08 May More Police Misconduct On Cannabis
The Mayor’s Office of Policing and Crime (MOPAC) has rejected my second complaint against the Commissioner of the Metropolis, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe. See here for details.
Remarkably, the line it has taken this time is that my complaint is “repetitive“. It seems that as far as police misconduct goes, repeat offences don’t count. Hogan-Howe engaged in politics about cannabis on two separate and distinct occasions but because I’ve already complained about the first, I can’t complain about the second! The only things that the two occasions had in common was that the statements he made were equally misleading and both were clear breaches of Police Regulations.
I have therefore submitted a second appeal to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).
Meanwhile, in Gravesend, Kent, a junior police officer has been up to the same thing. Detective Constable Roger Harris came out with a statement Dr Goebbels, Hitler’s propaganda minister, would have been proud of:
“Cannabis use has a detrimental effect on its users and on society in general.”
I have complained to the Kent Police professional standards department, making the following points:
“Although cannabis may have a detrimental effect on some users, the vast majority will experience beneficial effects. There is a vast amount of peer-reviewed, published scientific research that confirms the efficacy of cannabis as medicine. Archaeological evidence shows that cannabis has been used for at least 5,000 years. People continue to use it today because of its beneficial effects. Three million people in Britain use it at least once per month and three tonnes is consumed every day (Atha et al 2011), All published evidence shows that those who experience detrimental effects are a tiny fraction of one percent of users.
There is no evidence that cannabis use has a detrimental effect on society in general. On the contrary, the evidence is that where cannabis is legally regulated and available, crime and violence is reduced, road traffic accidents and deaths are reduced, health outcomes are improved.
Quite clearly Harris’ statements are political in nature and amount to false propaganda.”
Watch out for updates in due course.