In what seems like some kind of small miracle, the commissioner of the police of Durham, Ron Hogg has stated that his force will not pursue people growing small amounts of cannabis at home. He has also suggested police wont be going after users smoking on the street!
“It’s about keeping people out of the criminal justice system and reducing costs, it’s about being more productive with the way we approach things.
It’s also about seeking to prevent future use by keeping people out of prison.
My position is clear – I support decriminalisation of users and support debate around the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes.
What we’re trying to do now is push forward for national debate on drugs policy – it’s quite clear that what has been done for 40 years is not working and we need a different approach.”
Many across the Internet have been quick to criticise this move – why I don’t know. It could be the beginning of change in the UK and yes it is coming from the police but why not?
Do you seriously think a politician is going to push this through? They have proved to be inept and corrupt to the bone too many times. They aren’t going to give us this in a hurry why not let the police show some leadership for once? They are afterall the ones given the idiotic task of chasing down an ever increasing amount of plants.
Change can come from the strangest places.
Durham is not going to become the Colorado of the UK overnight, however, this is clear.
Yes, there is mention of some ‘program’ if you are arrested – but they are not going to arrest small scale growers – they say. If that is indeed the case there will not be any need for this so called ‘rehabilitation’ crap which would be more fitting for people addicted to alcohol and cigarettes. Science proves beyond any doubt they are doing themselves (and others) a lot more harm.
This man has balls. Unlike all politicians. And there’s only so much he can do. He should be applauded for his actions, a clear step forward for Durham.
Lets hope other police leaders notice this and follow suit. It would be a good start.
David Nutt is on the case!
— David Nutt (@ProfDavidNutt) July 22, 2015
Should be interesting.