Pubdate: Wed, 08 Nov 2000 Date: 11/08/2000 Source: Oldham Evening Chronicle (UK) Author: 'Sick Of Waiting' As someone who has benefited from the therapeutic use of cannabis, I was heartened to read in the Chronicle that there is increasing support from doctors for the medical use of this unfairly maligned herb. (3 November). It is just a shame that the majority of our politicians, seemingly living in fear of being portrayed as soft on drugs, are not as enlightened on this subject as are our doctors and the general public. Two years ago a House of Lords Select Committee recommended, on the strength of the available evidence, that doctors be allowed to prescribe cannabis, yet we are still years away from making this a reality due to government stalling tactics. In the meantime medical cannabis users are forced onto the black market to obtain a supply of this drug and must live in fear of arrest and prosecution. Unfortunately I do not think that this situation will alter in the forseeable future unless our elected representatives are made aware that they will lose votes on this issue in the next election. As a traditional Labour voter, I will not in future vote for any candidate that will not commit themselves to ending the unjustified charade of cannabis prohibition. Are you listening, Messr's Meacher and Woolas? SICK OF WAITING Note: The Oldham Chronicle allows pen names as long the author provides a name and address.