MPs are to debate government policy on drugs in the House of Commons later.
A group of backbench MPs from all parties will call on the government to conduct a review of the “failing” 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act during the debate, brought by Green MP Caroline Lucas.
It comes as the Home Office publishes two separate reports into different approaches to drug misuse around the world and legal highs in the UK.
The Home Office has said it is not considering any shift in drugs policy.
But MPs want a review to be published within the next 12 months.
Thursday’s debate was agreed to by the Commons Backbench Business Committee – after an e-petition calling for an impact assessment of drugs laws was signed by 135,000 people – and its conclusions will not be binding on the government.
But the symbolically important session will focus attention on UK attitudes towards drugs and highlight coalition divisions between the Conservatives and their Lib Dem coalition partners.
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