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Class B Drugs To Be "Decriminalized" In London

Class B Drugs To Be 'decriminalised' In London

There are plans to decriminalize cannabis and other class B drugs by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. As a trial, the decriminalization will only be launched in Lewisham, Bexley, and Greenwich.

This plan aims to lower the number of low-level drug convictions for people under 25 years of age.

The police will not arrest people found with cannabis, ketamine, and amphetamines during the trial period. Any young people in possession of these drugs will get counseling rather than court charges.

Class B Drugs To Be 'decriminalised' In London

That does not mean possession of these drugs will be legal. The drugs will only be decriminalized in what is referred to as a "diversion," meaning that the goal is to ensure drug users learn more about the dangers of these drugs.

For comparison, the scheme will be similar to the speed awareness courses drivers get.

According to statistics, 90% of drug-related prosecutions of young people between 2016 and 2020 were related to cannabis.

At the moment, those caught in possession of class B drugs can spend up to 5 years behind bars. Supply and production of these drugs can attract a maximum jail term of 14 years.

Later this month, people expect the mayor to announce the start of the trial. Apparently, Damien Egan, Lewisham's mayor, will oversee the project.

Class B Drugs To Be 'decriminalised' In London

During his re-election campaign, Khan had vowed to handle the decriminalization of cannabis in London. Research had already proved that the resources that went into dealing with the marijuana problem could be diverted towards more serious crimes.

The mayor had declared that it was time to try out fresh ideas about reducing the harm of drugs and drug-related crimes to families, communities, and even individuals.

The government, unfortunately, does not agree with this point of view. In fact, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Sir Keir Starmer, Labor leader, have opposed the decision to decriminalize class B drugs.

Last month, the prime minister promised that he would "come down tougher" on "problem drug users." On his part, although Starmer claimed he supported avoiding the prosecution of low-level criminals, he made it clear he was not going to entertain a relaxation of drug laws.