YOUNGSTERS are being warned that their track record will go up in smoke if they are caught with cannabis.
Police are reminding youngsters that cannabis is still illegal and anyone caught in possession of it will be arrested.
Inspector Pete Minghella, of Cheshire Constabulary, said: 'Research shows that cannabis is the most common illegal drug used by school pupils. Everyone in society has a responsibility to address that - from the police and parents to schools and other education providers.
'We know that there's a minority of young people using the drug and I personally will be working with the schools in the area to address that issue.
'Unscrupulous dealers sell the drug to teenagers and fill their heads with nonsense about cannabis no longer being illegal.
'They befriend them and before long, young people are regularly buying cannabis from them for themselves and their friends.
'Little do these youngsters know that if they are caught with cannabis they will be arrested - not only for being in possession of the drug, but also possibly for being in possession with intent to supply, a serious offence.'
Cannabis was reclassified from a Class B to a Class C drug last year. However, the policing of cannabis for under 18s did not change.
For advice and information about cannabis call Dave Coathup, substance misuse worker, on 01606 48000.