HC Deb 14 June 1982 vol 25 c186W
Mr. Wheeler

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department which. European Community countries either take no action or allow the possession of small amounts or the free use of cannabis for personal use.

Mr. Mayhew

No country in the European Community allows the free use of cannabis for personal consumption. However, the extent to which controls over its use are implemented varies. At a Ministerial meeting in November 1981 of the European Co-operation Group to combat drug abuse and illicit trafficking in drugs (which comprises the ten members of the European Community, Sweden and Turkey) it was agreed that any attempt to legalise cannabis (except for possible therepeutic purposes or research) should be opposed, but the methods of controlling the use of it and traffic in it should be reviewed, this review is in progress.