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

What’s The Crack? [Podcast]

A brand new podcast brings an entertaining and informative take on the evidence behind drugs and addiction news. Lindsey Hines, one of the three show-runners, tells us why we need this. Stories on drugs and addiction, from cannabis legalisation to celebrity rehab, are in the news every day. But when was the last time you … Continued

Medicinal Cannabis Under The Microscope

An extensive study by the US government evaluating the medical properties of cannabis has just been published. The study, which is the “broadest review by the National Academies of Sciences since 1999,” has found “conclusive” evidence to support treatment for the following medical conditions: Nausea: “there is conclusive evidence that cannabinoids, compounds derived from marijuana, are useful … Continued

A Psychedelic History

As we attempt to get our respective New Years resolutions in motion, Slate have shared a history of psychedelics, detailing their use as a therapeutic tool for squashing vices and healing depression. Author Don Lattin opens proceedings with an account of Arthur King, who had submitted himself to LSD-based treatment for the alcoholism that had threatened his livelihood as … Continued

VolteFace Voices: A Celebration of Great Writers

VolteFace was launched a year ago to change the public debate about drug policy in the UK. It had become stale. All over the world Governments are moving beyond failed policies of prohibition but here in the UK a fudging of the myriad issues of dealing with the supply and distribution of illicit drugs prevails … Continued

A Prison Crisis Crescendo

VolteFace released our report High Stakes which provides an examination of the nature of the current drug problem in prisons, its roots, and five recommendations to improve the situation. The report got plenty of media attention, including a short polemic in The Spectator. Former prisoner, Charlie Gilmour spoke in the New Statesman about the profound … Continued