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Salvation Army Opposes Cannabis Decriminalisation

The Salvation Army Opposes Wholesale Decriminalisation Of Cannabis

In a report released today for the Cannabis Law Reform, Major Alistair Herring, The Salvation Army’s National Manager for Addiction and Supportive Accommodation Services said “The Salvation Army remains opposed to the non-medical use of mind-altering substances.”

Major Herring said “The Salvation Army believes it is not good for young adults with problems, particularly diagnosable mental health disorders, to mask their problems by using mind altering drugs.”

“The Salvation Army supports the continued prohibition of cannabis use by people under the age of 18 years and supports the use of diversion and civil penalties, including education programmes for those in possession of small amounts of cannabis for personal use” Major Herring said.

“In September 1907 The Salvation Army established its first residential treatment centre for people with addictions and professional counsellors who daily deal with drug related people agree that wholesale decriminalisation would offer tacit acceptance of the recreational use of an addictive and damaging agent,” Major Herring said.

Major Herring said, “The Salvation Army would value the opportunity to be involved in addressing the consequences of cannabis use and cannabis related harm.”

Released by

Major Ray Tunstall
Territorial Public Relations Secretary

For further information, contact:

Major Alistair Herring
Cellphone: 025 878 733
Office: 04 382 0720
Home: 04 478 5254

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