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Justice Minister Reveals UK Is Trialling Portuguese Approach To Drugs.

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In the secretive way that now seems to be standard practice for the UK government, the justice minister, Andrew Selous MP, revealed yesterday, in an answer to a written Parliamentary Question, that he is “currently trialling ‘Liaison and Diversion’ services”.

“These services place health professionals at police stations and courts to assess suspects for a range of health problems, including drug misuse, and make referrals to treatment and support. Information shared with the criminal justice system can be used to inform decisions, supporting diversion into treatment as part of an alternative to charge or to custody where appropriate.

We are also interested in problem-solving courts, such as drug courts, given evidence of success in other jurisdictions. Officials are now working with members of the judiciary to consider how the problem-solving approach might be developed for England and Wales.”

Source: Hansard

This is good news and is to be welcomed.  However, why can’t the UK government engage with the electorate on drug law reform?  Instead of dismissing all calls for reform out of hand, how about behaving as if the UK really is a democracy?  Portugal has made massive improvements in public health through an enlightened and intelligent approach to drugs policy.  Let us hope, one day soon the UK will catch up.

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Written by Peter Reynolds

February 3, 2016 at 3:40 pm

Truth, Justice And The Scottish Way

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Braveheart

Braveheart

Kenny MacAskill, the Scottish Justice  Minister, can hold his head high.  I believe he will go down in history with William Wallace,  Robert the Bruce and other great Scottish heroes.

Brave Scot

Brave Scot

As for the putrid, small-minded contribution from Robert Mueller, the Director of the FBI, I say get back to Hicksville with Jethro and your cousins and take your thuggish, corrupt opinions with you.  Since it lost its way under George Bush, America is in no position to lecture anyone about justice.  The proud and wonderful principles expressed in its constitution have been besmirched by Bush, Guantanamo Bay, illegal rendition and, as far as the FBI is concerned, we can go all the way back to the 50s and McCarthyism to see how much justice matters to it.

Mad Mullah

Mad Mullah

America has many uncomfortable questions to answer about its own complicity in the story of Pan Am flight 103.  Scotland has behaved with honour and courage.

Barack & Hillary – You’re Out Of Line!

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America’s interference  in the Scottish Justice Minister’s decision on the fate of the so-called Lockerbie Bomber, is uncalled for, inappropriate, tactless, rude, arrogant and just plain wrong.

Whatever your views on the value of mercy towards a man who has only a matter of days or weeks to live and who is very probably innocent of the crime he was convicted of, it is no business of the United States to be interfering like this.

We already kowtow to the Americans far too much.  Our blind obedience into Iraq and Afghanistan.  Our willingness to bow to their demands for the extradition of Gary Mckinnon, a harmless, mentally abnormal individual who is being bullied and persecuted by a country for who the title “the Great Satan” seems increasingly justified.

You, who are responsible for so much state-sanctioned terrorism and bullying, have no business meddling like this in the affairs of Scotland or the UK.