Sadiq Khan Launches ‘London Drugs Commission’ To Look Into Legalising Cannabis

Jesse Williams

By Jesse Williams

Jesse Williams

12 May 2022

London mayor Sadiq Khan has started a commission who will look into decriminalising cannabis in the UK.

The announcement was made after visiting a cannabis factory in Los Angeles – where weed has been legal since 2016 – on a tourism and trade mission to the US.

Part of his manifesto pledge, Khan has previously called for an “evidence-based approach” to potential decriminalisation.

Mr Khan said: “We need to have an honest, open conversation about the evidence in relation to the history of cannabis and our laws in the UK and our experience of the health consequences in relation to crime and the community.

“The best way to do that will be with the drugs commission we’ve now set up.

“You can hear from the experts, that’s one thing, but seeing it for yourself … hearing from those who cultivate and grow this plant has been fascinating.”

Former justice secretary Lord Charlie Falconer QC will chair the London Drugs Commission.