By Richard Shrubb

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has come out in favour of ‘decriminalisation’ of cannabis. Since decriminalisation requires access to the criminal underground, that is not the right position to take.

Photo of Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn, UK Labour leader.

The Independent newspaper reported Corbyn said, “criminalising people for possession of small amounts of cannabis is not a particularly good idea”. That made me squirm a bit.

High-level criminals and particularly drug dealers are arch Tories. They are the ultimate free marketeers, something the Conservative Party really admires, and once more they are believed to have ensured liquidity in the banks when they came close to near collapse in 2007.

Union of Murdering Bastard Drug Dealers

If there was a Union of Murdering Bastard Drug Dealers (UMBDD) they would not be aligned with the Labour Party of today at all, let alone the TUC. Why? They exploit their workers and as the union name suggests, murder quite a lot of people at home and abroad.

What has the UMBDD to do with decriminalising drugs? If you only decriminalised the use of cannabis then a good part of the supply chain would still go into its criminal members’ coffers – you are not legalising and therefore not controlling the entire supply chain from seed to smoke.

I’m a fan of Corbyn. I was born in 1974 and therefore my entire life has seen the destruction of what some call the Postwar Consensus where equality for all came before the wealth of the few. I was 5  years old when Thatcher started smashing fairness and equality to bits with her handbag. I have only voted Labour once as an adult – why? Blair and Brown were Thatcherites and Miliband not much better.

Corbyn is a radical and unafraid of the conservative media and thought leaders. Why not then promote a safer alternative to any part of a recreational drug supply chain being in criminal hands and completely legalise cannabis? You could heavily regulate the production and supply chain, and perhaps pay the entire NHS deficit from that taxation.

The problem in organised crime being allowed to run rampant at any level, quite apart from propping up the Tories, is that they cannot be controlled. You cannot warrant the cannabinoid content of the different strains as criminals are always trying to shortcut the system. Should decriminalisation happen, will we see dangerous synthetic cannabinoids being added to supposedly safe weed to beef it up in the way that horse meat entered the food chain?

Another important factor in legalisation is that in taking organised crime out of the City of London you weaken the banks. In doing so they somewhat lose power to finance the Tories and UKIP, not to mention the ability to give a decent career path for right-wing Labour politicians after they have left Parliament. It could be a way of driving honesty into the whole political system!

Until Corbyn came along I expected to spend my entire life as an opposition activist. Until full legalisation of cannabis comes along, I will likely remain so even with a truly egalitarian government in place. See you at the barricades!


Richard Shrubb

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.

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