Jason Reed

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

Jason Reed | Posted 21.10.2013 | UK Politics
Jason Reed

When we address what drug law reforms mean in real terms, we can use this as a case in point. Seattle are in process of a rational, humane, affable conversation of responsibility, compared with that of V-Festival who are flailing in the wind and are arguably operating outside the laws that we do actually have.

The Politics of Cannabis Psychosis

Jason Reed | Posted 15.09.2013 | UK Politics
Jason Reed

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 led to believe.

Prohibition: Sowing the Seeds of a New Ban

Jason Reed | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK Politics
Jason Reed

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 cru...

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

Jason Reed | Posted 26.08.2013 | UK Politics
Jason Reed

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.

Skunk Cannabis and Dad-Dancing in Drug Policy

Jason Reed | Posted 13.08.2013 | UK Politics
Jason Reed

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 bell ringing and the clashing of batons in a calamitous Morris-style jig.

The Conversation - Professor Nutt on Cannabis and Psychedelics

Jason Reed | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK Politics
Jason Reed

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.

Iceland, iTunes and UK Parliament: Breaking the Taboo with Sam Branson

Jason Reed | Posted 01.07.2013 | UK Politics
Jason Reed

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. T...

Hatred and Stigma: The Other Vile Product of Welfare UK

Jason Reed | Posted 04.06.2013 | UK Politics
Jason Reed

Not a day goes by where I'm not reliably informed of yet another anecdote and example of hatred towards the disabled.

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

Jason Reed | Posted 08.02.2013 | UK Politics
Jason Reed

The last time a Royal Commission was called for on drug policy was that of the 9 March 2011; Lord Norton of Louth raised the issue in a question for short debate - the call for an evidence lead policy was to such an extent that the word evidence was used 42 times in only an hour.

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

Jason Reed | Posted 03.02.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jason Reed

Owing to its immeasurable impact there is a special screening: On 11 December, at the prestigious Oval Space, Bethnal Green, The House I Live In will be shown with the accompaniment of a panel discussion complete with the erudite people who are on the frontlines of the drug policy discourse.

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

Jason Reed | Posted 07.01.2013 | UK Politics
Jason Reed

On the US election night, there were a host of unprecedented referendums that included three states proposing full-blown reform and regulation of their marijuana laws, in essence, and to use the shorthand, marijuana would be legalised. Those who follow drug policy held their collective breath (if they were awake to see it) as the results poured in from Washington, Oregon and Colorado.

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

Jason Reed | Posted 29.10.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Jason Reed

It's hard to write on the contestable nature of cannabis without sounding like an aimless defender of the substance itself, but there are actually serious consequences to the flippant way that the UK media handles the scientific reporting of drugs, and specifically, cannabis.

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

Jason Reed | Posted 27.09.2012 | UK Entertainment
Jason Reed

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 financial quagmires, and you have depressive mix for any aspiring film maker.

Finally, Drug Education Gets Real: Drugs - Without the Hot Air

Jason Reed | Posted 30.07.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Jason Reed

There's an inherent danger in any sector of education: if the teachings fail to measure up to the truth, then we'll be paving the way for a deep distrust and a greater apathy. With this in mind, it is of tremendous enthusiasm that we welcome Professor Nutt's book: Drugs - Without the Hot Air: Minimising the Harms of Legal and Illegal Drugs.

BBC Free Speech - Drugs

Jason Reed | Posted 22.07.2012 | UK Entertainment
Jason Reed

As a drug policy pedant, it was with great interest that I noted BBC Three's Free Speech were to address the drugs debate - the discourse had raged on Free Speech's social media and blogs for a few weeks prior to the show.

Open Letter to Winston Matthews - Prisoner Number A8167CK

Jason Reed | Posted 12.06.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Jason Reed

Dear Winston Matthews, Words simply cannot express how I felt when I learned of your incarceration.

Experiencing BBC's Free Speech

Jason Reed | Posted 02.06.2012 | UK Entertainment
Jason Reed

Aimed at the younger end of the voting demographic, I was soon pondering as to why a youth based political show hadn't come to fruition sooner. With a blissfully simple premise, and from the makers of Question Time, I had high hopes for the show.

The Versus Debate - The Night Drug Policy Went Mainstream

Jason Reed | Posted 14.05.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Jason Reed

Did you see the debate? A debate with a host of celebrities: Russell Brand, Sir Richard Branson; world leaders, and eminent opinion formers. Oh, and Peter Hitchens was in attendance. A debate of such magnitude would surely not creep under the radar? Especially given the gravitas of the contested subject?

Benefits: In Defence of the Fake Disabled

Jason Reed | Posted 02.04.2012 | UK Politics
Jason Reed

It's no coincidence that the word 'benefit' is now a dirty word, and by proxy, it now defines the disabled. If you're on benefits, then you are a lowlife by default.

A Conversation with Dr Christian Jessen - Drug Policy

Jason Reed | Posted 18.02.2012 | UK
Jason Reed

Drug policy reform has received many endorsees, from Kofi Annan and Richard Branson, to a fleet of Nobel Prize winners and an array of prominent figur...

Drugs: Why Evidence Based Policies Must Lead the Way

Jason Reed | Posted 17.01.2012 | UK
Jason Reed

It's time that the burden of proof was shifted. The case for reform is firm and hard to ignore. The rationale for keeping the drug laws anchored needs justifying, and evidence must be placed by those who want to keep the 'drug war' alive.

The Need to Rethink All Attitudes Regarding Drugs

Jason Reed | Posted 08.01.2012 | UK
Jason Reed

If we are serious about preventing teenage substance abuse, we need far stronger and rational mechanisms in place over our current approach.

Occupy London Stock Exchange Begins, Where will it end?

Jason Reed | Posted 17.12.2011 | UK
Jason Reed

The global Occupy protests are an organic democratic procedure that has been born out of pure frustration for the current political, media and economic climate. It's more than possible that we are in uncharted territory with history giving us no lessons on how this global movement will conclude.

Occupy Wall Street = Mainstream Fail

Jason Reed | Posted 03.12.2011 | UK
Jason Reed

Occupy Wall Street is heading for its third week of protests. The movement was hesitant in its first steps, but it's now picking up momentum and spre...

"We've been fighting a drugs war for 40 years, that war is lost, and completely unwinnable"

Jason Reed | Posted 22.11.2011 | UK
Jason Reed

"We've been fighting a drugs war for 40 years, that war is lost, and completely unwinnable." These were the eminent words of Mr James Duffy from Law...