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Wednesday, December 24, 1997 Published at 12:15 GMT



UK: Politics

MP calls for cannabis legalisation
image: [ The arrest of a Cabinet Minister's son could restart the cannabis debate ]
The arrest of a Cabinet Minister's son could restart the cannabis debate

After reports that the son of a Cabinet Minister has been arrested in connection with a drugs offence, the Labour MP, Paul Flynn, has called for the recreational use of cannabis to be legalised.

In a statement, Paul Flynn, the MP for Newport West, and vice-chairman of the All-party Drugs Misuse Group, said: "If the story is true it might help melt the permafrost of prejudice and ignorance of Government policy on recreational drug use.

"Will they now realise that soft illegal drugs are the non-addictive drugs of choice of most young people - even the middle class children of MPs."

"The truth is that 50% of young women and 70% of young men between the ages of 20 and 24 in the UK have used illegal drugs. The war is lost."

"The only way to reduce drug use and drug crime is to collapse the illegal drugs market by replacing it with a legal market that can be policed, regulated and controlled."

Mr Flynn, a noted left-winger in the Labour Party, has often commented that the laws on drugs should be altered to allow people to use cannabis in their own homes.

The Home Secretary, Jack Straw, has said that the Government does not intend to change the law in relation to cannabis.
 





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