Ex-drug cops slam Keir Starmer for his Remarks on cannabis – JOE.co.uk

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The Labour leader’s Remarks have been condemned

A group of police chiefs have slammed Sir Keir Starmer’s remarks on cannabis – and his overall stance on drug criminalisation.

In an interview with Sky News, the Labour Party leader said he was against relaxing drug laws.

Starmer was asked if he believed there was a case for decriminalising cannabis possession.

He said he’d”never subscribed to that view”, adding”when I was Director of Public Prosecutions, I prosecuted many, many instances – or my team did – between drugs and drug gangs and the criminality that sits behind”.

Starmer, who had been appointed Queen’s Counsel (QC) in 2002, said drugs”cause huge issues for vulnerable people across the country”.

He went on to assert”I have seen a lot of the damage that sits behind medication for me to go down that path”.

Starmer agreed that the UK’s present drug policy is”roughly right”.

However, these remarks have been condemned by the Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP UK).

LEAP UK is a group of senior police officers and law enforcement figures who consider the UK’s drug laws need a complete rethink.

The organisation includes police chiefs, ex-undercover detectives, former MI5 officers and military personnel – all of whom subscribe to the view that the present system is”destined to fail”.

In an exclusive statement supplied to JOE, LEAP stated it is”deeply concerned” with Starmer’s stance on drug policy.

Keir Starmer’s stance on drug policy was criticised by former undercover police officers. (Photo: Getty)

“We’re deeply concerned and sorrow to hear Mr Starmer’s remarks, together with his belief that our drug policy is’roughly right’,” began the statement.

“We now have the worst variety of drug deaths on record, we have more people in prison than ever before, and we now have new tactics for organised crime groups such as county lines.”

Former undercover police officer Neil Woods previously told JOE his work led to a rise in gang violence, instead of tackling it.

LEAP state the perceived success of major drug busts only”displaces and exacerbates the problem”, adding”crime groups have diversified their supply chains, having enormous success in doing this, reaping more profits than ever before, and exploiting vulnerability more than ever”.

The organisation also believes the violent crime Starmer mentions is a result of drug criminalisation.

“Mr Starmer highlights the dovetailing problems like knife crime as well as the inherent criminality that goes with medication, but this is wholly down to the fact we haven’t changed this legislation in 50 years despite overwhelming evidence for sensible reforms.

“Prohibitions, as historically revealed in the past, serve only to inflate prices and products become much fought over commodities.

“Organised crime groups flourish and become ever more violent from the pursuit of dominance to control the market.”

Police chiefs within LEAP believe”accountable regulation” would take”the profits and control away from organised crime”.

A group of police chiefs have slammed Sir Keir Starmer’s remarks on cannabis – and his overall stance on drug criminalisation.

In an interview with Sky News, the Labour Party leader said he was against relaxing drug laws.

Starmer was asked if he believed there was a case for decriminalising cannabis possession.

He said he’d”never subscribed to that view”, adding”when I was Director of Public Prosecutions, I prosecuted many, many instances – or my team did – between drugs and drug gangs and the criminality that sits behind”.

Starmer, who had been appointed Queen’s Counsel (QC) in 2002, said drugs”cause huge issues for vulnerable people across the country”.

He went on to assert”I have seen a lot of the damage that sits behind medication for me to go down that path”.

Starmer agreed that the UK’s present drug policy is”roughly right”.

However, these remarks have been condemned by the Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP UK).

LEAP UK is a group of senior police officers and law enforcement figures who consider the UK’s drug laws need a complete rethink.

The organisation includes police chiefs, ex-undercover detectives, former MI5 officers and army personnel – all of whom subscribe to the view that the present system is”destined to fail”.

In an exclusive statement supplied to JOE, LEAP stated it is”deeply concerned” with Starmer’s stance on drug policy.

Keir Starmer’s stance on drug policy was criticised by former undercover police officers. (Photo: Getty)

“We’re deeply concerned and sorrow to hear Mr Starmer’s remarks, together with his belief that our drug policy is’roughly right’,” began the statement.

“We now have the worst variety of drug deaths on record, we have more people in prison than ever before, and we now have new tactics for organised crime groups such as county lines.”

Former undercover police officer Neil Woods previously told JOE his work led to a rise in gang violence, instead of tackling it.

LEAP state the perceived success of major drug busts only”displaces and exacerbates the problem”, adding”crime groups have diversified their supply chains, having enormous success in doing this, reaping more profits than ever before, and exploiting vulnerability more than ever”.

The organisation also believes the violent crime Starmer mentions is a result of drug criminalisation.

“Mr Starmer highlights the dovetailing problems like knife crime as well as the inherent criminality that goes with medication, but this is wholly down to the fact we haven’t changed this legislation in 50 years despite overwhelming evidence for sensible reforms.

“Prohibitions, as historically revealed in the past, serve only to inflate prices and products become much fought over commodities.

“Organised crime groups flourish and become ever more violent from the pursuit of dominance to control the market.”

Police chiefs within LEAP believe”accountable regulation” would take”the profits and control away from organised crime”.

Source: https://www.joe.co.uk/politics/drug-cops-keir-starmer-cannabis-264591

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