More MS news articles for Aug 2001

Straw warns against decriminalising cannabis

Tuesday August 21, 10:47 AM

Home Secretary Jack Straw yesterday welcomed a debate on the legalisation of cannabis but held out little prospect that the Government would relax the law on possession of soft drugs.

Straw, however, promised that medical use of cannabis compounds to alleviate the suffering of those with conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis would be legalised if the trials currently under way showed it to be effective.

John Prescott also came out against decriminalisation.