Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP

Member of Parliament for Streatham (and parts of Balham, Clapham Common, Tulse Hill and Brixton Hill)
Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Clapham & Brixton Hill

Drugs Policy Reform: Cannabis Europa at the Barbican

May 2, 2023 | Campaigns

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Bell on a panel at the Cannabis Europa Convention in London.

For some years now, Cannabis Europa has brought together scientific experts, advocacy groups, politicians and figures from the European cannabis industry. I took part in a panel discussing the need for drugs policy reform in the UK context and a new approach to cannabis which prioritises evidence, justice, and harm reduction. When the status quo of UK drugs policy is Black teenagers getting strip searched because someone smells cannabis whilst each year brings a new record of drug-related deaths, it’s clearly time for a grown-up conversation about our approach to drugs policy and the harm it does to communities.