By Des Humphrey
Home Office Minister, Jeremy Brown has rejected the recent findings of the HACS committee and its call for a Royal Commission to examine UK drugs policy.
In the Telegraph on 10th December 2012 he incorrectly states that cannabis is 6 to 7 times stronger than it was a few years ago and smoking cannabis today is the equivalent of people going from drinking a pint of beer to drinking a pint of neat vodka.
I’m tempted to ask Mr Browne who his dealer is, since I would love to get my hands on such cannabis, however, joking aside, such cannabis really doesn’t exist and it certainly isn’t found today on the streets of Britain. If anything, cannabis supplied on the criminal black market is sub-standard compared to what one could buy 20 years ago.
In the Telegraph, Jeremy Browne, who is a Liberal Democrat, is quoted as saying “It is not true to say we are making no progress on drugs”, yet a few days later the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, writes in The Sun “We are losing the war on drugs on an industrial scale.”
Jeremy Brown and Nick Clegg cannot both be right, so I have written to him to ask if he stands by his words or if he now agrees with his party leader, Nick Clegg, along with senior judges, police officers, intelligence officials, scientists, etc.,
I have informed Mr Brown his assertion cannabis is 6 – 7 times stronger than it was a few years ago is simply not true and I’ve pointed him in the direction of Dr Ben Goldacre’s book where he makes a sealed case that cannabis has not become a super strength monster of its former self.
I will keep you informed of any reply I receive from the Home Office Minister Jeremy Browne. I’m sure cannabis consumers throughout the UK will be most interested to have clarification from the Liberal Democrat MP if he stands by his remarks in the Telegraph and thinks Nick Clegg is wrong. Or does he now agree with the Deputy Prime Minister that the war on drugs is being lost on an industrial scale?