The most recent Lancet study on 410 patients in South London with first episode psychosis compares individuals who smoked skunk-like cannabis to never-smokers. It demonstrated that smoking skunk once a week increases your risk of psychosis by two, more than once a week by almost 3 and more than five times a week by more than five times
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 statement* we're winning the war on drugs...blah..." -
One thing that I am certain of after nearly 20 years working as an addiction therapist is that current drug policies in the UK are simply not working. As a society we have chosen to deal with the problem of drug addiction mainly by banning harmful substances and pursuing users and suppliers through the courts.