LA News Release, "Relaxed Law on Cannabis Step in Right Direction, but Nowhere Near Far Enough" (January 2004)

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In Association with the Libertarian International

London, Monday 26th January 2004
Contact Details: Sean Gabb, 07956 472 199,

"Relaxed Law on Cannabis Step in Right Direction, but Nowhere Near Far Enough", Says Free Market and Civil Liberties Think Tank

On Thursday the 29th January, cannabis will be downgraded from a Class B to a Class C substance, which means users will no longer face a prison sentence. This is a step in the right direction, but does not go far enough, says Dr Sean Gabb, Director of Communications for the Libertarian Alliance. The real answer to the drug problem is full legalisation.

"Any adult should be able to walk into a pharmacy, and without showing identification or any permit, buy as much of whatever substance he or she can afford. Whether this is for recreational use or self-medication is unimportant", he says.

Only legalisation will end the problem of organised criminal networks that now control the supply, and will remove users from an economic and cultural environment in which it is normal for them to finance their habits by crime.

"We must go back to the good old days before 1920" says Dr Gabb, "when individuals were free to make their own lifestyle choices."

Sean Gabb is available for media comment on 07956 472 199


Note(s) to Editors

Dr Sean Gabb is the Director of the Libertarian Alliance. He is the author of ten novels and ten other books, plus about a million words of journalism. He can be contacted for further comment on 07956 472 199 or by email at

His latest novel, The Break, has been nominated for the 2015 Prometheus Award.

His recent book, Freedom of Speech in England: Its Present State and Likely Prospects, is a defence of freedom of speech without exceptions. 

Or his book, Cultural Revolution, Culture War: How Conservatives Lost England, and How to Get It Back, explains how its current ruling class has turned England into a totalitarian police state, and how this ruling class can be overthrown and utterly destroyed.

Or another of his books, Smoking, Class and the Legitimation of Power, explains how the current "war" on smoking has nothing to do with making individuals healthy, but everything to do with enhancing the power of a totalitarian ruling class, and enriching its relevant client groups.

You can see other books by Sean Gabb here.

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