UK's £3bn drugs war a harmful waste of time, experts say

A man smoking a cannabis joint.
Around 160,000 people receive cannabis warnings every year in England and Wales. Credit: PA Wire

Britain's annual £3 billion war on drugs is a waste of public money that is not based on evidence and damages lives, experts have said following a six-year study.

The final report of the UK Drug Policy Commission (UKDPC) called for a "wholesale review" of drugs laws, in which possessing small amounts of drugs for personal use should be made a civil offence instead of a criminal offence.

The independent body likened using illegal drugs to gambling or eating junk food.


Experts urge illegal drug rethink

The independent body that analyses drug laws says using illegal drugs is like gambling or eating junk food. After a six-year study it wants the government to rethink its approach.