• Crispin Blunt said prohibition of cannabis has failed
  • Blunt blamed rise in strength of cannabis on policy of ‘just say no’
  • Home Office spokesman claims legalising would “not eliminate crime”

The Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Drug Policy Reform has slammed prohibition of cannabis, blaming it for the rise in criminal gangs in Britain.

Crispin Blunt, Conservative MP for Reigate, has urged his Party to control the sale of recreational cannabis, claiming that 50 years of prohibition has failed “lamentably.”

Blunt explained how regulation of cannabis could be the only realistic way to curb the damage prohibition has wreaked on British communities:

“Only through licensing and regulating can we ensure controls are in place on the potency of cannabis products sold and age checks on purchasers.

“Half a century of ‘just say no’ prohibition has failed lamentably.”

Putting the control of narcotics is essential for the growth of organised crime.

It is well documented that the prohibition of alcohol in 1920s America gave rise to kingpins like Al Capone.

Half a century of ‘just say no’ prohibition has failed lamentably.
Crispin Blunt MP, Chairman of APPG for Drug Policy Reform

More recently, a 2018 study found that gangs in London were driven by a “desire to profit from the illegal drugs market.”

Another 2018 study from America found that when a State on the Mexican border legalised medical cannabis, violent crime fell by 13% on average.

The evidence that prohibition is directly linked to a rise in violent, organised crime is there for all to see.

Unfortunately, the British Government continues to ignore the evidence, with a spokesman for the Home Office rejecting the claims, instead explaining that the Tory-led Government will continue its policy of prohibition:

“The government has no plans to legalise recreational cannabis.

“[That] would not eliminate the crime committed by the illicit trade, nor address the harms associated with drug dependence.”

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