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Legalising weed will lead to a great drop in violent crime according to UK politician, Vince Cable. Known as the Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Cable attributed the spate of violent crime in London to the cannabis black market.
London recently overtook New York in its rate of violent crime due to a recent proliferation of shootings and stabbings. Cable is known for his generally anti-drugs attitude has admitted that a pragmatic approach is needed.
He said this after attending London Mayor, Sadiq Khan’s summit on violent crime.
“The underlying problem is weak policing and lack of support for the police, serious deprivation in some areas with lack of facilities and lack of jobs. And then we, as a country, have a massive drugs problem, which nobody is willing to face,” Cable said in a radio interview with LBC’s Theo Usherwood.
“I’m very anti-drugs. I’m very puritanical about it,” He admitted, “But the simple truth is that by turning over the marijuana trade to the underworld, it’s creating opportunities for them and it’s making things worse.”
The majority of cannabis sales in London are illegal and often fund violent gangs and the criminal elements of the city. If cannabis is legalised, then this would cut off a huge revenue stream for these gangs and also reduce the conflict surrounding the illegal cannabis trade.
This would also serve to free up law enforcement resources that are tied up dealing will low-level drug crimes.