Liberal Democrats support legalization of cannabis just before British elections
Lib Dems say it could cut drug-related crime and boost tax coffers by 1.000 million pounds a year
On June 8 there are general elections in the UK. How to confront Brexit is one of the main concerns of citizens and political parties but there are other issues that also create debate.
Liberal Democrats, who between 2010 and 2015 were in the British government led by David Cameron, are now betting on the legalization of cannabis and its complete regulation.
The party claims that legalizing the sale of cannabis would boost the economy by about 1.000 million pounds a year through taxing in a global industry estimated to be worth 20.000 million pounds.
Liberals believe that regulations would also cut drug-related crime, which would also help cut costs to taxpayers.
In that scenario, licenses would be granted to certain shops to sell cannabis with health warnings, similar to cigarette packages.
Liberal Democrats are not the favorites in the polls and their leader, Tim Farron, has been in office for less than two years after the electoral failure of 2015. But post-election alliances, as happened in 2010, could give them some influence in British policy-making.