01 Nov News Release – Corby By-Election – The Cost Of Cannabis Prohibition

Contact: Peter Reynolds
Tel: 07880872022
[email protected]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – NO EMBARGO

CANNABIS PROHIBITION – A HUGE COST

At a time when vital public services are being cut, the cost of cannabis prohibition makes no sense

The cannabis trade is huge industry. A staggering £10,000,000 is spent in the Corby area every year on cannabis, this is all money going to the illegal black market. None of this money comes back into the community to fund schools, hospitals or any other essential service, instead the vast majority of it goes to organised crime gangs and perhaps even terrorists.Attempts to cut the supply simply increase the profits to be made and because the police raids will take out the easy to reach dealers, the trade is pushed ever more into the hands of the sort of people who can protect their turf with violence.

The attempt to police the cannabis trade costs around £833,000 per year, that’s over £8 per year for every man, woman and child in Corby, money down the drain in a never ending futile war.

Peter Reynolds said:

“The £6 billion pa spent in Britain on cannabis must be taken out of the black economy. It needs to be taxed for the benefit of us all”.

“If the huge cannabis industry now in the hands of unregulated and unaccountable people were brought under proper legal control our streets would be safer and our children would be better protected”.

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
[email protected]
or contact the CLEAR Press agent Derek Williams 07941 238908
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Cannabis Law Reform, PO Box 674, Salfords, Redhill, Surrey RH1 9BN United Kingdom