Drugs debate urged by MPs

David Cameron will today be urged by MPs to start a wide-ranging public debate on drug policy - including the possibility of legalisation.

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Cameron urged to study international war on drugs

  • The Commons Home Affairs Committee have said ministers could learn from the experience of Portugal, the US and Uruguay.
  • In Portugal drugs have been "depenalised"- with possession of small amounts not subject to criminal penalties, even though they remain illegal.
  • In Washington and Colorado in the United States cannabis is being legalised.
  • In Uruguay a state monopoly of cannabis production and sale is being proposed.

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