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News Release - Corby By-Election - Cut Violent Crime. Cut Alcohol Abuse. Cannabis Is Safer and Healthier

7 Nov 2012

Contact: Peter Reynolds
Tel: 07880872022
peterreynolds@clear-uk.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - NO EMBARGO

Cut Violent Crime. Cut Alcohol Abuse. Cannabis Is Safer and Healthier

Alcohol related crime in Corby & East Northants is estimated to cost £13 - £22 million each year. (Source: Home Office 2010)

Around 1650 crimes of violence in the constituency each year are believed to be alcohol related. (Source: British Crime Survey 2009/10)

A recent survey conducted by Alcohol Concern and Police Review indicated that 70% of police officers viewed alcohol as causing them greater problems than drugs.

Professor David Nutt, giving evidence to the Home Affairs select committee this year, said that legal availability of cannabis could cut alcohol consumption by up to 25%.

Legal regulation of cannabis would massively reduce violent crime but it would also save millions in local NHS costs. Across Britain, more than a million hospital admissions each year are related to alcohol while cannabis accounts for just 750. Another useful comparison is that there are 3000 admissions each year for peanut allergy (Source: Hospital Episode Statistics, DOH 2011).

Alcohol is a poison which is six times more likely to cause mental health problems than cannabis. (Source: HES, Atha et al 2011, NHS) By contrast, cannabis supplements the endocannabinoids that occur naturally within our body and are responsible for maintaining good health. It is now proven to be an effective medicine for a wide range of conditions including MS, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, cancer, Crohn's disease, glaucoma, epilepsy, arthritis, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.

Peter Reynolds, leader of CLEAR, said:

"Alcohol is a tremendous burden on our society. If cannabis were legally regulated and available to adults in Corby then violent crime would fall, NHS costs would be reduced and our police officers could start going after real wrongdoing instead of trying to fight a crime that exists only because of a misguided government policy"


Cannabis Law Reform (CLEAR) is a political party registered with the Electoral Commission under the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (PPERA) to promote the cause of cannabis law reform, with the aim of replacing the anarchic mess of prohibition with a framework of real legal control which would allow proper control of the trade, ensure proper regulation of the product in terms of strength and purity and provide proper protection for vulnerable people such as children.

ENDS

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If you would like more information on this topic or an other aspect of the work of Cannabis Law Reform (CLEAR), or to arrange an interview with Peter Reynolds please contact him on 07880 872022

peterreynolds@clear-uk.org

Or contact the CLEAR Press agent Derek Williams 07941 238908

corby@clear-uk.org

Cannabis Law Reform, PO Box 674, Salfords, Redhill, Surrey RH1 9BN United Kingdom

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