Pubdate: Fri, 20 Feb 2004
Source: Argus, The (UK)
Copyright: 2004 Newsquest Media Group
Cited:  Legalise Cannabis Alliance


Cannabis campaigner Chris Baldwin has been told he will leave jail
four-and-a-half months early.

Mr Baldwin is due to be released from prison with an electronic tag on
Tuesday after serving 46 days of a six-month sentence for drug
offences. He was jailed on January 9 after being convicted of allowing
cannabis to be used at a property, having cannabis with intent to
supply and having cannabis at Dutch-style coffee shops in Worthing.

Pro-cannabis campaigners protested against the decision to jail him.
He has been serving his time at High Down prison, near Sutton, Surrey.
Mr Baldwin, 53, said: "I have received 201 letters and cards. "I am
absolutely staggered by people's kindness and support. "Thanks to all
who are keeping me warm in my cell. My love and respect to you all.
"This experience has not dampened my spirit. If anything, it has made
me more determined to fight on."

Don Barnard, of the Legalise Cannabis Alliance, said: "This is great
news. I'm sure Chris will be given a good welcome home when he gets
back to Worthing." The Argus revealed last week how Mr Baldwin
complained after being taken on a 120-mile trip from High Down to Ford
Open Prison, near Arundel, then back again. The Prison Service is
investigating his complaints about a lack of suitable facilities for
disabled prisoners.

Mr Baldwin, of Carnegie Close, Worthing, suffers from spastic
paraplegia, uses crutches and insists he used cannabis to help combat
debilitating leg spasms.
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