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PremierLeague-News.Com - Sir Keir’s words will come as a blow to campaigners who have called for drug addiction to be treated as a health issue, rather than a criminal matter
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has ruled out a liberalisation of drug laws, stating he had “seen too much damage” in his past role as a prosecutor.When quizzed about the decriminalisation of cannabis on Sky News’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday programme, Sir Keir replied: “I’ve never subscribed to that view.“When I was director of public prosecutions, I prosecuted many, many cases involving drugs and drug gangs and the criminality that sits behind, and it causes huge issues to vulnerable people across the country. I’ve never gone down that route.”The i politics newsletter cut through the noiseEmail address is invalidThank you for subscribing!Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription.The leader suggested that the Government’s current policy on drugs is “roughly right” but “there’s always room for a grown-up debate about how we deal with these cases.”There “may be something” in giving cautions for “low-level crime”, he added.Campaign group CLEAR Cannabis Law Reform responded via Twitter: “This is the state of our so-called political leaders on drugs policy. “We expect govt to advocate for the status quo but when Keir Starmer, with a background in criminal justice, cannot manage a single new idea, it demonstrates a complete absence of leadership.” Read More 1.4 million adults are using ‘street cannabis’ as medicinal to treat chronic conditions His comments mark a move away from previous remarks on this issue made during the Labour leadership televised debate in February 2020.When asked if he would decriminalise cannabis as leader of the Labour Party, Sir Keir replied: “I wouldn’t immediately.“I have supported schemes where cannabis possession… you’re not arrested for it, you’re not prosecuted for it. And I believe in that.”Sir Keir’s words will come as a blow to campaigners who have called for drug addiction to be treated as a health issue, rather than a criminal matter.In September 2020, a group of Labour MPs and then-Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard called on Sir Keir to back urgent drug law reforms in a bid to save lives.The Labour Campaign for Drug Policy Reform (LCDPR), a collective run by party members and backed by 15 Labour MPs and four MSPs, including Alex Sobel, Jess Phillips and Rachael Maskell, published a report arguing that the “war on drugs has failed”.
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. Read More Drug-related deaths in England and Wales at record high, prompting calls for overhaul of laws Adapting a health-based model instead of a punitive approach, priority investment in treatment and recovery programmes that help people overcome addiction, and an expansion of drug-checking services that inform users of what is in the drugs they are using are just some of the seven recommendations made by the group.Drug-related deaths reached their highest point in 2020 since comparable records began in 1993, according to the Office of National Statistics (ONS), with higher fatality rates in deprived areas.There were 4,393 deaths related to drug poisoning registered last year, compared with the previous record of 4,359 in 2018, the ONS said. The statistical body added that the 0.8 per cent increase in deaths was expected.Change Grow Live, the UK’s largest drug and alcohol treatment provider, said the figures are at “crisis levels.” “The drug-related crisis has been worsening for over a decade. At the heart of the trend is a perfect storm of factors; disinvestment, an ageing population of people using drugs, and increasingly complex health needs.”Mr Moody said the pandemic would worsen the issue, with “stretched” services going above and beyond to meet the demand.“Adding to these challenges, the global coronavirus pandemic has, and continues to, impact vulnerable people most. This includes people with chronic health problems linked to drug use and people without a place to live,” he said.Elsewhere in the interview, the leader of the opposition defended his drive to embrace patriotism, after some on the left of the party questioned his actions.“The whole Labour movement is very patriotic,” he said. “We are in politics to change our country for the better – you can’t get more patriotic than that. I’m very, very comfortable with it.”
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