Sadiq Khan and Ed Miliband throw up their hands like a pair of basket cases


SADIQ Khan and Ed Miliband throw up their hands like a pair of basket cases.

The London Mayor has courted ­controversy by saying he’d think about legalising cannabis.

Sadiq Khan and Ed Miliband at a basketball court in London

After a basketball knockabout with the Labour MP, he said he will explore the benefits of lifting the ban on weed.

But No10 said the mayor has no hoop of getting the plan passed. 

The Labour mayor – a self declared pot smoker in his youth – said he would launch an independent London drugs commission to explore the economic and social benefits to legalising weed.

Mayoral sources say “nothing if off the table” which could see the capital mirror the cannabis cafes of Amsterdam or the like California in the US, which has seen a massive tax boost in legalising the psychedelic herb.

If he wins the May 6 election the commission would look into the potential health, economic and criminal justice benefits of decriminalising the class-B drug.

Mr Khan believes there is widespread public support for a more relaxed approach to decriminalisation, citing polls showing more than half of the UK – and nearly two-thirds of those in the capital – support legalising cannabis for adult recreational use.

The mayor admitted in 2018 in a radio interview that he smoked cannabis on a trip to Amsterdam.

When he was asked if he smoked, he replied: “I have, in Amsterdam a long, long time ago when I was a lot younger.

The Mayor of London and the Labour MP playing basketball

“I was young once and I’m not a prude. And I did inhale as well.”

But No10 poured cold water over any proposals saying the Mayor was “wasting his time.” The PM’s Press Secretary Allegra Stratton said drug classification was for central government and there are “no plans to devolve this responsibility.” 

She added: “Illicit drugs destroy lives and he (the PM) has absolutely no intention of legalising cannabis, which is a harmful substance.” 

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