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Volteface, the Adam Smith Institute and the NTIA are co-hosting a panel event on preventing club drug deaths and the night time economy at the Conservative Party Conference

By Henry Fisher


Policy & Politics

Ontario & the Dispensary Hydra

This article originally appeared on Hanway Associates blog. The clock is ticking. Canadian provinces have less than a year in which to decide how, where and by whom cannabis will be sold. Canada’s most populace state, Ontario, has kicked things off with a plan which proposes to limit retail to online sales and 150 liquor … Continued

Scottish Government provides few clear measures to tackle drug consumption in its latest action plan for 2017-18

Yesterday, the Scottish Government released its Programme for Scotland 2017-8 entitled A Nation With Ambition. The document contains among other things an overhaul of the existing drug strategy. The publication of this Programme comes shortly after the Drug Related Deaths in Scotland in 2016 report by the National Records of Scotland. The report shows an … Continued


Health & Science

National Substance Misuse Conference 2017

The National Substance Misuse conference is back and this year the focus is treatment, prisons, prevention and trends. Speakers have been mustered from across the sector, ready to offer current thinking and latest developments on policy, practice and prevention. This year, the Birmingham conference will be giving more time to its speakers, will a selected … Continued


Families & Education

Heroin and Crack – What’s on the Tin?

Cannabis has been getting a lot of air time across both radio and TV in the past few months. Various documentaries, panel debates and news stories have covered the issue and examined legalisation of the drug. While this great for the reform movement, and I certainly welcome fresh perspectives on the issue, sometimes all it … Continued

Scotland’s Drug Death Crisis Needs a Radical Harm Reduction Response – Now

This article was originally published on The Conversation. The newly published figures of annual drug-related deaths (DRD) in Scotland are appalling. The National Records of Scotland figure of 867 represents the highest annual total recorded – a 23% increase on the previous year, and a 100% increase since 421 Scottish DRDs were reported in 2006. The recent annual figures for … Continued


Business & Profit

Tilray to Invest Massively in European Facility

Tilray, a global pioneer in medical cannabis research, recently announced plans to invest up to €20 million (£18 million) in a European Union Campus (EU Campus) after receiving licences from the Government of Portugal to import cannabis genetics and to cultivate cannabis for medical purposes. The EU Campus will include indoor, outdoor, and greenhouse cultivation … Continued


Arts & Culture

Time for a Change? Newsbeat Take on Cannabis

Is the UK actually fairly tolerant of cannabis use despite its classification as a Class B drug? This is the open-ended conclusion reached by BBC Newsbeat reporter Jim Connolly in his new documentary Cannabis: Time for a Change? With attitudes towards cannabis use around the world changing, Connolly considers the arguments for and against decriminalisation, … Continued

Green Planet

Instead of helping us become ‘one with the world,’; is drug taking actually contributing in some way to destroying our planet? Beyond its title being a rollicking triptych of double-e’s, Gary Potter’s thesis turned eco-cannabis handbook Weed, Need and Greed has presented something of a standout in the Volteface drug policy library since landing through … Continued

Outer Squalor, Inner Ecstasy

There’s a scene in The Look of Love – the 2013 biopic of adult entertainment mogul and one time richest man in Britain Paul Raymond – where the self styled ‘sex king of Soho’ (played by Steve Coogan) tries to impress his date with a little story: Soho, as Raymond tells us, was where our … Continued