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Last Updated: Saturday, 23 April, 2005, 15:55 GMT 16:55 UK
No campaign let-up as poll nears
The Legalise Cannabis Alliance launched its manifesto in Rhyl
The Legalise Cannabis Alliance launched its manifesto in Rhyl
Political parties in Wales began the penultimate weekend before the election by campaigning on a range of issues.

Labour launched a 10-point plan for rural communities, while the Conservatives held an "action day" campaigning in their key target seats.

Also on Saturday, Plaid Cymru launched a poster on NHS waiting lists, while the Lib Dems campaigned in Cardiff.

The Legalise Cannabis Alliance Wales launched its manifesto, calling for the legalisation of cannabis.

The party is fielding seven candidates across Wales.

Poster campaign

Labour launched its 10-point plan for rural communities in Wales, pledging to tackle economic and social disadvantage in rural areas, extend free bus travel and develop affordable housing policies.

Rural Affairs Minister Alun Michael said: "Improved travel services, more environmental protection and local solutions for local problems will form the cornerstone of our rural campaign."

Plaid Cymru launched a poster campaign calling for an end to waiting lists on the NHS in Wales.

The posters, titled "No more waiting for the NHS", were unveiled in Llanelli on Saturday morning.

The Welsh Conservatives held an "action day" in all their Welsh target seats, including Monmouth and Clwyd West.

The party targeted voters in its key seats with leafleting and door-to-door canvassing.

The Welsh Lib Dems spent Saturday campaigning locally in key Cardiff seats.

Renewable energy

As well as its core aim of legalising cannabis, the Legalise Cannabis Alliance released a range of policies at its manifesto launch in Rhyl on Saturday afternoon.

Party candidates will campaign against GM crops and call for a lower rate of duty on diesel for haulage and transport firms.

There was a manifesto appeal for more efforts to be made to recycle waste products, and for the development of renewable energy to be made a priority.

The party called for cannabis and cannabis products to be removed from the Misuse of Drugs Act, claiming the move would generate tax revenues and enable the police and the legal system to use resources on combating serious crime.

Jeff Ditchfield, of the Legalise Cannabis Alliance, said: "We propose that cannabis should be removed from the Misuse of Drugs Act and legalised immediately.

"By re-legalising cannabis, we will generate revenue for the economy, we will generate revenue that can be raised in taxes and can then be used in public services."



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