Turns out Mayor of London Sadiq Khan is somewhat of a green thumb.
The British politician — who has served in the role since 2016 — paid an unlikely visit to a cannabis facility in Los Angeles on Wednesday.
Khan recently appointed former minister Charlie Falconer to investigate the possible decriminalization of weed in London.
The mayor is looking to legalize lighting up joints in London as he hopes the city’s first-ever Drugs Commission will help put his vision into fruition.
Khan said he has an “open mind” about potentially legalizing the class B drug in the capital, and his visit to the pot facility proved he’s serious about exploring the idea.
“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,” Khan said in a press release. “That’s why I am here today in LA to see first-hand the approach they have taken to cannabis.”
“We must learn from others when considering our approach,” the Mayor of London added.
LA decriminalized cannabis in 2016, which saw cannabis-related arrests drop by a whopping 56 percent in California.
In 2018, the laid-back regulations allowed licensed stores to sell the class B drug in small doses.
During Khan’s visit, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, said in a statement, “The decriminalization and legalization of cannabis offers historically marginalized communities opportunities for healing, entrepreneurship, and wealth creation in this growing industry.”
Garcetti said he applauds “Mayor Khan’s thoughtful approach as London moves forward.”
Possession of weed — currently listed as a class B drug in the UK — could land a pothead in the slammer for a maximum of five years.
London’s Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Sophie Linden, said the move is “vital” as it reduces “the harm and misery caused by the illegal drugs industry in London.”
But decriminalizing puffing on doobies in London hasn’t gone over well with Labour Party leader Keir Starmer.
Starmer, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s opposition leader, told the Telegraph in January, “On the drugs legislation, I’ve said a number of times and I will say again: I’m not in favor of us changing the law or decriminalization. I’m very clear about that.”
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