Penalties for growing and selling cannabis must be toughened because a surge in the trade is driving up shootings and gang-related violence, a senior police officer has warned.
Violence and gang w3arfare are driven by the illegality of the product. In the absence of a possible appeal to the law of the land then might makes right.
Plod therefore says that in order to reduce the violence caused by illegality we must increase the illegality. For that is what increasing penalties means, an increase in how illegal the stuff is along that spectrum from a parking ticket to crucifixion for recommending the wrong flavour of God.
Doesn\’t sound all that sensible, does it?