Whilst the shockwaves of last week’s General Election continue to rumble on, many reformers are turning their attention to what all this upheaval and uncertainty means for the future of drug policy in the UK. It seems very safe to assume that a Conservative government, particularly one led by Theresa May, and certainly one propped … Continued

The Real ‘Gateway’

Of all the attempted justifications for drug prohibition, perhaps the most thoroughly absurd, easily debunked, and yet stubbornly persistent is the gateway theory. Typically applied to cannabis, it states that cannabis is illegal and must remain so, because its use – particularly by young people – sets off a devastating biological chain reaction that leads … Continued

No, Cannabis Doesn’t Make People Terrorists

In the wake of Monday’s tragic terrorist attack in Manchester, there have been many attempts to get to the bottom of how and why someone could ever stoop so low as to take the lives of innocent children. The varied explanations have been complex and nuanced, and encompass everything from the geopolitical landscape of the … Continued

Lib Dems Promise Legal Cannabis, but Reception Proves to be a Mixed Bag

In an interview with Buzzfeed News last week, Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate Julian Huppert revealed that the party intends to fully legalise and regulate the production, sale, and use of cannabis, should they secure a shock victory in the upcoming General Election. Their plans, which are based on a report commissioned by the party in 2015 … Continued

Would Adding More Police Reduce Crime?

Shadow Home Secretary Dianne Abbott appeared on Nick Ferrari’s LBC Radio show on Tuesday determined to talk about a major plank of Labour’s 2017 General Election manifesto – policing. Specifically, the plan to increase the number of police in England and Wales by 10,000 over 5 years, paid for by reversing cuts to capital gains … Continued

UK Fentanyl Fears

For years now, an epidemic of opioid overdoses has been sweeping across North America. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, on an average day in the USA, more than 650,000 opioid prescriptions are dispensed, 3,900 people initiate non-medical use of prescription opioids, 580 people initiate heroin use, and 78 people die … Continued

Why I Was Wrong About The Psychoactive Substances Act

Just under a year ago, on May 26th, 2016, the Psychoactive Substances Act finally came into force after months of delays. Protests against the Act had come from all sides, with drug policy reform campaigners adamant that simply banning ‘legal highs’ would drive the trade underground and increase harm, pointing to similar legislation in the … Continued


April 20th is a special date in any cannabis consumer’s diary. For reasons that, though debated, are believed to revolve around a group of students from San Rafael known as ‘The Waldos,’ who would spark up religiously at 16:20 back in the ‘70s, the numbers 420 have come to stand for all things marijuana-related the … Continued

Pot-Holes and Promises on Canada’s Road to Regulation

Cannabis legalisation in Canada has been back in the news a lot recently, with many prominent members of the country’s medical marijuana community expressing anger at the fact that the Liberal government, led by Justin Trudeau, appears to be reneging on its promise to introduce a regulated market and to stop criminalising Canadian citizens. The … Continued

Tax Attacks

Ask most people what the current single greatest threat to the blossoming US marijuana market is, and you’re likely to hear one of two names in reply: Donald Trump or Jeff Sessions. Despite Trump’s insistence that he is 100% behind medical marijuana, he is seen – naturally – as unpredictable; just as likely to order … Continued