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

Manifesto Challenge 1. Reducing Drug Related Deaths

The is the first of five points in our Manifesto Challenge 2017. Latest national figures from 2015 have seen the highest levels of drug related deaths ever reported in the UK, numbering 3674 in England and Wales, and translating as the highest ever mortality rate from drug misuse, at 43.8 deaths per million. Of these … Continued

Lib Dem Manifesto to Promise a Regulated Cannabis Market

The Liberal Democrats have become the first major UK political party to propose a framework for a regulated cannabis market in their election manifesto, they have announced today. The Lib Dem policy promises to “take back control from the criminal gangs, take ‘skunk’ off the streets, and protect young people by introducing a legal, regulated market for … Continued

A Fudge On Facts

Yesterday The Times published an op-ed response to The Tide Effect report released by VolteFace and the Adam Smith Institute on Monday by columnist Alice Thomson. The report argues that the only way to bring cannabis under control is to legally regulate it. Thomson presents the counterexample of Colorado, the US state where cannabis has been legal longer than any other, and paints a … Continued

A Red Letter Day: The VolteFace Selection

Sign up to the VolteFace Selection, our new weekly newsletter of highlights from the previous week from the worlds of drug policy, business and culture.  Each week we’ll bring you the best VolteFace has had to offer and a few favourites from elsewhere, as well as a list of upcoming events that have sparked our interest. Far … Continued

Legalising Cannabis: Lessons from Abroad – VolteFace at the Conservative Party Conference

In partnership with The Adam Smith Institute. The tide of legalisation is rising across the world. From Montevideo, Uruguay to Boulder, Colorado and Kingston, Jamaica to Vancouver, BC, more and more countries are contending with the question of how to legalise and regulate cannabis, with each government finding its own answers. With Canada set to legally regulate cannabis … Continued