Lib Dems vote overwhelmingly to set up panel to consider decriminalising drugs

Motion also offers show of support for Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, following high profile resignations from body
The Guardian (UK)
Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Liberal Democrat party conference have voted to establish a panel to consider decriminalising the use of all drugs. The panel would also consider a less radical alternative: that possession would remain illegal, but those caught would have to appear before a panel and made to undertake "appropriate education, health or social interventions", replacing the existing fines and jail sentences on the statute book. Any money made available by these reforms would be used for education, treatment and rehabilitation.