All Party Parliamentary Group
for Drug Policy Reform


Founded in January 2011


To discuss drug policy reform based on available evidence and with a health focus.

The Position of the Group Being

  • That the global war on drugs has failed

  • That we will work for drug policy reform

  • That the Group will draw upon available evidence and experience in order to inform our recommendations



The work of the APPG
for Drug Policy Reform has
been supported by funding
from the Open Society Fund
and the AB Charitable Trust

Medical Cannabis Reports

Inquiry Report by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Drug Policy Reform (Sept 2016)

The APPG Report calls on the UK government to legalise medical cannabis based on the results of their 7 month inquiry into the issue and on the findings of an independent review of global evidence commissioned by them that ran alongside the Inquiry.

Review of the evidence of the effectiveness of medicinal cannabis (May 2016)

Written by Professor Michael P Barnes MD FRCP, Honorary Professor of Neurological Rehabilitation, Newcastle University and Dr Jennifer C Barnes DPsychol, Clinical Psychologist, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust.

A Report by Britain’s top expert on medicinal cannabis, issued by the APPG (June 2015)

By Professor Val Curran and Frank Warburton. The Report sets out The Medical and Financial Case for Reform. It argues that patients are suffering unnecessarily and others in pain are travelling abroad to find the cannabis they need.