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Drugs Policy discussed at the highest level

Essex Chronicle Gazette, 15th March 2006

A Witham man has led a delegation from the Legalise Cannabis Alliance (LCA) to meet Home Secretary Charles Clarke to talk about drugs policy.

Don Barnard, 64, has been battling for 14 years to arrange a meeting with a Home Secretary in an attempt to get input into a committee considering government drugs policy. Mr Barnard said the alliance was formed in 1999 to bring the issues into mainstream politics.

"The door has been opened," he said.

"I believe at the end of the day we will have a valuable input into how people address the presence of cannabis in society."

He said that the Government, which has classified Cannabis as class C, continued to insist that the drug would not be legalised, which the alliance want.

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