Sadiq Khan: Time for cannabis rethink to cut violent crime

A report from MPs on the Commons health committee called for a government consultation on decriminalising drug possession for personal use
Evening Standard (UK)
Friday, November 1, 2019

London Mayor Sadiq Khan called for a rethink on cannabis laws and policing amid concern about the links between drugs and violent crime. The Mayor softened his stance on the class B drug by calling for an “evidence-based conversation” about legislation and enforcement. He said the Evening Standard’s investigation into reforming the laws on cannabis had shown how attitudes were changing. It found that 63 per cent of Londoners back its legalisation for adult recreational use. Mr Khan, who last year said he was opposed to relaxing the rules on recreational use, told the Standard: “The time is right for our society to have an evidence-based conversation about cannabis — about the law, how it is enforced, and how we support those struggling with addiction."