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  • December 14th, 2012

Nick Clegg Calls for Drug Reform

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Despite opposition from David Cameron on MP’s call for a drug reform Nick Clegg has backed the royal commission to consider decriminalising illegal drugs.

Mr Clegg said “We can’t be complacent, we owe it to the many many children in this country who still get snarled up by drugs, whose education chances are blighted by drugs, whose health is damaged by drugs, we owe it to them to constantly restlessly look for better ways of dealing with the scourge of drugs,” he said.

“I think those facts alone suggest that, yes of course we should do the good work that we are doing as a coalition government, but we should also be open-minded enough to look at whatever alternative approaches help us help those children more effectively in the future.”

“I’m anti-drugs – it’s for that reason I’m pro-reform.”

He added: “My own view is that we simply cannot be content with the way things are. The worse thing to do is to close your mind off from doing even better.”

The home affair’s committee’s recommendations are similar to those made by its last in-depth study into drug laws in 2002 which suggested the relaxation of drug laws when Cameron was a member.


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