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UK: PUB LTE: Time To Reclassify Illegal Drugs?

Media Awareness ProjectUK: PUB LTE: Time To Reclassify Illegal Drugs? (4 items)

TIME TO RECLASSIFY ILLEGAL DRUGS?From Danny Kushlick, the Director of Transform, the Campaign for Effective Drug Policy:

Sir, Your leading article (March 29) suggests that we should refrain from making changes to the drug laws until we know the full dangers of using illegal drugs.

In fact the opposite is true. The criminalisation of drugs has led to a situation where enormous numbers of young people are buying unlicensed Ecstasy from unregulated dealers in a market in which the Government cannot intervene. We must legalise drugs because they are dangerous, not because they are safe.

Danny Kushlick, Director, Transform, Roselake House, Hudds Vale Road, Bristol BS5 7HY. March 29.

From Professor Emeritus P. B. Fellgett, FRS:

Sir, Perhaps I may remind the Home Secretary that alcohol is a drug and that in the US it was very much associated with crime from 1920 until it was decriminalised in 1933.

Peter Fellgett,

Little Brighter, St Kew Highway, Bodmin, Cornwall PL30 3DU. March 29.

From Mr Tom MacFarlane:

Sir, “Drugs ruin lives” is your leading article’s flourishing sign-off. And how true! As your cartoonist Peter Brookes makes clear, the two most damaging drugs of all are both legal.

Do you advocate prohibition in either case? If not, why not?

Tom MacFarlane

66 Rossall Road, Cleveleys, Lancashire FY5 1HQ.

From Mr Robert Sharpe of Students for Sensible Drug Policy:

Sir, I know quite a few people whose lives have been ruined by drug laws, but no one whose life has been ruined by cannabis. Indeed, I know alcoholics who have turned their lives around by putting down the bottle and picking up the cannabis pipe.

Granted, they may still have a substance abuse problem, but at least now they can get out of bed in the morning without a hangover and lead productive lives. Nor do they run the risk of drinking themselves to death.

It is not possible to consume enough marijuana to die from an overdose. Imagine how many lives would be ruined if every alcoholic in the UK were thrown in jail and given a permanent criminal record.

Robert Sharpe (Students for Sensible Drug Policy, George Washington University)

201 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Apt 701, Washington DC 20016 rsharpe@path-dc.org

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