Highly potent 'skunk'

MQT on 2017-09-14
Session date: 
September 14, 2017
Question By: 
Tony Devenish
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Has the Mayor read the recent Lancet Psychiatry article on 'skunk', where it was reported that a quarter of new cases of psychosis were caused by this highly potent form of cannabis? What practical steps can the Mayor take to tackle such cannabis abuse?


Answer for Highly potent 'skunk'

Answer for Highly potent 'skunk'

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I share concerns over the growing evidence that links the use of high potency THC cannabis to psychosis and other mental health problems.

My Health Inequalities Strategy, currently out for consultation, commits me to supporting efforts to reduce drug use, especially among young people. 

The work of my Healthy Schools London programme supports schools in delivering evidence based drug education to their pupils.

I am also spearheading the Thrive London movement that will bring partners together to improve mental health and well-being across the capital. This work includes addressing the problems of vulnerable people and drug use.

Funding for drugs work sits mainly with local boroughs, supported by Public Health England and national campaigns such as FRANK (the national drug education service).  Where opportunities exist I will support their work in reducing the harm drugs cause individuals and London's communities.