Jason Reed
Jason Reed is a writer, blogger and film producer. Blogging for the Huffington Post since the launch of the UK edition, Jason has also written and guest blogged for Virgin, Politics.co.uk, The Independent, Sundog Pictures, London Real TV, has appeared on the BBC, Channel 4, Huffington Post Live, and is a resident contributor at VolteFace.me. He is Associate Producer to the Oscar longlisted film The Culture High. He is also a podcast host under Scroobius Pip's Distraction Pieces network.

Jason is the Executive Director of LEAP UK - Law Enforcement Against Prohibition UK.

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

Entries by Jason Reed

Why We Absolutely Have to Talk About Drugs

(0) Comments | Posted 21 April 2016 | (23:43)

Are you interested in drugs? It's a bizarre question isn't it? Most of us, to some degree or another, are indeed interested in the subject of drugs, but it's still very much a taboo.

Drugs evoke a near visceral reaction within us. It's NSFW - a hushed word, usually mouthed...

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A Tribute to Howard Marks

(0) Comments | Posted 18 April 2016 | (22:37)

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This is probably a piece I shouldn't write in public. As I sit here, on the train, I realise that a private environment may have be the wiser choice. Funny thing is... I'm not an emotional person.

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Drugs and Addiction: It's Time for Impartiality

(2) Comments | Posted 16 July 2015 | (19:10)

What type of community do we want to forge for ourselves - one of compassion and understanding, or one of punishment and judgement? With the UN General Assembly Special Session on drugs (UNGASS 2016) around the corner, we stand at a crossroads. Addiction has become a contentious issue....

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GrassRoots: The Cannabis Revolution

(0) Comments | Posted 6 May 2015 | (23:02)

Have you ever wanted to make a change, one that's literally life altering? There are very few issues that need nothing more than an alteration of perception, but this is exactly what's needed with 'GrassRoots: The Cannabis Revolution', a feature documentary that's in the final stages of crowdfunding....

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To Those That Gave Up Chocolate: I Salute You... Now Let's Get Stuck In!

(0) Comments | Posted 1 April 2015 | (00:18)

I can moan with the best of them that I have a busy life, full of stress and all the modern trappings. I could moan, but I won't. Well, maybe a little. I guess the overriding point here is that we all need a crutch in life, those handy little...

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It's Time to Listen to Cannabis Consumers

(18) Comments | Posted 12 March 2015 | (23:00)

It really is true; as the rest of the world sails along with progress in their sights, the UK remains anchored to the barnacles of prohibition. Don't fall for the false rhetoric of compassion that the UK drug policy has forged - we still maintain a stance of indiscriminate criminalisation....

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We Need to Keep Talking About Drugs in 2015

(2) Comments | Posted 7 January 2015 | (00:28)

2014 was quite the year for drug policy. Whatever your thoughts regarding this global issue, the most important thing was that it really felt like people were talking about it - and more importantly - acting on those words.

We saw two more U.S. states fully regulate cannabis, bringing...

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The Daily Mail Has a Serious Drug Problem and We Need to Help

(9) Comments | Posted 15 October 2014 | (00:05)

The Daily Mail is locked in the grips of a severe drug dependency. They can't seem to feed their habit enough and rely on drugs for clickbait to fuel their incessant need for a fix. With their drug problem comes the inevitability of delusion, psychosis, and obsessional tendency that rivals...

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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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