Decriminalisation to be discussed at public event in Inverclyde


A number of leading advocates of drug decriminalisation and policy reform are to speak at a public event in Inverclyde on Thursday 5th of October.

The panel discussion, organised by Ronnie Cowan MP (SNP) and titled ‘Should the UK be taking a health based approach to drugs policy?’, will take place at the Beacon Arts Centre in Greenock.

Attendees will hear from representatives of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), Addaction, Transform Drug Policy Foundation Scotland, The Royal College of Nursing, and The Haven in Kilmacolm.

Ronnie Cowan, MP for Inverclyde, is vice-chair of the all-party parliamentary group on drugs policy reform and a long time advocate of the decriminalisation of drug use.

“For over a hundred years we have been waging a war on drugs and it is clearly not working.” Ronnie Cowan MP

Speaking ahead of the event, he said: “I am delighted to secure an excellent panel of speakers to discuss drugs policy in the UK.

“This will be the second discussion I’ve hosted on this important subject in Inverclyde and I hope it will provide a platform to discuss the approach being taken by the UK government.

“This event will allow the speakers to draw on their personal experiences and explain their position.”

The event is free to attend and open for registration here.