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An anti-cannabis campaign, which was due to be launched in Warrington this week, has been slammed by the leader of drug policy reform group CLEAR.
Peter Reynolds has called Warrington Council’s proposed campaign “completely misguided.”
The campaign came to light after a newspaper accidently overlooked an embargo and reported on the proposals, a day before it became official.
The “It’s not just a joint” campaign has now been postponed but was due to run throughout July, August and September, with adverts on buses and at bus shelters in various locations around the town to illustrate the dangers of cannabis, as well as promotion via social media.
He added: “I’m not against people getting harm reduction advice but the claims made were totally wrong and false.”
However, Warrington Council has decided the campaign will now not go ahead until further notice. A council spokesperson said: “Uncertainty has arisen regarding some of the statistical data supporting the campaign. In the interests of ensuring robustness, we have decided to review the campaign.”
Reynolds believes the council had “no other option” but to postpone the campaign and has called for the councilor in charge of Health and Well Being to resign.
“It showed they [the council] were either ignorant or trying to mislead the public.” He said.