Heroin on any basis is a worse drug, a more dangerous drug than cannabis, but heroin in its pharmaceutical preparation, diamorphine, is available on prescription for people in pain and it's very widely prescribed.
So the law does not say that, because a drug is classed as illegal it therefore should not be available on prescription. What it does say, however, is that before drugs are available on prescription they've got to be properly tested and reearched. Not that that's happened to a lot of opiates, heroin and cocain derivatives.
So far the medical researchers have not been able to prove, indeed very few have tried, that there are real beneficial medicinal effects from cannabis. Jack Straw quote
Because it was quite dark in that corner I was being pushed towards shaking hands with somebody just as a matter of courtesy and then it transpired it was President Mugabe. Jack Straw quote
There is a general sense of guarded optimism. There have been too many false dawns over the last 60 years. There have been more tears than smiles, but I sense there is a commitment from Abbas and Sharon, a new determination to make a reality of the goal of two states living side by side. Jack Straw quote
This spirit of cooperation will, I hope, lead to many more measures that will benefit all in the region. Jack Straw quote
If people are caught up for 36 hours in a soulless building in Brussels, tempers are going to fray... It is in many ways a sad day for Europe. But out of this sad day there is an opportunity to reconnect. Jack Straw quote
He was the greatest Parliamentarian of his generation and a very fine foreign secretary. [on Robin Cook] Jack Straw quote
It is an historic day for Europe and the whole of the international community. [on Turkey's EU deal] Jack Straw quote
What's so frustrating about this is that we are on the verge of seeing the beginnings of a democratic and permanent government [on Iraq] Jack Straw quote
Foreign Secretary in Tony Blair's government, whose son was in trouble at Oxford University for drug possession