Labour’s answer: Yes, and immediately release anyone serving time solely for drug offensesAsked in an interview with Sky whether he had changed his mind on the issue, he replied: “No, I think criminalising people for possession of small amounts of cannabis is not a terribly great idea and does lead to great difficulties particularly for younger people in communities like mine,” he said.Source
Conservative’s answer: No, and increase penalties for non-violent drug offendersThe Conservative Party supports current drug prohibition policies.
A Conservative party spokesperson told us, "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."Source
Liberal Democrat’s answer: Yes, and immediately release anyone serving time solely for drug offensesThe Liberal Democrats recently revealed a manifesto pledge to bring about a fully regulated cannabis market in the UK.
They said the sale and production of the drug could raise up to £1bn in taxes and save tens of millions of pounds in ‘wasted’ police hours.
Right now, cannabis is a class 'B' drug, meaning that anyone caught in possession of it could be given up to five years in prison, an unlimited fine, or both - though many say the law is not enforced.
Supply of the drug gets a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison.
The Liberal Democrats estimate that, in 2015, one million police hours (costing £31 million) were spent dealing with cannabis-related crime.
The party proposes strictly controlling cannabis quality to reduce harmful chemicals. The drug would go on sale to over 18s via licensed cannabis shops, similar to systems operated in several US states.Source
Green’s answer: Yes"Cannabis would be removed from the 1971 Misuse of drugs act. The possession, trade and cultivation of cannabis would be immediately decriminalised, roughly following the Dutch model. The trade in Cannabis would be the subject of a Royal Commission (see below), with a view to establishing a fully legalised, controlled and regulated trade."Source