Policing boss says cannabis should be sold in off-licences

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By:Shane Brennan

But North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Arfon Jones says harder drugs should only be available on prescription

North Wales’ policing boss has called for shops like off-licences to be able to sell drugs.

Arfon Jones, Police and Crime Commissioner for the region, said he didn’t see any reason why drugs such as cannabis should not be sold in the same way alcohol is sold, over-the-counter in licensed shops.

But he said he believed hard drugs like heroin and cocaine should only be available on prescription from pharmacies.

Mr Jones told the Daily Post: “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.

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