Sadiq Khan to launch review into legalising cannabis in London

Modesto Morganelli
Aprile 8, 2021

London mayor Sadiq Khan has announced he will launch a commission to determine whether cannabis should be legalised in London, the Guardian reported on Monday.

The former Tooting MP is planning to set up an independent London Drugs Commission which will investigate the potential health, economic and criminal justice benefits of decriminalising the Class B drug.

According to the Guardian, a source familiar with the matter said Khan would consider backing changes to British legislation based on findings from the Commission.

The Labour Mayor, who is fighting off competition for City Hall from 19 candidates including Tory Shaun Bailey and actor Laurence Fox, believes there is huge public support for a more relaxed approach to decriminalisation.

Mr Khan's plans to launch a commission into the decriminalisation of cannabis comes after a poll found that more than half of the United Kingdom - and almost two-thirds of those in the capital - support legalising the drug for recreational use.

Sadiq Khan will propose the idea as part of his mayoral election manifesto which is due to be published today (April 6).

He has, however, ruled out the decriminalisation of class-A drugs such as cocaine and heroin.

If (and it's a big if) the independent commission, which would be made up of experts from criminal justice, public health, politics and community relations, supported the legalisation of the drug, London would be far from the first place to do so.

The London Drugs Commission would report to the Mayor with recommendations on public policy for numerous sectors of the United Kingdom government, the report added. "The illegal drugs trade causes huge damage to our society - driving serious and violent crime, damaging people's health and criminalising too many young people", Khan said in a statement.

Sir Keir Starmer has called the current drugs laws "roughly right", but added there was "always room for a grown-up debate about how we deal with these cases".

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