Local Conservative MEP Giles Chichester is calling for drugs to be decriminalised and taxed to raise money for the Treasury. In a letter to local papers, Mr Chichester, who has been an MEP since 1994 and is a former leader of the Tory MEPs, says:
"The war on drugs has not failed completely but needs to change to meet the demands of a new social order... Criminal prosecution is not solving the [drugs] problem. I can see a potential benefit to health by making recreational drugs available on prescription… I can see a potential reduction in crime by cutting out the illegal market in drugs."
"I could even see a fiscal benefit in taxing things like cannabis so as to put it on a par with alcohol and tobacco We need to consider what is happening in other countries to combat the spread of hard drugs. A Royal Commission to evaluate the evidence is, in my view, a step in the right direction."The question for local Conservative Police Commissioner Tony Hogg is - does he agree with his party colleague that the war on drugs needs to change. Is he, and are local Conservative MPs and prospective MPs, supportive of a move to decriminalise and tax drugs?