjunction with the police and communities. That would remain the case.

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