Durham police chief calls for legalisation of cannabis in UK

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Mike Barton says ban on drug is damaging public safety and market needs to be regulated Vikram Dodd Police and crime correspondent Sun 24 Jun 2018 11.02 EDT

First published on Sun 24 Jun 2018 09.45 EDT A chief constable has called for the ban on cannabis to be scrapped, arguing that it damages public safety, puts users in more danger, and gives millions of pounds to organised criminals. Mike Barton, who leads the Durham police force, said people growing a couple of plants for personal use would not be subject to raids in his jurisdiction. Durham police are rated as outstanding in their effectiveness by the official police inspectorate. His comments came after the former Conservative party leader William Hague last week said the war on cannabis had failed and the class-B drug should be legalised. Barton said his experience trying to enforce the ban led him to conclude it was damaging public safety, not protecting it. “Yes, it should be legal. Durham police chief calls for legalisation of cannabis in UK

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