Policy & Politics

[Event] Are British Police Wasted On Drugs?

Directly and indirectly, drug policies have a profound impact on society and medicine. The ways in which psychoactive substances are classified and controlled affect the health, well-being and freedoms of citizens; the spread and severity of drug-related diseases; the development of medical research; the availability of medical treatments; the strain on law-enforcement, rehabilitation and prison … Continued

How Do We Stop London’s Nightlife Dying A Drug-Related Death?

The recent closure of Fabric after two people died from taking ecstasy has me thinking about what statisticians call “avoidable causes of death.” These are things like car crashes, falls off ladders, choking on peanuts, accidental poisoning and, yes, drug-related deaths. Last year, there were 2,479 deaths which involved “drug misuse” – that is, the … Continued


Health & Science

Pain Patients Are Opting For Cannabis Over Pharmaceuticals, New Studies Show

The Washington Post have reported on the findings of newly published research which reveals that, in U.S. states with access to medicinal cannabis, purchases of pharmaceutical painkillers have plummeted. Indeed, the long running assumption that cannabis has value as an effective analgesic, buoyed by an enormous backlog of anecdotal evidence, is beginning to find scientific grounding in the … Continued

Medical Molly

Baroness Molly Meacher is not your stereotypical cannabis legalisation campaigner. Smartly dressed in a tailored turquoise jacket and matching necklace, the 76-year-old life peer explains to me that  she’s relatively uninterested in recreational uses of the drug. However, she became convinced of its therapeutic benefits during her previous career as a social worker. “I did … Continued


Families & Education

How Do We Stop London’s Nightlife Dying A Drug-Related Death?

The recent closure of Fabric after two people died from taking ecstasy has me thinking about what statisticians call “avoidable causes of death.” These are things like car crashes, falls off ladders, choking on peanuts, accidental poisoning and, yes, drug-related deaths. Last year, there were 2,479 deaths which involved “drug misuse” – that is, the … Continued


Business & Profit

Priming The Pot

Next week the All Party Parliamentary Group for drug reform will publish a report on medical access to cannabis. On the eve of the report we invited award winning journalist and David Cameron’s former speechwriter to the US to meet the most influential legal supplier in the country. He provides compelling insights into the future trajectory … Continued

Medical Cannabis Giant Could Be Bought Out

British medical cannabis provider GW Pharmaceuticals could be about to be taken over by an unidentified investor, as they discuss options with investment bank Morgan Stanley. Shares in the company that developed Epidiolex, a cannabis-based treatment for epilepsy, have shot up by 22% since news of this consultation spread. Epidiolex is currently in late-stage clinical … Continued

Pot Plants at the Oregon State Fair

Cannabis plants are now on display to the public at the Oregon State Fair, a first for any state fair in the US. Cannabis advocates are calling it a monumental step in the destigmatisation of the drug. Oregon, which legalised recreational marijuana in November 2014, has since enjoyed a booming industry. There are now over 400 … Continued


Arts & Culture

Soviet Hippies in Shoreditch

An exhibition by Estonian artists KIWA and Terje Toomistu brings Soviet hippies straight into the lair of East London hipsters. The Red Gallery in Shoreditch has been hosting the exhibition Soviet Hippies: 1970s Estonian Psychedelic Underground Culture in its small space with bare walls, adorned only by photographs, screens and shelves displaying vinyls by Soviet Estonian bands … Continued

Medical Molly

Baroness Molly Meacher is not your stereotypical cannabis legalisation campaigner. Smartly dressed in a tailored turquoise jacket and matching necklace, the 76-year-old life peer explains to me that  she’s relatively uninterested in recreational uses of the drug. However, she became convinced of its therapeutic benefits during her previous career as a social worker. “I did … Continued