Durham PCC challenger endorses calls for regulated cannabis market

Benefits of A Regulated Cannabis Market

Craig Martin, Durham Police and Crime Commissioner Candidate for the Lib Dems, is supporting calls for a regulated Cannabis Market. This measure will improve health and reduce crime across the area. The current war on drugs isn’t working. A new evidence led approach using work that Durham’s Chief Constable supported can make this happen.

Craig Martin said, “This policy will raise £1 billion in tax. That’s £1 billion taken out of organized crime, making County Durham and Darlington safer. This money can then be invested in our stretched NHS and mental health services to provide the support users aren’t getting, but need!”

“The officers I’ve spoken to are frustrated by wasting their time and resources processing cannabis users as criminals. These people shouldn’t be considered as criminals when they’re taking a drug that is arguably less harmful than alcohol and less likely to provoke fights on Friday and Saturday nights.”

“Recent Home Office figures suggest that there are 40,000 people who’ve used cannabis in County Durham and Darlington over the course of the last year. Requiring the police to pursue cannabis users is as absurd as suggesting that the 1,100 officers of Durham would be able to arrest everyone that attends a Sunderland Premier League game. These numbers are unmanageable for a force that has had one of the largest reductions of police numbers in the country.

“The Home Office continues to support a zero tolerance approach. But over the last 15 years next to no progress has been made on reducing drug use. It’s time to focus on the real drugs issues whilst allowing the state to control cannabis and improve the health and safety of those that use it.”

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