Items tagged with law enforcement and UK

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Police routinely use drug powers to 'bully people', says former Chief Inspector [04.09.2020] A former chief inspector has said he believes that over a third of drug stop-and-searches by UK police are used “as an excuse to harass people”, afte ...
Campaigners demand reform as official figures show one in five found guilty of cannabis possession is black [03.08.2020] One in five of those found guilty of cannabis possession in England and Wales last year was black, official figures show, prompting accusations of ra ...
Failures in treatment and policing behind 'boom in illegal drugs' [27.02.2020] Disappearing and underfunded drug treatment services and fruitless attempts to restrict the flow of illegal substances into the country underpin a bo ...
Sadiq Khan: Time for cannabis rethink to cut violent crime [01.11.2019] London Mayor Sadiq Khan called for a rethink on cannabis laws and policing amid concern about the links between drugs and violent crime. The Mayor so ...
Legalise cannabis, says Liberal Democrat candidate for London mayor [14.09.2019] The legalisation of cannabis should be tested in London to improve public health and stop young people being drawn into crime, a London mayoral candi ...
It’s time we were made legal, say London’s cannabis dealers... but don’t do it for skunk [22.08.2019] London cannabis dealers would welcome the legalisation of their trade, despite apprehension that they would be excluded from enjoying the fruits of t ...
Cannabis being decriminalised by back door, MPs warn [27.04.2019] Police have been accused of decriminalising cannabis by stealth as forces recorded a drop in possession offences of up to 75 per cent in a decade. Mo ...
Tough cannabis policies do not deter young people – study [18.02.2019] There is no evidence that tough policies deter young people from using cannabis, a study has found. Analysing data about cannabis use among more than ...
Police drugs lead 'impressed' by cannabis clubs [13.11.2018] Hardyal Dhindsa, who is the lead on substance abuse for the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, has said the war on drugs is not working. ...
Racial bias in police stop and search getting worse, report reveals [13.10.2018] Black Britons are increasingly likely to be stopped and searched by police compared with white people, according to shocking new figures that challen ...
Labour peer Charles Falconer apologises over war on drugs [24.09.2018] The former lord chancellor Charles Falconer has apologised for his role in the war on drugs, as a group of leading politicians from across the world ...
Police ‘decriminalising cannabis’ as prosecutions fall away [14.07.2018] Police forces are in effect decriminalising cannabis, campaigners say, after uncovering figures that show a substantial fall in the number of prosecu ...
Police commissioners urge Home Office to drop opposition to addicts’ ‘fix rooms’ [02.07.2018] There are renewed calls for the UK government to allow the opening of a drug consumption room in Glasgow after three police and crime commissioners b ...
Durham police chief calls for legalisation of cannabis in UK [24.06.2018] A chief constable has called for the ban on cannabis to be scrapped, arguing that it damages public safety, puts users in more danger, and gives mill ...
Harsher drug prohibition won’t stop violence, but regulation might, law enforcers say [02.05.2018] After a spate of violent crime, the UK Home Office released its Serious Violence Strategy. Amber Rudd, former home secretary, said, perhaps inevitabl ...
Europe is losing the fight against dirty money [02.04.2018] Rob Wainwright, who will be leaving his post as Europol director after almost a decade, said: “One of my favorite frustrations is on financial crime ...
LibDem MSP says Scotland should ‘open regulated drugs market’ [28.03.2018] Scotland should have its own “regulated cannabis market” to control the pricing and potency of the drug, LibDem MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton has claimed. H ...
‘Prison time will not stop my fight for cannabis’ [29.01.2018] Cannabis campaigner Mike Dobson has vowed to give up growing the drug after a sobering second spell in prison. But the 39-year-old is refusing to aba ...
Cannabis clubs 'could open across country' as founder reveals police 'very supportive' of plan [25.01.2018] A cannabis club founder wants to expand across the UK after a senior cop visited his the Middlesbrough-based club. Michael Fisher set up Teesside Can ...
