Push for weaker drugs laws slammed in the Lords

The Liberal Democrats’ bid to weaken drugs laws has been heavily criticised in the House of Lords.

During a debate on the Government’s Psychoactive Substances Bill, Lib Dem Peer Brian Paddick told the House of Lords that “education rather than criminalisation” is more likely to result in children avoiding drugs.

But Conservative Peer Lord Blencathra said claims that drug use had risen were “profoundly wrong” and “out of date”.

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