Pubdate: Thu, 19 Oct 2000
Source: Colchester Evening Gazette (UK)
Copyright: 2000, Quicksilver Media
Contact:  43-44 North Hill, Colchester, Essex CO1 1TZ
Fax: 01206 508295
Author: Don Quinn
Cited: Legalise Cannabis Alliance:


DON Barnard, of the Legalise Cannabis Alliance, is quite right to point out
that cannabis has been decriminalised rather than legalised in parts of

He makes a valuable contribution to the debate by explaining the
difference between the two.

Eventually I suspect that Europe will legalise cannabis. In the meantime I
would settle for decriminalisation, provided the same rules applied to all.
I must take issue with the Alliance, which is a registered political party,
when it says that decriminalisation could not work in Britain. Dutch
decriminalisatibn has resulted in fewer young people using cannabis than
young British people.

I have received 65 letters and 32 phone calls on this subject so far, and
there seems to be a 50/50 split. I am truly delighted at the standard of
comment. Those who are against legalising cannabis have put forward some
excellent arguments in a friendly and constructive way.

No, I would not ask Colchester Council to sponsor a debate. People pay
money to the borough council for specific services, a debate on the law is
not one of them. If the Alliance wishes to underwrite the costs, I am sure
that a debate among local people with local people participating would be

Don Quinn,
King Stephen Road,
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