Sadiq Khan slammed over plan to cut drug prosecutions – ‘Lead to lawlessness’


However, the Home Office said that decriminalisation would lead to “lead to lawlessness” and increase serious violence.

Downing Street also reiterated that the Government had “no intention of decriminalising dangerous and harmful substances”.

City Hall said the scheme was subject to final funding approval and “does not mean that the mayor is moving to decriminalise cannabis — something that he does not have the power to do”.

Sir Keir Starmer, the Labour leader also stated that he was not in favour of changing the law.

However, despite the condemnation the scheme is similar to another scheme started by the Metropolitan Police last year.

The Chance to Change programme, run by the Ministry of Justice, is also run in Yorkshire.

The Yorkshire scheme allows offenders accused of low-level drug use or other offences such as burglary or criminal damage to avoid a criminal record.

Although they do not have to admit guilt, offenders must agree to certain conditions such as rehabilitation or paying reparations. 

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Khan’s proposed London scheme, run by Volteface, would require young people stopped with cannabis to submit to certain conditions such as attending support services.


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