Jackie Pearcey has welcomed the Lib Dem manifesto commitment to introduce a legal, regulated market for cannabis, saying "This is an evidence-based approach to the issues around drug use. Manchester's Spice epidemic has shown that going down the enforcement route does not stop drug addiction and can often make matters worse. Drug addiction is a health and mental health issue and should be treated as such in a properly regulated way.
"A controlled cannabis market will stop a lot of criminal activity in Manchester associated with the blight of cannabis farms and should remove a source of people trafficking."
The Lib Dems have unveiled a manifesto commitment to bring the sale of cannabis under a system of strict legal regulation.
Commenting, Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Cambridge and former Home Affairs Select Committee member Julian Huppert said:
“Cannabis is freely available and widely used. It generates significant health problems and vast profits for organised crime.
“The current approach is a disaster for young people, whose mental and physical health is being harmed by an increasingly potent product. There are no age checks, and no controls on quality or strength. ‘Skunk’ is widespread and the only ID you need to buy it is a £20 note.
“Successive governments have ceded total control of a significant public health problem to organised crime.
“The honest and pragmatic response is to take responsibility for this situation and regulate the market.
“Liberal Democrats will take back control from the criminal gangs and protect young people by introducing a legal, regulated market for cannabis.
“We will restrict the market to over-18s. We will make cannabis safer by limiting THC content and requiring all products to contain CBD, which has been bred out of ‘skunk’ and counteracts the harmful effects of THC. And we will invest tax revenues of up to £1bn in education and treatment.”