Policy & Politics

Supervised Injecting in Ireland

On 10th February 2017 Ireland moved one step closer towards the government’s stated policy of dealing with drug use as a health issue and not a criminal justice one, as the ‘Misuse of Drugs Act (Supervised Injecting Facilities) Bill 2017’ was published. When enacted, the Bill will provide a legal framework under which supervised injecting … Continued

Pulling The Wool From Our Eyes

Volteface launched ‘Black Sheep: An Investigation into Existing Support for Problematic Cannabis Use’ on the 7th of February.  Dr Will Haydock spoke on the panel at the launch event – here are his reflections: My background as an academic is really in alcohol policy, where I’ve always been frustrated by the adversarial relationship between ‘the industry’ and … Continued

Canadian Police Reject Proposals for Homegrown Cannabis

The Globe and Mail reports that police chiefs in Canada have rebuffed certain recommendations in a federal paper on cannabis legalisation. “Hold off on home grows” is the main point that the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) are advocating, as the Canadian government makes preparations for cannabis legalisation in the coming months: The top law-enforcement officers … Continued


Health & Science

Supervised Injecting in Ireland

On 10th February 2017 Ireland moved one step closer towards the government’s stated policy of dealing with drug use as a health issue and not a criminal justice one, as the ‘Misuse of Drugs Act (Supervised Injecting Facilities) Bill 2017’ was published. When enacted, the Bill will provide a legal framework under which supervised injecting … Continued

Pulling The Wool From Our Eyes

Volteface launched ‘Black Sheep: An Investigation into Existing Support for Problematic Cannabis Use’ on the 7th of February.  Dr Will Haydock spoke on the panel at the launch event – here are his reflections: My background as an academic is really in alcohol policy, where I’ve always been frustrated by the adversarial relationship between ‘the industry’ and … Continued

LSD Brainwave and Sound Art Hackathon

Since the 60s the prohibition of drugs has stifled scientists ability to research the potential benefits of mind altering drugs such as LSD. The stigma attached to researching the drugs makes it challenging to get grants and expensive to conduct the research as the drugs need to be made bespoke for the trials. In 2014 … Continued


Families & Education

In the Court of the North London Hippy

Who is the northlondonhippy? It’s a question I found myself asking two weeks ago after tuning into James O’Brien’s LBC Radio show, just in time to hear the self-proclaimed “fictional hippy and make-believe online drug activist” give a ten-minute interview about his new book, Personal Use, which describes his 36 years as a drug user. Whilst … Continued

Chasing Drug Dealers: A War Of Wits

The BBC have broken a story about the cost of police informants, with £22 million apparently spent in the last five years. I’ve been on the radio debating this issue, as it’s crucial that the public know what is actually going on. If we can make people realise the harms caused by policing drugs, support … Continued

It’s Time To Take Back Control

It is impossible to imagine the grieving any parent must endure when they lose a child in tragic circumstances. To lose two is just too unbearable to contemplate. It was reported yesterday that Lord Monson is now mourning the loss of a second son, Rupert, who died after an attempted suicide last month. Five years ago, … Continued


Business & Profit

LSD: For Love or Money?

Brutal gang violence, witness intimidation, torture, execution: these are the tools relied upon by those who work in the illegal drugs trade. It’s impossible to say exactly how many have been killed when deals have gone wrong. It’s certainly in the thousands, if not hundreds of thousands. But there’s one corner of the market that … Continued

The Importance of Branding in the Emerging Cannabis Market

The interactions and memories between a customer and a company form a conceptual model in the customer’s mind. This is the brand. Branding is not specifically the “attractiveness” of a product. A brand is a mark that represents experiences, trust, and the values of the company and their products. “Attractiveness” is subjective. One brand will … Continued


Arts & Culture

In the Court of the North London Hippy

Who is the northlondonhippy? It’s a question I found myself asking two weeks ago after tuning into James O’Brien’s LBC Radio show, just in time to hear the self-proclaimed “fictional hippy and make-believe online drug activist” give a ten-minute interview about his new book, Personal Use, which describes his 36 years as a drug user. Whilst … Continued

LSD: For Love or Money?

Brutal gang violence, witness intimidation, torture, execution: these are the tools relied upon by those who work in the illegal drugs trade. It’s impossible to say exactly how many have been killed when deals have gone wrong. It’s certainly in the thousands, if not hundreds of thousands. But there’s one corner of the market that … Continued

Alchemy – The Spirit Survives

A symbol of resistance on the frontline of Thatcher’s Britain, London’s oldest Head shop closed for business after 45 years on New Year’s Eve. It’s the start of something new for owner Lee Harris, who first launched Alchemy on Portobello Road in 1971. An artist, activist, playwright, author, healer, herbalist, shaman and publisher – Lee … Continued