London Cannabis May Be Decriminalised Soon

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The UK remains in the Stone Age regarding cannabis policy. However, London Mayor Sadiq Khan hopes to take the first baby steps in the right direction by launching a limited decriminalisation scheme. Yet to be approved, the initiative would do away with criminal punishments for young people caught possessing small amounts of cannabis in three different London boroughs. Related Post Collecting Genetics in Parvati – Part 1 Will Cannabis Be Decriminalised In London? Announcing the scheme, the Mayor’s Office said it has neither the authority nor the intention to decriminalise cannabis in London but is interested in trying alternative approaches to drugs. “This limited trial, which is still in development and has yet to be approved by City Hall, would involve three of London’s 32 boroughs and would only apply to 18 to 24-year-olds found in possession of a small amount of cannabis. It would not apply to any other drug,” said a spokesperson. “The idea of the scheme, which is already used by other police forces across the country, would be to divert young people who are found with a small amount of cannabis away from the criminal justice system and instead provide help and support. This has been shown to reduce reoffending.” During his successful re-election campaign last year, Khan promised to establish a commission to review the potential harms and benefits of cannabis decriminalisation in London. Should the commission recommend the cessation of criminal punishment for cannabis possession, a mayoral endorsement could help to put the issue at the forefront of the political agenda. However, it would not be enough to formally change weed’s legal status. Unfortunately, the prospect of any change to existing cannabis laws in London or elsewhere in the UK appears slim, with both the Prime Minister and the opposition leader voicing their disapproval…

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