All the usual UK players that the Tory’s will do their best to ignore although it is interesting to see former leader Clegg in “informal” meetings with US cannabis centric investment companies.
The newspaper writes….
Lib Dem leader Tim Farron said the prohibition on cannabis has failed and said it was now time to explore ways of legalising the industry.
The party’s new policy is based on a review of soft drugs by the former mental health minister Norman Lamb, who was one of the eight Lib Dem MPs who survived last May’s General Election.
It has been based on policy changes in north America, where four states have already relaxed laws and another ten are expected to decriminalise next year. The party’s new policy is based on a review of soft drugs by the former mental health minister Norman Lamb (pictured), who was one of the eight Lib Dem MPs who survived last May’s General Election
Mr Clegg met with representatives from a US investment fund that has a 30-year deal to sell cannabis under the brand name of the reggae star Bob Marley in a bid by the American company to sign him up to the campaign for liberalising drugs law in Britain.
A spokesman for Mr Clegg said: ‘This was an informal meeting to discuss a policy issue that Nick is very interested in.’
Colorado became the first state to legalise the sale of the drug in 2014 and experts have predicted a huge boom in the cannabis industry following liberalising of the law in three other states and similar moves in Canada.
After his policy was overwhelmingly backed by Lib Dem delegates yesterday, Mr Lamb, the party’s health spokesman, said: ‘The war on drugs has been a catastrophic failure. When people buy cannabis from criminals, they have no idea what they are buying.
‘So regulation the sale of cannabis… makes sense in terms of public health and community safety.’
The party’s panel on the review on drug laws included Mike Barton, Chief Constable, Durham Constabulary, Niamh Eastwood, Executive Director, Release and Tom Lloyd, Chair of the National Cannabis Coalition and former Chief Constable of Cambridgeshire Police.
Professor David Nutt, the former Chair of the Advisory Committee on the Misuse of Drugs was on the committee, joined by Professor Harry Sumnall, Liverpool John Moores University, and Professor Fiona Measham, Durham University.