Pubdate: Fri, 20 Apr 2001
Source: Colchester Evening Gazette (UK)
Copyright: 2001, Quicksilver Media
Author: Don Barnard


WITH the general election due to be called at any moment, Labour's local 
canvassers, policy makers and campaign organisers will no doubt have 
received their 600 page policy guide.

This guide gives all the stock, party line answers to questions that they 
may be asked about by the prospective voters.

The 'model' answer for canvassers over legalising cannabis: 'Labour remains 
firmly opposed to the legalisation or decriminalisation of any currently 
controlled drug.

"The scientific evidence is quite clear about the harmful effects of 
cannabis, both long term and short term'.

Yet, if the scientists and experts are right, cannabis is demonstrably less 
harmful than beer, tobacco and most over the counter medications.

So why are we still arresting 100,000 people a year, including sick people 
who need this herb for pain relief?

These are the questions that I want answering from Labour.  I won't hold my 

Don Barnard
Legalise Cannabis Alliance
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