Volteface TV

Volteface Podcast #1 – The Canadian Cannabis Act

The first episode of Volteface Podcast explores the legislative changes in Canada around cannabis with Policy Advisor Blair Gibbs providing insight. This section focuses on the effect of legislation on the black market, new emerging opportunities, the potential impact on the UK’s drug policy & variations of legality across provinces. This edition also analyses the legislation of medicinal cannabis … Continued

Volteface TV: The Criminal Exploitation of Children

  Today on Volteface TV Lizzie McCulloch from Volteface talks with Rhiannon Sawyer from The Children’s Society about the effects of drugs on children in urban areas. The culmination of this discussion centres on the model in which children are trafficked to suburban areas to sell drugs, namely crack and heroin. The harrowing process, coined as county … Continued

Crime in London – Volteface TV Special

  In 2018, crime in the capital is undoubtedly of great concern to Londoners. But, beyond the headlines and rhetoric, how big a problem is the city facing and what action needs to be taken? To delve into these questions and more, Volteface invited journalist Ian Birrell and Conservative mayoral candidate Andrew Boff to discuss … Continued


Policy & Politics

Canada Legalises Cannabis: Two Months On

  The legalisation of cannabis in Canada is a burning hot topic. As the first G7 country to legalise the drug nationally, Canada provides a significantly better example for the UK to look towards than the various US states where cannabis still remains federally illegal. But almost two months on, what can we discern from … Continued

The Volteface Response to The CSJ Cannabis Report

I spent nine years supporting one of the most vulnerable groups in our society, problematic drug users. From daily injecting heroin users, to young people smoking countless grams of cannabis a week, their stories on why they were addicted to the drug made perfect sense. No-one told me they ‘just tried it once and now … Continued

‘Chicken shops and McDonald’s have become the new youth centres’: Why are young people using and selling cannabis?

In September, Volteface published its seminal report The Children’s Inquiry examining how effectively the UK’s cannabis policies are safeguarding young people. The report was a wide-ranging examination of how easily young people are able to obtain cannabis and the type of cannabis they are using, the repercussions of this for their wellbeing and the support … Continued


Podcast

Volteface Podcast #1 – The Canadian Cannabis Act

The first episode of Volteface Podcast explores the legislative changes in Canada around cannabis with Policy Advisor Blair Gibbs providing insight. This section focuses on the effect of legislation on the black market, new emerging opportunities, the potential impact on the UK’s drug policy & variations of legality across provinces. This edition also analyses the legislation of medicinal cannabis … Continued


Health & Science

Volteface Collaboration with Mentor UK

  We are delighted to announce that for Volteface’s next research project we will be partnering with the leading drug education charity Mentor. The project will be examining how effectively the education system is protecting young people who are using drugs, or at risk of using drugs and those who are being exploited, or at risk … Continued

Another “Bad Batch”?

Last weekend saw both the start of the UK summer festival season and the abrupt end to one of its festivals – forced to close early due to two drug-related deaths and over 15 hospital admissions. Sadly another two young adults have been added to the growing list of festival drug casualties. This same weekend, … Continued

Drug Consumption Room Conference

On 27 March 2018, the Criminal Justice Centre, Queen Mary University of London (in collaboration with Volteface) held a conference entitled ‘Evidence and Issues concerning Drug Consumption Rooms‘.   Such rooms are designed to be available to vulnerable populations of users, (notably those who use on the streets or in other risky and unhygienic conditions) and they aim … Continued


Families & Education


Business & Profit

B.C. Bud Rules

Other Canadian provinces have already announced how they intend to regulate the sale of non-medical cannabis, but the industry has been holding out for British Columbia – the home of B.C. Bud – with high hopes that the province would adopt a progressive model that would galvanise the sector and cement its cultural dominance of … Continued


Arts & Culture

Ian Marchant Talks Music, Drugs, And Politics

Last week Volteface met the writer, academic and raconteur Ian Marchant. Marchant’s new book A Hero for High Times is an elegy for wild times, a revolution that never quite occurred and a culture now half forgotten. Listen to him talk music, drugs and politics with our Director Steve Moore.