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Politicians Who Want To Keep Cannabis Banned are on the Same Side as the Gangsters and Drug Lords.

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This article was published in the Daily Express on 8th April 2021 as ‘Legalising cannabis will slash drug crime and levy taxes, it’s nuts not to’

Sadiq Khan has suggested, timidly, a ‘drugs commission’ to look specifically at the legalisation of cannabis. No.10 has hit back saying that a review is waste of time and it has no plans to change the law because “illicit drugs destroy lives and cannabis is a harmful substance”.

I agree.  A review would be a waste of time. We already have all the evidence we need from around the world and it is clear that legalisation would reduce all harm, undermine the gangsters, cut street dealing and violence, protect children and families.

I also agree that “illicit drugs destroy lives” but it’s not the drugs that do that, it’s the fact that they’re illicit.  The law against cannabis causes far more harm than cannabis itself.

Yes, cannabis can be harmful but we have wealth of evidence showing that it is much less harmful than alcohol, tobacco, energy drinks, traffic pollution and many things we consume regularly. Peanuts and shellfish cause far more health harms than cannabis.

But even if you believe the hysteria and exaggeration about the dangers of cannabis, does it make sense to allow gangsters to control the market?  If it’s so dangerous, to protect children and the vulnerable, our government should take responsibility and take control of the market. Look what has happened in many other places, legal regulation of cannabis takes it off the streets and into licensed retailers who have to obey age limits, label their products so adults know what they are buying and pay taxes, which in the USA are raising millions of dollars which are spent on schools, healthcare, drugs education and other community projects.

In Britain we spend £6 billion every year on cannabis and on top of that hundreds of thousands of people grow their own. No one pays any taxes on it and all the profits are used by organised crime to fund other criminal activity.

It’s the criminal cannabis market that provides the funding for county lines.  Young people are groomed into delivering hard drugs by being offered “a bit of weed’. The epidemic of knife crime is driven largely by the gangs and they are funded by their trade in cannabis.  It funds prostitution, modern slavery, people trafficking, it’s where all the gangsters’ money comes from and the very last thing they want is for it to be legalised.

The alternative can be seen in reality in the USA, Canada, Uruguay and other places. In Canada, after just two years of legalisation, already more than half of all cannabis is bought through licensed retailers. In the USA, where cannabis is legalised, underage use has gone down.

The most important thing is that in these places there is now some real control over cannabis. Crime has been reduced. Gangsters don’t rule the streets anymore. There’s no problem with ‘Spice’ because why would anyone buy that dangerous synthetic when they can get the legal, top quality, much safer real thing?

In the USA there are now 350,000 new jobs in the legal cannabis industry. That’s equivalent to 50,000 new jobs in Britain and those are jobs that have been taken away from criminals. All those workers now pay taxes too.  It’s a win-win solution

Today it seems that the main opposition to legalising cannabis comes from the organised crime gangsters and from our politicians. Why? All they ever do is come out with the same non-explanations as Boris Johnson has.  They don’t seem to want to discuss the subject at all and most of them, including Boris, have said they have used cannabis themselves!

In fact, in a video that is widely available on social media, in the year 2000 Boris Johnson asks why his “respectable neighbours who roll up a spliff and quietly smoke it together” are “in breach of the law”?  And he says “I think there is a danger that the government is becoming out-of-touch with what people are actually doing”.

The truth is that legalisation is inevitable.  Every day that our politicians put it off they cause more harm. Another child is sold highly potent, so-called ‘skunk’ on the street. Another young girl is groomed into using hard drugs by being offered some new clothes and a ‘bit of weed’. Another young man is stabbed to death in some stupid dispute over territory, the sort of argument that is dealt with by normal business methods in places where cannabis is legally regulated.

So next time you hear a politician being ‘tough on drugs’, realise that its not drugs he’s being tough on, it’s the people in your community.  Banning cannabis hasn’t worked, there is more of it consumed across the world than ever before. There is a choice, let the gangsters keep running it, terrorising our streets and communities or get tough on them!

Take away the cannabis trade from organised crime and take responsibility for it.  Control it.  Reduce its harms. Benefit from safer streets, increased tax revenue, more jobs, less crime. Ask your MP, whose side are you on?  Are you on our side, looking after us properly, or are you on the same side as the gangsters?

Written by Peter Reynolds

April 11, 2021 at 10:25 am

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  1. couldn’t agree more! the government knows the truth! they are using this for political purposes and couldn’t give a shit about the people! it makes sense to them to criminalize mainly poor people to stop them from voting and wash their hand of all responsibility.

    stephen Brophy

    April 11, 2021 at 12:37 pm

  2. the government knows these facts all too well and don;t give a flying toss. prohibition”works” for them because keeping it in place maintains division among communities. Boris Johnson would obviously like to see an exemption for his chums while criminalizing everyone else not in his anointed circle.

    Shaun O'Connor

    April 11, 2021 at 1:56 pm

    • Don’t forget his openly admits to smoking bud and his neighbours do it on a regular basis


      July 18, 2021 at 10:39 pm

  3. Quite literally, in some cases. I have reported that Harry Anslinger was part of the Cartel.


    April 11, 2021 at 5:30 pm

  4. Re Boris Johnson’s rejection fo changes in the law: A friend told me of his father’s comment once during an argument: son, don’t bother me with the facts, I’ve already made up my mind. Johnson’s role model W CVhurchil is alleged to have said to US hosts when told he couldn’t get a drink during Prohibition: so your alcohol profits go to the mafia, ours go to the Treasury. Sadiq Khan’s proposed commisision is in a sense redundant because the arguments are well known, but a London commission could add status and clout to the moves towards drug policy reform in the UK.

    Blaine Stothard

    April 12, 2021 at 9:38 am

  5. Come on let cannabis/weed/pot/ganja be legal as system own ofc can people that have depressed papir ok for plant 2-3 plants each month. But not selling( could be only big ticket).

    But system could punshed people on body if its just grass or car problems . If they stratch a another car or accident.

    It could only be like in tax people pay for accident they do is milder punished or someting

    Pls pls i can try help to make paradose for kinda all.

    But weed cannabis pott mariujuna cant be illegal.

    Its like medacin its easyer to give slowely more for new but verry little joint . Like 0,2-0,3 g each joint its with free nikotin cigaret also 🙂

    Bardur lognberg

    June 7, 2021 at 6:27 pm

  6. The only reason weed is illegal is so the government can get more non-violent slaves for the prison labor system.


    July 1, 2021 at 2:31 pm

    • Well that might be true if there was anyone going to prison for weed for anything but large scale dealing or cultivation – but there isn’t.

      Peter Reynolds

      July 1, 2021 at 3:00 pm

    • Also, it could only be true if the prison labour system was of any significance – but it isn’t.

      Peter Reynolds

      July 1, 2021 at 3:01 pm

      • We got private for-profit prisons in a lot of states here in USA.
        OH well, it’s a world thing soon.


        July 4, 2021 at 12:27 pm

  7. Because they have shares in it and don’t want other’s to profit from it. But why we listening to the ex-government the were sacked along with the monarchy on 23rd of June 2001. All government law’s were defunct by the baron’s under article 61 of the magna carta which is the only law in force in the UK and commonwealth countries and they are all on notice for committing high treason.


    July 18, 2021 at 10:35 pm

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