The panel's final report has been released today, and will now inform the development of the new Lib Dem position on cannabis regulation. The report was produced with full editorial independence by the panel, who undertook the work on an unpaid basis.
It makes the case for a tightly regulated cannabis market that that prioritises protecting public health over commercial interests.
A lot of the media headlinespicked up on in on the potential 1 billion tax revenue (presumably becuase on of the press agencies led on this) even though that is actually old news (from a 2013 report) and not in any way the focus on the report. None the less, the coverage has been extensive and overwhemingly positive.
- The Lib Dem cannabis legalisation system revealed - politics.co.uk
- Cannabis should be legalised and regulated, Lib Dems say - BBC
- The pros and cons of legalising drugs in the UK - The Week
- Legalising Cannabis And Selling It Over The Counter Could Raise £1bn A Year, Lib Dem Review Group Says - Huffington Post
- Legalising Cannabis 'Could Raise £1bn In Tax' - Sky News
- Cannabis legalisation in the UK 'would raise £1bn a year in taxes' - The Independent
- This is how the Lib dems would legalise cannabis - Wired
- Sell cannabis to over-18s in licensed shops, says Lib Dem panel - Guardian
- Legalising cannabis would raise £1BILLION in tax, Liberal Democrats claim as they back legalisation because Britain's war on drugs has 'failed' - Mail
- FactCheck: cannabis taxes – money spinner or smoke and mirrors? - Channel 4 news