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Prime Minister Boris Johnson is plotting a 10-year crackdown on drugs across the UK.
The ‘war on drugs’ will see a slew of harsher punishment to curb drug use and distribution, including but not limited to the removal of passports and driving licences, curfews and travel bans. Essentially, Johnson wants to directly affect lives, rather than imposing stronger fines.
However, Johnson’s staunch pledge to tackle drugs comes after a new report made a number of claims regarding the alleged ‘drug culture’ in Westminster, such as evidence of cocaine use reportedly being discovered in the toilets closest to the PM and Home Secretary Priti Patel, and one former MP accused of putting a drug dealer on the payroll.
In a new interview with The Sun, the PM said, ‘Drugs are driving a lot of misery and we can fix it. They’re not going to make you happier. They’re not going to make you more successful. They’re not going to make you cooler. They’re bad news.
‘Most of the crime driven by drugs is generated by 300,000 heroin and crack cocaine users – tragic people who have lost their way in life. You can lock them up again and again and we do but they come out again and reoffend so we have got to rehabilitate them.
‘But then there is a separate group who can cope but who are also feeding the demand and helping to create the economics of the business. I don’t want to stereotype them but I’m talking about lifestyle drugs. These people think it’s a victimless crime.
‘It isn’t. The country is littered with victims of what’s happened. We are going to look at new ways of penalising them. Things that will actually interfere with their lives so we will look at taking away passports and driving licences.’
Middlesbrough, Blackpool, Liverpool, Hull and other local authorities with particularly severe drug problems will receive extra cash, and action will be taken to break up County Lines drug operations causing ‘misery’ and exploiting children.
Unlike the US, where many states have moved to decriminalise cannabis, Johnson said there’s ‘no evidence that that’s the right thing to do… it’s been a long time since the government said drugs are bad and dangerous and killing kids up and down the country – and it’s time we did something about it’.
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