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,
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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Issue #18, 11/7/97
Washington Initiative Fails at Ballot: No one said this was going to be easy | McWilliams Case Set Back: Judges "changes mind" on medical necessity defense | California Medical Marijuana Providers Conference: Groups sign on to principles and guidelines document | Patient Threatened with Arrest after Seeking Dialogue: Yuba County accused of violating Prop. 215 | South Carolina Supreme Court Upholds Eight Year Prison Sentence for Woman Whose Baby was Born with Drugs in System | Prohibition at Work: Mexican law enforcement officers once again involved in sometimes lethal criminal activities | Canadian Passports New Currency in Illegal Drug Market | Poll: British MP's Would Modify Cannabis Law -- split most evident within Labour Party | Five Former Cops Plead Guilty to Drug Trafficking | Whitman Wins, Needle Exchange Loses | Miss America Visits Needle Exchange Program | New MS Treatment Very Effective, But Very Expensive... Medical marijuana still illegal as alternative | World Bank Endorses Needle Exchange Funding | McCaffrey Calls Allegations Inappropriate | Irish Teens Top European Drug Users | Study Finds Not All Drug Users Are Losers | Narcs vs. Murphy Brown: DEA Chief criticizes fictional news anchor for medical marijuana use | Media Watch: Drug war issues in the news | Editorial: Are the drug warriors really fighting for this nation's youth?
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