Adopt Dutch Model for Crime Reporting

Part of the problem of crime in the UK is the perception of it. People believe it is at a worse level than in reality.

This is because the press thrive on crime. They sell papers from it.

The result is that people, particularly women, get unduly scared when going out.

This is not good for the social cohesion in our country.

So I propose we adopt the Dutch model for crime reporting to help quell these false perceptions of crime.

In Holland, when a crime is committed, names of suspects cannot be mentioned. And after conviction, only their initials can be reported.

Why is this idea important?

Part of the problem of crime in the UK is the perception of it. People believe it is at a worse level than in reality.

This is because the press thrive on crime. They sell papers from it.

The result is that people, particularly women, get unduly scared when going out.

This is not good for the social cohesion in our country.

So I propose we adopt the Dutch model for crime reporting to help quell these false perceptions of crime.

In Holland, when a crime is committed, names of suspects cannot be mentioned. And after conviction, only their initials can be reported.

Legalisation of cannabis – follow the Dutch method. Limited number of plants per household, no artificial light to be used in production

The issue of Cannabis needs to be addressed.  There are many discussions on here about legalisation, the benefits of the drug and all sorts.  If this were to become a reality then I see certain criteria that would have to be met.  The main problems with Cannabis as viewed by the governement and some members of the public are:

1. The crime involved, drug dealing, supplying, violent crime etc etc.

2. The apparent health side effects (psychosis etc).

By taking a sensible approach to the problem then these can be circumvented.  the options for legalisation are:

1. Complete legalisation – buy, smoke, grow, sell openly and freely (some licences may be required).

2. Controlled legalisation.

I see the only workable answer as controlled legalisation.  If you follow the Dutch method they allow certain licenced coffee shops where you can take and buy cannabis – no alcohol is permitted in these venues.  Also in Holland one huosehold can grow up to 5 plants (previously a per person ruling but this was subject to abuse).  These plants can be grown on your premises but it is illegal to use artificial lighting to boost growth.

I feel that this method would work.  We could go one step further and issue permits to grow – like a shotgun licence. It could be based on a quick medical and the knowledge that the governing body has the right at any time of day to check that you are not using artificial lighting (as with a shotgun licence they can check yours are locked away safely).  You could even charge for this licecne to cover the costs.

If you went for complete legalisation then you could have controlled, licenced "coffee" shops.  These would provide a sizeable, taxable income to the government which would help with the deicit.  It could also boost tourism, however the view may be that it can only be sold to UK citizens.

Why is this idea important?

The issue of Cannabis needs to be addressed.  There are many discussions on here about legalisation, the benefits of the drug and all sorts.  If this were to become a reality then I see certain criteria that would have to be met.  The main problems with Cannabis as viewed by the governement and some members of the public are:

1. The crime involved, drug dealing, supplying, violent crime etc etc.

2. The apparent health side effects (psychosis etc).

By taking a sensible approach to the problem then these can be circumvented.  the options for legalisation are:

1. Complete legalisation – buy, smoke, grow, sell openly and freely (some licences may be required).

2. Controlled legalisation.

I see the only workable answer as controlled legalisation.  If you follow the Dutch method they allow certain licenced coffee shops where you can take and buy cannabis – no alcohol is permitted in these venues.  Also in Holland one huosehold can grow up to 5 plants (previously a per person ruling but this was subject to abuse).  These plants can be grown on your premises but it is illegal to use artificial lighting to boost growth.

I feel that this method would work.  We could go one step further and issue permits to grow – like a shotgun licence. It could be based on a quick medical and the knowledge that the governing body has the right at any time of day to check that you are not using artificial lighting (as with a shotgun licence they can check yours are locked away safely).  You could even charge for this licecne to cover the costs.

If you went for complete legalisation then you could have controlled, licenced "coffee" shops.  These would provide a sizeable, taxable income to the government which would help with the deicit.  It could also boost tourism, however the view may be that it can only be sold to UK citizens.

