Police radically change their vision of narcotic use
The easing has been announced by the National Council of Chiefs of Police: Let cannabis users get away with it and suggest they get treatment rather than punishment the Daily Mail. This is a big step forward in improving the political and legal environment
Yesterday, police forces across the country were given the green light to stop the arrests of cannabis users.
Every police chief can now decide to stop and charge, warn or warn people caught with drugs - or just let them go.
The National Council of Chiefs of Police is the body that develops operational policies at the national level.
Drug organization spokesman Jason Harwin, deputy police chief of Cleveland, said that asking cannabis users to seek treatment rather than pursue it could prevent recidivism and provide "better results." ".
The news follows last week's West Thompson Police Chief Dave Thompson's revelation that his officers do not even give official warnings to young cannabis users because it would be "disastrous for their chances in life".
Mr. Harwin, who is NPCC's "drug officer," said: "There is every reason to believe that recommending early intervention treatment to juvenile offenders rather than obtaining convictions can prevent recidivism and the best results for both the user and the criminal justice system.
It is the responsibility of chiefs of police, in liaison with their police and their commissioners, to determine operational priorities.
Suggesting users to opt for treatment is not mandatory and remains a proposal and an alternative to incarceration
Possession of a class B drug such as cannabis can result in a five-year prison sentence and an unlimited fine. The cultivation or trafficking of cannabis can theoretically lead to 14 years of imprisonment and an unlimited fine.
Harwin, whose organization includes the 43 police forces in England and Wales, said police chiefs would continue to prosecute the big drug criminals.
However, he added: "There are a series of options for treating people found in possession of cannabis or who grow the plant that are proportionate to individual circumstances - these include extrajudicial provisions and warnings about cannabis. , as well as prosecution ".
This approach has been criticized by anti-drug activists, including the National Drug Prevention Alliance.
In response to NPCC's statement, the Interior Ministry said police chiefs are supposed to enforce the law.