The North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Arfon Jones says that cannabis should be sold over-the-counter in licensed premises – and that hard drugs such as cocaine should be available on prescription.
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. 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.
‘But we are where we are, alcohol is legal and cannabis is illegal and it is illogical to have it like that.’
A poll last year found that nearly half of Britons now back legalisation.
The poll of 2,000 people by survey company ORB found that 47% of people now back legalising cannabis for sale through licensed shops.
In America, legalising cannabis seems like a near-unstoppable force – and a study argued that the British government would be £1 billion a year better off if we followed suit.
-By: Rob Waugh, Metro UK