DOPE DISASTER : Legalising cannabis in the UK would fuel violent crime and turn a new generation into hard drug addicts, warn experts
EXCLUSIVE: Graeme Culliford Daniel Bates 4 Aug 2019,
LEGALISING cannabis will fuel violent conflict in our towns and turn a new generation of people on to hard drugs, experts warn.
A cross-party group of MPs is calling for the UK to follow Canada and make dope available on the high street for recreational use.
Experts are warning that the legalisation of cannabis in the UK could do nothing to solve gang violence or get rid of dealersCredit: Getty
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But British drug counsellor Seven Graham has seen the damage that easily available cannabis can cause after moving to Los Angeles, where recreational marijuana sale is legal.
Seven tells The Sun on Sunday: “If you think knife crime is bad now, it could get worse if marijuana is legalised.
“Legal cannabis does not get rid of the dealers, it normalises drug use and makes the problem worse.
“In America, the black market in weed has boomed. Soon they want new, cheaper and more potent varieties that are not available from licensed sellers, and competition to supply it is still fierce.
“Legalisation has done nothing to solve gang violence. You would have to be mad to legalise cannabis in Britain.”
Yet hard drug use rocketed in Holland after marijuana was decriminalised.
Former Met detective chief inspector Mick Neville says: “Cannabis is a gateway drug, and letting shops sell it will tempt more people to smoke it.
“Some will get addicted and move on to other substances. Others will go straight to hard drugs because cannabis is legal and no longer ‘cool’.