Poll: British MP's Would Modify Cannabis Law -- split most evident within Labour Party 11/7/97

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A poll conducted by the London Bureau of the Japanese newspaper Hokkaido Shimbun found that 70% of British MP's said that there was a case for legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes, with only 15% of respondents rejecting the notion. Also, more than a third of responding MP's answered "no" to the question "Do you think that the possession and consumption of cannabis for recreational purposes should be illegal?" Of Labor Party MP's, 41% answered no to that question, showing significant departure from the hard-line stance on drugs taken by Labor's new Prime Minister, Tony Blair.

Interest in the issue has exploded in Britain in the wake of the campaign by The Independent on Sunday for the decriminalization of cannabis. Hundreds of prominent Britons have signed a petition put out by The Independent, including Paul McCartney, and, according to the paper, more public and professional figures are being added every week.

You can visit the Independent's campaign web site at http://www.independent.co.uk/sindypot/index.htm.

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