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Despite drug policy reforms, the U.S. continues to imprison almost half a million drug offenders each year

The 4 Best And Worst Countries For Drug Policy In 2015

The 4 Best And Worst Countries For Drug Policy In 2015

2015 has been a turbulent year for the international War on Drugs, with some countries introducing smart and successful new policies, and others making some repressive and disastrous moves. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the best and worst drug policy decisions made this year:   BEST   Jamaica In April, a law that

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Indonesia plans “special prison” with drug convicts guarded by crocodiles

Drug traffickers in Indonesia will be housed on an island prison surrounded by crocodiles, and then executed by the state, asserts Budi Waseso. Waseso, the head of Indonesia’s anti-drugs agency, justified his plans due to the corruption involved with the drug trade; unlike prison guards, the saltwater predators cannot be persuaded to show compassion, nor

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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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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

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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

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

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,

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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