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Peter Hitchens is wrong to argue for banning cannabis, but he is far more thoughtful than his liberal opponents

By Peter Lilley   November 2012

A legalisation campaigner joins a protest in Hyde Park on International Cannabis Day

A legalisation campaigner joins a protest in Hyde Park on International Cannabis Day

When I wrote a pamphlet advocating legalisation of cannabis in 2001, I was congratulated by friend and foe alike for my “courage.” But it required no courage. On the contrary, for the first time in my career I felt the warm embrace of the liberal establishment. Interviewers asked me what questions I would like, confided that they had lined up a reactionary nutter to argue for prohibition, and quizzed me with almost embarrassing bias in my favour.

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