People may be under the impression that this would encourage drug taking, but it wouldn’t.
Why wouldn't it?
If I woke up one morning and thought I'd like to dip my toe into the water and try a bit of coke to see what all the fuss was about, I might think twice if that involved seeking out and then approaching/dealing with criminal gangs and the possibility of getting nicked and strip searched by Canny ( ). That alone would deter me.
But if they were legally available from an NHS clinic where's that "stop and think" moment?