Following the publication of a new study done by King’s College researchers revealing the cannabis consumed in the UK is highly potent, many experts expressed their views on the issue. One thing is clear: the debate around cannabis and what the government should do about it is involves very different, sometimes conflicting views. Marjorie Wallace … Continued
A new study carried out by King’s College researchers shows that high-potency cannabis varieties made up 94% of police seizures in 2016, and highlights the potential threat posed to mental health in a market dominated by strong cannabis. Dr David Potter, Director of Botany and Cultivation at GW Pharmaceuticals, analysed almost a thousand police seizures of … Continued
Last week Volteface met the writer, academic and raconteur Ian Marchant. Marchant’s new book A Hero for High Times is an elegy for wild times, a revolution that never quite occurred and a culture now half forgotten. Listen to him talk music, drugs and politics with our Director Steve Moore.
Last week the government released the Statistics on Drug Misuse: England, 2018. The report outlines the latest statistics (gathered in 2016/17) about drug use in adults and children, drug-related hospital admissions, drug-related deaths and drug seizures by the police. Here are the 10 main takeaways from the report. Drug use in children has risen. 37% of … Continued
For decades, the debate about drug policy reform has been a ‘third rail issue’ in the UK. Last year, neither of the two main political parties mentioned drug reform at all in their general election manifestos. This inertia contrasts with dramatic changes taking place around the globe, notably the legalisation of cannabis for adult use in … Continued
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson published today a report introducing concrete proposals to reduce crime and prevent harm relating to drugs. “These are bold, but practical proposals that will reduce crime, the cost to the public purse and the terrible harm caused by drugs” said PCC David Jamieson. Taking people away from … Continued
Other Canadian provinces have already announced how they intend to regulate the sale of non-medical cannabis, but the industry has been holding out for British Columbia – the home of B.C. Bud – with high hopes that the province would adopt a progressive model that would galvanise the sector and cement its cultural dominance of … Continued
A new UCL study is looking for participants who either do or don’t smoke Cannabis, and are between the ages of 16-19 and 25-27. The study is seeking to understand more about how Cannabis impacts on adolescents and will be monitoring them over 12 months. The study is paying all participants £240 for their time, and will involve … Continued
Last week we launched a call for partners for Cannabis in the UK. This week we invited multi-award winning journalist Ian Birrell to interview our Director Steve Moore on the foundational ideas behind the project. You can listen to the podcast here. For more information about Cannabis in the UK, visit cannabisinthe.uk.
A report introduced by MPs Eric Poulliat and Robin Reda to the Laws Commission of the French Parliament recommends the introduction of a fixed fine for the possession of small amounts of cannabis. Although Emmanuel Macron was very opaque on general drug policy reform during the 2017 presidential election campaign, he mentioned that he was … Continued