Posts Tagged “Drugs policy”

The Sun: “Nick Clegg makes a powerful case for reform of our drugs laws”

by Stephen Tall on August 8, 2014

The Lib Dem website says this: “Nick Clegg has announced that the Liberal Democrat manifesto will include a commitment to end imprisonment for possessing drugs for personal use, so that no one is sent to prison, where their only offence is one of possession. Under the proposals, users would instead receive non-custodial sentences and appropriate […]

Drugs and e-cigarettes: criminalise, legalise, regulate? Here’s what Lib Dem members think…

by Stephen Tall on April 28, 2014

Lib Dem Voice has polled our members-only forum  to discover what Lib Dem members think of various political issues, the Coalition, and the performance of key party figures. More than 830 party members responded – thank you – and we’re publishing the full results. Two-thirds of Lib Dems back legalisation of ‘soft’ drugs… With regard […]

Nick Clegg: “If you are anti-drugs, you should be pro-reform”

by Stephen Tall on February 9, 2014

The message may not be new – Nick Clegg first declared that “If you are anti-drugs, you should be pro-reform” back in December 2012 – but that’s no reason not to welcome the Lib Dem leader’s re-statement that urgent reform of the UK’s drugs laws is needed. It’s the splash in today’s Observer, which reports: […]

Decriminalising drug possession: an idea whose time has come?

by Stephen Tall on August 6, 2011

Drug reform has long been the third rail of British politics. Nine years ago, a newly-elected Tory MP was able to write in The Guardian from the safety of backbench obscurity: ‘I am an instinctive libertarian who abhors state prohibitions and tends to be sceptical of most government action, whether targeted against drug use or […]