herbal highs

I have a shop in Newcastle upon Tyne city centre that sells "herbal highs" and i feel that instead of banning them they should welcome them. When I first opened four years ago i had a range of party pills which contained the now banned substance BZB or piperazines. There were no reported deaths or indeed bad side affects attributed to these products. In fact after the research I did on them I would have happily preffered my own children to experiment with them rather than take the risk of trying street drugs which are cut with some really nasty things such as ketamine and heroin. A lot of kids want to experiment with drugs at some point and these herbal highs were a safer alternative for them if they felt they had to take anything. BANNING THINGS OUTRIGHT DOES NOT MAKE THEM GO AWAY!!! At least when they were being sold in the shops my staff would not sell them to youngsters under the age of 18 and even if they did find their way to underage kids at least they were safe.  They were no where near as strong or dangerous as the latest batch of "herbals" which have recently had, and quite rightly,  bad press. What the government fails to see is that there is a huge demand for these products and not from your local "smackheads" or junkies but from respectable people from all walks of life, indeed the hard drug users who use street drugs are not interested in the herbals as they dont believe they are  as strong as the street versions. I have many customers who used the cannibanoids found in products such as the Spice incense blends to help them relax after a hard day at the office. I myself have used it to help me to sleep and I do not define myself as a drug user or a menace to society. Now that Spice etc is banned the only place I could find anything similar is to go walking the streets for a bone fide drug dealer and that is something I am not prepared to do…I am NOT a criminal. If the government had left the BZP party products alone they would not be in the mess they are in now. There is such a demand for recreational enhancers  that no matter what  they ban, there will ALWAYS be something new brought to the market. If the BZP's had been left alone no one would have ever heard of Methadrone or naphyrone, meow meow or woof woof. Every time a substance is banned the dealers on the streets know there is a demand and they can still get their hands on the substances and sell them for treble the price and the problem is back out on the streets where I do believe you don't want it!!!. Plant feeders were found in many herbal party pills that have been sold for over three years with no bad press or deaths associated to them. They were made and sold by reputable companies in safe doses, it was only when the pure product found its way onto the shelves that the dangers of high doses of the drug was realised. Now that Methadrone in ALL forms has been banned the government has basically opened the door for stronger and much more dangerous products which will no doubt be banned in the very near future and the cycle will continue. The government is making this a much more difficult problem that it should have ever been but they are so blind they cannot see it. Police it properly, tax it if necassary but please don't just ban things because you think the problems will go away. You are sending the people and their cash back onto the streets where you didnt want it in the first place, I am sorry but that is something I just cannot understand!! You are actually helping the illegal traffic of drugs!!!  Allow reputable dealers to sell the products, just like off lisences, if anyone is found selling to underage people then fine them, prosecute them and make them pay or close them down. Repeal the ban on BZP products and you will find that the demand for these new strong drugs will subside. Most people do not want extra strong substances that are dangerous and if they can find something that gives them the small lift they are looking for it will at least half the problems you are having now. The only people you are helping are the drug dealers on the street

Why is this idea important?

I have a shop in Newcastle upon Tyne city centre that sells "herbal highs" and i feel that instead of banning them they should welcome them. When I first opened four years ago i had a range of party pills which contained the now banned substance BZB or piperazines. There were no reported deaths or indeed bad side affects attributed to these products. In fact after the research I did on them I would have happily preffered my own children to experiment with them rather than take the risk of trying street drugs which are cut with some really nasty things such as ketamine and heroin. A lot of kids want to experiment with drugs at some point and these herbal highs were a safer alternative for them if they felt they had to take anything. BANNING THINGS OUTRIGHT DOES NOT MAKE THEM GO AWAY!!! At least when they were being sold in the shops my staff would not sell them to youngsters under the age of 18 and even if they did find their way to underage kids at least they were safe.  They were no where near as strong or dangerous as the latest batch of "herbals" which have recently had, and quite rightly,  bad press. What the government fails to see is that there is a huge demand for these products and not from your local "smackheads" or junkies but from respectable people from all walks of life, indeed the hard drug users who use street drugs are not interested in the herbals as they dont believe they are  as strong as the street versions. I have many customers who used the cannibanoids found in products such as the Spice incense blends to help them relax after a hard day at the office. I myself have used it to help me to sleep and I do not define myself as a drug user or a menace to society. Now that Spice etc is banned the only place I could find anything similar is to go walking the streets for a bone fide drug dealer and that is something I am not prepared to do…I am NOT a criminal. If the government had left the BZP party products alone they would not be in the mess they are in now. There is such a demand for recreational enhancers  that no matter what  they ban, there will ALWAYS be something new brought to the market. If the BZP's had been left alone no one would have ever heard of Methadrone or naphyrone, meow meow or woof woof. Every time a substance is banned the dealers on the streets know there is a demand and they can still get their hands on the substances and sell them for treble the price and the problem is back out on the streets where I do believe you don't want it!!!. Plant feeders were found in many herbal party pills that have been sold for over three years with no bad press or deaths associated to them. They were made and sold by reputable companies in safe doses, it was only when the pure product found its way onto the shelves that the dangers of high doses of the drug was realised. Now that Methadrone in ALL forms has been banned the government has basically opened the door for stronger and much more dangerous products which will no doubt be banned in the very near future and the cycle will continue. The government is making this a much more difficult problem that it should have ever been but they are so blind they cannot see it. Police it properly, tax it if necassary but please don't just ban things because you think the problems will go away. You are sending the people and their cash back onto the streets where you didnt want it in the first place, I am sorry but that is something I just cannot understand!! You are actually helping the illegal traffic of drugs!!!  Allow reputable dealers to sell the products, just like off lisences, if anyone is found selling to underage people then fine them, prosecute them and make them pay or close them down. Repeal the ban on BZP products and you will find that the demand for these new strong drugs will subside. Most people do not want extra strong substances that are dangerous and if they can find something that gives them the small lift they are looking for it will at least half the problems you are having now. The only people you are helping are the drug dealers on the street