They state that in addition to saving the public pocket millions, the reform would draw in young and ethnic-minority voters who could prove key to the survival of the Conservative party.
Driving the decriminalisation proposal is journalist Ian Birrell, former adviser to Prime Minister David Cameron. Mr Birrell makes reference to a recent poll that indicates a majority favour permitting cannabis use whilst 4 in 10 Britons favour total decriminalisation. He highlights that “It is hard to think of another policy with the same potential to challenge popular conceptions of Conservatism.”
The policy reflects international mood, echoing recent legalisation of cannabis in some US states. In Britain, the Liberal Democrat party have stated they intend to overhaul Britain’s laws on substance use.