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Giving the Green Light to Legal Cannabis

  • Chester Suite - Midland Hotel 16 Peter St Manchester United Kingdom (map)

The Adam Smith Institute are hosting a series of panel discussions and debates at the Conservative Party Conference 2019 that are free to attend for any Conservative Party Conference attendees. To find out more, email

This joint panel with the Conservative Drug Policy Reform Group will look at evidence from cannabis legalisation across the world.

The case for cannabis legalisation is powerful. Criminalisation has increased organised crime, created stronger strains, and led to undesirable street dealing. More Britons support a legal, regulated cannabis market than oppose it. International experience underlines the importance of a regulatory system that is simple to understand, adequately resourced, and properly planned. We must ensure evidence, not hyperbole, guides the debate around the future of Britain’s recreational cannabis market.


Liz McCulloch, Director of Policy, Volteface (chair)
Crispin Blunt MP
Andrew Mitchell MP
Rob Wilson, CEO, CDPRG
George McBride, Co-Founder, Hanway Associates

It's sure to be an interesting discussion, and we hope you'll be around to see it. We're hosting it inside the Secure Zone (so you'll need a conference pass) in the Chester Suite of the Midland Hotel. All of our other events will also be in the Chester Suite!

The event's free to attend, no need to RSVP, just turn up at 12:45pm.

Earlier Event: 30 September
Build Our Way Out: Fixing the Housing Crisis
Later Event: 1 October
Just Say No (to the Nanny State)