Government defend drugs policy

Drugs are illegal because they are harmful - they destroy lives and blight communities.

Our current laws draw on the best available evidence and as such we have no intention of downgrading or declassifying cannabis.

A Royal Commission on drugs is simply not necessary. Our cross-government approach is working.

Drug usage is at its lowest level since records began and people going into treatment today are far more likely to free themselves from dependency than ever before.

We will respond to the report more fully in due course.

– A government spokesperson

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Drugs debate urged by MPs

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