Letter to the Editor,
When Police are appealing for 'help in the fight against illegal substances and violent crime', and they 'discovered a drugs factory and guns during a raid', they are telling stories.
What they are doing is fueling the very problem as both the indoor cultivation of cannabis and the presence of guns is a product of the prohibitory model AND its enforcement. (Anyone heard of tomato factories?)
Drug 'policing' is a job creation scheme paid for by a long duped public as Police continue to pretend that cannabis is criminogenic. It is not. Alcohol is. And, it is now emerging, so too is drug policy itself.
Robust epidemiologial science evidences that it the POLICY that is harmful to people that have nothing to do with drugs. Police should have nothing to do with drug policy advocacy as they have a clear conflict of interest. If they did that and ceased postulating the war on drugs rhetoric (as if redoubling efforts was going to eventually win or even improve things), then the community might itself respond with some much needed good will.
Until then, Police are just driving people to drink, stealing our money and playing a dangerous social gambit with no proof of efficacy. see Urban Health Research Institute's seminal study that questions the paradox "Effect of Drug Law Enforcement on Drug Related Violence". [ http://uhri.cfenet.ubc.ca/content/view/83 ]
Labels: cannabis, drugs, Illegal drug trade, Police, war on drugs