Sell cannabis like alcohol and cigarettes, says British public in new poll

A majority of the British public back the legalisation and decriminalisation of cannabis use so that it would be sold in shops like alcohol and tobacco, according to a BMG Research poll for the Independent. More than 1,500 people were asked if they supported or opposed the proposal that “cannabis be legalised, so that it is sold legally within a government regulated market in the same way that alcohol and tobacco is”. Overall, 22% strongly backed the move, while 29% somewhat supported it, making total support 51%. Strongly opposed were…

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Police ‘decriminalising cannabis’ as prosecutions fall away, says Lamb

A substantial fall in the number of prosecutions and cautions for possessing the drug show that the police are in effect ‘starting to decriminalise’ cannabis, says Lib Dem MP Norman Lamb. Figures from the Ministry of Justice, released in response to a parliamentary question from Lamb, show that last year only 15,120 people in England and Wales were prosecuted for possession of cannabis, a fall of 19% since 2015. Police issued cautions to 6,524 people in 2017 – 34% fewer than two years before. Lamb, who has called for a…

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Portugal – The highs and lows of decriminalisation

Ever fancied visiting Portugal as a tourist? Maybe you heard they have relaxed drug laws there? This is true but it is also misleading.   Portugal, as many following drug policy change around the world will know decriminalised all personal drug use over 15 years ago. It was a much needed social experiment and has opened up the doors to wider progress and conversation. They treat drug use as a health problem not a criminal one. I wanted to see it for myself. They have a punish the crime not the…

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Cannabis use worse than theft?

Afternoon musings on the ‘Durham Police not arresting people for small-scale cannabis production or use’ palava: Back in May, Plymouth Police told owners of petrol stations that they would not be able to investigate if someone were to drive off without paying for their fuel, because of cuts to the police budget which meant they had to prioritise crimes. In essence, Plymouth Police were decriminalising theft. Only one specific form of theft admittedly, but still, theft. There were a couple of stories in the local press and quite a few…

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North East Police Crime Commissioner Decriminalising Cannabis Users To Focus On Gangs

Ronald Hogg PCC, has today been reported to be re-prioritising the structure of cannabis policing in the North East in areas such as Durham, Newcastle and Middlesbrough. “Cannabis use is still illegal and smoking it is still a crime, but if you are caught, you will get this opportunity to stop re offending. ‘By and large we are saying it is not the top of our list to go out and try to pick up people smoking joints on street corners but if it’s blatant or we get complaints, officers will…

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