Work ‘still unconvinced’ of need to decriminalize cannabis, says Ed Miliband

Labor is “still not convinced” of the need to decriminalize cannabis, said Ed Miliband.

The former leader – who had previously supported legalization of the drug – spoke out after a discussion about Sadiq Khan’s decision to create a commission to look into the issue.

The Mayor of London announced during a visit to America that former minister Lord Falconer will chair a commission that will look into current cannabis laws.

But that has provoked an angry reaction from many members of the shadow cabinet, including Yvette Cooper and Wes Streeting, who believe it risks making Labor look lenient on crime.

“Yvette is furious about this,” a labor source told HuffPost UK. “People are just rolling their eyes because it’s definitely not the official party line.”

Asked if he would like to see marijuana legalized, Miliband said: “That’s not the Labor Party’s position, no.

“We welcome Sadiq looking into these issues because this debate continues and must continue.”

He added: “I’ve said in the past that this is something that needs to be looked into, I think you probably know that.

“But the position of the Labor shadow cabinet, which is a position that I support as a member of the shadow cabinet, is that we are not yet convinced of the case for moving forward with decriminalization, but obviously we will see what Lord Faconer’s commission has to say. .”

During his trip to the US, the Mayor of London visited a cannabis dispensary in California – where the drug is legal for medical and recreational use by adults – which he described as “fascinating”.

Khan told the BBC: “We need to have an honest and open conversation about the evidence regarding 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 is with the drug commission that we have now created.

“You can listen to the experts, that’s one thing, but seeing it for yourself…hearing from those who grow and grow this plant has been fascinating.”

Home Secretary Priti Patel was one of several senior conservatives who were quick to criticize Khan for his intervention, saying his time would be “better spent focusing on knife and drug crimes in London”.

“The mayor has no powers to legalize drugs,” she tweeted. “They ruin communities, destroy families and destroy lives.”

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