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The report was published by King's College London.

Marijuana Misconceptions in the Skunk Study

Marijuana Misconceptions in the Skunk Study

The recent report by King’s College London into the effects of cannabis on mental health has been widely reported by the media in the last few days. Many media sources have opted for  sensationalist and fear-inducing headlines, such as “Users THREE TIMES more likely to develop psychosis if use stronger strains of Skunk cannabis”. While

Woman smoking marijuana (stock image)

Today’s BBC Article About Skunk is Objectively Terrible. Here’s Why.

“Good science should be about proving something beyond any reasonable doubt, not about drawing hasty conclusions because of a correlation.”   I was very disappointed to see that the BBC decided to run this story about the dangers of skunk today – not because it says something bad about marijuana, but because it’s actually based

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

Professor David Nutt

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

The Parliament of the Victoria state government in south Australia.

Move to Legalise Medical Marijuana in Australian State

Legislators are beginning the process of introducing a medical marijuana programme in Victoria, one of Australia’s most populated states. The Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews, has begun working alongside the Law Reform Commission to devise a bill which will be presented to the state’s Parliament in 2015. If successfully passed, the new law would allow

Malaysia has some of the harshest drug laws in the world.

Moving the Needle on Drug Policy in Asia

Bad drug policies can drive health crises and damage individuals and communities. They can also become the regional norm as countries copy their neighbors. Asia boasts some of the harshest laws in the world, including the death penalty for drugs and caning of drug users. These laws steer people away from lifesaving health services and fill

A poster supporting marijuana legalisation in Washington DC

Marijuana Legalised in Washington DC, Alaska, and Oregon

As voters went to the polls yesterday across the United States, they affirmed their opposition to the War on Drugs in a variety of momentous manifestations. Voters in Alaska, Oregon, and Washington DC approved legislation to legalise recreational marijuana, voters in California and New Jersey approved legislation to reform punitive sentencing for existing drug laws,

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/]

Michael Botticelli, the new US drugs czar

Will the United States Lead or Follow on International Drug Reform?

More than three years ago, the Global Commission on Drug Policy urged the world to recognize that the war on drugs has failed and to consider policies that would reduce violence, decrease mass incarceration, and promote health. Since then, sitting presidents and premiers, mainly from Latin America, have called for a review of the entire

Kerala Toddy Shop (Photo: Mahendra Palsule)

Alcohol Prohibition in Kerala: A Dangerous Development

Last week, in the southern Indian state of Kerala, the local government outlined its intention to make the state “liquor free” by closing bars, implementing alcohol-free days, and restricting sale to ‘five-star’ hotels and shops that sell toddy – a traditional liquor made from the sap of palm trees. The end goal, the state’s Chief

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