Home Affairs Committee - Drugs: Breaking the CycleWritten evidence submitted by Mr Frank Windsor (DP032)

1. I fully support the decriminalisation of cannabis, and feel that it should be taxed and treated as are cigarettes and alcohol.

2. As a long time sufferer of chronic pain, and viral hepatitis C and liver disease I fully support the free availability of cannabis oil or tincture medically. I am in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) at the higher rate.

3. I currently take over 10 prescription medications daily, as well as anti viral injections.

4. I am a member of clear and support their views on the use and taxation of cannabis.

5. I would like to draw the committees attention to the following link.1

6. I am prepared to also give oral evidence to the committee if requested.

As you will appreciate it is with some trepidation that I offer this evidence as I am admitting that I am breaking the law on a regular and daily basis, however I can honestly say that short of a death sentence there is no way of enforcing the law effectively when I refuse to be coerced or bullied into blind obedience, and there is no deterrent left.

It seems a poor use of taxes, to try to enforce a law against a large proportion of society that hold that law in contempt.

January 2012

1 http://norml.org/component/zoo/category/recent-research-on-medical-marijuana

Prepared 8th December 2012