The War on Drugs has failed – yet the Chief Drug Dealer continues to prosecute?
By Richard Shrubb
There’s a saying that the definition of insanity is to do the same thing time and again and to expect different results. The War on Drugs has been going on since alcohol was legalised in the US, and all it really does is criminalise otherwise law-abiding people while failing repeatedly and utterly to end the supply of drugs to the street.
Our Prime Minister Theresa May’s husband owns 22% of the only legal cannabis operation in the UK and may well be considered the top drug dealer here. So why is the Chief Drug Dealer into prosecuting people for enjoying something she loves as it makes so much money for her? Madness (possibly) or genuine hatred of those she purportedly serves in her other job as Prime Minister?
The police mostly prosecute drugs offences
As a weed user, don’t feel too comfortable about the idea that you might just get a ‘cannabis caution’ from the police. The statistics show that these overwhelmed and subnormally intelligent ‘boys in blue’ overwhelmingly prosecute people they find with drugs on them.
A House of Commons Library report showed that “In England and Wales in 2016, there were just under 19,500 cautions for drug offences issued and around 45,500 offenders were proceeded against. Of the 45,500 proceeded against, just over 42,600 (94%) were convicted and sentenced.” Yes, that’s a roughly 2:1 ratio of people being put through the Courts and their lives ruined against those having their weed taken off them and told to be more careful around the porcine ones next time.
There’s a joint in there boys!
The oinks in blue aren’t afraid to shout about it too – in the last couple of months since starting to write for Feed the Birds I have looked at two instances where they shrieked excitedly on social media about overwhelming force used to bust just a spliff or two.
Under-resourced boys in blue
One of May’s few friends, erstwhile Home Secretary Amber Rudd, said in a 2017 Huffington Post article , “Unscrupulous drug dealers will continue to face the full force of the law. Being tough on drugs is vital, but it cannot be all we do. It is vital we protect the vulnerable – to prevent them falling into the cycle of drug abuse and to help them turn their lives around”.
Look at almost any local newspaper and you will find a story of how a Chief Constable has said they are low on resources and are desperately overstretched. It seems that rather than going after the real problem – corrupt politicians, scooter robbery gangs and Class A drug dealers – they are in fact going after the easiest prosecutions to get their prosecution numbers up. The more they arrest and charge, so the safer the Daily Mail reading public will feel. They lack the intellectual or financial resources to go after the real problem so pick low hanging fruit.
Mad Theresa May?
Mad on power or just hopelessly misguided by her religious beliefs (possibly hearing a voice giving her moral direction?), we just don’t know but as Home Secretary, she always took a punish-first approach to most law and order issues. Reports suggest that she tried to have a 2014 government report on the failure of the War on Drugs edited to suit her beliefs / voices in her head.
May is well known for shrivelling up when told to meet us plebs. After the Grenfell fir,e she was seen mingling with senior fire officers who hadn’t so much as smelled the flames the night before, ignoring the brave men and women who had walked over dead bodies in the dark to save the lives of those who had survived. She lacks the ‘common touch’, while in some cases she may genuinely fear being confronted by a firebrand Corbyn supporter, it may very well be a case of hating the ‘unwashed’ among us. This would certainly explain her moves to criminalise, punish and starve those who really could do with support from the state. Many believe that there is a Tory leadership contest and a general election coming soon: I for one can’t wait for this shrivelled old hag to be put out to pasture.
Richard is a marijuana, water sports and electric vehicles writer based in Dorchester, Dorset. Living in Prince Charles model housing estate, Poundbury, he is an avowed republican, community and Labour Party activist. Visit his website at www.richardshrubb.com for more about what he does.