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Letter: Cannabis dangers.

Byline: SUE DAVIES

SIR - In her letter urging the government not to raise cannabis from Class C to Class B, (January 22) June Kidd cites support from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs.

True, the ACMD's latest report does not support reclassification (though it admits that some of its members do) but in case your readers gain the impression that the report somehow backs cannabis legalisation, it should be said that the advisory council - as it always has been - is definite that cannabis usage can produce immediate and longer-term harm, both physical and mental. The report's lengthy examination of current evidence of health problems does not find every adverse claim wholly proven, but there is plenty to be very worried about.

Also, the impression that the Government has disregarded the report is not true - the Government has said it accepts 20 of the report's 21 recommendations, not one of which comes anywhere near suggesting legalisation.

Many of the recommendations call for wider awareness of the known dangers and for further research.

The Independent newspaper campaigned for many years for the legalisation of cannabis, but in March 2007 it apologised and reversed its stance because of the growing mental problems among young people caused by strains of cannabis 25 times more potent than the sort around a decade earlier.

I urge people to read the items for themselves - the ACMD report and the Independent's "apology" statement are online.

SUE DAVIES Whitchurch, Cardiff
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 31, 2009
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