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Housing providers join forces in anti-cannabis campaign

A group of housing providers have teamed up with local authorities to combat cannabis use in rented accommodation around Merseyside.

The ‘Use it? Lose it!’ campaign has been launched to warn tenants they risk being evicted from their home if they use or grow the illegal drug.

Registered housing providers including Riverside, Liverpool Mutual Homes (LMH), Plus Dane, Adactus, Cobalt, One Vision, Pier Head, Contour, Your Housing and South Liverpool Homes (SLH) are working alongside Liverpool City Council, Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service in the crackdown.

Posters and leaflets will be distributed to tenants across the area as part of the initiative, which follows a series of house fires in the region caused by cannabis farms.

Donna Kelly, regional director at LHT, is leading the campaign and says: “Cannabis use in rented properties, particularly those with communal areas, can be a real nuisance to residents. Not only is it illegal, it is also often linked to other anti-social behaviour.

“While we are always here to offer support to residents with drug problems, we are also concerned about the impact of cannabis use on the wider community.

“This campaign sends out a clear message to those using illegal drugs: we take this matter very seriously and will take the appropriate action to protect other residents – including eviction.”

Mark Wiggins, Liverpool local policing superintendent, adds: “Growing cannabis is not a victimless or low level crime and Merseyside Police is committed to bringing the people responsible to justice.

“Our communities can help us stop these groups, who are only interested in making money from turning houses and flats into potential death traps. Nobody wants to live next door to these houses and we would ask that if you believe someone is using a property for this purpose, please tell us so we can take positive action and find those responsible for setting them up.”

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  • Derek Williams

    Welcome to the British police state where big brother is watching. This is simply disgusting, cannabis use is widespread and the law clearly needs review, instead we get this. How the hell is making people homeless going to help?

  • Disgusting, despicable prejudice, hate and fear mongering. The people responsible for this have broken every ethical and moral standard as well as preferring a government-funded campaign of misinformation and propaganda to a vast body of scientific evidence.

  • Stephan Harris

    This stupid and ineffective campaign is a waste of money and time. As if people who put together grow ops are going to receive a leaflet through the door and come to some grand epiphone that they shouldn’t be doing it. They are already aware its illegal, that’s why they grow it so they can make a profit off of it. As for users, millions of people around the country do and its normal behaviour you evict them and all you get is more people on the emergency housing register and they are back in social housing you’ve not thought this through properly at all its ridiculous.

  • Stephen Fox

    Replace cannabis with alcohol in the article, that would be more fitting. Alcohol leads to anti social behaviour, is a nuisance when pissed people are about and all the violence etc associated with it. Fair enough there is a worry about large scale farms actually bringing those troubles to streets, go after those, but for small time bedroom growers growing for personal or even smoking it, to evict them is too harsh. Hope the same rule applies to cigarettes, they stink houses out, cause untold harm to people etc, but of course it won’t. While police forces and councils continue to get cuts they use their resources keeping up this age old war on drugs, when it could be used far more effectively for actual problems! If it was legalised there would be hardly any crime associated with cannabis, there wouldn’t be unsafe grow ops going on, less anti social behaviour unless theyre drinking alcohol. I know id far rather live next door to someone who smokes weed than drinks loads.

  • discerner

    Meanwhile alcohol users and all other users of drugs including dangerous prescription drugs are not discriminated against in such properties. So if you want to use a relatively harmless substance like cannabis you will presumably be allowed to if you live in your own property or rent privately. Cannabis farms are the result of prohibition of which governments shy-away from addressing. People have a right to privacy in their place of abode which is surely more sensible than openly using cannabis outside where children may be around. If only the police would address the serous alcohol crime and violence that can occur in properties – but that’s a very low priority compared to peaceful cannabis users.

  • sonicboomboy

    Legalise it, regulate it, tax it, create legitimate jobs and businesses, stop criminalising the 2 million British people who enjoy cannabis. Dodgy cannabis farms exist because of prohibition. The police are wasting huge amounts of time and money on cannabis when they should be protecting people from ‘actual crime’; like anti-social behavior, theft, domestic abuse, DUI etc. Cannabis being illegal while alcohol is legal is a joke. Prohibition is counter productive. Etc …

    • Alexander Dowding

      Only two million Brits using cannabis out of a total population of 65 million? Seems a low estimate to me.

  • Brexit Saboteur

    This is absolutely feckin’ brainless! There’s a VERY simple solution to “illegal” cannabis use, one that’s cost effective and won’t destroy lives – LEGALISE IT!

    Legalise
    Regulate
    Educate
    (And that doesn’t just go for weed – legalise EVERYTHING! If you’re not familiar with the tragic story of 15-year-old Martha Cockburn, she died after taking MDMA but, had it JUST been MDMA, and she’d been able to find info on how to take it safely, she’d likely still be alive. She’d have been 20 this year. Her mum, Anne-Marie, set up Anyone’s Child in her memory to fight for full legalisation of ALL currently illicit substances).

