PUB LTE: TIME FOR DRUG RETHINK
Source: Essex Evening Gazette [UK]
Pub LTE: Time for drug rethink
Pub Date: Wednesday 5 November 2003
Author: Don Barnard
TIME FOR DRUG RETHINK
WITHOUT knowing all the facts it is difficult to comment on court reports published in the media. Take for example; "Cannabis: man fined" (Gazette October 31).
The reported said the defendant pleaded guilty to "possession" of 135mgs of cannabis with an alleged £5 street value. (Five pounds for 135mg? That makes it £37/gram, £1000/oz - unlikely! It's worth more like £0.69, giving £5/gram.)
Notwithstanding that, let me say up front, I do not condone this crime. The defendant is clearly a danger to society. And, his antisocial behaviour will most certainly had an derogatory effect on his neighbours quality of life!
So, in principle, I support the police for arresting him and referring the offence to the Criminal Prosecution Service [CPS]. Why? Because possession of cannabis is a crime and it's the policeman's job, to detect crime and bring the criminal to justice.
My gripe is with the CPS: What overriding factor[s] prompted them to bringing this case forward? What useful purpose did it serve? Who did it benefit?
One final point - does anyone know how will the police deal with cases like this after reclassification on January?
Time for justification!