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    In light of the poll’s shocking findings, politicians and campaigners have called on the government to do more to tackle drug abuse in Britain.

    A poll has found children in the UK to have better access to cannabis than alcoholic drinks, with 44 percent of respondents aged between 16 and 17 who have used cannabis saying it is easy to obtain.

    Meanwhile, only 22 percent of surveyed alcohol drinkers of the same age range said they can buy alcohol without difficulty.

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    Drugs policy thinktank Volteface, which commissioned the survey carried out by Survation, warned that children are being “exploited” by adults in the drug trade, with prosecutions for drug-related offences rising for teenagers from 2012 to 2017 while falling for adults.

    “Dealing cannabis as a young person be considered a potential indicator of vulnerability, rather than criminality, and should be treated as a safeguarding concern, much like in instances of child sexual exploitation,” Volteface said, in its report accompanying the poll’s findings.

    Reacting to the poll, Labour MP David Lammy said the “war on drugs has failed”, calling for “all options” to be considered, warning that the criminalization of cannabis has backfired.

    Meanwhile, former Lib Dems Health Minister Norman Lamb claimed British children are “paying the price for the UK’s outdated” policy on drugs, accusing the government of “directly” putting children at risk.

    READ MORE: UK Gov't Cracks Down on Children 'Exploited Like Modern Slaves by Gang Members'


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