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Mayoral Manifesto 2016 - Decriminilisation & Regulation

Bristol is a great city and it can be so much better!

The Green Mayor and Bristol’s Green Party Council candidates wish to see Bristol continue as the leading Green city in the UK with a clear vision of a more sustainable, better future. Our particular focus in 2016 is on Clean and Affordable Energy, A Decent Home for Everyone, 21st Century Education and Skills and Sustainable Transport and Clean Air.

Tony Dyer - Green Party candidate for mayor


The prohibition of drugs doesn’t work. It does not protect society in any way and makes it more difficult to minimise the harm caused by drug use. Addicts are treated as criminals, rather than patients in need of treatment.

Every year, tens of thousands of people are put through the criminal justice system, needlessly clogging up the resources of the police, courts and prisons. Families are torn apart and people are made jobless and homeless just because they are criminalised by outdated laws. Drug barons are profiting from prohibition and using that money to corrupt those individuals and institutions that should protect society.

We believe that the current policy of prohibition remains unevaluated in terms of outcomes and value for money. We further believe that our enforcement led approach inhibits access to treatment and harm reduction services.

We recognise prohibition neither prevents nor controls drug use.

In fact, it directly leads to the unregulated peddling of adulterated substances beyond the reach of the law. The Green Party drugs policy accepts the reality of drug use and strives to minimise harm, both to the user and to society.

The Green Mayor will seek to redress these problems by working very closely with the elected Police Commissioner, the health authorities and local politicians, as well as the local groups and bodies in Bristol that support those addicted to drugs.

A Green mayor will

  • Support safe injecting rooms, reducing drug litter, and minimising the impact of dealing in affected communities

  • Work with the police and crime commissioner to try to ensure that police and public health budgets are spent according to value for money audits

  • Assist drug users out of the cycle of homelessness, drug use and criminality

  • Encourage decriminalisation of those found in possession of drugs - see Portugal

  • Ensure that alcohol, tobacco and prescription drugs are included in a city-wide drug strategy that includes all key stakeholders

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