London Mayor Sadiq Khan Checks Out A Cannabis Farm In California & The Labour Party Are On Repeat When It Comes To Cannabis Regulation

London’s Metro newspaper is very excited by the fact that Khan is in Cali looking at cannabis farms.

Their reporting illustrates the gulf between the can-do Californians who are getting on with the reality and difficulties of creating a regulated market after 100 years of prohibition, as we suspect Khan would like to do.

Meanwhile, the UK press sniggers in order to sell papers and clickbait and Labour trot out the same old garbage that just emboldens the black market in the UK, which, we suggest, will be minting money, increasing gun and knife violence exponentially in the UK over the next however many years.

Until we have more politicians like Khan who actually want to sort out the problem rather than arse about the status quo will mean more deaths, more wasted taxpayers money, more corruption, more adulterated cannabis(again wasting taxpayers money via the NHS) and the list goes on and on and on.

The Metro

The mayor of London has launched a new group assessing the effectiveness of drug laws in the UK.

To accompany the announcement he has been pictured visiting a cannabis farm in Los Angeles, California, in a set of rather artistic photographs.

Sadiq Khan is considering a new pilot scheme in a small part of the capital which would see young people caught with cannabis offered speeding course-style classes or counselling instead of arrest.

Mr Khan, speaking at the Traditional cannabis dispensary and cultivation centre in downtown LA, said an ‘honest, open’ conversation was needed about UK cannabis laws, adding visiting the facility was ‘fascinating’.

LA decriminalised cannabis in 2016, and after this arrests related to the drug in California dropped by 56%.

‘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,’ he said.

‘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.’

Sadiq Khan debates making cannabis legal on trip to LA marijuana farm
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan walks through cannabis plants which are being legally cultivated at 'Traditional' a licensed factory in Los Angeles where the mayor was seeing for himself how legalised cannabis production operates in California on day 3 of a planned 5 day visit to the US. Picture date: Wednesday May 11, 2022. PA Photo. The mayor of London has visited New York and Silicon Valley, California, before making his way to Los Angeles and hopes to also use the trip to attract investment to the capital. See PA story POLITICS Khan. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
Sadiq Khan has announced a new group assessing the effectiveness of drug laws in the UK (Picture: PA)
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan walks through cannabis plants which are being legally cultivated at 'Traditional' a licensed factory in Los Angeles where the mayor was seeing for himself how legalised cannabis production operates in California on day 3 of a planned 5 day visit to the US. Picture date: Wednesday May 11, 2022. PA Photo. The mayor of London has visited New York and Silicon Valley, California, before making his way to Los Angeles and hopes to also use the trip to attract investment to the capital. See PA story POLITICS Khan. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
He visited the Traditional cannabis dispensary and cultivation centre in downtown LA, California (Picture: PA)
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan walks through cannabis plants which are being legally cultivated at 'Traditional' a licensed factory in Los Angeles where the mayor was seeing for himself how legalised cannabis production operates in California on day 3 of a planned 5 day visit to the US. Picture date: Wednesday May 11, 2022. PA Photo. The mayor of London has visited New York and Silicon Valley, California, before making his way to Los Angeles and hopes to also use the trip to attract investment to the capital. See PA story POLITICS Khan. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
He did pull some strange faces on a photoshoot during his visit (Picture: PA)
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan at Traditional, a licensed cannabis cultivation business in Los Angeles during a visit to the US in a bid to boost London's tourism industry. Picture date: Wednesday May 11, 2022. PA Photo. The mayor of London visted New York and Silicon Valley, California, before making his way to Los Angeles and hopes to also use the trip to attract investment to the capital. See PA story POLITICS Khan. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
LA decriminalised cannabis in 2016, and after this arrests related to the drug in California dropped by 56% (Picture: PA)

He announced Lord Charlie Falconer QC will be the chair of the first ever London Drugs Commission.

The commission will not look at Class A drugs, but will analyse Class B and C drugs with a particular focus on cannabis.

The move puts him in conflict with Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, who has previously said he is against softening the law.

Speaking about the LA facility, Mr Khan continued: ‘[It] is quite clearly heavily regulated, there are really high standards, no corners are being cut, they’re readily inspected by the city, by the experts.

‘It’s important to see for ourselves what the parallel world of legalised cannabis looks like as a compare and contrast.

‘What I hope the London Drugs Commission will do is look [at] what happens elsewhere in the world where the laws have been changed.’

Sadiq Khan visits cannabis farm in Los Angeles
Cannabis is currently classed as a class B drug in the UK, with a maximum sentence of five years in prison for possession (Picture: PA)
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan at Traditional, a licensed cannabis cultivation business in Los Angeles during a visit to the US in a bid to boost London's tourism industry. Picture date: Wednesday May 11, 2022. PA Photo. The mayor of London visted New York and Silicon Valley, California, before making his way to Los Angeles and hopes to also use the trip to attract investment to the capital. See PA story POLITICS Khan. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
The new panel will not consider Class A drugs, but will analyse Class B and C drugs with a particular focus on cannabis (Picture: PA)
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan at Traditional, a licensed cannabis cultivation business in Los Angeles during a visit to the US in a bid to boost London's tourism industry. Picture date: Wednesday May 11, 2022. PA Photo. The mayor of London visted New York and Silicon Valley, California, before making his way to Los Angeles and hopes to also use the trip to attract investment to the capital. See PA story POLITICS Khan. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
The effect on criminal justice, health and the economy of decriminalising Class B and C drugs will be considered by the new commission (Picture: PA)

A Labour Party spokesperson contacted Metro.co.uk to insist: ‘Labour does not support changing the law on drugs.

‘Drugs policy is not devolved to mayors and under Labour would continue to be set by national government.’

Cannabis is currently classed as a class B drug in the UK, with a maximum sentence of five years in prison for possession.

University College London will provide evidence and assessment to the new panel about the effects of any changes in UK drug laws on criminal justice, health and the economy.

Chair Lord Falconer said: ‘I’m honoured to have been appointed chair of the London Drugs Commission.

Source. https://metro.co.uk/2022/05/12/sadiq-khan-debates-decriminalising-cannabis-while-at-marijuana-farm-16629420/

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