Blowing up: Britain’s cocaine glut [07.12.2017] “It's as easy as buying a drink from an off-licence.” That is how Ellen Romans, a recovering drug addict, describes picking up cocaine near where she ...
A flagship law is on the brink of collapse as experts say the Tories have ‘blood on their hands’ [31.08.2017] One of the Conservative government’s flagship laws has been left on the brink of collapse, as the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) announced a “full r ...
Government accused of 'squandering' £1.6bn a year on anti-drug policy [07.08.2017] Ministers have been accused of "squandering" £1.6bn a year after an official analysis of the Government’s drug strategy concluded that illegal drugs ...
How British weed growers are avoiding prosecution [15.03.2017] The United Kingdom Cannabis Social Clubs (UKCSC) have recently launched a system that, in theory, would help you battle a court case if your grow was ...
Durham police will give addicts heroin to inject in 'shooting galleries' [05.03.2017] Heroin addicts will be given supplies to inject in specially designated “shooting galleries” under radical plans to tackle drug-related crime in Durh ...
These British police forces have stopped arresting drug users [18.10.2016] People caught carrying personal amounts of drugs, including cocaine and heroin, are being diverted away from the criminal justice system in what coul ...
Stop and search still targets black people, police watchdog says [20.09.2016] Police stops of black people are still at an “eye-watering” level compared with white people, the official police watchdog said and promised a fresh ...
Ex-top undercover drugs cop forfeits anonymity to fight against the War on Drugs [19.08.2016] Neil Woods insists nothing good came of his 14 years as one of the UK’s most successful undercover cops, fighting the war on drugs. His painstaking, ...
Cannabis arrests down 46% since 2010 - police figures [04.04.2016] Arrests for cannabis possession in England and Wales have dropped by 46% since 2010, figures obtained by BBC Breakfast suggest. Cautions fell by 48% ...
Campaign group led by police officials calls for rethink on war on drugs [28.02.2016] Former and serving police officers and officials from Britain, Europe and the US have told politicians that the “war on drugs” is lost and they must ...
Cannabis farms fuel human trafficking, report says [30.11.2015] There is a continued link between the commercial cultivation of cannabis, modern slavery and people living without legal permission to remain in the ...
Cannabis legalisation worth millions - government report [13.10.2015] Legalising cannabis could generate hundreds of millions a year in tax and cut costs for the police and prisons, an internal Treasury report found. Re ...
The other green belt [09.10.2015] It takes a lot for marijuana growers in the UK to attract police attention. Four forces – Derbyshire, Dorset, Durham and Surrey – declared that they ...
Police force gives cannabis users green light to grow drugs [21.07.2015] Durham Police has given users the green light to grow cannabis at home after declaring that officers will no longer proactively target small scale pr ...
Drugs in the UK: Why we need to talk about regulation and decriminalisation [30.01.2015] Fighting the war on drugs in the UK costs an estimated £13 billion annually. It has cost lives recently, too; four people died after taking ecstasy p ...
Punitive drug law enforcement failing, says Home Office study [30.10.2014] There is no evidence that tough enforcement of the drug laws on personal possession leads to lower levels of drug use, according to the UK government ...
Prohibition is not working: the case for sanity in the war on drugs [29.10.2014] The House of Commons will today debate whether to rethink the war on drugs. While it is only a backbench business debate, and is therefore not bindin ...
Green green grass of home: police crack down on cottage industry of cannabis [10.04.2013] Across the UK, 7,865 cannabis farms were discovered in 2011-12, an increase of 15% on the previous year's figures and over double the number for 2007 ...
Britain's drug policies could be wasting billions [15.10.2012] Despite the successes of recent years, there are still approximately 2,000 drug-related deaths in the UK every year. Nearly 400,000 people have serio ...
UK police find 20 cannabis farms a day [29.04.2012] Police discovered more than 20 cannabis farms and factories in the UK every day last year, seizing drugs worth up to £100 million, according to a rep ...

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