Pubdate: Fri, 22 Mar 2002
Source: Hull Daily Mail (UK)
Copyright: 2002 Northcliffe Newspapers Group Ltd
Author: Carl Wagner
Bookmark: (Cannabis)
Note: Headline by Newshawk


Research involving 150 frontline patrol officers who carry out stop 
and search operations for drugs has revealed that half of them have 
admitted using cannabis, and that many support a more liberal 
approach. Over half also believed that cannabis legislation harmed 
relations between police and young people, and it was said that those 
arrested for possession were less likely to help the police to solve 
more serious crimes.

Recent Home Office figures show that 99pc of drug related crime 
affecting the community stems from heroin and crack cocaine addiction 
and yet 70pc of police time deals with cannabis 'offences'.

The cannabis laws are unenforceable and all recent polls show the 
public don't want them enforcing. If present policy is to continue, 
the people of Hull deserve to know why it's appropriate to prosecute 
cannabis smokers instead of using valuable resources and police time 
to  catch drunken thugs, violent criminals and muggers.

Carl Wagner
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