Honouring colleagues who have passed away

Dear Drug Policy Reform colleagues: As you may remember DPA produced a brief, well-received “in memoriam” presentation during 2015 REFORM conference, to honour colleagues who had passed away in the preceding two years. This emotional tribute honoured drug policy reformers from all walks of life – activists, harm reduction workers, board members, scholars, elected and … Continued

Calling Techno Tories

We are delighted to be partnering again with the Adam Smith Institute, and for the first time with the Night Time Industries Association, to present a fringe event at this year’s Conservative Party Conference on club drugs, harm reduction, and the night time economy. Clubbing may not be all attendees’ top priority, but with the Conference returning to Manchester, … Continued

Ontario & the Dispensary Hydra

This article originally appeared on Hanway Associates blog. The clock is ticking. Canadian provinces have less than a year in which to decide how, where and by whom cannabis will be sold. Canada’s most populace state, Ontario, has kicked things off with a plan which proposes to limit retail to online sales and 150 liquor … Continued

Tilray to Invest Massively in European Facility

Tilray, a global pioneer in medical cannabis research, recently announced plans to invest up to €20 million (£18 million) in a European Union Campus (EU Campus) after receiving licences from the Government of Portugal to import cannabis genetics and to cultivate cannabis for medical purposes. The EU Campus will include indoor, outdoor, and greenhouse cultivation … Continued

Scottish Government provides few clear measures to tackle drug consumption in its latest action plan for 2017-18

Yesterday, the Scottish Government released its Programme for Scotland 2017-8 entitled A Nation With Ambition. The document contains among other things an overhaul of the existing drug strategy. The publication of this Programme comes shortly after the Drug Related Deaths in Scotland in 2016 report by the National Records of Scotland. The report shows an … Continued

National Substance Misuse Conference 2017

The National Substance Misuse conference is back and this year the focus is treatment, prisons, prevention and trends. Speakers have been mustered from across the sector, ready to offer current thinking and latest developments on policy, practice and prevention. This year, the Birmingham conference will be giving more time to its speakers, will a selected … Continued

Time for a Change? Newsbeat Take on Cannabis

Is the UK actually fairly tolerant of cannabis use despite its classification as a Class B drug? This is the open-ended conclusion reached by BBC Newsbeat reporter Jim Connolly in his new documentary Cannabis: Time for a Change? With attitudes towards cannabis use around the world changing, Connolly considers the arguments for and against decriminalisation, … Continued