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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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Tabloid papers are “main enemies” of drug policy reform

Tabloid newspapers have been described as “our main enemies” in the fight for drug policy reform in the United Kingdom, during a parliamentary meeting on narcotic legislation. Molly Meacher, a cross-bench life peer in the House of Lords, asserted that reform is being hindered by the vitriolic support for drug prohibition in the country’s most

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Coalition of UK police denounce War on Drugs

Today, February 29th – or ‘leap day’ – has marked the launch of LEAP UK: the British chapter of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. The organisation’s executive director, Jason Reed, marked the occasion by convening a lively discussion in the House of Commons with a host of law enforcement veterans, as well as policymakers and drug

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Medical cannabis campaigners push for UK progress

Earlier this week, in a crowded meeting room in central London, the United Patients Alliance (UPA) convened a discussion about

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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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War on Drugs: Time for a Strategic Retreat?

During a joint appearance at Chatham House on Wednesday with Sir Richard Branson, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg noted that a considerable number of MPs in Parliament across party lines privately acknowledge the failings of current UK drug policy, yet lack the political courage to do so in public. Following on their op-ed in The

The report was published by King's College London.

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

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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

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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

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