A cross-party group of MPs have said Britain should legalise cannabis, generating a handy £1 billion a year in tax revenues in the process.
Led by former deputy PM and Liberal Democrats leader Nick Clegg – who is presumably trying to win back the youth vote after doing a number on them over tuition fees a few years back – the group of pro-'erb politicians includes figures from all parties and former health minister Normal Lamb.
The gang have apparently drawn inspiration from America, where despite a recent pivot into celebrity fascism the widespread acceptance of cannabis continues apace as more states legalise the drug.
"British politicians need to open their eyes to what is happening in the rest of the world," said Clegg, presumably while holding out a spliff and lightly tapping a set of bongos,
"Cannabis prohibition is being swept away on a tide of popular opinion and replaced with responsible legal regulation," he continued, presumably while cramming Wotsits into his cheeks and absently wondering how it is that he can 'see' John Paul Jones's bass line in 'Whole Lotta Love'.
The MPs were inspired by a recent Adam Smith Institute and Volteface study which argued that Britain's 'dark ages' drugs policy had spectacularly failed to stop anyone actually using the drug, or halt the crimes related to its production.
Apparently, a legal cannabis market would be worth £6.8 billion to the economy annually, potentially netting between £750 million and £1.05 billion in tax revenues and reduced criminal justice costs.
The number of offenders in prison for cannabis-related offences in England and Wales would also likely drop from the current 1,363, who cost taxpayers £50 million a year, the report said.