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Lib Dems want to legalise cannabis – raising up to £1bn a year in tax

Leader Tim Farron declares 'the prohibition of marijuana has failed'

THE Liberal Democrats are set to make legalising cannabis their official party policy following a devastating report by top docs.

Party boss Tim Farron declared last night the “prohibition of cannabis has failed”, and he will urge his membership to back a plan to decriminalise pot at a policy conference in York on Saturday.

The Lib Dem leader — who admits to a having cheeky toke as a student — wants shops and clubs to be able to sell the drug over the counter to over 18s, giving the Treasury a billion pound bong bonanza.

 Lib Dem leader will urge party members to back the decriminalisation of the Class B drug
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Lib Dem leader will urge party members to back the decriminalisation of the Class B drug

He said: “A legal market would allow us to have more control over what is sold, and raise a considerable amount in taxation”.

The report suggest up to £1 billion per year could be raised from a marijuana tax.

After setting up a panel of top docs and experts, Mr Farron claimed last night: “I have always said that we must have an evidence led approach to drugs law reform, and this report should be taken seriously.”

“Britain has to end our failed war on drugs. The status quo causes huge damage and we urgently need reform.”

 Farron previously told David Cameron to 'find his backbone' on the issue
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Farron previously told David Cameron to 'find his backbone' on the issue

Drug expert Steve Rolles, the chairman of the panel, said: “The reality is that millions of people use cannabis in the UK and there is a pressing need for government to take control of the trade from gangsters and unregulated dealers.”

The Lib Dems have previously called on Ministers to legalise medicinal cannabis and personal possession.

Last month Mr Farron called on David Cameron to “rediscover his backbone” on the issue, saying:

“The Prime Minister used to agree with me on the need for drug reform.”