“Labour does not support changing the law on drugs,” a representative for the party said in response to the London mayor’s remarks.
The Labour spokesperson continued: “Drugs policy is not devolved to mayors and under Labour would continue to be set by national government.”
A new London Drugs Commission, established by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, is looking into the possibility of decriminalising cannabis in the UK.
The panel intends to give suggestions and recommendations to City Hall, the Government, the Police Department, the Criminal Justice System, and the Public Health Services are all involved.
It was a “fascinating” experience for London Mayor Sadiq Khan to visit a cannabis store in California and meet with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, whom he characterised as “fascinating.”
The illicit drug trade was referred to as a “epidemic” by Mr Khan.
He said: “The illegal drugs trade causes huge damage to our society and we need to do more to tackle this epidemic and further the debate around our drugs laws.
“That’s why I am here today in LA, to see first-hand the approach they have taken to cannabis.”
He added: “We need to have an honest, open conversation about the evidence in relation to the history of cannabis and our laws in the UK and our experience of the health consequences in relation to crime and the community.
“The best way to do that will be with the drugs commission we’ve now set up.
“You can hear from the experts, that’s one thing, but seeing it for yourself … hearing from those who cultivate and grow this plant has been fascinating.”
Mr Khan was criticised by top Tories as well as members of his own party, who pulled the rug out from under him.
As London’s knife crime rate rises to all-time highs, this announcement is timely.
Despite a nationwide lockdown, the number of teens slain in London in 2021 reached its highest level since 2008.
Teen murder totaled 30 in the capital, with 27 of the deaths coming from stabbings.
“Mr Khan’s time would be better spent focusing on knife and drug crime in London,” UK Home Secretary Priti Patel said.
She added: “The mayor has no powers to legalise drugs.
“They ruin communities, tear apart families and destroy lives.”