Scottish National Party Manifesto Contains Nothing on Drugs

The Scottish National Party have today launched their manifesto for the 2017 general election. The SNP voted in favour of legalising medicinal cannabis at their party conference last October, however their manifesto includes no mention of cannabis (the word ‘drugs’ appearing only once: in the context of Brexit’s potential impact on the UK’s relationship with the European Medicines Agency…) … Continued

The Real ‘Gateway’

Of all the attempted justifications for drug prohibition, perhaps the most thoroughly absurd, easily debunked, and yet stubbornly persistent is the gateway theory. Typically applied to cannabis, it states that cannabis is illegal and must remain so, because its use – particularly by young people – sets off a devastating biological chain reaction that leads … Continued

The General Election Manifesto Challenge

**UPDATED** THE MANIFESTO COUNT DOWN Reducing drug related deaths Tackling Spice use among vulnerable groups Regulation and control of adult use of cannabis Promoting club drug testing and harm reduction services Access to medical cannabis   Why we started the Manifesto Challenge Exactly a month from today the British people will be asked to elect a … Continued

Labour Manifesto Launches But Drug Policy Remains Missing

The Labour Party launched their manifesto for the upcoming general election this morning at Bradford University. We already know that the manifesto – a version of which leaked last week – contains next to nothing on the subject of drugs or drug policy, as Volteface’s resident treatment advisor Paul North explains: Labour should be the party that shouts the … Continued

High Stakes Review #001

Collaboration through honest, open discussion was the order of the day at Volteface’s latest event, High Stakes: Prison Drug Policy Symposium, held at London’s Barbican Centre on Friday May 5. To generate fresh ideas on how to tackle this crisis, High Stakes: Prison Drug Policy Symposium was the first in a series of events as … Continued