• January 19, 2022
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  • Sadiq Khan ‘could back cannabis decriminalisation in London boroughs’

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    Sadiq Khan could back decriminalising cannabis in certain London boroughs under a new pilot scheme, according to reports.

    The move could see those aged 18 to 24 found with “small” amounts of cannabis in LewishamGreenwich and Bexley offered speeding course-style classes or counselling instead of arrest.

    The pilot could be announced this month, and is being spearheaded by Damien Egan, the mayor of Lewisham, the Telegraph reports.

    The project could then be funded by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC). But a City Hall spokesperson denied that the proposed move would amount to decriminalisation, which the Mayor does not have legislative powers to do. The Government said on Tuesday that it has “no intention to decriminalise drugs in any way”.

    Similar pre-custody “diversion schemes” for drug users have worked successfully elsewhere, including in Thames Valley.

    While a similar intervention scheme for women offenders to divert them away from prison has taken place in London, this would reportedly be the first such drugs diversion scheme in the capital.

    City Hall said the scheme was a “limited trial” and “still in development and simply means that 18 to 24 year olds found with small amounts of cannabis would be diverted to receive help which is shown to reduce offending”.

    Read full article here: https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/sadiq-khan-cannabis-pilot-lewisham-decriminalisation-reports-b974800.html?mc_cid=2a01f70477&mc_eid=e2114bb512

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