Jason Reed
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Jason Reed is a writer and musician. Blogging for the Huffington Post since the launch of the UK edition, Jason has also written for Politics.co.uk, and has appeared on the BBC and Huffington Post Live. He is Associate Producer to the upcoming film, The Culture High.

Jason is the UK coordinator for LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition) and Executive Director of LEAP UK.

All views expressed are Jason's own and do not represent that of any organisation.

Other interests to Jason’s political compass include disabilities (and related subjects), the arts, and the media. With a passion for film, Jason also takes an active interest in covering movie related stories and interviews.

Entries by Jason Reed

Ordinary Credible Criminals

(0) Comments | Posted 14 August 2014 | (16:22)

Norman Baker MP has taken the unprecedented step of calling for a rethink of the medicinal utilisation of cannabis. Never before has the UK spoken in such unbridled terms. The government, however, wasted no time in reaching for the stock reply: "We have no plans, *insert generic harm...

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Why I'm Breaking Up With Star Wars

(0) Comments | Posted 29 April 2014 | (22:51)

As the Star Wars teasers crop up, you'd expect devout fans like myself to be in a state of attuned revelry similar to that of a liberation shindig on Coruscant. Alas, I beat no such Stormtrooper bongo. I can pinpoint the moment that the darkside engulfed me. Permit...

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Russell Brand's Revolution - Let's Think About It?

(5) Comments | Posted 29 October 2013 | (23:06)

It's become a requisite for Huffington Post UK Bloggers to comment on the recent Newsnight interview that saw Jeremy Paxman and Russell Brand engage in a game of political darts. The HuffPo has had a myriad of comment ranging from Russell is dangerous, to trying to...

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Seattle Hempfest and V-Festival - A Tale of Two Cities

(9) Comments | Posted 22 August 2013 | (00:00)

Festival season is in full bloom. As revellers once again descend upon their field of choice, there's an interesting and distinct undercurrent that exemplifies all that has gone right and wrong with current drug policy.

Let's look at Seattle's Hempfest: Seattle Police Department embarked on...

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The Politics of Cannabis Psychosis

(3) Comments | Posted 16 July 2013 | (23:10)

It has become an indelible etching on the national psyche; cannabis and psychosis dovetail like fish and chips. The impact of cannabis on the mind has been well documented in the British press, but it remains an unfortunate muddle as the link is as far from clear as one is...

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Prohibition: Sowing the Seeds of a New Ban

(3) Comments | Posted 4 July 2013 | (22:14)

As the government's arbitrary decision to ban Khat still resonates and incongruently flies in the face of evidence, it seems as if the prohibitive crusade is about to continue.

Sir Roger Gale MP has recently become aware that cannabis seeds are available on High...

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Support, Don't Punish, on 'World Drug Day'

(2) Comments | Posted 26 June 2013 | (23:28)

As the UN celebrated the rather insidious International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, a day that has in the past been malevolently marked by executions, a counter voice resonated across the globe thanks to the Support Don't Punish campaign. This simple premise...

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Skunk Cannabis and Dad-Dancing in Drug Policy

(4) Comments | Posted 13 June 2013 | (20:38)

Oh good, the obligatory news has broken that 'Super Strength Skunk' has invaded the isles and is wreaking havoc on UK shores. For those that work in drug policy, this story is similar to May Day: it comes round annually and leads to all kinds of pageantry - complete with...

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The Conversation - Professor Nutt on Cannabis and Psychedelics

(0) Comments | Posted 11 June 2013 | (23:44)

David Nutt, Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London and Chair of the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs, has eloquently criticised the 'scientific censorship' imposed by the UN single conventions that restricts and chokes the study of controlled substances such as cannabis, MDMA and psilocybin in medicine.
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Iceland, iTunes and UK Parliament: Breaking the Taboo with Sam Branson

(3) Comments | Posted 1 May 2013 | (23:15)

Drugs can often prove to be an arduous, convoluted conversation. To try and unpick the tangled knot that is global drug policy is fairly impossible. The acclaimed film, Breaking the Taboo, is perhaps treading new ground in its concise and non-excluding format that enables everyone to engage in...

