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PM rejects drug change

PM rejects drug change
The Prime Minister has dismissed calls from MPs to explore the possibility of decriminalising drugs.

The Home Affairs Committee this morning urged the Government to rethink its attitude towards legalisation, saying it was "now or never" for major reform.

However David Cameron said the current policy was working well, and rejected calls to set up a Royal Commission to explore a change.

"Drugs use is coming down, the emphasis on treatment is absolutely right, and we need to continue with that to make sure we can really make a difference, " Mr Cameron said.

"These are the government's priorities and I think we should continue with that rather than have some very, very long-term Royal Commission."

Home Affairs Committee chair Keith Vaz this morning said the UK’s strategy was failing and needed to be “fully reviewed”.

"We are suggesting that they look at what is happening all over the world. What this does not make the case for, and what we’re against, is legalising or decriminalising any drugs. We’re very, very clear about that," he told the Today programme.

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