Cannabis should be sold in local shops, police boss claims

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Cannabis should be legalised and sold over the counter in convenience stores and off-licences, North Wales’ Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) claims.

Arfon Jones, PCC for the region, told local newspaper The Daily Post that current drugs legislation needed to be re-thought.

He believes that drugs should be legalised and that “softer” drugs such as cannabis should be sold in the same way as alcohol, in licenced stores and by responsible retailers.

“If we went back to day one and we were legislating this again I’m sure people would realise that alcohol causes a lot more harm than cannabis does and I think the categorisation would reflect that,” the former police officer and Plaid Cymru member said.

“Hard drugs like cocaine and heroin could be sold or prescribed from a secure pharmacy.

“But I think cannabis could be sold with the same level of security as alcohol is sold at now in an off-licence. This would be with suitable age restrictions to prevent children buying it which is something we do not have now.

“A lot of the addiction and the harm that is caused is caused because of the illegality of drugs. People are taking substances that they haven’t got a clue what is in them. At least if we regulated them it would be the same as alcohol, we’d know what the strength of what they were taking was,” Jones added.

The vast majority of US states and the District of Columbia now allow for limited use of medical marijuana under certain circumstances, while nine states have legalised marijuana for recreational use, with California the most recent to do so in January.

In Massachusetts, retail sales of cannabis are expected to start this July.

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  • Wow, a police officer talking sense. That's unusual!

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  • I agree to be made legal and available from cannabis
    Controlled shops by the government and do not put
    On the retailers head, as we have enough laws and
    Regulations to adhere too at the owners risks. As a
    Shopkeeper. I have enough abuses and threats for
    Not selling to underage. If this happens, we have to
    face the drug addicts which I do not want to serve
    at any cost.

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  • G Naidu, what are you on about? You sell alcohol which is a far worse drug than cannabis.

    If you don't want to sell alcohol, surrender your premises licence and enjoy the freedom it brings. It's entirely your choice to sell alcohol, no one is forcing you to. If you don't want to sell a product, you don't have to, but why shouldn't the rest of us?

    Do you sell king size Rizla by any chance?

    It's a well known fact that drunk people are often aggressive and hard work as can be seen in town centres across the country on Friday and Saturday nights but stoned people generally don't cause any trouble and are fine to deal with. Just compare the incidents at pubs/bars to those at "coffeeshops" where cannabis is legal and you'll see exactly what I mean.

    Cannabis isn't even physically addictive like most drugs (alcohol and nicotine on the other hand are addictive) and you undoubtedly serve stoned people on a daily basis when they visit your shop to buy their munchies and then go home without incident. You probably don't even know they're stoned.

    Ignorance and naivety are the reasons cannabis is illegal.

    As for the harder drugs like heroin, I don't think they should be sold anywhere but should be given on prescription to addicts, with the aim of getting them off drugs by gradually reducing the dose. This would see a massive reduction in crimes such as shoplifting and robbery which are commonly committed by addicts to fund their habit.

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  • At last, then I can go legal.

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