I was having lunch last week with a senior member of the Garda Siochana or Irish police in Dublin. He is a man with 32 years of service fighting crime in the Irish capital.
Bill Clinton - “I puffed, but I didn’t inhale” - was wiser than he knew. A new report from the British Lung Foundation, based on 90 published research studies, suggests that three cannabis joints a day can cause the same damage to the lining of the lungs as 20 cigarettes;
What the papers say in South Africa, from Ray Kennedy in Johannesburg
AT last we are beginning to see some sense from the Government regarding cannabis. It is to be reclassified from a class B to a class C drug.
Last Wednesday the Home Secretary, David Blunkett, announced both that the government intends to reclassify cannabis from a class B to a class C drug and that the maximum sentence for dealing class C drugs will be raised to 14 years. Here’s a selection of the press reaction
LONDON (Reuters) - British media took a dim view on Thursday of the government’s decision to ease penalties on cannabis users in the face of a dramatic rise in the drug’s use.
The film of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone had more advance publicity than yesterday’s report from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, but not much more.