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Nick Clegg speaking at Chatham House, London

War on Drugs: Time for a Strategic Retreat?

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

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

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

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

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

Malaysia has some of the harshest drug laws in the world.

Moving the Needle on Drug Policy in Asia

Bad drug policies can drive health crises and damage individuals and communities. They can also become the regional norm as countries copy their neighbors. Asia boasts some of the harshest laws in the world, including the death penalty for drugs and caning of drug users. These laws steer people away from lifesaving health services and fill

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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