Steve Gee

Liberal Democrat Candidate for Epsom & Ewell

  • Steve Gee

    I am your Liberal Democrat Candidate for the General Election.

    This blog gives you my views on current political issues.

    It also covers some Lib Dem
    policies that I think are particularly important.

    Steve

  • Contact Details:

    98 Nork Way,
    Banstead,
    Surrey SM7 1HP.
    01737 362810
    steve@steve4epsom.com

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Combatting the harm done by drugs

Posted by Steve Gee on Thursday 18 May 2017

The war on drugs has been a catastrophic failure. Every year, billions flow to organised crime while we needlessly prosecute and imprison thousands of people, blighting their employment and life chances, and doing nothing to address the impact of drugs on their health.

The current approach to drugs helps nobody except criminal gangs. For that reason the Lib Dems would:

  • End imprisonment for possession of illegal drugs for personal use, diverting those arrested for possession of drugs for personal use into treatment and education (adopting a health-based approach), or imposing civil penalties.
  • Break the grip of the criminal gangs and protect young people by introducing a legal, regulated market for cannabis. We would introduce limits on potency and permit cannabis to be sold through licensed outlets to adults over the age of 18. **
  • Concentrate on catching and prosecuting those who manufacture, import or deal in illegal drugs.
  • Repeal the Psychoactive Substances Act which has driven the sale of formerly legal highs underground.
  • Move the departmental lead on drugs policy to the Department of Health.

** For more detail see Regulating the cannabis market

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