A man who was questioned by police after a drugs raid on his home says there is no way he will stop smoking pot. Keith Thompson, 53, was taken to Wootton Bassett police station on Tuesday after officers found eight cannabis plants in a bedroom at his home. He was released without charge and Mr Thompson, who says the drugs were for his own use, insists he will carry on as usual. “I’m not going to stop smoking, no way man,” he said.
“It’s more common than people think and it’s not just clowns like me. Within an hour of being out I was smoking again. I personally think if we all sat around a table and rolled up there would be no wars or punch-ups. We could all put on some Pink Floyd and there we go. Okay, I have broken the law but it’s not the crime of the century.”
Mr Thompson’s wife, Annie, 45, was also arrested in the raid at their home in The Rosary, Wootton Bassett, but he says she had nothing to do with the plants. “If I’d have known the police arrest everyone in the house when they come I would never have grown it,” he said. “It’s all mine. It’s nothing whatsoever to do with the wife. She is giddy enough on a couple of pints of lager.”
The police said the seizure of the drugs would stop cannabis getting onto the streets of Wootton Bassett. But the dad-of-two, who has smoked cannabis regularly since 1975, said: “It was no factory. I’m not a dealer, I was just growing it for myself. It’s one thing smoking it and another thing dealing it. It sounds stupid but I’m against drugs. I don’t go near pills or anything like that. You couldn’t find anyone on the planet who I have sold drugs to.”
He says he smokes between 10 and 12 rolled-up joints a day and started growing his own drugs because he was smoking between ?80 and ?100 ($150 and $200 US) worth of cannabis a week.
“I decided it’d be cheaper to grow my own,” he said. “I bought a cheap car, sold it on and bought myself some heating lamps with the money.”
Registered disabled for problems with his lower back and hip, Mr Thompson says his drug use has nothing to do with his ill health. “When people say they do it because of the pain I’m not sure that’s true,” he said. “I’m not going to hide behind that. I smoke it because I like it.”
Article from the UK Swindon Advertiser on Friday, May 20th
“Let Keith smoke his pot in peace”
By Gareth Bethell
An overwhelming majority of Adver readers believe Keith Thompson should be left to smoke his pot in peace. As revealed on Friday, the 53-year-old dad of two has insisted he will not stop using cannabis, despite getting raided by police. More than 1,500 readers voted in a phone and internet poll, with 92 per cent backing the joint-smoking Wootton Bassett man. Only eight per cent thought he was in the wrong.
Mr Thompson, who is registered disabled and does not work, said: “I’m absolutely astounded at the response. I know there’s a few of us out there and all sorts of people smoke it.”
After Mr Thompson’s pledge to keep on puffing, mental health charities warned of the dangers of the drug. Kathleen Aitken, the manager of Swindon and District MIND, said continued use of cannabis had been linked to psychosis. A spokesman for Druglink also said people who use hard drugs like heroin and crack cocaine often start on cannabis before moving on.
But Mr Thompson hit back, saying: “I’ve been smoking for over 30 years and I have not got on to the bad stuff so I’m one of the lucky ones. I’m not going to stop after 30 years and I’m not mad or paranoid like these people seem to suggest.”
When Mr Thompson’s home in The Rosary, Wootton Bassett, was raided last week police took his eight cannabis plants. He said the drugs were purely for his own use but now he says the police have forced him to commit further offences. “All the police have done by taking my plants is force me to go to dealers,” he said. “I don’t know where that money is going. It could be spent on guns. I was just trying to be self-sufficient like Tom Good in The Good Life.”
Mr Thompson also criticised those who are anti-cannabis but do not have a problem with alcohol. “I would like to know how many fights the police have had to attend in the last three months because of drink and how many because of smoking,” he said. “I’ll bet it’s none from smoking and lots from drink.”
Article from UK This Is Wiltshire on Tuesday, May 23rd