We wish to contribute to evidence-based reform of UK drug policy to one consistent with centre-right values, that protects young people, delivers better outcomes for families and communities and reduces drug-related harms.

 

The Conservative Drug Policy Reform Group (CDPRG) is a 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