German Parliament Legalises Medicinal Cannabis

German parliament has voted unanimously to legalise the medicinal use of cannabis. In a vote on Thursday, the Bundestag (German parliament) gave their approval to a bill put forward by the Health Ministry. The amendment to existing drug laws will enable patients with specifically approved conditions, such as those undergoing chemotherapy or suffering from MS, will … Continued

The Dublin Drug Policy Summit

The Dublin Drug Policy Summit, organised by the Ana Liffey Drug Project, brought drug policy experts from across the world to Ireland as the country’s government takes significant steps in improving how it deals with illicit drug use. The summit focused on two key issues in modern Irish drug policy: upcoming legislation to create a legal framework … Continued

Caught In The Act

May 26th, 2016: The Conservative Government’s long awaited and much-criticised Psychoactive Substances Act finally comes into force, at a stroke outlawing hundreds, if not thousands, of products that had previously been perfectly legal. Everything from Kratom to Black Mamba, by way of Salvia Divinorum, and Gogaine, has, over the previous weeks, been hurriedly gotten rid of. A … Continued

The Cheshire Cab Driver: Reasons of Conscience

Alan Blythe, a Cheshire cab driver charged with cultivating cannabis with intent to supply, explained to the court that he had only supplied cannabis to his wife, Judith, a terminally ill multiple sclerosis patient. Where other drugs had failed, cannabis had succeeded in easing her wracking pain. Blythe feared that without the palliative effects of … Continued

Taking Back Control

The UK government has proven itself perfectly capable, over recent decades, at curbing underage access to alcohol. So, with discussion around legalising and regulating cannabis in the UK intensifying, concerned Middle Englanders may need reminding that regulation most certainly does not translate as ‘free-for-all’. Indeed, major world economies such as the USA and Germany are in … Continued