Now that I am retired having been many years a magistrate with a long awareness of the declining freedoms enjoyed by the ordinary citizen and a corresponding fear of the big brother state`s ever increasing encroachment on civil liberties I hope that my personal observations within these general parameters will be of interest to those with an open mind. Having been blogging with this title for many years against the rules of the Ministry of Justice my new found freedom should allow me to be less inhibited in these observations.





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Wednesday, 27 January 2016

WEED: NO EVIDENCE SO NO CONVICTION

I support the decriminalisation of drugs for personal use.  Addiction is primarily a medical problem; criminality is a consequence.  Although there are cogent arguments against,  I believe that beginning with reforming the law for cannabis in all its forms would be a desirable thin edge of a very wide wedge.  During my time on the bench that philosophy was enhanced by the many occasions of a lackadaisical police approach to producing evidence in court of the use of the weed for personal use.  Depending on circumstances cannabis for personal use was an easy collar or an unnecessary irritation.  Events recently at Cambridge Magistrates' Court were,  I`m sure, not unfamiliar to any Justice of the Peace.  It is, however,   unlikely that this government has the cojones to bring forward such legislation.  A very substantial parliamentary majority would have to be in place and the political rewards would need to be apparent.  Weed smokers had best still keep their habit behind locked doors and those don`t include car doors on or off the public highway.  

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