The Coalition Is Completely Confused About Its Stance On Drugs

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Drug prevention charities have responded with exasperation after the Tories immediately slapped down calls from the drugs minister for the legalisation of cannabis in the UK for medicinal use and dismissed concerns that current drugs laws are overly restrictive.

Less than a week after Nick Clegg said "we are never going to win the war on drugs", senior Lib Dem MP Norman Baker called on the government to review the medicinal properties of cannabis, saying it can help those in need.

But, highlighting disarray within the coalition over the issue, the Department of Health has firmly stated it has no plans to change the law, because cannabis is a "harmful drug" - leading drug awareness charities to tell The Huffington Post UK that "the government is seemingly more confused than ever on drug policy."

The deputy prime minister said last week that the Lib Dem general election manifesto...

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