Sadiq Khan appoints drugs tsar to explore legalising cannabis

The London mayor made the announcement after visiting a cannabis factory in Los Angeles
Evening Standard (UK)
Thursday, May 12, 2022

Sadiq Khan has appointed a drugs tsar to explore the potential benefits of legalising cannabis. The mayor has asked Lord Falconer, formerly Lord Chancellor in Tony Blair’s government and a current member of Labour’s shadow cabinet, to lead a review of the law on the class B drug. Establishing a London drugs commission was a manifesto pledge and Mr Khan has previously called for an “evidence-based approach” to potential decriminalisation. Mr Khan said the commission would examine the effectiveness of UK drugs laws on cannabis and the potential for reducing “drug-related harm”. City Hall does not have the power to change the criminal law but could influence the debate. (Transform: London's cannabis commission: what can it actually achieve?)