A new approach to drugs

The Tories have introduced a Psychoactive Substances Bill which aims to ban substances such as "poppers" and laughing gas from legal use. In reaction the Lib Dems have come out in force and called for the decriminalisation of possession of drugs for personal use and the decriminalisation of medical cannabis.

Lord Brian Paddick (Former Deputy Assistant Commissioner for the Metropolitan Police) has called for the Tories to delay the new laws until an evidence based review of the existing laws has been carried out. 

Liberalising drugs laws has always been a key Lib Dem policy, so it's fantastic to see key spokespeople openly calling for change and standing up to Tory plans. Tim Farron and Norman Lamb have backed calls for the UK to legalise, regulate and tax the sale of cannabis. 

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