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Hatred and Stigma: The Other Vile Product of Welfare UK

(4) Comments | Posted 4 April 2013 | (21:14)

It was an inescapable front-page. Middle-England's comic book, the Daily Mail, decided to run a rather splenetic headline even by their baneful standards. Whilst addressing the tragic deaths of six children the 'newspaper' decided to dispense with sensitivity in favour of pushing agenda - the headline read: Vile Product of...

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Fifty-Three Per Cent of Brits Support Cannabis Reform: It's Time for An Impact Assessment

(26) Comments | Posted 21 February 2013 | (23:00)

Transform Drug Policy Foundation has released results from an Ipsos MORI poll showing that 53% of the British public are ready to 'legalise or decriminalise' cannabis. The findings received various different reports from the mainstream press, including the Daily Mail's usual flavour of

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Disability Benefits: Why the UK Has to Reinvent the Workplace

(48) Comments | Posted 6 January 2013 | (23:00)

"When you have your health, you have everything. When you do not have your health, nothing else matters at all."

- A quote that's so familiar that it's become seamless in our collective vernacular. As clichéd as the sentiment is, it may have lost it's visceral relevance.

As...

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The Curious Case of the Home Affairs Select Committee's Drugs Policy Report

(2) Comments | Posted 9 December 2012 | (23:06)

The influential Home Affairs Select Committee (HASC) is set to recommend a Royal Commission on drugs policy amidst an ever growing call for change to our national drug strategy. The HASC has been taking evidence for a year which concluded with a global conference on 10 September.

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Film Screening: 'The House I Live In' at The Oval Space - An Event That Should Not Be Missed

(2) Comments | Posted 4 December 2012 | (22:41)

It's the film that's now short-listed for an Oscar; it's a movie that was picked as 'film of the week' on BBC1's Film 2012, so impacting is the documentary's premise that the presenters of Film 2012, Claudia Winkleman and Danny Leigh, both hailed the movie as one of...

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The US Elections: History Was Made, But Not by Obama

(1) Comments | Posted 7 November 2012 | (23:44)

It was the dawning hours, Obama was inching ever closer to victory, but as the UK slept, ready and waiting to see who 'leader of the free world' was going to be, there were many pairs of British eyes who were paying close attention to other ballots and initiatives.

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Multiple Sclerosis and Cannabis - A Conversation With Clark French

(11) Comments | Posted 24 September 2012 | (01:51)

What do most 24 year olds have to contend with? Job searching, house hunting if they're lucky; living for the weekend if we're to grossly generalise? But what if your entire life changes in a heartbeat and your entire existence is shaken to its foundation?

Clark French was 24 years...

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Cannabis Use Can Lower Teenage IQs? - It's High Time We Take This Seriously

(14) Comments | Posted 30 August 2012 | (00:00)

The news was full of the story: Cannabis Use Lowers IQs. There were a myriad of reactions, everyone had something to say, and as expected, there was a polarised discussion as a result of the study.

The report in question, a 40 year longitudinal study,...

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From Addiction to Recovery - Did Russell Brand Contradict Himself?

(4) Comments | Posted 17 August 2012 | (01:27)

I had high hopes, no pun intended, as Russell Brand's usual display of eloquence is enough to draw people into the drugs debate. His humanistic approach based on deep-rooted personal experience is admirable. I was, however, increasingly disappointed by the unbalanced programme: From Addiction to Recovery. Airing on...

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The Union of the Culture High - The Future of Film?

(0) Comments | Posted 29 July 2012 | (02:45)

A conversation with Adam Scorgie

The film industry has had a torrid time over the last few years: Illegal downloads, the advent of home cinema, YouTube; they've all contributed to the waning affluence of the silver screen. Add to this mix the fact that documentaries are known...

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