Pubdate: Mon, 09 Oct 2000
Source: Otago Daily Times (New Zealand)
Copyright: Allied Press Limited, 2000
Contact:  P.O. Box 181, 52-66 Lower Stuart Street, Dunedin, New Zealand
Author: Paul McMullan
Note: Headline supplied by newshawk


THE NEWS ITEM from Berne stating that Switzerland is about to legalise 
cannabis smoking ( ODT, 4.10.00) should give cannabis prohibitionists 
something to think about. However, their inability to face facts and reach 
logical conclusions suggests that some will now be worried their alpine 
clocks will go cuckoo and strike 13! Prohibi tionists should consider that 
this is a conservative country making the move despite opposition from 
countries like France and the United States. In fact, it is already legal 
in Switzerland to grow and sell any kind of cannabis (fibrous, seed-bearing 
or resinous) provided it is not intended for smoking. Consequently there 
are many herbal pillows and such being sold, purportedly for 
aromatherapeutic purposes.

New Zealand - the Switzerland of the South Pacific? Well it has been 
suggested before and the current Miss Switzerland is Maori! The sooner we 
"Berne" cannabis prohibition the sooner the persecution of cannabis users 
by our police and so-called justice system will cease.

Paul McMullan, Dunedin North
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