Sadiq Khan will set up a brand new fee to look at the usage of medicine within the capital if he’s re-elected as mayor of London subsequent month.
The Labour incumbent has pledged to begin the group of impartial consultants for “recent concepts” if he wins a brand new mandate within the Could 6 election.
These consultants from fields together with felony justice, neighborhood relations and public well being, will study proof on the harms of medication, help providers and prevention, the effectiveness of present legal guidelines in addition to tackling the basis causes of crime.
It might be anticipated to report back to the Mayor with coverage suggestions together with for Metropolis Corridor, the police, well being providers and central Authorities.
The Guardian reported that in response to a supply near the mayor, Mr Khan could be keen to contemplate supporting modifications to the authorized standing of hashish if that’s the view of the fee.
This view relating to the category B drug might differ from different members of his social gathering after Labour chief Sir Keir Starmer mentioned he didn’t help decriminalising the possession of hashish.
Nevertheless, Sir Keir mentioned in February there “could also be one thing” in initiatives to difficulty cautions for low-level crimes and there may be “all the time room for grown-up debate” on the problem.
If re-elected, the work of Mr Khan’s fee would construct on analysis assessing how efficient hashish enforcement is at tackling violence within the capital.
Mr Khan mentioned: “It is time for recent concepts about the way to cut back the harms medicine and drug-related crimes trigger to people, households and communities.
“The unlawful medicine commerce causes large harm to our society – driving severe and violent crime, damaging individuals’s well being and criminalising too many younger individuals.
“That is why, if I am re-elected, I’ll set up a brand new London Medicine Fee comprised of impartial consultants to look at the most recent proof from world wide.
“The fee will make suggestions specializing in the best legal guidelines to sort out crime, defend Londoners’ well being and cut back the massive harm that unlawful medicine, together with hashish, trigger to our communities and society.”