Link of the Week: A rational, reasoned approach to the drug policy debate... What are this group's real motives? 8/1/97

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This week, we would like to point out another radical organization that is calling for a study of alternatives to the current prohibition of cannabis. Their site says nonconformist things like:

"The policing of the use of cannabis is a great cost to society."

"The opening of the flood gates of abuse through decriminalisation, which some anticipate, would not necessarily follow."

"Resources could be used more appropriately in education and tackling other drugs."

"The banning of the use of cannabis, when many patients have found it beneficial in pain relief and control, is an illogical position."

Who are these hooligans? The Board of Social Responsibility of the Church of Scotland. And while we do question some of the conclusions of their research, their fair-minded attempt to further rational debate, and their obvious concern for the humanity of everyone involved in the question, makes their report our Link of the Week. Check it out at http://churchnet.ucsm.ac.uk/cos/socrsdec.htm.

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