BEIJING, Aug. 20 (Xinhuanet) -- Dame Sally, the 63-year-old senior doctor in Britain, also the sixth powerful woman, said she had experimented with cannabis backed into cookies three to four times while studying at Manchester University in the late 1960s and early 1970s, according to media reports Tuesday.
Whether eating the cookies with “cannabis fillings” is a health-related problem or is a social issue in suspicion of committing crime is still in the midst of a lively discussion in British society.
Interviewed by local radio Monday, Dame Sally said “Of course it’s a medical problem, addiction is a medical problem and it becomes a public health problem and then our society is choosing to treat that as a criminal justice issue.”
Her comments obviously arises a lot of bad feeling from anti-drugs campaigners.
Peter Stoker, of the National Drug Prevention Alliance, said: ‘When people say they want it treated as a health matter what they really mean is they want it decriminalized.”
According to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, nearly two million people use cannabis in today’s Britain, with half of them aged from 16 to 29 having tried at least once. Recent study has revealed the bad influence of psychotic illness from cannabis.
Dame Sally admitted her high-profile role could be difficult when her personal beliefs did not match policy.
A Department of Health spokesman said: “The UK approach is to consider drug use as both a health and criminal issue and so the chief medical officer is not saying anything new.”