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Peers want cannabis decriminalised.

LEGAL cannabis markets should be tested and drug use decriminalised as part of a radical new approach that pays more heed to human rights laws, according to a group of MPs and peers.

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Drug Policy Reform called for an overhaul in global narcotics policy, saying the "war on drugs" and "blanket prohibition" approach had failed.

It said experiments into possible models of regulated markets for marijuana should be "encouraged" among United Nations countries including the UK.

"Depending upon the results of the evaluations, consideration may then be given to treaty reform to make appropriate provision for regulation of cannabis, and possibly also for other controlled substances," the group said in a report.

It also said any regulation should reflect the "supremacy" of human rights conventions.

Cannabis has already been legalised in parts of the United States. Co-chairwoman Baroness Meacher urged the ministers to test a controlled system where licensed premises sell labelled and tested cannabis which she said could undermine dealers who sell more dangerous substances. The independent peer said: "I think it would be wonderful if our government would introduce a trial of a regulated market."

It was one of a number of conclusions in a report setting out the group's interpretation of United Nations drug conventions.

A Government spokesman said: "This Government has no intention of decriminalising or legalising drugs."

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Aug 19, 2015
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