Drugs Policy

Why Nick Clegg Is Right on Drug Policy

John Collins | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Politics
John Collins

Nick Clegg's timely recent intervention on the failures of the global war on drugs, and advocacy of an alternative strategy, is an important call to arms that other political leaders should heed.

Seems The War On Drugs Is Hitting Bottom - Let's Also Lose the Baggage That Goes With It

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 17.04.2014 | UK Politics
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

Still, wisdom is evolving. In the news: "Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and Former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso called for an end to the war on drugs."

The Current Criminal Law Is Not Going to Tackle the Real Dangers of Drugs

Brian Paddick | Posted 24.12.2012 | UK Politics
Brian Paddick

For the overwhelming majority who take illegal drugs, drugs laws lack credibility and the way they are enforced is inconsistent and confusing, making them an ineffective barrier. There is tension between politics and science, which draws the drugs classification system into disrepute. Politicians do not want to "send the wrong signal" about how harmful drugs are and so resist reclassification of drugs downwards whilst scientists want to be objective about relative harm, even if it means downgrading a drug. As the drug classification system is a fundamental part of UK drugs laws, this brings the law as a whole into disrepute.

Former Gvt Adviser: Legalise Weed To Curb Alcohol Use

The Huffington Post UK | Chris Wimpress | Posted 19.08.2012 | UK Politics

LIVE Discussion Tonight The government's former chief drugs adviser Professor David Nutt has claimed that legalising or decriminalising cannabis wo...

Can Cannabis Drive You Crazy?

Rupert Wolfe-Murray | Posted 07.04.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Wolfe-Murray

When I was a student I thought cannabis was a harmless pastime, no worse than alcohol, and I was encouraged by the fact that it's not addictive. Many years later I ended up working for an addiction rehab clinic in Scotland where I found out that not only is cannabis addictive but the skunk version of the drug is known to send as many as 20% of users into a psychotic state.

The Drugs Policy Don't Work

Dave Clements | Posted 26.03.2012 | UK
Dave Clements

There were record seizures of class A drugs into the UK last year. According to the National Treatment Agency, there are 10,000 fewer addicts seeking ...

Former MI5 Head Backs Calls To Legalise Drugs

Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.11.2011 | UK Politics

The former head of MI5 has backed calls to legalise some drugs, saying drug policy should no longer be a "taboo subject". Speaking at a meeting of ...