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Taking the high road

Will the Liberal Democrats' plans to decriminalise drugs go up in smoke?

By Emran Mian  

Who said what to whom?

In their pre-manifesto, published this week, the Liberal Democrats say they will end the use of prison as punishment for those found guilty of possessing drugs.

What does it mean?

This doesn’t mean that the Liberal Democrats want highs to be legal. They are merely suggesting the decriminalisation of drugs. Their argument is a practical one—drug users should not be stigmatised by incurring prison sentences which then limit their future employment opportunities. The focus should be on treating addicts and presumably fining more casual users.

What could go wrong?

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