UK: What do general election manifestos say about legalizing cannabis?

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  • Jeremy Corbyn has said he would be in favour of legalising cannabis for medicinal use.
  • But the party's official policy is still to maintain its legal status, and legalisation is not in their 2017 manifesto.



The Prime Minister echoed earlier sentiments that the UK should be "pulling together" (Photo: 2017 Getty Images)

  • Theresa May is opposed to the legalisation of cannabis
  • A Tory spokesperson told the BBC: "There is clear scientific and medical evidence that cannabis is a harmful drug which can damage people's mental and physical health, and harms individuals and communities. We have no plans to change the law."
Liberal Democrats

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  • The Lib Dem Manifesto contains a commitment to legalise cannabis
  • It says they would: "Break the grip of the criminal gangs and protect young people by introducing a legal, regulated market for cannabis"
  • And they would: "introduce limits on potency and permit cannabis to be sold through licensed out lets to adults over the age of 18."


Green Party


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  • The Green Party have had legalising cannabis as part of their policy platform since the party was formed in 1990.
  • However there is no reference to the drug in their 2017 manifesto.




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  • Ukip would keep cannabis illegal
  • It says the use of it by 5.3million people under 25 is "extremely worrying"
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