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News (Media Awareness Project) - Malta: PUB LTE: Cannabis, Schengen And Double Standards
Title:Malta: PUB LTE: Cannabis, Schengen And Double Standards
Published On:2012-01-21
Source:Times, The (Malta)
Fetched On:2012-01-23 06:04:06

Malta is a signatory to the Schengen agreement, which it signed on
joining the EU. For anyone who is not familiar with this agreement,
it allows for the free movement of EU nationals.

It also allows for EU nationals to transport their medicines across
borders. Schengen allows medical users of either Sativex (which is
cannabis oil in a spray bottle) or Bedrocan to travel to another
country that signed the Schengen agreement for up to 90 days. Any
person harassed or detained would be looking forward to hefty
compensation from that country.

So why are people like Daniel Holmes doing lengthy prison sentences
for cultivation when any other EU national can enter Malta with a
prescribed legal cannabis medicine? Or does Malta enjoy an exemption
from this part of the agreement?

Why should someone who cultivated such small amounts of cannabis,
which, obviously, were not for sale as the quantity was so small and
the effort involved so large end up with such a long, draconian sentence?

There really needs to be a lengthy, educated discussion on this issue
with all the science put on the table; not pseudo science from aging
police medical doctors, which is mostly taken from studies that are
heavily biased and paid for by prohibitionist groups and alcohol
industry insiders.

If cannabis caused half the harm some paid-up prohibitionists say it
does, then why was Sativex given a licence and why is Bedrocan legal?

Why have cases of schizophrenia dropped dramatically or remained
static in so many European countries while cannabis use has increased
threefold over the last three decades?

Governments can't just cherry-pick data that supports their own
outdated prejudice. Any government that does not reclassify alcohol
and tobacco to Class A has failed in its duty to protect its own citizens.

There are about 75 million cannabis users in Europe and we deserve
the same rights as those who enjoy wine, spirits, beer and tobacco.

Those who use cannabis hold down jobs, pay tax and vote!

Paul Smith, Shropshire, UK
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