I have previously commented on drugs policy and the need for a fundamental evidence-based review. There is a conference taking place today and tomorrow on the subject, 0rganised by the all-party group on the subject. Had it not been for teaching commitments, I would have been chairing today’s sessions. There have been added calls recently for such a review and not just in this country. ( The President of Colombia has added his voice.) As the BBC News website reports, there are some high level speakers at the conference, including the former head of M15, Baroness Manningham-Buller.
As the debate I initiated in the Lords earlier this year showed, there is support from members of all parts of the Lords. Indeed, one reader made a very telling observation in response to my post on the debate, noting that the minister, Baroness Neville-Jones, said that opinions were divided on the issue, when in fact the only dissenting voice in the debate was hers. Everyone else who spoke argued in favour of a review.