No votes in it

First published in Letters

ANN Greagsby is entitled to her views on cannabis but her insinuation that Pippa Bartolotti’s support for the legalisation of this substance is motivated by the “hope of political gain” is fatuous and insulting.

There are no votes to be had from advocating the legalisation of cannabis- the media have made sure of that- although it hardly needs saying that two much more widely used and dangerous drugs – alcohol and nicotine- are perfectly legal.

The arguments for and against the legalisation of cannabis are more finely balanced than Anne Greagsby imagines.

Drug taking for any but medical purposes should be discouraged but I have not seen any unambiguous evidence linking cannabis with cancer.

If cannabis is smoked mixed with tobacco than it is almost certain that it is the tobacco that will cause the cancer.

Apart from tobacco the main causes of non-infectious lung disease are occupational exposure to various dusts and atmospheric pollution. So let’s ban cars and lorries shall we?

I do not underestimate the mental health effects of cannabis but if someone finds that this substance gives them relief from chronic pain then they should be permitted to use it in full knowledge of the risks. All strong pain killers carry side effects- some of them quite unpleasant.

Clive Shakesheff Lewis Way, Chepstow

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2:22pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Alex.Seb.Jones says...

Urgh, this is just so true to handle. It's truly sad that those in power cannot simply see the comparison of cannabis to so many worse things that need attention. Uruguay severed the black market's grasp on the cannabis industry overnight yet today politicians are so brain dead to the idea that they can take away criminal profit by £millions. If I didn't know any better, I'd say they were in on it...
Urgh, this is just so true to handle. It's truly sad that those in power cannot simply see the comparison of cannabis to so many worse things that need attention. Uruguay severed the black market's grasp on the cannabis industry overnight yet today politicians are so brain dead to the idea that they can take away criminal profit by £millions. If I didn't know any better, I'd say they were in on it... Alex.Seb.Jones
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6:50am Sat 19 Apr 14

Dr Martin says...

Alex.Seb.Jones wrote:
Urgh, this is just so true to handle. It's truly sad that those in power cannot simply see the comparison of cannabis to so many worse things that need attention. Uruguay severed the black market's grasp on the cannabis industry overnight yet today politicians are so brain dead to the idea that they can take away criminal profit by £millions. If I didn't know any better, I'd say they were in on it...
how would legalising make things better other than making stoners less paranoid about being busted
[quote][p][bold]Alex.Seb.Jones[/bold] wrote: Urgh, this is just so true to handle. It's truly sad that those in power cannot simply see the comparison of cannabis to so many worse things that need attention. Uruguay severed the black market's grasp on the cannabis industry overnight yet today politicians are so brain dead to the idea that they can take away criminal profit by £millions. If I didn't know any better, I'd say they were in on it...[/p][/quote]how would legalising make things better other than making stoners less paranoid about being busted Dr Martin
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