Cameron rejects calls to make cannabis legal

Last Updated: Tue, Dec 11, 2012 13:10 hrs

London, Dec 11 (IANS) British Prime Minister David Cameron has rejected calls to make cannabis legal, after two US states passed legislation to legalise the use of marijuana.

Around 86 percent of participants in a British poll conducted by The Sun voted in favour of legalising the substance.

A report from the Commons Home Affairs committee had urged a shake-up in the country's drug laws, which would even decriminalise heroin, The Sun reported.

"I don't support decriminalisation. Drugs use is coming down, the emphasis on treatment is absolutely right - and we need to continue with that to make sure we make a difference. Also, we need to do more to keep drugs out of our prison," Cameron said.

"These are the government's priorities."

Cameron also rejected calls for a Royal Commission to launch an inquiry into Britain's drugs laws.

US states Colorado and Washington have passed legislation to legalise the recreational use of marijuana.

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