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Why People in Glass Houses Should Not Get Stoned

Alun Buffry

Letters, The Observer

Monday 06 Apr 1998

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Every year some 80,000 British people are prosecuted for small cannabis offences; thousands are thrown into prison; tens of thousands are cautioned.

Every person in Britian is forced to contribute towards the annual cost of more than 500 million pounds to fight a drugs war which has long been lost.

The only achievements of prohibition have been the filling of the courts with otherwise law abiding cannabis users, alienating our youth, lining the pockets of criminal organisations, opening a gateway to hard drugs, and
prolonging the suffering of sick people who benefit from cannabis.

More than 16,000 people marched in London. It was a great day with no trouble or strife. I was there and the Observer (news, last week) reflected nothing of the spirit of freedom with which even the police co-operated!

Alun Buffry
Norwich

 

 

 

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