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Thank you for all that you are achieving. Educating those with closed minds is an uphill struggle, obfuscated by self serving pharma corporations that can spend huge amounts on the slowly failing propaganda they use for excessive profit from prescription medication.

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Make Cannabis LEGAL. Prohibition is the Crime.

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[…] There is still no better definition of what policing should be about other than the original Principles of policing from Sir Robert Peel in 1829. One thing I would add to those principles which is not explicit within them, but implied, is that the police should be honest. (Neil Woods) […]

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This is so true. My nephew died from an accidental drug overdose 3 years ago. He never sought help from the drug services , he and his friends knew that they were abstinence based, and he didn’t think he needed to give up. Why can’t we give drug users the services they need, not what politicians think they ought to have? Those moral judgements are killing by neglect every day, change is long overdue.

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Please note that whilst the misuse of the misuse of drugs act is responsible for many abuses, the responsibility lies within the way it is being administered in that it is being used contrary to the rule of law in the form of reversed operation. This is because we think it regulates drugs, rather than Actions and pretend that it makes drugs illegal. If you read sections seven, 22 and 31 together with the fact that there is no crime of using drugs in the act, then you will see that it is a tool of regulation being misused to comply with the UN mandate as a tool of prohibition.

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Do try and avoid these awful euphemisms such as ‘policing drugs’ – the whole debate is full of dehumanising rhetoric and back to front legal gibberish (eg ‘illegal’ drugs).

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Excellent article, Neil.
I agree that county lines are a massive problem facing our society. My hunch is that the dark net is a big part of this: tech-savvy inner-city kids witness the money to be made from peddling class A drugs, but realise that to do so in their own neighbourhood would probably spark a turf war. There is an exponential rise in the use / proliferation of both in recent years. Possible correlation?
The remedy, in my opinion, lies on the “demand” side, rather than chucking more and more at enforcing the supply side.
The intervention initiative being trialled in Maidenhead is most welcome, and I’m sure that it will be a resounding success.

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Having worked in Retail Banking in London (Westminster, the West End, the City and the East End), I am well aware of the devasting effect that Drugs have on so many lives. After taking early retirement, I was appointed a Magistrate and rapidly became convinced that Drug addiction needs to be treated as any other form of addiction – medically – rather than through the Criminal Justice System. This view was shared by a number of Magistrate colleagues who had thought about the issue carefully.
All power to you as you seek to change attitudes amonst Politicians, the Media and Society.

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Ironic that the British System is being used to such great effect in many forward thinking nations, yet Britain has a similar number of addicts being prescribed heroin (roughly 500) as when Parliament changed the laws and hugely complicated the system for prescribing heroin to addicts. A few corrupt GP’s gave the politicians their excuse to cave in to American pressure and exchange our extremely successful system (heroin prescribing had prevented a large scale black market in illicit heroin due to no addicts wanting inferior drugs for much higher prices, this meant that curious youths could not become the new users – most addicts became so after medical problems or returning from a place abroad that did have a heroin black market) then we adopted the American ‘methadone, reducing to complete abstinence system’ A system already proven to be an abject failure. It failed the addict – most of whom resorted street heroin or became drinkers. It failed society by creating the opening for black market heroin and motivating a billion crimes to fund a billion thrice daily doses of impure street heroin. It caused prisons to overflow with people who needed health workers and families to break up due to the bleakness of life for those connected to the daily struggle of desperate addicts and the misery surrounding their every moment.

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I read the book and just wanted to know how and why the police was not getting more drugs off the streets and locking up more dealers. Then I read the last chapter and could see how what he said was a brilliant idea. Off course the top Brass would never agree to anything they hadn’t thought of it themselves.

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