Well I know it’s not up to the police to change the law but for them to think that by evicting people from their homes is going to reduce crime and specifically drug dealing, is an illusion.
ALL efforts by Government and police to reduce dealing, over forty years of it – have failed.
There is more drugs, more addiction, more crime, more illness and more death, than ever!
Kids as young as eight have been found with drugs in school. A huge percentage of teenagers have tried drugs and booze – it’s not just cannabis. Whilst drugs get contaminated or cut, whilst they remain available in every town and city, whilst the dealers’ profits rise along with addiction, the zero-tolerance policy has failed miserably and has cost many many billions of pounds; over one million people in the UK have a criminal record for cannabis and many of those never actually harmed anyone!
The answer is staring us in the face.
Instead of arresting dealer after dealer, simply creating opportunities for others to step in (as they do), alienating the youth and often abusing people’s humans rights in the process – locking up people’s who’s only “crime” is that they choose to use one drug rather than another, wrongly discriminating between drugs like alcohol and plants like cannabis .. why not …
.. take the bull by the horns, use common sense, recognise people have and always will take substances to change their moods – take the drugs out of the hands of criminals by legalising the possession, production and supply
This should be an immediate step for cannabis. As the late Eddie Ellison, retired head of Scotland Yard’s Drug Squad, once said: “cannabis ought never have been made illegal.”
Legalisation of cannabis cultivation would mean that people would be able to grow plants for their own use in their own homes and stay away from dealers that may offer other drugs.
Legalisation of commercial production and supply to adults would allow quality control, point-of-sale advice, tax on profits, separation from the world of hard drugs and crime – and it would save BILLIONS of pounds of tax-payers money every year.
There are also many hundreds of thousands of people that do or could benefit medicinally from controlled doses of cannabis. Unlike many prescription drugs, cannabis has no fatal dose, no unpleasant side-effects (for the vast majority) and no need for more pills to counteract those side effects.
It is time for our Government to tell us exactly and honestly why they stay with such an expensive failed policy of prohibition.
Source: Alun Buffry’s Blog