Nov 27 2002
By Dave Jones, Abergele Visitor
MEDICAL evidence which proves cannabis damages health should be used in the fight to stop a 'dope cafe' coming to Rhyl, says a community activist.
Colin Jones believes the British Lung Foundation report A Smoking Gun should convince everyone plans by businessman Jeffrey Ditchfield to start up a cannabis cafe in West Rhyl must be scuppered.
Mr Ditchfield has always argued cannabis is not harmful and can provide relief to sufferers of painful conditions such as multiple sclerosis.
But Mr Jones, an ardent opponent of the cafe, told Rhyl town councillors last week the BLF report, highlighted in The Times,proves otherwise.
He handed copies of the document to members who agreed to pass them on to prominent figures.
Mr Jones called for mass opposition to the cannabis cafe.
"Not only is the stuff unhealthy,it harms society as well," he said.
"A community functions better when everyone stays 'on their face'.
"The time has come to make it crystal clear to pro-cannabis campaigners that wardresidents would not tolerate a dope cafe.
"I call on fellow activists in the West End and all other responsible persons to withdraw from any committees that have been infiltrated by the pro-cannabis faction, including the Den -bighshire Crime and Disorder Group.
"I also call on councillors to ensure public buildings are not used by groups that pursue unlawful objectives."
Mr Ditchfield, from Henllan, near Denbigh, has always maintained he will open a cannabis cafe in Rhyl, despite a pledge from North Wales Police he would be arrested if he did so.
The BLF report states three to four joints a day are as damaging as 20 ciga -rettes.
It adds cannabis smoke contains the same carcinogens as tobacco smoke. A joint deposits four times as much tar in the lungs as an unfiltered cigarette and the tar from joints contains 50 per cent more carcinogens, it claims.
A Smoking Gun also says smokers suffer significantly more chronic and acute respiratory symptoms, such as coughs, wheezes and acute bronchitis, than non-smokers.
The report is based on 90 published studies and was put together with
the help of a grant from the Department of Health.
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