Views will help shape UK policy on drugs
A survey carried out by the Mercury into public opinions on drugs will help shape Government policy, an MP has said.
Leicester East MP Keith Vaz spoke on Monday after he chaired an international conference at the Houses of Parliament.
The conference examined the experiences of other countries, including Columbia, where a large proportion of the cocaine which reaches the UK is produced.
Mr Vaz, chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, which is conducting a review into the UK's drugs laws, said: "This is the first major discussion of drugs policy in a decade.
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"Despite a decrease in the level of drug use in the UK, dangerous substances continue to cause problems.
"With new drugs come new harms."
The Mercury ran a series of articles and an online poll in April in which more than 7,000 people cast votes.
The majority of those who voted supported the decriminalisation of possession of cannabis but backed current laws on drugs such as heroin and cocaine.
Mr Vaz said: "I am delighted that we have received so many submissions from people in Leicester.
"This means that Leicester will have informed decisions about drugs laws not only in the UK but internationally in source and transit countries."