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  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    Arrests for cannabis possession in England and Wales have fallen by 46 percent since 2010. Cautions have dropped by 48 percent and charges by 33 percent. In July of 2015, Durham's police chief said cannabis growers will only be targeted if they're growing commercially, and that users wouldn't be targeted unless they smoke it in a "blatant" way.

    That same month, Sara Thornton, Leader of the National Police Chiefs Council, said policing weed has "never been a top priority", adding that police forces are more likely to simply "record" reports of small-scale cannabis farms, rather than investigating them.

    Four more police chiefs across the country followed Durham's lead soon after, making similar announcements. One even acknowledged that cannabis can have medicinal benefits – a direct contradiction to British law, which says there are no medical uses for the drug.

    Today, it was revealed that only one in four people caught with weed are actually charged, and that 40 percent are let off with a caution.

    For whatever reason (most likely: targets and antiquated attitudes), a select few police forces are still gunning for weed users – West Midlands Police reported a 40 percent rise in cannabis arrests earlier this year, and there's still a huge disparity in how police target people of different races. In London, for example, black people are charged for cannabis possession at five times the rate of white people, and cautioned three times more.

    But looking at all of the above, you could make a convincing case that weed has essentially been decriminalised across much of the country, because if the odds are as low as they are that you'll be arrested and charged for smoking it or growing it, what's the difference? I'm not saying that's what you should do, of course, because it is still very much illegal by law – but, you know, there just aren't very many people that bothered about enforcing this particular law.

    Now all that needs to happen is for Westminster to catch up with the police. Although, judging by the majority of politicians' absolute refusal to engage in any kind of grown-up debate on the topic, it's unlikely that's going to happen any time soon.



    By Mac Hackett - Vice/Aug. 23, 2016
    http://www.vice.com/en_uk/read/cannabis-one-in-four-arrests-uk-vgtrn
    Photo: Jake Lewis
    Newshawk Crew

    Author Bio

    Beenthere2Hippie
    BT2H is a retired news editor and writer from the NYC area who, for health reasons, retired to a southern US state early, and where BT2H continues to write and to post drug-related news to DF.

Comments

  1. dr ACE
    fucking legalize and help ill peeps you sick politician fucks
  2. CaptainTripps
    As I have said on other threads, the people are way ahead of the politicians when it come to cannabis. It takes courage to stand up and be counted, but very little to simply look the other way. They confuse tolerance with encouragement. "If we legalize it we are saying it is "OK" :( No you are not! You are simply saying that it is not the governments place to protect people from themselves, especially when the "protection" often causes more harm than the activity itself.

    Where I live it is legal (I just fucking love saying that :cool:) but there are billboards and radio adds all over the place warning of the risks to young people. They are presented in a way that seem pretty reasonable, and might even be believed. These adverstiments are paid for by the taxes raised from the sale of cannabis to adults. A reasonable source with a reasonable message.

    Before the state legalized cannabis, by a vote of the people, the voters in the City of Seattle passed a non binding measure that said the marijuana should be law enforcements lowest priority. That's right, lets go out and get real criminals like jay walkers. Though not binding it sent an important message to the police, which is the people who pay your salaries don't want you wasting you time on pot. Combine that with a City Attorney(prosecutor) who did not believe in going after simple possession and before long it became, well de facto legal.

    Then it turned out that the handful of arrests that were still happening were being made by a very small handful of cops. This actually made the media who identified the cops by name (they were uniformed officers, not undercover). I think it the two or three of them made more arrests than the remaining force combined. Good news story and it made them look like the bad guys. Which in my opinion they were.

    Once the politicians realize that the laws are useless at best, then they start to see dollar signs. Legalization may be a bitter pill for them to swallow, but a good chaser of tax dollars helps it go done real easy.

    I have more to say, but shit I am out of pot. I gotta run down to the corner store.

    Later,

    CT ;)
  3. Alfa
    You know we need to see pictures now right?
  4. Mr Bumble
    To respond tote title of your thread, no weed is far from legal by default, different police forces have greatly varying policies on Cannabis, and even Durham police are only saying small personal growers will not be targeted. They would certainly still bust and large scale commercial grows and dealers of the drug.

    And it's only Durham police saying that, as far as I am aware no other police forces have openly stated they have a similar policy. I believe Camden police in London did at one point have a policy of not arresting people caught with a personal amount of cannabis, but they have since retracted this policy and are making arrests again.
  5. CaptainTripps
    :eek:I am having trouble getting pictures to rotate properly, it took me forever to get this one to be up and down instated of sideways :(. I will get resolved, but here is a picture of an inflatable doobie (see sign at bottom), used to advertise a "21+ shop" That is what they call the recreational shops. Also check out what is on the inside.

    You will note the THCA. That is THC that must be heated to be usable, so is not suitable for most edibles or candies. THCA is 87% as strong as it loses 13% in the heating process. All products are carefully analyzed and sealed. While the medical pot was usually lose in jars and the "consultant" would use plastic tongs to put into a container. Also they check everyone's ID. You could be 90 and they would demand your id.

    I will go out this weekend and takes some photos and post them in an appropriate forum. For some reason I am having trouble getting motivated. :eek: :) :D :cool: ;)

    But there are some real cool signs and store fronts. I drive by them everyday, but if I am going to take pictures I will have to stop and get out of the car. I mean safety first. This is a harm reduction site.
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