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United Nations Wants Coked-Up Stars To Be Punished

Posted by Fara Kearnes on March 5, 2008 2:36 PM |

winehouseThe United Nations set aside their work on poverty, wars, global commerce and other such suchness to focus on doing something really important for the world: sending a tersely-worded warning to stars about drug abuse.

Professor Hamid Ghodse, the UN's drug control agency spokesman, singled out Britain specifically for allowing the rich and famous (attention: Amy Winehouse) to use drugs freely and publicly without fear of prosecution.

British authorities are especially lenient to their English celebs - such as Kate Moss, Pete Doherty, George Michael, and the beehive - who are not punished despite a number of court appearances connected with drug abuse and other offenses.

Yesterday, the UN report said that allowing celebrities to get away with drug crimes has a damaging effect on impressionable young people and undermines faith in the criminal justice system.

Professor Ghodse said: "They get more lenient responses by the judiciary and law enforcement, and that is regrettable. There should not be any difference between a celebrity who is breaking the law and non-celebrities."

"Not only does it give the wrong messages to young people, who are often quite impressionable, but the wider public become cynical about the responses to drug offenders. The authorities should ensure that public celebrities who violate drug laws are made accountable," he said.

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