By the time the UK’s immigration legislation was announced last year, the drug problem in the country had become a national scandal, and the country was being accused of allowing its citizens to buy drugs on the black market.
The UK’s Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, said that it was “time to tackle the scourge of drug trafficking in the UK”.
“The UK is the first country in the world to legislate for a safe and secure future for its citizens by allowing citizens to legally import drugs from overseas,” she said.
“This legislation will help to put an end to the scourge in the United Kingdom and help stop the sale of illegal drugs in our country.”
The Home Secretary’s remarks come after the Government announced plans to reform the immigration system, but it is likely to face a difficult task.
The UK has already passed laws that allow for some people to import drugs under certain circumstances, but there is no national policy to tackle those who are importing drugs from outside of the country.
The first country to legalise the importation of drugs from abroad, New Zealand, was the only country in Europe to do so, according to a 2015 study.
However, the New Zealand Government has since been accused of “misleading the public” about the policy.
Since the introduction of the drugs ban, the UK has seen an influx of people coming to the UK, with people buying drugs on eBay, and selling them on street corners, and people who are selling drugs on their mobile phones.
According to a report by the Centre for Policy Studies, around 500 people were arrested in 2015 in the run-up to the drugs crackdown, and police confiscated $1.3bn worth of drugs in the first nine months of 2016.
In May, Home Secretary Amber Rudd said the Government would bring forward legislation that would allow the import and sale of drugs “under certain circumstances”, in an attempt to help reduce the supply of drugs.