The Need for Drug Policy Reform House of Lords 25th Feb 2016

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Baron Brian Paddick has agreed to host a meeting in the House of Lords on the controversial question of drug reform in the UK.

Many countries across Europe and beyond are finally tackling ineffective drug policies by freeing users from the criminal implications of addiction and plenty of evidence shows the beneficial impact this has on entire communities.

Meanwhile, the UK seems to be stubbornly anchored in the past, determined to entrench the harmful divide between drug users and the rest of society.

Added to this, the portrayal of the issue in British media is weak at best and demonising at worst; tabloids in particular have reinforced harmful, dehumanizing stereotypes of drug addicts as criminals.

The evidence of the successful Canadian, Swiss and Portuguese cases for drug decriminalisation and the intention of the Irish Government to follow a similar path, highlight how stagnant the British drug debate has become.

The UK seems to be stubbornly anchored in the past, determined to entrench the harmful divide between drug users and the rest of society.

This meeting discusses why Britain is lagging behind so many other countries and why there is the need for radical reform.

Thursday, February 25, 2016
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Committee Room 4A

Palace of Westminster, London SW1A OAA

This meeting is being arranged jointly with GlobalNet21 and the John Mordaunt Trust. Thanks also to support from the Open Society Foundation and Release.

More information at Facebook Event Page

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