A Llanelli drugs worker has launched a campaign to rid the town centre of legally sold bongs and other drugs paraphernalia.
Yeah, you didn’t miss the ‘legally’ bit; there’s nothing wrong with selling these items at all.
So why has he got a bee in his bonnet about them?
Chief executive of Chooselife Wales Drug and Alcohol Intervention Service, Alan Andrews, feared it was being made all too easy for youngsters to get their hands on legal water pipes, which can be used to smoke cannabis.
Now, maybe I’m out of the loop, but these aren’t necessary for the smoking of cannabis at all, are they?
For that, you just need a packet of Rizlas (god, he’ll probably want to ban those next..) and some cannabis, surely?
He added that the wrong message was being sent to children by allowing so- called bongs and items such as tobacco tins emblazoned with cannabis leaves to be sold openly on street stalls — just yards from where he regularly parks the Chooselife mobile drop-in centre to offer support and advice.
We must think of the chiiiillllreeeeen!
“They are trying to stay within the law but all the paraphernalia on the stall has cannabis slogans and designson.”Kids start smoking it as young as 10 or 11 sometimes and for them to walk through town and see these things is sending the wrong message.
“What I’m asking is, does Llanelli want this sort of thing going on?”
What, a legal business operating in its streets, paying business rates and VAT? I’d have thought the answer was ‘Yes’…
“These people are earning money from other people’s misery,” he said.
I’m guessing you are the CEO of the ‘Chooselife Wales Drug and Alcohol Intervention Service’ for free, then, Mr Andrews?
Well, I certainly hope so, or the same charge could be levelled at you, couldn’t it?
Mr Andrews has alerted Carmarthenshire Council leader Meryl Gravell and Trading Standards to his campaign, and hopes to gain support in putting pressure on shops and stalls to stop selling drug-related items.
Trading Standards, however, gave him the brush off. But I bet some councillor with time on his hands and a desire to get his name in the papers picks it up and runs with it…