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Pills from the dangerous ecstasy batch.

Prohibition to Blame for UK Ecstasy Deaths

Prohibition to Blame for UK Ecstasy Deaths

A father-of-three from the West Midlands is among four young men who have died in the UK during the past ten days after using ecstasy. Police suspect that Daniel Bagnall, 27, Gediminas Kulokas, 24, John Hocking, 20, and Eustace Ropas, 22, had all consumed ecstasy from a certain batch – in which the pills (pictured)

Police stop-and-search a man in Brixton. Photo: Thomas Wright

The War on Drugs is a tool of state oppression

Punishment falls harder, and more regularly, on the poor than the privilege. 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

Police exercise stop-and-search among London youths

UK Government Report Describes Futility of Drug Laws

The UK government has released a report illustrating the inability of punitive drugs laws to curb drug use. Additionally, a parliamentary debate – led by Green Party MP, Caroline Lucas – has taken place to consider the effectiveness of contemporary drug legislation and alternative approaches. The Home Office – the British governmental department responsible for

Liberal Democrat leader and deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg

UK’s Liberal Democrats Pledge Drug Decriminalisation

The Liberal Democrats, the minority party in the UK’s coalition government, have announced a pledge to decriminalise the possession of all illegal drugs. Decriminalisation is inherently different from legalisation; the latter refers to the regulation of the product (such as with alcohol and tobacco), whereas the former retains the illegality of the substance’s production and

Jonathan Yates (Photo: The Gloucester Citizen)

Elderly UK Cancer Patient Avoids Jail Over Marijuana

In an unprecedented development, a British judge has avoided punishing a man for possessing, growing, and supplying marijuana. The defendant, grandfather Jonathan Yates, is in remission from throat cancer, and has described using marijuana to self-medicate. The Gloucester Citizen reported that Yates, 65, admitted smoking “three joints before [going] to bed” each day to treat

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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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