Police officers from Warsop, Nottinghamshire, have given a salty Facebook response after seizing over 190 cannabis plants.
However, the response to their post has proved to be a mixed bag, with local residents engaging in heated debate about the pros and cons of cannabis.
The Warsop Neighbourhood Policing Team would like to apologise to the residents of Warsop and surrounding area if there…
The tongue-in-cheek post in question read:
The Warsop Neighbourhood Policing Team would like to apologise to the residents of Warsop and surrounding area if there is a sudden price increase in the cost of Cannabis.
This is due to 190 plus Cannabis plants being located at an address in Warsop today. If the owner of the plants wishes to claim them please get in contact with us.
Drugs ruin lives, if anyone has any information please contact us on 101.
Many of those in the Warsop community have loved the post, praising the police both for their detective work and for their sense of humour.
One chuckled, ‘Wow such a sassy post’, while another said, ‘fantastic job. Keep up the great work’.
However, others have taken umbrage with the officers’ assertion that ‘drugs ruin lives’, noting that cannabis is far from a class A drug.
Indeed, some people have argued cannabis isn’t as dangerous as some legal substances such as alcohol, with others remarking on the many supposed benefits of cannabis.
One person commented:
Murders, assaults, burglaries, car thefts go unsolved yet they feel victorious about a grow being turned over! Focus on major crime. Legalise cannabis. Then maybe sick people could get the benefits without being criminalised…
Jeez…hardly class A drugs is it. Could actually do with some of this to treat my fibro(!)
In the UK, police can issue a warning or an on-the-spot £90 fine to a person found with cannabis, according to the UK Government website.
Cannabis is classified as a class B drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. However, there are many who believe it should be legalised for recreational purposes.
According to Clear Cannabis Reform:
Prohibition is a big, dumb, and very expensive failure. It is brutal. It puts prejudice before people. The “war on drugs” is responsible for more death, destruction and despair than it has ever prevented. History has shown that prohibition creates far more problems than it solves.
In the 21st century we should expect far better solutions from our policy makers and governments.
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Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.