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UK Cannabis 'Decriminalisation' Prompts More Reefer Madness

Author: Jonty Skrufff (
Sunday, September 12, 2004

Elite British cops used sniffer dogs to conduct a random drugs sweep in Winchester town centre this week and succeeded in catching just one unlucky local teenager, who was busted for possessing pot.

"We hope this sends a clear message to those who think using cannabis is OK,"
Acting Sergeant Jeff Bird told the Southern Daily Echo. "The use and possession of the drug is still illegal."

8 officers were involved in the drugs sweep which came despite cannabis recently being 'downgraded' to Class C in the UK.

"This is not the first time we have used the dogs in the city and won't be the last," Sergeant Bird's colleague Sergeant Steve French promised.

Meanwhile in Canada, the country's upcoming plans to partially decrimininalise marijuana attracted more controversy this week, linked to the jailing of pot activist Marc Emery, who was recently jailed as a trafficker after being caught passing a joint to a friend. Mr Emery's ongoing imprisonment prompted leading columnist Brian Peterson of Vancouver paper The Westender to call on Canadian authorities to widen their upcoming 'decriminalisation' plans to remove the anomaly and also to 'stop ass-kissing the American drug czar'.

"If they don't, then Emery will be proved right when he says that prohibition is really about quashing free thinkers and keeping the citizenry frightened of, and dependent on, the government," the leading columnist declared.

('We the undersigned herewith express who has received a sentence of 90 days for passing a marijuana cigarette to another individual: online petition')

Jonty Skrufff (