A motion will be debated at Liberal Democrat Conference on Sunday 18th September 2011, which calls for the government to:
- Establish a panel to:
- Review the impact of the Misuse of Drugs Act and the legal framework
- Consider reform of the law based on the Portuguese model (ie decriminalisation of all controlled drugs for personal possession)
- Consider a regulated cannabis market
- Provide evidence-based services for those affected by drug problems including the widespread availability of heroin maintenance clinics for the most problematic and vulnerable heroin users
The UK Drug Policy Commission welcomes the commitment in the motion to an evidence-based drug policy and supports the call for the drug legislation to be reviewed. While the Commission supports the general thrust of the motion, it has reservations about some aspects of the proposers’ conclusions and the potential impact of their proposals.