A former police chief who was dubbed the ‘cannabis commander’ for his relaxed attitude to tackling drugs has been made a Liberal Democrat peer.
Brian Paddick instructed his police officers in South London not to arrest or charge people found with cannabis, in the early 2000s.
At the time one youth worker criticised the policy, saying it was turning children into “stoned, imbecilic illiterate criminals”.
1930s Reefer Madness sadly adopted by The Christian Institute in 2013 … misleading and misinformed reporting that lacks insight and evidence.
During the priod cannabis was downgraded from B to C young people’s use of the drug went down not up.
The reclassification back to a B was not based upon any evidence but was politically driven.
Giving young people a criminal conviction for cannabis does more harm to their future than cannabis, so why call for them to be convicted?
Criminal sanctions have no real impact on levels of use – see Netherlands & Portugal
"Being terrified – 10yrs are taking and collapsing in a stupor, and claiming it was turning children into “stoned, imbecilic illiterate criminals” is far fetched indeed
See on www.christian.org.uk