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Marijuana and the 2016 US Presidency

Marijuana and the 2016 US Presidency

Who offers the best solution to prohibition? 2016 looks to be a big year for political shift in the United States, with the many unique presidential candidates offering new opinions and ideals. One major issue is marijuana, and the potential for legalising or decriminalising it at a federal or state scale. Let’s have a look

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The burning conservative case for legalising cannabis

Pressure for cannabis law reform is gaining international momentum – and Britain is no exception. Last week saw over 100,000 people petitioning the government to introduce a legal and regulated cannabis market. Meanwhile Durham’s police commissioner, Ron Hogg, stated a preference for deprioritising tokers and small-scale growers to “break that cycle [of criminalisation] whilst also

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The Conservative Christian Approach to Marijuana Law Reform in Texas

I’ve lived in Texas my entire life, and that’s something I’m proud of. Texas is a wonderful place with friendly people that have always wanted what was best for our state, especially when it comes to economics, quality of life, and overall beauty. But, why is Marijuana not a part of this? That is the

Indonesia executed eight people for drug offenses in April

Mass Executions of Drug Offenders Won’t Help Indonesia

Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo was elected in July 2014. Hailed as a man of the people, his campaign was built on a platform of human rights. He updated Jakarta’s drainage system, kick-started health care reform, and built a reputation as a leader who implements policies based on pragmatism and common sense. But on January

Johann Hari's new book, Chasing The Scream

Interview: Johann Hari, Author of Chasing The Scream

Johann Hari, journalist and writer, has spent the past three years travelling the world to discover the origins, uncover the secrets, and debunk the myths, of the War on Drugs. Along the way, he encountered a host of fascinating individuals – from drug policy reformists, to cartel gangsters, to police chiefs, to addicts – and

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Psychiatry, Psychedelics, and Propaganda: An Evening with Professor David Nutt

The prohibition of psychedelic drugs is “the worst censorship of science ever”, Professor David Nutt declared yesterday during a lecture at the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCP). “I don’t think you can understand the brain,” he asserted, “without understanding the psychedelic experience”. As I sat among some of Britain’s most distinguished psychiatrists, it was odd

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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

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