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26/03/02
Cannabis Experiment is Poison for Pushers and Muggers
- Crime figures point to success of liberalisation scheme

STREET ROBBERS and hard drug pushers have been the main losers in a controversial scheme to liberalise policing of cannabis users.

Those are the findings of two reports into the experimental policing policy in Lambeth, south London, where possession of cannabis is met by warning and confiscation rather than arrest and imprisonment.

"By-products of relaxation in relation to cannabis have been proven to lead to crime reduction - certainly in street robbery - and had a huge impact in relation to dealing with class A hard drugs particularly crack cocaine," said Lee Jasper, the Mayoral police advisor.

One survey by Lambeth residents backs the scheme and its effects on other crime in the area, while a report by the Metropolitan Police reveals the positive crime figures on which Jasper bases his views.

There is now sure to be pressure to extend the Lambeth policy to other areas of the country, with the rest of London likely to be first in the queue for such an approach.




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