Experts back Liberal Democrat calls for drugs decriminalisation

Drugs Policy Commission says proposal to scrap criminal penalties for personal possession would not increase use
The Guardian (UK)
Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Experts have backed calls to be made at the Liberal Democrats conference this weekend for the decriminalisation of all drugs, saying it would not lead to a surge in drug use. The UK Drugs Policy Commission, which includes Professor Colin Blakemore, former chief executive of the Medical Research Council, and Dame Ruth Runciman, former chair of the Mental Health Act Commission, among its membership, says it backs the broad thrust of the Lib Dem motion to be debated on Sunday.