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RUSSELL BRAND TELLS MPS PEOPLE CAN TAKE DRUGS SAFELY

24 April 2012
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RUSSELL BRAND TELLS MPS PEOPLE CAN TAKE DRUGS SAFELY

Russell Brand has told Parliament that drug addiction shouldn't be treated as a criminal issue, and it is possible for people to take drugs safely.

He said he didn't feel qualified to talk about legalisation although he did think it was possible for some people to take drugs safely and he didn't want to be identified with a "just say no campaign".

The actor and comic, who is a former heroin addict himself, was appearing before the Commons home affairs select committee, said he didn't want to be seen as "banging the drum" for legalisation, but he suggested politicians should regard drug addiction as a disease to be treated as a health issue rather than a criminal or judicial matter.

Having been arrested 12 times in the past, Brand said he wanted to see "love and compassion", rather than treating people as criminals.

Read more on The Guardian here.

TAGS: CRIMINAL / DRUGS / LEGISLATION / MPS / PARLIAMENT / RUSSELL BRAND

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