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Cablegate: Uk Takes No Position On Cnd Vote On Dronabinol

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: AORC SNAR UNCND UK
SUBJECT: UK TAKES NO POSITION ON CND VOTE ON DRONABINOL

REF: A. (A) SECSTATE 17100

B. (B) LONDON 14

1. The UK intends to go into the Commission on Narcotic
Drugs meetings in March with no set position on deferring the
vote on dronabinol. Gabriel Denvir, in the Home Office's
Drugs Legislation Section, the lead office in the UK for the
CND, responded to LabCouns presentation of ref (A) points by
saying dronabinol was not a problem in the UK, and they were
therefore not inclined to take a strong position. They would
be open to arguments by other delegations and vote
accordingly.

2. LabCouns pushed back, both with Denvir, and later with
FCO head of Drugs and International Crime Department Lesley
Pallett, arguing that the CND's 53 member states needed to
look beyond their domestic situation and consider the needs
of the international community, including all the states not
represented on the CND. Denvir and Pallett were unwilling to
move from their initial position, however. Pallett noted that
the UK would look closely at the EU position and would likely
support an EU consensus.

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