Britain — Chief Constable of Durham Police, Mike Barton, said restrictions on marijuana have placed users in danger. It is also wasting the time of law enforcement officers.
Barton supports the statement made by former Conservative party leader William Hague when the latter said that the war against drugs has been lost and marijuana needs to be decriminalized.
Barton, one of Britain’s most senior police officers, added that the current policy is inappropriate, ineffective and utterly out of date.
“An adult should be able to have cannabis without worrying what the police are doing,” he said.
“That happens in many states of the United States and other countries, and civilization does not disappear before their eyes. We need a grown-up debate.”
Barton explained that if marijuana was legal the funds could be funneled into social projects.
Barton makes changes
This is not the first time the police chief has spoken on this matter.
In 2013, he was reprimanded for his argument on marijuana restrictions.
“The people who think cannabis should be prohibited have secured the high ground on their moral position. But if it is a plant which is freely available and a third of people have decided they want to take it, the prohibition argument has lost its efficacy. Prohibition does not work.”
Recently, he has ordered his Durham officers, to refrain from requesting magistrates permission to raid places that are suspected of growing a few plants.
In addition, he stated that those caught using marijuana will be given the option to enter the rehabilitation program: “Checkpoint”.
They will no longer be arrested.