Saturday, 12 October 2013

Liberal Democrats on Illegal Drugs

Drugs can have a devastating impact on individuals and families and can fuel organised crime. Evidence shows that our current drug policy is costly, ineffective and it is the poor and marginalised who suffer most. Liberal Democrats support an evidenced based drugs policy, and at Autumn Conference in 2011 called for an independent panel to review current drug laws.

We want to ensure the Coalition Government has a clear focus on prevention and reducing harm by investing in education, treatment and rehabilitation, and moving away from criminalising individuals and vulnerable drug users.

Liberal Democrats Manifesto 2010

  • Ensure that financial resources, and police and court time, are not wasted on the unnecessary prosecution and imprisonment of drug users and addicts; the focus instead should be on getting addicts the treatment they need. Police should concentrate their efforts on organised drug pushers and gangs.
  • Always base drugs policy on independent scientific advice, including making the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, completely independent of Government.

Speaking to The Sun last year, Nick Clegg said: “It’s time we told the truth. In politics, as in life, you can’t keep on doing something that doesn’t work. You can’t keep repeating the same mistakes.”

“If you were waging any other war where you have 2,000 fatalities a year, your enemies are making billions in profits, constantly throwing new weapons at you and targeting more young people — you’d have to say you are losing and it’s time to do something different. I’m anti-drugs — it’s for that reason I’m pro reform.”

“Politicians admit the war on drugs is not working. But when they’re in government, they say everything is fine. We’ve got to level with the British people and tell them what many people already know — it’s time to do something different.”