In order to help prisoners solve their drug issues, prisons should hand out free cannabis, says Arfon Jones, the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Wales.
Mr Jones, 66, says that by reducing the incentive to use illicit drugs, the strategy could minimize abuse in prisons and avoid deaths from overdoses.
“Let’s supply cannabis under controlled conditions and see if there is a reduction in offenses,” he said.
He found out that opioid replacements like methadone are given to many inmates to help them treat their addictions when inside.
Prisons are now flooded with illegally imported prescription narcotics, and sometimes very lethal, and providing free cannabis could help stem the tide, he says.
If opioids are used, why can’t they be prescribed cannabis? ‘And he added.
Opioids are more dangerous at the end of the day than weed, a damn sight. That will be an upgrade on the illicit spice that crooked jail officers have smuggled in.
The Guardian estimates that since 2015, more than 300 prison officers and ancillary employees have been sacked and in many cases charged for smuggling drugs and other products into English and Welsh jails.
In 2019, there were 21,575 drug findings, up almost 20 percent from the previous year. 88 inmates died from opioid overdoses between 2008 and 2016, the most recent time for which official statistics are available.