In defence of cannabis use

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I AM 25 years old, male, have been smoking cannabis since I was 15. Sometimes I used to smoke every day, if I could afford it. Sometimes I was taking longer breaks between the smokes.

Cannabis is less addictive than alcohol. It is harmful when abused, but not as much as many of the legal drugs.

And I speak from my own experience. I had times when I would smoke twice, thrice a day – imagine drinking alcohol in those amounts.

You can say I was addicted, but I simply had lots of spare time and money. It was time between semesters at the university and I did not need a part time job.

Once the new semester kicked in, I simply put off the joint and got back to work.

If it was heroin I was doing, everyday for three months, the results of the withdrawal would be dire – I would spend few weeks shaking from convulsions and having every inch of my body suffering from immense pain. The result of putting down cannabis? A week of general drowsiness and two to three weeks of difficulty in falling asleep (I made it a habit to smoke just before and my body had to adjust to the change).

It is easy to understand why heavy drug users turn to crime in order to avoid those consequences. But as a cannabis smoker, I have never, in my entire life, thought even once about stealing just to ‘fund my habit’. If you want proof, look no further than Holland.

There is much more to say on the subject. Those who wish to know the real reasons behind the criminalisation should check out a Canadian documentary from 2007 called ‘The Union: Business Behind Getting High’, available for free in full length (one hour, 44 minutes) on YouTube.

Max king

via e-mail

Case for waving Scots farewell

E J Tilley should not be too disillusioned at the prospect of Scottish independence (letters November 28). Every cloud has a tartan lining.

Should the Scots choose to go it alone: SuBo, Blair, Andy Murray, Alex Ferguson and anyone with ginger hair called Jimmy to be repatriated.

Carlisle to become an employment hotspot for the rebuilding of Hadrians Wall.

Any Scots burrowing escape tunnels beneath it to receive two years’ porridge.

The new Scots currency – the Groat – not to be legal tender south of the border.

Visas only to be issued to the English for the haggis hunting season. The Scottish national dance, the Glasgow shuffle – two steps forward, one step back – to be banned in English clubs and pubs.

Scotland is subsidised to the sum of £3.1bn per annum, Wales £1.2bn and Northern Ireland £1bn. We donate £12bn foreign aid to the Ethiopian Spice Girls project and the Indian space programme.

We pour a crippling £55m per day into the economic black hole of a useless, corrupt bankrupt EU, unable to have its accounts signed off the past 16 years. If Cameron had two brain cells to rub together, he’d let the English keep their own taxes and hold a referendum for English independence from Brussels, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Charity begins anywhere but at home for the English.

Pete Hanslip

Lostock Hall

Being bored no excuse

According to John Bercow, Speaker of the House, MPs fiddled their expenses because they were bored and Parliament has become so ineffective.

Being bored should not lead to fiddling expenses or anything else, however, it proves the point that the reason Parliament is now ineffective, is because we have surrendered our sovereignty to the European Union.

It is time we reclaimed our sovereignty from Brussels and returned power to Westminster, making our 650 plus MPs do the job they were elected to do.

Philip Griffiths

North West President, UKIP