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Former police chief's views on cannabis wrong and risky

Published 28/09/2016

Former PSNI deputy chief constable Alan McQuillan.
Former PSNI deputy chief constable Alan McQuillan.

I was horrified to read your report (News, September 22) that the former Assistant Chief Constable, Alan McQuillan, has backed calls to decriminalise the possession of cannabis.

Does he not understand that long-term use of the drug has been proven to be a major contributory factor in both depressive illnesses and anxiety disorders?

The Government position is quite clear on the matter. The possession of cannabis, even in small amounts, is a criminal act, and the Government has no plans to change the law.

Mr McQuillan could better spend his time trying to encourage former colleagues in the PSNI to enforce the law and adopt a zero-tolerance policy towards those who would break it.

PAUL CAUGHEY

Deputy chair, Strangford

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