Article by Daily Post
North Wales’ Police and Crime Commissioner thinks so.
Arfon Jones recently came out and called for steps to be taken to control the sale of certain illegal substances.
He said: “I want to see drugs controlled and sold by responsible retailers similar to off-licences that sell alcohol.
“I don’t see a difference between the use of alcohol and the use of cannabis.”
The outspoken former policeman has also come out publicly in the past saying that the current war on “drug crime” has totally failed.
His views have provoked a strong reaction among readers, with many coming out either for or against the suggestion on social media.
Here’s just some of what you had to say about it…
Tom Lewis wrote on Facebook: “I’m not a weed smoker and never have been but I completely agree with Arfon on this. Trouble is people are so closed minded that they refuse to see things from a different perspective. Alcohol is one of the worst drugs there is yet being intoxicated isn’t only socially acceptable it’s become glamourised. Pot smokers are far less of a threat to society than drunks. Just my opinion.”
Chris Rees shared some of his own personal experience relating to the issue.
He said: “As a recovered alcoholic I personally know the damage alcohol does.
“Because of alcohol abuse I had polysythemia (sticky blood) chronic pancreatitis and diabetes.
“Since medicating with cannabis all my conditions are gone.
“No more polysythemia, chronic pancreatitis or diabetes, I was on 80+ pills a day last year, now I don’t take any.