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British MP’s call for legalisation of cannabis in the UK

Published:Monday | November 21, 2016 | 10:52 AM

Senior Liberal Democrats and other Tory and Labour figures backed a report that argues that the UK should follow the lead of the US in legalising cannabis.

The report, by the Adam Smith Institute and Volteface, claims legalisation could net the Treasury more than £1b a year in tax revenue. It also mentions that the numbers of prisoners for drugs offences would drop, saving the taxpayer millions.

Former deputy PM Nick Clegg said, British politicians need to open their eyes to what is going on in the rest of the world.

“Cannabis prohibition is being swept away on a tide of popular opinion and replaced with responsible legal regulation. Now is the time for ministers to start writing the rules.”

Campaigners said they want "root and branch" reform to legalise and regulate cannabis, in order to ensure it meets acceptable standards.