Cannabis and speed possession to be decriminalised in London

Cannabis and speed possession to be decriminalised in London

January 4, 2022 0

What happened:

 London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan plans to launch a scheme for people found in possession of cannabis, speed, and ketamine by decriminalizing them and encouraging the youth to opt for counseling instead. In February, Sadiq Khan will launch the scheme that will offer counseling instead of arresting youngsters under-25 caught with the drugs, according to The Telegraph’s report. London police officers will also be instructed to not arrest young people caught with ketamine, speed, or cannabis through the scheme. 

Details:

However, the drug offenders will be taken to their homes, evading the police custody. It is pertinent to mention that in December, Boris Johnson, while talking about the drug users in the country, said, “Through this scheme, we aim to target the lifestyle drug users and we are going to be coming down tougher on them.” On the other hand, Independent UK’s report quotes Boris Johnson’s spokesperson saying, “Decriminalisation would leave organised criminals in control while risking an increase in drug use, which drives a climate of violence.”

What else:

At the same time, it is still unclear when Sadiq Khan will announce the scheme. Whereas, Lad Bible quotes a spokesperson for the London Mayor as, “We know that we’ll never be able to simply arrest our way out of the problem, which is why we continue to work on schemes that provide young people with support and education.” 

Rana Abdullah Hammad
Rana Abdullah Hammad
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