Pubdate: Wed, 11 Feb 2004 Source: Hull Daily Mail (UK) Copyright: 2004 Northcliffe Newspapers Group Ltd Contact: http://www.thisishull.co.uk/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/1181 Author: Alexander Donis Bookmark: http://www.mapinc.org/people/Carl+Wagner Referenced: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v04/n282/a07.html?28959 DON'T ATTACK MR WAGNER, HAVE THE GUTS TO ATTACK HIS BELIEFS Carol Young's criticism of Carl Wagner (Mail, February 4) fails to take into account certain fundamental points. When Carl Wagner voices his opinion on cannabis laws he does so not only as a cannabis user but also to promote the alternative uses which would benefit everyone in society. The law is unjust and it will remain unjust as long as people like Carol Young refuse to credit Mr Wagner with the privilege of free speech. Wanting to suppress Mr Wagner's messages does not escape anyone from the facts which he attempts to convey. There is ample evidence to suggest cannabis should be legal. Carol Young's belief that an unjust law should be accepted rather than protested against is based on what argument? It was probably a person who shared a similar dislike for Mr Wagner's opinions who made the false allegations in an "anonymous" phone call which resulted in his arrest. It would be much more constructive to read someone's justifications for criminalising pot smokers, and for someone to explain why we should not be allowed the benefits of its non-narcotic variety, hemp. Rather than attack Mr Wagner personally why can't someone have the guts to attack his beliefs? If what he says and does is so wrong then surely someone can state what is wrong about it. Alexander Donis, Hinderwell Street, Hull.