The Lib Dem leader says attempts to criminalise drug use have failed
Nick Clegg will today say that the Liberal Democrats will bring forward plans to decriminalise drugs for personal use. In a joint press article with Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson, Clegg will say that attempts to criminalise drug use had proved an ‘abject failure’:
“The idea of eradicating drugs from the world by waging a war on those who use them is fundamentally flawed for one simple reason: it doesn’t reduce drug taking,” they write in the Guardian today.
However Mary Brett of the charity Skunk Sense told the Daily Mail that there was a ‘severe contradiction’ between the proposed policy and Clegg’s concern with mental health.
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