- 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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