Pubdate: Wed, 23 Apr 2003
Source: Evening News (UK)
Copyright: 2003 Archant Regional
Author: Elizabeth Clarke
Cited: Legalise Cannabis Alliance


I AGREE with Alun Buffry of the Legalise Cannabis Alliance, Norwich, when 
he says that the legalisation of cannabis "is an important issue that ought 
not be put too far aside despite the seriousness of current affairs" 
(Evening News, April 15).

It is indeed an important issue because it concerns people of all ages from 
all classes and lifestyles who enjoy the many benefits of this natural 
healing herb or plant.

Under present law all these people are criminals and this seems wrong.

Many people would rather smoke cannabis with its peaceful and relaxing 
effect than consume addictive alcohol.  Are they criminals because they 
prefer to relax with a couple of "joints" rather than a couple of double 

I know professional people of all ages who work hard in responsible jobs to 
build careers, support their families, pay the mortgage etc, who simply 
prefer the relaxing effects of cannabis.

And for some it can induce a greater sense of peace and well being. 
Shouldn't they be allowed the choice?

And yes, although in most cases people like to use cannabis at home while 
getting on with their busy lives, it should be possible, in a mature 
society, for people of like minds, often very creative people of all ages, 
to meet and socialise.  One has only to visit Dutch towns and cities to 
experience the unique atmosphere of "coffee shops" where no alcohol is served.

Great chocolate cake is.

I have always felt that Norwich, with all its charm and beauty, would gain 
from having an area of the city where Dutch style "coffee shops" could 
legally open an area attractive enough to visit and socialise with friends, 
visitors, tourists.

I hope other Norwich residents will follow my lead and write and express 
their views in these columns.

Elizabeth Clarke Leicester Street Norwich
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