Above: A senior retired SAS commander says British Army cannabis users should not be given 'dishonourable discharges', reports 'The Sunday Post' (22 April, 2007, article by Adam Docherty).
Retired colonel Clive Fairweather, who was once second in command of the elite British Army 'Special Air Services'(SAS) has called for the end of automatic dishonourable discharges for anyone serving in the British Armed Services who test positive for cannabis.
According to figures recently released by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) the number of people sacked for using recreational drugs in the last year (575) is the equivalent of losing one infantry battalion.
The 'Sunday Post' says that the 575 sackings are "three times the number of British Army soldiers who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan ..."
So now cannabis prohibition is a threat to Britain's national security!
While the British Army is spending millions in a desperate and mostly failed campaign to recruit people to defend Britain, the saboteurs at the MoD are sacking 'our boys' just for smoking cannabis (which studies show is far less harmful than drinking alcohol or being shot by the Taliban).
If they go on sacking people (our boys) for smoking weed in the British Army, soon there won't be anyone left to defend Queen and country. Then the country really will have gone to pot.
• schmoo says: Maybe finally the prohibitionists will realise that the people they want to criminalise and throw in to jail (if there is room that is), are not the sandal wearing, hippie, communist pinkos, of their worse nightmares, but ordinary people - just like the soldier next door.
• There's more drugs in the army in the 'Observer'