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Big reaction to police chief 's cannabis call; LEGALISATION FOR MEDICAL USE DIVIDES POST READERS.

THERE'S been a huge reaction on social media to calls from Police and Crime Commissioner Arfon Jones to legalise cannabis.

Mr Jones, a former North Wales Police inspector, wants the drug to be legal for medicinal purposes. He claims use of cannabis, a class B controlled drug, is of "considerable benefit" to sufferers of many illnesses.

Here's what you had to say on the Daily Post Facebook page.

Stuart Lloyd said: "As a herbalist, it's traditionally been used safely throughout the world for a wealth of different health conditions. Modern medicine is increasingly 'catching up' and verifying these benefits!" Sam Bell wrote: "Gut feeling is Yes. I can buy cigarettes and alcohol, is cannabis worse than them? Legalising would cut out criminal element."

Mel Colin Boulton agreed: "Legalise it, alcohol is far worse plus it would help people like me with Crohns and other illnesses. It's a plant that grows naturally.... it hasn't been manufactured by a cartel. It just grows!" Paul Penlington said: "Yes, should have been legalised years ago! The only people who benefit from its illegality are criminals, it's massively less harmful than alcohol and tobacco."

Sonia Craggs added: "I see no reason why not when we clearly allow alcohol. If people are pulling out the 'mental health' card, speak to anyone who has a family member or friend suffering with alcoholism."

Christian Rich said: "The effects cannabis has on a person's mental health can be quite horrific. Rather than legalised, it should be made a class A."

John Lightfoot commented at the bottom of the article: "This seems a very emotive subject, and reading through the posts it seems the majority are in favour of cannabis but no one has come up with how it would be handled. Does the cannabis you currently use have the dosage instructions or do you guess how much to take? I suppose if it was the same strength as paracetamol and you take two four times a day it may work."

Pat Jones said: "Cannabis is less dangerous than alcohol. I take cannabis oil every day for pain help with MY health. Wish I'd bought it years earlier."

Luke Mcallister agreed: "People with illnesses benefit from cannabis but not all people realise that cannabis helps people in many ways- it has been proven in different countries how it helps."

Ronaldwyn Jones wrote: "No way. If you have a look in the mentally ill ward at Gwynedd hospital to see the effects it leaves on people, it's awful."

Pat Totty was of the same opinion: "No. Cannabis can have detrimental effects on the brain."

Sonia Craggs said: "Medicinal cannabis has the psychoactive element removed anyway."

Jason Glover said: "Yes, legalise and tax it. Alcohol is just as harmful if not more so than cannabis if abused."

Katie Foster wrote: "Yes, it should be legalised. There are so many contributions towards children and adult health."

Anne Marie Roobottom asked: "Didn't the old Chief Constable [Richard Brunstrom] say something like this many years ago?" Sharon Goodfellow said: "I think it should be legalised for medical use only. It's not a drug that enhances people's lives for the good."

Yvonne Essex said: "No. Never. It is already available on a GP prescription for medical problems."

Mr Jones has written to politicians across the region to try to judge support for the proposal.
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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Oct 26, 2016
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