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Theresa May: The new UK leader’s drug policy

Theresa May: The new UK leader’s drug policy

Theresa May is set to become prime minister of the United Kingdom tomorrow. While serving as home secretary, May has supported a prohibitionist approach to drugs, and has overseen the annual number of drug deaths rising to its highest level since 1993. In 2010, Theresa May was appointed as home secretary, a cabinet position which

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UK ‘legal highs’ ban to crackdown harshly on prison inmates

As the UK’s heavily-derided ‘legal highs’ ban takes effect, prisoners found in possession of these substances will face the prospect of an increased sentence, while the general public receive no criminal record for the same offence. The Psychoactive Substances Act (PSA), described by civil society groups as “unworkable, unwieldy, and [likely to] increase health and

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Ireland Drugs Minister: Decriminalise heroin, cocaine, cannabis possession

The Republic of Ireland will decriminalise the possession of many drugs – including heroin, cocaine, and cannabis – for personal use, the country’s Drugs Minister has proclaimed.

Contrary to common belief, marijuana is not legal in the Netherlands, but decriminalised.

What is the difference between legalisation and decriminalisation?

In the debate over drug policy reform, we often hear the words ‘decriminalisation’ and ‘legalisation’ being used. Both are alternatives to prohibition, however they vary significantly. Below are some of the key differences. (Note: Specific legislation may vary by jurisdiction) [table id=2/]

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The UK’s War on Drugs is a Tool of State Oppression

Drug prohibition – the illegality of many psychoactive substances – is an accepted norm in the UK, although this hasn’t been the case for long. In 1971, Parliament passed the Misuse of Drugs Act; the first major national prohibition legislation, and the cornerstone of the British war on drugs. A few amendments have been added

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The Importance of the WHO’s Call for Drug Decriminalisation

Last week, the World Health Organisation (WHO) called for the decriminalisation of drug use. This is one of the most significant developments in drug policy reform, as the United Nations – the WHO’s parent organisation – was responsible for creating the international laws that form the basis of global drug prohibition. In 1961, the UN

Despite drug policy reforms, the U.S. continues to imprison almost half a million drug offenders each year

The Prohibition Post: An Introduction

Today, Thursday June 26th 2014, is the Global Day of Action against the War on Drugs. Activists, experts, politicians, and celebrities from around the world are calling for and end to prohibition; a destructive policy that costs countless lives and billions of dollars each year. Today, The Prohibition Post has been launched – to document

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