Archive for March, 2016

EDP Letter: Poor Priority

TOM GARRODConservative County Councillor for Wroxham Division

I write in response to your article “MP launches parliamentary bid to make cannabis legal” (EDP March 24) to say how disappointed I am that as an ex health minister Norman Lamb has decided to make this his priority.
Although he makes a compelling argument that we are putting cannabis in the hands of criminals by outlawing the substance, he compares it to alcohol. While I don’t condone alcoholism, we live in a society where there are alcohol outlets, in the forms of pubs and clubs, right across our county; will Mr Lamb’s proposal create a similarly sized and regulated market for cannabis?
Furthermore, whilst I fully accept that Mr Lamb’s sincerity and personal experience on this issue is commendable, rural Norfolk faces challenging issues in terms of digital connectivity and a care crisis due to the county’s changing demographics over the next few years; I can’t help but think that as a representative of Norfolk Mr Lamb’s focus on this issue is misplaced.


The views expressed on this website are those of the author and not necessarily those of the Conservative Councillors' Association or the Conservative Party.