DRCNet Exclusive!! British Euro-MP's Ordered by Blair to Vote Against Commission Recommendations for EU Drug Policy 1/9/98

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DRCNet has learned, from sources within the European Parliament, that all 60 of British Labour's EP members have received direct orders from 10 Downing Street to vote against the adoption of the recommendations contained in the report prepared by the EU Parliamentary Commission on Drugs. The report's recommendations included the adoption of a harm-reduction approach to the use of drugs and the decriminalization of possession of cannabis, among other things. You can read the report online at http://www.drugtext.nl/eu/drugseu.html. (DrugText is maintained by DRCNet advisory board member Mario Lap, our source for this exclusive.)

The vote, which is tentatively scheduled for Monday, January 12, comes at a time when the debate over the legal status of cannabis has reached a furious boil in the UK. (See story below.)

In addition, the Blair government has apparently ordered the 60 to vote in support of Swedish Amendments to the report which would reaffirm a strict Prohibitionist stance. These amendments will be available online soon, and DRCNet will keep you updated.

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