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December 10 2012

Consider drugs decriminalisation system, MPs say


The government is being urged by MPs to closely consider a system of drugs decriminalisation used in Portugal.

The Home Affairs Committee said it was impressed with the approach to cutting drug use where people found with small amounts are not always prosecuted.

It also asks ministers to monitor the effects of cannabis legalisation in other parts of the world.

The Home Office rejected its call for a Royal Commission on UK drugs policy, saying that was "not necessary". However, the Home Office minister, Jeremy Browne, said the government was "open to new ways of thinking".

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