News Release – Corby By-Election – The Police: A Force To Trust Or A Trust That Has Been Broken?

    Contact: Peter Reynolds
    Tel: 07880872022
    peterreynolds@clear-uk.org

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    The Police: A Force To Trust Or A Trust That Has Been Broken?

    Ever since the 1960s the law against cannabis has been driving a wedge between the people and the police. If anything it is even more of a problem now than it used to be. It is creating truly horrendous problems of alienation, violence and social breakdown.

    In Britain we rely on policing by consent. That is why our police officers are usually unarmed. It is fundamental to our culture, our tradition and it marks us out from the rest of the world. Last summer though, it all went wrong.

    There were many causes and factors involved in the riots but the most important of all was the sense of alienation felt by inner city youth, particularly from the black and Asian minorities. More than anything else, what fuels this resentment is the extensive use of stop and search powers. Although the police may claim that the are looking for guns and knives, in practice they are after cannabis

    Prohibition demands compliance from everyone and the only way to enforce it is to monitor each and every one of us. Many completely innocent young people are subjected to stop and search, a humiliating experience which simply teaches them that the police are their enemy.

    Supporters of prohibition are forever demanding stronger enforcement, including random drug testing in schools. Again, such measures only serve to undermine trust and to make young people feel that the authorities regard them all as criminals.

    This feeling of alienation from the police is not confined to teenagers. Prohibition enforcement is corrosive to every level of police/community relations.

    Prohibition is a means of oppression. Proper regulation of the cannabis trade would mean laws that are in the interests of the people by ensuring a high quality product, protection from illegal dealers and recourse to the law when problems do occur. Such laws would have the natural support of the majority. In addition proper control of the cannabis trade would better protect children by imposing age limits for purchase and by preventing their involvement with the criminal supply network.

    Peter Reynolds said:

    “Out there on the streets what really breaks down the relationship between the police and the public is young men feeling harrassed over a bit of ‘personal’. The police should be on our side, not our enemies, and they would be if they weren’t compelled to enforce a law that is not about protecting people but about enforcing an arbitrary standard of behaviour, determined not by science or logic but by prejudice. Prohibition is a fundamentally immoral policy that is destroying our society.”

    Cannabis Law Reform (CLEAR) is a political party registered with the Electoral Commission under the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (PPERA) to promote the cause of cannabis law reform, with the aim of replacing the anarchic mess of prohibition with a framework of real legal control which would allow proper control of the trade, ensure proper regulation of the product in terms of strength and purity and provide proper protection for vulnerable people such as children.

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    If you would like more information on this topic or an other aspect of the work of Cannabis Law Reform (CLEAR), or to arrange an interview with Peter Reynolds please contact him on 07880 872022
    peterreynolds@clear-uk.org
    or contact the CLEAR Press agent Derek Williams 07941 238908
    corby@clear-uk.org

    Cannabis Law Reform, PO Box 674, Salfords, Redhill, Surrey RH1 9BN United Kingdom

    • Sour Alien

      I dont trust robotic soulless tools. Who blindly contribute to prohibition. Dont care about anything but what they are told to do. Robots with no mind of their own. I could never be a policeman, because part of the job is imprisoning harmless people for committing a victimless crime.

    • georgeclear

      And sadly it was like this 15 years ago too.

    • Paul Oakley

      The problem with regards to personal use under the current system is you just don’t know where you stand! Lots of police officers don’t enforce the laws on cannabis use but some do, so it seems to come down to their personal opinion which is very wrong!. On the 28th of Feb this year police removed cannabis use from their list of priority, and senior police officers have spoken publicly saying they are waiting for the law to catch up, so they can wash their hands of it!. I think the majority of police are on our side and want an end to prohibition, they know its a waste of their time and know that every bag of weed confiscated on our streets is simply another 1 sold by a dealer somewhere!

    • Nadge

      Unfortunately this is the nature of having a job, do exactly what you are told to do. So in a sense the majority of us become robots when we enter work. The job of the police officer just happens to affect more peoples life’s than other jobs making it more noticeable. The real person at fault is the one giving the orders. Don’t forget that when the police aren’t wasting time confiscating 20 bags they are also doing their best to help protect us even if there job is being made hard by prohibition.

    • Sour Alien

      Yes, being told what to do, and following orders is the nature of a job in general, correct. But why would i apply for a job in which a big part of the job is kicking peoples doors down like a thug, destroying their medicine, taking their possessions, ripping them away from their family, because i was told to? Fuck that for a job.

      ”Don’t forget that when the police aren’t wasting time confiscating 20 bags they are also doing their best to help protect us even if there job is being made hard by prohibition.”

      Thats not true at all, they are wasting their time confiscating 20 bags, in fact i was tackled to the concrete some years back, for a 20 bag. Court time was wasted and i was handed a £300 fine, for a 20 bag. I do agree with the fact that the streets are safer being policed. But with prohibition in place, it turns the ‘trusting bobby’ in to a machine who does evil things without thought, and is even justified by the current law.

    • http://www.peter-reynolds.co.uk Peter Reynolds

      Paul, what is your source for this decision on 28th February?

    • Paul Oakley

      I read about this on quite a few different forums round about that time Peter, cannazine rollitup etc, friend of mine was approached by police for smoking on the street last week, he refused to give the officers his name and claimed to them that what he was doing was no longer a criminal offence, but a civil matter, the police got quite defensive and asked who had gave him this info, he explained he is a social politics stundent and the police walked away leaving him to enjoy his joint in peace.