Drug Policy: One Year On

What’s happened over the last year in drug policy? Have we made any progress? Has there been any tangible effort to reform our drug laws from within Westminster? Now’s your time to have your say and join us for the next live podcast recording for Stop and Search on the Distraction Pieces Network. Joining us … Continued

Undercover in HMP Northumberland

Joe Fenton went undercover for the BBC working as a prison officer at HMP Northumberland for two months, secretly filming the inner workings of the prison. What he revealed was an environment rife with drug abuse and violence where neither staff nor inmates felt safe. The documentary painted a desperate picture where officers have withdrawn … Continued

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

Volteface Launch New Report: Black Sheep

  Today Volteface launched their new report, Black Sheep: An Investigation into Existing Support for Problematic Cannabis Use. The report argues that legally regulating cannabis consumption would better help those most at risk Black Sheep reveals that a legal regulated market would better support people experiencing problematic cannabis use as the sector is lacking a … Continued

Inconvenient Truths

On Tuesday 7th February Volteface will be publishing ‘Black Sheep: An investigation into Existing Support for Problematic Cannabis Use’ We invited Paul Hayes, the CEO of Collective Voice, to share his perspective on the state of cannabis abuse in the UK. Just over 2 million adults in England will use cannabis this year. Most will do so … Continued

Irish Government Report Makes Medicinal Cannabis Recommendations

The Oireachtas Health Committee has recommended that the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) ensure improved access to medicinal cannabis products. In a report, published this month, the Houses of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health has evaluated medicinal cannabinoids, and, with medicinal cannabis legalisation imminent in the Republic of Ireland, made a range of expert recommendations. … Continued