Pubdate: Thu, 01 Jul 2004
Source: Evening News (UK)
Copyright: 2004 Archant Regional
Author: Alun Buffry
Contact: (Cannabis - Medicinal)
Cited: Legalise Cannabis Alliance (


The report "Man grew drug to ease pain" (Evening News, 25 June) would be
almost laughable, but for the implications for the poor victim of a
senseless law. It seems strange that one can "grow" a drug, as normally it's
plants or animals that are grown, not pills and potions.

Mr Bower, who grew just a few plants at his home so that he could ease his
back pain, has been ordered to pay a UKP 100 fine and lost his pain-relief
in the process.

Meanwhile, the article mentions that two men who had attacked Mr Bower with
knives and tortured him at knifepoint for three hours, had never been

Maybe this is an example of how police resources that should be used to
trace and capture violent and dangerous criminals are still being used
chasing cannabis users.

The future: Mr Bower will have to choose to either continue to grow and / or
use cannabis, or suffer.

The police, unable to determine which course of action Mr Bower takes, may
have to stop chasing real crooks and visit him again.

Do any readers see any more sense in this than I?

Alun Buffry 
Legalise Cannabis Alliance
PO Box 198 Norwich
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