    A far cheaper, saner and more rational alternative than banging people up for a bit of gardening! I mean, who’d you rather live next door to – a bunch of pissheads, or a bunch of stoners…?! I was alcohol dependent for over 20 years and had 5 serious suicide attempts in that time. Had I been able to use weed, I’d never have nearly died twice. Does nobody remember Nancy Reagan’s pro-prohibition campaign that Maggie thought was such a brilliant idea we got that feck-awful song…? What happened to the use of illicit substances in the target demographic (10-17) – it went through the feckin’ roof!

    I know how these people think,”We don’t want to live next door to criminals!” – and to that I say “Where’s the crime…?” For there to be a crime there has to be a victim – and the victim is the fecker having their life destroyed. What if one of their kids gets hold of a couple of joints at school – they gonna grass (sorry!) on them…? I mean if you’re gonna destroy lives over a plant, then you can’t turn a blind eye when it comes to your own.

    Perhaps someone would like to explain to Mark Wiggins that the phrase ‘victimless crime’ is oxymoronic – unless, as I’ve just said, you count the poor cunt who’s just had their life destroyed. The victim is the ‘criminal’, the crime is the fact it’s illegal. Where’s the ‘justice’ in destroying someone’s future over a plant…?! What’s just about that…?! They’re doing nobody any harm, and it’s a waste of your time, the court’s time – and public money – to arrest and prosecute them – why not just leave them be, eh…?

    Can anyone think of what antisocial behaviour can be linked to weed – because I’m struggling here. If I was the director of a housing association, I’d be more concerned about alcohol – a stoner isn’t going to cause criminal damage, a stoner won’t assault other residents, a stoner is certainly no danger to kids, pets or any other forms of life. If weed was legal, Donna Kelly, there’d be far less of that antisocial behaviour you’re so worried about.

    And whilst I’m ranting, I’m still extremely pissed off that no party even mentioned drugs policy reform during the general election campaign (okay the Lib Dems said they’d legalise weed, but nowt else. Not even the Greens, which I found more than somewhat surprising) – and all the time the Home Office is still spinning the ‘prohibition saves lives’ bollocks. This elephant ain’t gonna go away, it’ll just get bigger and bigger until it becomes unavoidable. If the government was serious about reducing crime and prison overcrowding – and saving money, then it a) wouldn’t have enacted the Psychoactive Substances Bill and b) would have made strides to repeal the Misuse of Drugs Act – the fact the former was enacted and the latter is still on the statute books says it’s all empty rhetoric. Just think how much a properly regulated psychoactive substances industry would not only save – but generate! I honestly think that the guesstimate that legalising cannabis would generate £1bn to be somewhat conservative.

    Finally, prohibition hinders research because anyone wishing to undertake research on an illicit substance has to first apply to the Home Office for a research licence, and then purchase the study material. I have no idea what the price of a licence is, but it ain’t cheap – and researchers are resorting to crowdfunding.

    Wish LEAP had more of a presence over here, the lack of impetus, drive and momentum in pushing for legalisation is a constant source of frustration to me (I gues nobody else is in the situation where legalisation of all substances would transform their life).

    Okay rant over.

  • David Buzdygan

    Not fun fact: Just because it is british law does not mean it is moral in any way. With all the facts considered about cannabis the people behind this attack on the innocent growing or consuming of a herb are more like the criminals.

  • Draz J Ekiel

    Absolute bellends, all this will do is make matters worse. There is a vast diference between a criminal gang bullying someone into subletting their property to them/forcing them to run a cannabis farm , which steals electric and may be a hazzard due to being overloaded and wired up wrong; and an everyday person growing cannabis on a small scale for personal use.
    Indoor growing is used for far more than growing cannabis, many people use hydroponics/aeroponics/bubbleponics/aquaponics/waterfarms etc etc to grow everyday vegtables, and plants. Including plants from tropical regions etc I know people that grow hot chillis, cacti, carnvierous plants, tobacco, tea and coffee in hydropoincs. Do these people cause fires? No..because they are paying for their electric and haven’t fucked with their meter, and aren’t overloading their system.

    It’s totally ridiculous what these people are propose, and it’s full of out and out bullshit.

  • Alexander Dowding

    Wow! I wonder how these people sleep soundly at night in the knowledge that they are uprooting families and making people destitute? All for a relatively harmless activity like growing and using a medicinal plant. For Pete’s sake I actually can’t believe what the world is coming to! Heartless. You should be ashamed of yourselves.

  • Colin

    You want to stop people growing it in their houses? Legalise it. That’s the reason people aren’t distilling in their homes.
    All I see here is people starting a campaign that is all about keeping themselves on the anti-drug gravy train.

  • Oscar Hendrix

    Booze chugging state tools. They all look really happy with their life decisions after all. Absolute waste of humanity, stasi cunts