Pubdate: Mon, 09 Feb 1998
Date: 09/02/1998
Source: Evening News (Norwich UK)
Author: Authors: Pete Henshall
Authors: Pete Henshall
sale to kids
Note: headline by MAP

Mr Sandhams solution (Aug 20) is simple - lock up everyone who has
anything to do with drugs and throw away the key.

This would never work.

The fact is that millions of people in the UK  take

There are so many different drugs available to people that there have
to be honest guidleines put out so that people can choose and know the

Alcohol and tobacco, killing 30,000 and 110,000 respectively in the UK
each year are the worst drugs in the UK in terms of death. At the
other end of the scale no one has ever died from cannabis or mushrooms.

Are all drugs the same? No, a distinction must be made between heroin
and alcohol type drugs which can cause death, physical and mental
disorders as well as having negative effects on the users family and

Cannabis does not. Legalising drugs such as cannabis would mean that
proper restrictions could be put in place, age limits could be
introduced along with strict licensing that would mean anyone selling
to under 18's would be in trouble with the law. isn't this what we all

The current system encourages criminal activity, high drug profits and
sale to anyone, even kids.

Seventy years of prohibition have failed. When will Tony Blaire and
the rest of society realise that prohibition is causing more harm than

The sooner the better for all of us.

Pete Henshall