Subject: UK: I sent Blair drugs plant

Source: Daily Post (Wales)

Wednesday 02 Nov 2005

Author: Tom Bodden
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DRUGS campaigner Jeff Ditchfield yesterday delivered a crop of cannabis
plants to Tony Blair and the cabinet.

The stunt aimed to persuade the government to put the medicinal use of
cannabis on the political agenda. Mr Ditchfield, 45, of Rhyl said: "I don't
know if what I did was technically illegal, and I don't care.

"I suggested they might cultivate the plants and donate the female
flowering tops in about eight weeks time to an MS sufferer.

"If not, they could return them to me and I could convert them into a
capsule form and donate it on their behalf."

Mr Ditchfield stood as a legalise cannabis candidate in the general election.

The packages were directed to addresses including 10 Downing Street, the
Treasury, Ministry of Defence, attorney general and the Home Office, as
well as Welsh secretary Peter Hain.

In a covering letter to the prime minister, Mr Ditchfield suggested the
government could reschedule cannabis to allow its prescription by GPs. "Or
you can amend legislation to allow a specific defence for the cultivation
and medicinal use of cannabis," he said.. "It cannot be right that you and
your cabinet colleagues are allowing some of our most vulnerable citizens
to have to contact some of the most dangerous people in our society in
order to obtain an effective natural medicine."

He highlighted the case of Biz Ivol, raised in Commons questions with the
prime minister in 2002.

The MS sufferer, who died in September last year, described her pain as
"like someone pulling barbed wire through my spine".

Mr Ditchfield said: "Seriously ill people are still being arrested by the
police and prosecuted by the CPS for the medicinal use of cannabis."

Mr Ditchfield said the Post Office confirmed the parcels were delivered
yesterday.