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The author with former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan

Kofi Annan: We must change the way people think about drugs

Kofi Annan: We must change the way people think about drugs

In 2013, Kofi Annan – the former Secretary General of the United Nations, who hails from Ghana –

The Power of a Second Chance

President Obama changed 46 lives on Monday, commuting the prison terms of individuals who had been locked away serving long sentences for low-level, nonviolent offenses. “These men and women were not hardened criminals. But the overwhelming majority of them had been sentenced to at least 20 years—14 of them had been sentenced to life—for nonviolent

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An Anti–Drug War Ad Campaign Vanishes in Brazil

In Latin America, the continent that has suffered the brunt of the U.S.-led war on drugs, an emerging international reform movement contends that prohibition has failed to create safe, just, and healthy communities. As a recent New York Times article highlighted, governments across the region—in particular Mexico, Colombia, Guatemala, and Uruguay—have begun to push back

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The Simple Funding Fix That Could Dramatically Reduce Drug-Related Deaths

At this year’s UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs, the four men and two women who were executed in Indonesia by firing squad in January were a source of much discussion. The six victims were convicted of trafficking under Indonesia’s draconian drug laws, and the executions sparked international outcry. Yet these horrific events represent just one

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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

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

Pills from the dangerous ecstasy batch.

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)

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

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

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,

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