Pubdate: Wed, 29 Nov 2000
Date: 11/29/2000
Source: Evening News (UK)
Author: Pete Henshall


I was please to read your story headlines "Tragic End for Jason" (Nov
27th) and see that the article had been treated fairly and the mothers
views aired.

I was, however, not so impressed by the editorial opinion that came
along with it. The gateway from cannabis to other drugs does exist -
it is undeniable.

The illegal nature of cannabis means users come into contact with hard
drug dealers. We have had 80 years of drug prohibition and, in that
time, many people have been introduced to hard drugs because, and only
because, soft drug dealers can sell them something harder.

You do not have to condone drug use to see that the only way to
control drugs (which we all want) is to fully legalise and regulate

Pete Henshall,
Pembroke Road,

Note: Headline by newshawk