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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

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

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

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)

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

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