Breaking News: UK to Legalize Medical Marijuana 3/24/00

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According to reports in London newspapers on Friday (3/24), the British government is prepared to legalize marijuana for medical use. The move would mark a drastic departure for Tony Blair's Labour government, which has to this point enthusiastically pursued a more punitive, US-style drug prohibition policy.

Both The Independent and the London Times reported that the lift in sanctions against medical marijuana users is a compromise between Blair and Home Secretary Jack Straw, who favor a zero-tolerance approach, and Cabinet Office Minister Mo Mowlam, who has called for a royal commission to review the effectiveness of current drug laws. Blair and Straw have rejected that proposal, reportedly for fear its conclusions would lead to increased support for decriminalization.

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