High time to rehash drug policy, think tanks say, as legalisation could save taxpayer £900m

The government's approach to cannabis had been an "expensive failure"
City A.M. (UK)
Sunday, May 13, 2018

uk police time wastedThink tanks have today called on the government to radically rethink its drug policy, as it was revealed that taxpayers could save nearly £900m a year if cannabis was legalised. A report by the TaxPayers' Alliance (TPA) argued that legalising the drug would reduce spending by police, prisons, courts and the NHS and put a huge amount of money back in taxpayers' pockets. The health service would gain the most from such a move, making back £132.6m from not prescribing sleeping tablets, pain-relief medicine and anti-depressants which had been given out as a result of patients smoking higher-potency 'skunk'.