Pubdate: Thu, 01 Nov 2001
Source: Oldham Evening Chronicle (UK)
Copyright: Oldham Evening Chronicle 2001
Author: Andrew Coldwell
Bookmark: (Cannabis)


As a person with multiple sclerosis and a user of cannabis I would like to 
repsond to the Government's present stance on the relaxation of the laws on 

David Blunkett, the Home Secretary said: "In spie of our focus on hard 
drugs, the majority of police time is currently spent on handling cannabis 
offences.  It is time for an honest and commonsense approach focusing 
effectively on drugs that cause most harm."

But couldn't his position be seen as hypocritical when people with multiple 
sclerosis and other disabilities have to trawl the streets to buy cannabis 
from the same people who peddle hard drugs?

The Government recognise that cannabis has a therapeutic and medicinal use 
- - otherwise it wouldn't have granted a licence to GW Pharmatceuticals to 
grow marijuana for medicinal purposes would it?

The company is conducting rials on a marijuana-based product, and expects 
that it would start selling the medicine under prescription by 2004.  I 
welcome these trials but in the meantime I have to break the law.

Mr Blunkett's comments were made to a Home Affairs Select Committee inquiry 
into drug policy.  I hope that, in the fullness of time and deliberation, 
they come to a more reasoned, "common-sense" conclusion.

David Blunkett has had the bottle to pluck the nettle, and the public will 
respect him for that.

Plucking the nettle is one thing for Mr Blunkett but, unless he grasps it, 
society will continue to get stung by organised crime.

Unless people can get cannabis from legitimate sources it's a fact that the 
vast amount of money being made from the sale of cannabis will end up in 
the coffers of international criminals.

If we legalise cannabis then society will benefit by ensuring it's quality 
and distribution is controlled.

Any legitimate profits will be taxable and the Government will be able to 
levy a suitable level of duty.

Doctors will be able to prescribe it as it's now a class C drug.  Let 
people with MS see another side to class C: C for compassion.
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