Progressive MP Matt Robson said today that he isn’t at all surprised that the British Labour government is now starting to back-track on its ill-advised decision to soften its anti-cannabis laws one year ago.
Pre-election nerves are getting out of hand. Consider the weekend madness from the Home Office on drugs. The new Home Secretary, Charles Clarke, once confessed to The Times that he was eager not to appear a liberal. He has duly ordered a review of the classification of cannabis on the Government’s list of banned drugs.
More than any other drug, cannabis and its effects have been studied and debated over the past 10 years. But serious questions remain as to who is most vulnerable to the damage which can be caused by regular use of the drug.
In 2001, my predecessor David Blunkett commissioned the Advisory Council to provide a report on the classification of cannabis. The subsequent publication of March 2002 ‘The classification of cannabis under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971’ recommended that cannabis should be reclassified to a Class C drug from Class B. The Government was content to accept that recommendation and in January 2004 the necessary legal changes were made with the full backing of the Association of Chief Police Officers.
In the United States, possession and distribution of marijuana is nominally illegal. But you don’t have to be Tommy Chong to know that pot’s legal status is cloudy and confused. Growing and using “medical” marijuana is legal in 11 states, and in cities like San Francisco it’s easy enough to find locally grown product. In addition to being inconsistent, as critics have long pointed out, the federal ban is also irrational. It treats marijuana differently than similar products for no obvious reason. People use prescription drugs, pot, and alcohol for the same purposes: to get high, relax, and dull pain. The consequences of abuse are similar: crashed cars, disease, and lots of wasted time. So, what makes marijuana special?
The Government has seen “the error of its ways” in changing the law to downgrade cannabis, the Tories claimed today.
Foreign secretary Jack Straw said he had “learned a lot” from his audience with a group of Warwickshire residents yesterday.
TYNEDALE’S cannabis-cooking granny Patricia Tabram is bidding to become an MP.
THERE were allegations of Labour “dirty tricks” as Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans failed in his attempt to toughen up Britain’s drug laws.
IT USED to be the home of the so-called ‘softly-softly’ approach to cannabis possession and for many it’s the natural place for a festival calling for the drug to be legalised. For six years, thousands of revellers descended on Lambeth to back the campaign. CLARE CASEY finds out why the event has been banned
A Tory election candidate has distanced himself from a web-site where he advocated legalising some drugs.
President Bush all but admits to illicit drug use for the first time. Overseas it’s the stuff of headlines. At home, the U.S. press has generally downplayed the story.
About 60 people attended a pro-cannabis political party’s annual conference at the weekend.
Veteran cannabis campaigner Don Barnard is to stand against the Home Secretary at the next general election. Don, who recently moved to Witham, hopes that by contesting Charles Clarke’s seat in Norwich South, he will stimulate interest in the possibility of legalising the drug.
Grandma Pat, the outspoken pensioner who openly bakes cannabis, will attend a pro-cannabis political party’s annual conference in Norwich this weekend.
The Norwich-based Legalise Cannabis Allaince (LCA) has chosen its candidate to go head to head with Charles Clarke in the city’s south seat in the forthcoming election.
Home Secretary Charles Clarke today defended his decision to snub a national pro-cannabis conference in Norwich - because he had “no respect” for the organisation behind it.
THE Legalise Cannabis Alliance is fielding a candidate for the Canterbury and Whitstable parliamentary seat in the forthcoming general election.
David Davis has thrown down the gauntlet to new Home Secretary Charles Clarke, challenging him to reverse Labour’s disastrous decision to declassify cannabis.
Labour’s promises in the Queen’s Speech offer only more talk and no action, Tory leader Michael Howard has said.
Across the political spectrum, experts agree that the election of 2004 represents a sharp swing toward old-fashioned Christian values, which conservatives cheer and liberals lament.
Orthodox leftists seem to be incapable of understanding the size and intensity of the anti-drugwar movement. Do they think these people don’t vote?
Billionaire philanthropist George Soros, who is bankrolling a multimillion dollar drive to defeat President Bush, denounced the president’s handling of the invasion of Iraq and its aftermath as deceitful and incompetent Tuesday during an appearance in Minneapolis.