UK Prime Minister Names Cannabis Legalization Advocate as Justice Advisor

Little more than a week into his premiership, Boris Johnson has tapped Blair Gibbs, one of the United Kingdom’s leading advocates of cannabis legalization, for a top post as special adviser on crime and justice policy. Since last November, Gibbs has worked as a senior policy advisor with the London-based industry group Centre For Medicinal Cannabis. But now, Gibbs will step down from his consulting and advisory role with the Centre to join the Johnson administration on August 12.

Will Gibbs Reshape Tory Prime Minister’s Conservative Stance on Cannabis?

The appointment of Blair Gibbs to the post of special adviser on crime and justice policy puts a long-time cannabis reform and legalization advocate in a key position close to the UK’s new prime minister. But in his own political career, Johnson has adopted a very conservative stance against cannabis. Previously, Johnson admitted to smoking “quite a few spliffs” in his teenage years, saying “it was jolly nice.” Now, however, the Conservative Tory says he’s “become very illiberal about it.”

At the moment, it’s unclear to what extent Gibbs will be able to shift Johnson’s attitude on cannabis legalization. It’s possible that Johnson appointed Gibbs to the important post in his

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