Sadiq Khan has announced that he will launch a review looking at the issue of cannabis legalisation.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has pledged to ban gambling adverts from the tube if he is re-elected next month.
The former Tooting MP is planning to set up an independent London Drugs Commission which will investigate the potential health, economic and criminal justice benefits of decriminalising the Class B drug.
There is plenty of evidence to suggest that there is a large degree of public support for this, with surveys suggesting that nearly half of the country support the legalisation of the drug, including 63% of Londoners.
According to the Guardian, a source familiar with the matter said Khan would consider backing changes to British legislation based on findings from the Commission.
The policy is expected to be part of Khan's mayoral election manifesto, which is going to be published today.
He has, however, ruled out the decriminalisation of class-A drugs such as cocaine and heroin. In 2019, a cross-party Commons health committee also called for the government to consult on the decriminalisation of cannabis for personal use.
His campaign team are citing polls which show more than half of the United Kingdom and almost two-thirds of Londoners support decriminalising cannabis for adult recreational use.
However, formally adopting such a position could put him out of kilter with Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, who recently said he opposes decriminalisation.
The London drugs commission would be comprised of independent experts from criminal justice, public health, politics, community relations and academia. "The illegal drugs trade causes huge damage to our society - driving serious and violent crime, damaging people's health and criminalising too many young people", Khan said in a statement.