We want UK drug policy to truly protect young people, deliver better health and social outcomes for families and communities, and reduce drug-related harms.

 

The Conservative Drug Policy Reform Group (CDPRG) is a evidence-based policy forum which promotes informed debate on drug policy reform through examining evidence for change.

There is appetite for a review of drugs policy amongst the public looking at alternative approaches to drugs including decriminalisation, legalisation, and regulation. By any sensible measure the current war on drugs is ineffective and is overwhelming the resources assigned to the police, criminal justice and the NHS, while causing untold misery for the most vulnerable in our society. There is growing evidence from around the world indicating that this need not be the case and there may be better ways to reduce harms to individuals and society. The CDPRG is advocating for an evidence-based review of current drugs policy that questions prohibition and explores what actually works to improve outcomes.

 

Under successive governments it has been assumed that there has been little alternative to trying to win a war on drugs, cannabis included. Medical advice to ministers has always stressed that limited use of soft drugs can lead to harder drugs and addiction.
It’s time to acknowledge facts, and to embrace a decisive change that would be economically and socially beneficial, as well as rather liberating for Conservatives in showing sensible new opinions are welcome.
Can British Conservatives be as bold as Canadian Liberals? We ought to be. After all, we believe in market forces and the responsible exercise of freedom, regulated as necessary. We should prefer to provide for lawful taxes than preside over increased profits from crime. And we are pragmatists, who change with society and revise our opinions when the facts change. On this issue, the facts have changed very seriously and clearly.
— Baron Hague of Richmond, PC, FRSL - Former Leader of the Conservative Party
“I agree that the concept of a Royal Commission seems to be eminently sensible. I welcome the formation of the Drug Policy Reform Group and wish it well.”
— Sir John Major, KG CH
Former Prime Minister and Leader of the Conservative Party
“I fully support the view that the current prohibitionist policy on drugs is ineffective and counter-productive. I welcome all efforts to promote evidence-based assessment of the merits of prohibition of narcotic drugs: I believe such as assessment would be an important route to reduce the harm to society of the current policy framework. I wish CDPRG well in its efforts to achieve improved public policy towards drugs. The need for fundamental policy reassessment is urgent and I would welcome UK leadership in this reassessment which a Royal Commission could help deliver.”
— The Rt Hon Lord Evans of Weardale, KCB DL.
Chair of the Committee of Standards in Public Life
Director General of MI5 (2007-13)