The New Leaf: Beyond Brexit, Countering Covid

  The New Leaf Opportunities campaign has highlighted the economic benefits, innovations and investment opportunities that medical cannabis and CBD can bring to the UK. It has also focused on how celebrating this will lead to a more vibrant cannabis sector. This report has honed in on the opportunities that medical cannabis and CBD bring … Continued

Welsh Parliament Debates Drug Policy Reform

Last night the Welsh Labour MP for Newport West, Jayne Bryant led a Senedd debate opening up a vital conversation about drug reform in Wales. This was an incredibly exciting debate, impactfully demonstrating increased pressure and appetite for reform to the UK government.  In 2020 4,561 people in the UK lost their lives to drug … Continued

Is the US set to Federally Decriminalise Cannabis?

There has been a remarkable turn of events in US drug legislation this week, as Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced legislation that would decriminalise cannabis at a federal level.  Titled The States Reform Act, this legislation aims to overcome the current legal threats facing many cannabis businesses. The hopes are that this … Continued

Global Drug Policy Launch: A look at the best and worst ranked countries

The Harm Reduction Consortium on Monday launched the Global Drug Policy Index, a novel and insightful tool that scores and ranks 30 countries against 75 policy indicators within five key dimensions: absence of extreme responses, proportionality and criminal justice, harm reduction, access to medicines, and development. The tool is uniquely positioned to establish quantitative accountability … Continued

On War and Drugs

Like the thick smoky aftertaste that lingers after bonfire night merrymaking, memory hangs heavy in the air during the early weeks of November in the UK. As the oppressive darkness of the ironically named daylight-savings time settles in, we cast our collective memory back to the foiled attempt at Gunpowder Treason in 1605. More poignantly, … Continued

What are drug consumption rooms?

Also referred to by the terms ‘overdose prevention centres’, ‘safe injecting rooms’, ‘safer consumption rooms’, and ‘supervised injection sites’, DCRs are medically supervised sites where people who use drugs are able to consume substances in a safer, and more hygienic environment. As of December 2018, there were 117 DCRs across the world, the vast majority … Continued