Pharmacies should be able to legally sell cocaine, ecstasy and amphetamines in a “nationalised” scheme, a pro-legalisation lobby group has said.
The UK-based Transform Drug Policy Foundation makes the proposal in a new book, but the Home Office said that it had ‘absolutely no plans’ to revise the law.
The Government has also said that decriminalising drugs would not deter criminals or reduce harm.
Transform’s book proposes that a new state regulatory body would solely license production, distribution and sale of unbranded one-dose packages to over-18s at Government-run specialist pharmacies.
The group’s Chief Executive, Dr James Nicholls, claims this would “take drug supply away from organised crime groups”.
In September, Kit Malthouse, the Minister of State for Crime and Policing, said: “We want to do all we can to stop people having access to drugs that could ultimately kill them.”
“The Government has no plans to decriminalise drug possession,” he said, adding that it “would not eliminate the crime committed by the illicit trade, nor would it address the harms associated with drug dependence and the misery that this can cause to families and communities”.