Mowlam Backs Telegraph Editorial

Mowlam Backs Telegraph Editorial
Posted by FoM on April 12, 2000 at 07:11:29 PT
By Toby Helm and George Jones
Source: Electronic Telegraph
The Minister for the Cabinet Office, Mo Mowlam, hinted yesterday that she favours a more liberal approach than Tony Blair to soft drugs such as cannabis.During a visit to Berlin where she discussed anti-drugs policy with Christa Nickels, the German Parliamentary State Secretary for Health Policy, and visited a drug rehabilitation centre, Dr Mowlam seemed to back a proposal that cannabis be legalised for a trial period.
Referring to a leading article in The Telegraph last month, which suggested legalising cannabis for an experimental period, she said: "It is the only time that I have seen a Daily Telegraph editorial that I was not completely opposed to."The call for decriminalising cannabis has been rejected by Jack Straw, the Home Secretary, and Mr Blair, who say a more liberal policy would mean Britain taking over from Holland as the centre for Europe's drugs trade.Dr Mowlam is responsible for co-ordinating Government drugs policies. Legalise Cannabis Alliance News - 10 Downing Street 1783 Wednesday 12 April 2000 Copyright of Telegraph Group Limited 2000. Related Articles:Majority of Poll Callers Favor Legalising Cannabis To Decriminalise Cannabis Goes To Parliament
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