Bristol news Sadiq Khan 'congratulated' for discussing drug law by Bristol group PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - 'It's time that the UK caught up and looked at the evidence of what is working'
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A Bristol-based drug policy reform charity has congratulated Sadiq Khan for starting a discussion on drug law. Sadiq Khan has pledged to establish a drugs commission in London if re-elected, bringing together a group of independent experts for “fresh ideas” on drugs. However, Downing Street has said that Boris Johnson has “absolutely no intention of legalising cannabis” and insisted that policy on controlled drugs was a matter for central Government. But Jane Slater, deputy chief executive of Transform Drug Policy Foundation, has congratulated the London Mayor candidate for initiating this "important discussion". She added: "As more and more countries move to legalise cannabis and reform their failing drug laws, it's time that the UK caught up and looked at the evidence of what is working." The Guardian has reported that, according to a source close to the mayor, Mr Khan would be willing to consider supporting changes to the legal status of cannabis if that is the view of the commission. The news comes as the Bristol-based organisation has launched a new project with the Social Action Network BLAKSOX to work with black communities in London to ensure local voices take centre stage in the debate of drugs policy and reform. In a statement, it said: "This will provide vital insights for London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s proposed commission on cannabis. "In London, Black men are nine times more likely to be stopped and searched than white men. Over a third of all stop and search is for suspected possession of cannabis.
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.’ "Recent developments in the US and Canada have shown that legal cannabis markets can promote social justice and racial equality, but only if they are designed carefully. "States such as Michigan, New York and Nevada have legalised cannabis in ways that effectively promote social inclusion – but only after extensive engagement with communities previously most badly harmed by criminalisation." Get the biggest stories from across Bristol straight to your inbox The project will establish a programme of community engagement across London and lead to a range of co-produced outputs focusing on drug policy issues. James Nicholls, chief executive officer of Transform Drug Policy Foundation said:"We are delighted to be involved in this important partnership. "Drug policy urgently needs to be reformed, but change needs to promote social justice and racial equality. That can only happen if the communities who have been hardest hit by the racist consequences of drug prohibition are involved from the start. "We will be bringing over two decades of experience in drug policy analyses to the project, but our focus is to hear from the lived experiences of those who take part. "Coming alongside the proposed Mayoral Commission, this presents a unique opportunity to support positive, and long overdue, transformation."
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