Canada to set a Date for Cannabis Legalisation

The Canadian government will announce next month plans to legalise cannabis by July 2018. PM Justin Trudeau had previously promised to introduce legislation by Spring 2017. CBC News reports that  Trudeau’s Liberal government will meet this deadline – with the announcement slated for the week commencing April 10. The day of legalisation itself may well fall … Continued

Government Launches New Initiative To Help Tackle Harms From NPS

The government is launching a new initiative that aims to tackle the harms from New Psychoactive Substances (NPS), it was announced yesterday. Public Health England (PHE), in collaboration with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) are piloting a new online system, “Report Illicit Drug Reactions” (RIDR) where healthcare professionals will report cases of suspected … Continued

Where’s The Harm?

I spend a great deal of my time trying to persuade people of the need for drug law reform. At LEAP UK we are part of the growing social movement to bring about change, to save lives and to make our society safer and less corrupt. There are various approaches one can take when speaking or debating … Continued

Medical Cannabis in The Philippines

Over the past year, much has been written about the horrific consequences of the Philippines’ war on drugs, led by its frankly psychopathic president, Rodrigo Duterte. Thousands have died, gunned down in the streets by police and masked vigilantes, simply for having anything to do with illegal drugs. The reign of terror that has engulfed … Continued

Westminster Spice Intrigue

“It is the great delusion of our time – that we can solve these problems with policing. It seems to persist as every decade goes by, despite all drugs being more available, cheaper and more dangerous. It’s about public perception of the problem being solved, rather than a problem being solved. And wherever that political … Continued

How Does Contraband Get into Britain’s Prisons?

A recent BBC File on 4 radio episode, The Prison Contraband Crisis, investigates how staff corruption contributes to the amount of contraband being brought into prisons.  In order to reduce the drugs crisis in prisons, there needs to be more focus on disrupting supply chains, reducing demand for drugs, and improving intelligence-gathering. There is limited data on how … Continued

The Implementation of Medical Ganja in Jamaica

Farmers in Jamaica are struggling to engage with the nation’s new medical marijuana (or ‘ganja’) scheme, according to a new study. The findings of the study, conducted by a student at Writtle University College, have been published in the International Journal of Drug Policy. Study author Simon Jones reveals that, out of the over 180,000 registered farmers … Continued