Labour MP brings Bill to relax Britain's drug laws
Saturday 01 April 2000
A Labour MP is to introduce a Bill to Parliament that would decriminalise the use of cannabis. Paul Flynn's Bill follows a Police Foundation report backing relaxation of drug laws and the end of prison terms to punish cannabis offences.
Mr Flynn, Member for Newport West, said yesterday he believed there had been a sea change in public attitudes towards drug use, and Britons now understood tough laws were causing more problems than they were solving.
He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "The point of this Bill is to make sure the splendid report from the Police Foundation is not kicked aside and ignored. They made the point very strongly that those countries in Europe with the most repressive laws on drugs - and we are by far the worst - have the greatest problems.
"Other countries, which have taken the line of intelligent, regulated decriminalisation, have fewer problems than we have and their problems are going down.
"The example of Holland comes up very clearly in the report, showing that after 20 years of soft-drug decriminalisation in Holland, they have fewer users of soft and hard drugs, and they use those drugs in milder forms and in safer ways than we do here."
Mr Flynn said he was heartened by a recent editorial in The Daily Telegraph calling for cannabis to be decriminalised.
"I believe the whole population is moving in this direction," he said. "We have been following policies for years in which we send cannabis users to prison and they come out heroin addicts. Nothing makes sense in these policies."
- 1 James Foley 'beheaded': Isis video shows militant with British accent 'execute US journalist' – and warns Obama of more to come
- 2 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns aged 27
- 3 Cilla Black defends Cliff Richard: 'I am positive that the allegations are without foundation'
- 4 Nicki Minaj finally releases predictable 'Anaconda' video
- 5 James Foley 'beheading': Met police warn public watching murder video could be criminal offence
James Foley 'beheaded': PM cuts holiday short for emergency meeting on British response to latest Isis atrocity
Michael Brown shooting: Police shoot and kill second young black man near Ferguson
ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns aged 27
James Foley 'beheaded': Isis video shows militant with British accent 'execute US journalist' – and warns Obama of more to come
Iraq crisis: Islamic State's message to America - 'We will drown you all in blood'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Crisis? What crisis? A visiting US doctor gives the NHS a rave review
Ukip MEP calls for reintroduction of death penalty on fiftieth anniversary of last deaths
Russell Brand calls for Israel boycott: Comedian urges big businesses that 'facilitate the oppression of people in Gaza' to pull funding
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
£45000 per annum: Harrington Starr: Quantitative Analyst (Financial Services, ...
Negotiable: Harrington Starr: Application Support Engineer (C++, .NET, VB, Per...
Negotiable: Harrington Starr: C# .NET Software Developer (Client-Side, SQL, VB...
£40000 - £60000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: C# Developer (...