Pubdate: Wed, 21 Nov 2001
Source: Scotsman (UK)
Copyright: The Scotsman Publications Ltd 2001
Author: Tommy Sheridan
Bookmark: (Decrim/Legalization)


I WELCOME the growing signs of change in our drug laws. We in the 
Scottish Socialist Party have been arguing for years, alone among the 
political parties, for the legalisation of cannabis and the supply of 
heroin on the NHS through prescription as part of a treatment 
programme. Yet we were attacked as being soft on drugs.

I don't drink or take drugs and don't wish to encourage anyone to 
take up drugs. However, I note that one in four young people in 
Scotland takes cannabis, whereas only 4 per cent of young people in 
Holland take it where they have coffee shops.

What we really need is to legalise cannabis and break the link with 
drug dealers. Also, for heroin addicts to get their prescription on 
the NHS . This would take them off the streets and reduce 
drug-related crime.

The new Scotland could help to shape the new politics on drugs. 
Perhaps in a few years' time, the SSP's policies will no longer be 
regarded as outlandish.
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