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This Absurd Waste Of Police Time And Resources

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The spectacle of police officers breaking down doors all over the country is ridiculous.  It is the most disgraceful waste of police time and resources.  Last year the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) said the total number of  “commercial cannabis factories” found in 2009/10 was 6,886 – more than double the 3,032 discovered two years ago, and more than eight times the annual average between 2004 and 2007.

What does this cost?  What does it achieve?

The prohibition of cannabis is a major error in government policy.   It is prohibition that has made cannabis-growing so attractive to organised crime and with that has come violence and human trafficking.  It is the law that puts police officers in harm’s way, that creates violence on our streets.  It is the same stupid law that sends the same police officers using the same tactics into the homes of responsible citizens.  People who are growing a few plants for themselves, who have real medical need, are treated as if they are violent criminals.

Prohibition is the most inane, discredited, intellectually redundant idea there ever was!  Yet our poodle politicians whimper along behind it without the courage to grasp the nettle and undertake the reform that is desperately needed.

This is no minor issue.  It should be high in priority because, aside from the cost to human life and liberty,  in Britain it means that £19 billion per annum is being recklessly and uselessly discarded every year.  Police officers are put in danger.  Innocent citizens are terrorised.  Organised crime profits.  Ministers won’t even discuss it.

I remember last year I heard the story of a police officer involved in a raid who had both arms nearly severed by falling glass.  What ludicrous system is it that puts citizen against citizen like this, and endangers life on all sides?

And so the crooked circle turns, around and around.  There is no excuse.  All the intellectual, moral, health and science arguments have been won. The government’s policy is manifestly wrong, fundamentally immoral and a huge waste of money.

This is a scandal of neglect, cowardice, wasted lives and wasted money that shames our nation.

Written by Peter Reynolds

February 9, 2011 at 1:17 pm

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  2. You got my vote.

    When I was watching the BBC What’s the Harm docs, one thing struck me; the police now have to make conceited efforts of tackling this – usual under a macho name like Operation Viscount.

    So, basically, rain drops in the ocean, and as long as you’re seen to be doing something, then that’s good enough.

  3. I was talking to an alcoholic today who was on his way back from the shop with his 3 litre bottle of cider he told me he had been off the drink for a number of weeks due to using cannabis but as there was none around cider it had to be… Very sad


    February 17, 2011 at 3:30 am

  4. I absolutely agree. The Home office and ACPo should allocate monies according to the perceived danger, not along moral and/or political lines. cannabis growers are the beating boy so it seems, with not much money left to allocate to the detection of far more harmfull drugs. How is it possible to criminalise so many for so little and leave the coke snorting bonus receivers in the City get off scot free?


    February 17, 2011 at 11:47 am

  5. protecting us from the side effects of their own policy at high cost , its not evidence based , its not got the publics interest in hand and all the propaganda comes from tax to please the policy , to fool the badly educated who they educate with their standardized curriculum (the damage is already done), taking away our civil liberties to farm us like sheep , truley the inventers of organized crime ,when did the terrorists take over?


    February 27, 2011 at 10:01 pm

  6. Here in the North of Ireland we have a new breed of terrorist Direct action against drugs, D.A.A.D or the real I.R.A .this group is made up by guys who miss the old days when the I.R.A were the people who controlled what the people in this place could and could not do. They have set themselves up as local law enforcement to deal with pot dealers they dont bother with courts or law they simply shoot anyone that they think is a dealer and then they celebrate with a good old fashioned booze up they run drunk through housing estates terrorising the people who live there and calling themselves protectors and make sure that the smokers in my city do so in fear of attack this also forces up the street price and lowers the quality of the cannabis that people can get.
    They have also Killed their own members when their connections to local dealers were discovered.
    It is the present system that has allowed this group to form their twisted view and now everyone knows when they take a dealer away for a little chat they take his drugs and his money so we all see where the funding for this group is coming from.
    when this group starts to attack the rest of the U,K what will the idiots that maintain the present system do? and dont think to ask the Northern Ireland politicians how to deal with it All the parties here have No policy about medical cannabis and half of them wont even answer my @mails when I ask them for a explanation why they have not tried to come up with a solution to whats happening instead its more money to the police more money to the terrorists and more pain for the sufferers who have to buy the dirty overpriced cannabis

    terry doherty

    February 28, 2011 at 11:43 am

  7. Drugs and Prostitution are two of the oldest professions in this country, it is supply and demand …………… Work it out!!!

    P.S Very good article Peter.


    April 12, 2011 at 4:09 pm

  8. This article is basically wrong. I tried to think of a more eloquent way to put that, but I decided it didn’t need sugar coating.


    April 14, 2011 at 11:29 pm

  9. Re: above comment

    Peter, the clocks have gone forward. It’s not 23.29.


    April 14, 2011 at 11:30 pm

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