Putting votes before duty?

PUBLISHED : Monday, 22 August, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 22 August, 1994, 12:00am

THE controversy surrounding the legalisation of the drug cannabis continues.

The vast majority of the Hong Kong public has no knowledge whatsoever as to the problems and time expended by the police to control this drug under our present laws.

Despite this lack of knowledge, members of the public in general are very suspicious as to why anyone should wish to use cannabis. Their natural conservatism will lead them to believe that any person actually advocating the legalisation of cannabis must be living in cloud cuckoo land.

This would equally seem to be the reaction of newspapers and our Commissioner of Police, regarding the personal comments recommending legalisation by two of our High Court judges.

Our Legislative Councillors would appear to be well aware of the attitude of the Hong Kong public to this subject.

Not one Legislative Councillor has supported the personal comments of our High Court judges.

Is it possible that our Legislative Councillors are placing their concern over votes above their duty to the public to fully address this problem? In the UK two police chiefs only last month called for the legalisation of cannabis.

For several years now The Economist has advocated the legalisation of cannabis as well as other hard drugs.

The editor responsible for this policy is now Deputy Governor of the Bank of England.

Is it these people or our Legislative Councillors who are living in cloud cuckoo land? A. G. FOULKES Mid-Levels