Jails should give free cannabis to prisoners in the UK says North Wales Police & Crime Commissioner Arfon Jones

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Calls are being made for jails to give free cannabis to prisoners as part of a trial to help them tackle their drug problems.

The radical idea could prevent overdose deaths and reduce prison violence, North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Arfon Jones believes.

In 2018, inmate Luke Morris Jones, 22, from Blaenau Ffestiniog, died at HMP Berwyn after taking spice.

Speaking during an interview for the Guardian newspaper, the crime commissioner said if justice authorities were serious about reducing harms and violence in prisons, “they should be addressing the causes” such as the cheap synthetic cannabinoid spice that is rife and can be deadly, as opposed to cannabis.

Use of illegal drugs is widespread in prisons and many prisoners lawfully receive heroin substitutes such as methadone and buprenorphine to manage their dependence.

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