The Volteface Podcast

The Volteface Interview with Antony Loewenstein: ‘Pills, Powder and Smoke’

  Five years ago, Jerusalem-based, Australian investigative journalist, author and film-maker Antony Loewenstein turned his attention from Disaster Capitalism, his book and film, to the war on drugs. In his new book, Pills, Powder and Smoke: Inside the Bloody War on Drugs, he investigates the consequences of politically manufactured conflict at front lines across the … Continued


Policy & Politics

Dutch Developments: Coffeeshop Owner and Cannabis Cultivator sees Potential in Dutch ‘Weed Experiment’

  With the ‘controlled cannabis supply chain experiment’ the Netherlands seems to be moving slightly towards legalisation. The experiment, starting in 2021, has been a widely discussed topic in the Dutch cannabis world. Joachim Helms, cannabis-entrepreneur and co-owner of coffeeshop Green House in Amsterdam has high hopes for the experiment. “I feel like the experiment … Continued


Health & Science

The James Burton Story: Medical Cannabis in the Netherlands

The start of the controlled cannabis supply chain experiment, where legally produced cannabis will be sold in coffeeshops in ten municipalities, grown by government-designated growers seems to be moving the Netherlands in the direction of cannabis legalisation. What many people don’t know, however, is that medical cannabis has been legal in the Netherlands for a … Continued


Families & Education

SSDP Takeover: Covid’s Impact on Student Drug Use

  With changes to venues, demand and support looming on the horizon, Eleri Crossland predicts a significant shift in the way UK students interact with illegal drugs Student life is set to look very different for those returning to university this autumn. Daunted by ongoing lockdown measures on campus and within the UK as a whole, students … Continued


Business & Profit

B.C. Bud Rules

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


Arts & Culture

The Volteface Interview with Antony Loewenstein: ‘Pills, Powder and Smoke’

  Five years ago, Jerusalem-based, Australian investigative journalist, author and film-maker Antony Loewenstein turned his attention from Disaster Capitalism, his book and film, to the war on drugs. In his new book, Pills, Powder and Smoke: Inside the Bloody War on Drugs, he investigates the consequences of politically manufactured conflict at front lines across the … Continued

Frontline Security Enter the Drug Debate

  A new, comprehensive guide has emerged from Working the Doors providing a macro-look at drugs and drug taking. Rather than beating the tired ‘zero tolerance’ drum echoed from many corners of night-time security (which refuses to acknowledge that drug taking in public spaces, such as nightclubs, DOES exist), Steve Johnson recognises the issues in this … Continued

Ian Marchant Talks Music, Drugs, And Politics

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.