Drugs

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-02-25
Session date: 
February 25, 2019
Reference: 
2019/3868
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

In view of violence associated with the drug trade, especially in London, what is your view of the experience of New York and of Portugal about decriminalising certain categories of drugs? https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/dec/05/portugals-radical-drugs-policy-is-working-why-hasnt-the-world-copied-it

Answers

Answer for Drugs

Answer for Drugs

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Officers are drafting a response.

Drugs

Drugs

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The de-criminalisation of drugs proposed within the article is not within my remit as Mayor of London.  However, I recognise that drug use and associated violent crime is complex and cannot be tackled by one agency alone.  In my Police and Crime Plan I support multi-agency approaches to reduce harm.  Clearly, there is a link between crime and drug use and the Met supports referral into treatment to break the cycle of offending.  The way drug intervention operates across London is currently being reviewed by MOPAC; a final report is expected soon, which will make recommendations for use by all London partners.

Any changes to the law and policing of drugs must be carefully considered, and I will continue to discuss the best solutions to drive down crime and keep vulnerable people safe with the MPS.