War on Drugs

Indonesia's Executions: Drugs Diplomacy in a Diplomatic Crisis?

Damon Barrett | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK Politics
Damon Barrett

The ambassador of Indonesia will make his allotted intervention at the beginning of the Commission meeting with the usual self-congratulatory script that most governments will follow. So it always proceeds. But it will be all the more difficult to stomach this year. It takes just one representative to stand up and walk out to make a diplomatic statement far greater than any consensus resolution.

Legalising Marijuana: A No-Brainer Decision?

Lewis Parker | Posted 29.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Lewis Parker

I don't smoke marijuana, however I completely support the case for legalisation. An increasing amount of people are turning to the drug to help with ongoing medical issues such as cancer and arthritis. Marijuana has been proven to help relieve pain and improve quality of life over more conventional legal drugs such as Morphine.

An Open Letter to Russell Brand

Kay Smythe | Posted 14.02.2015 | UK
Kay Smythe

Your campaign is beautiful and I am a firm supporter but the truth is that even if our tiny little island nation legalises every narcotic, psychedelic and hippy plant there will still be hundreds of thousands of kidnappings, mass murders and mutilated, decaying bodies left in the streets across Central, South and North America.

A Bridge To San Patrignano

Danny McCubbin | Posted 08.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Danny McCubbin

San Patrignano is the most successful drug rehabilitation community in the world with an impressive 72% success rate. Situated near Rimini in Italy, there are over 1,300 residents currently residing there from 28 countries around the world.

Fatal Attraction: Brownfield's Flexibility Doctrine and Global Drug Policy Reform

Damon Barrett | Posted 18.01.2015 | UK Politics
Damon Barrett

For governments, in an effort to avoid political controversy, the four pillars may seem attractive. For those who support drug policy reform they may seem progressive. But this is no win for drug policy reform or progress towards policies grounded in evidence and human rights.

As the UK Prepares to Talk About Drug Policy, It Must Look at the Action Taking Place Globally

Kojo Koram | Posted 28.12.2014 | UK Politics
Kojo Koram

The speed of change in terms of global drug policy over the past few years has been nothing short of remarkable. As is their way, Britain's political class has largely responded by shutting their eyes, putting their fingers in their ears and insisting on business as usual.

Charlotte Meredith

The Coalition Is Completely Confused About Its Stance On Drugs

HuffingtonPost.com | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 14.08.2014 | UK Politics

Drug prevention charities have responded with exasperation after the Tories immediately slapped down calls from the drugs minister for the legalisatio...

Charlotte Meredith

Clegg In Bold Call For Radical Overhaul Of 'Utterly Senseless' Drug Laws

HuffingtonPost.com | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK Politics

Nick Clegg has claimed "we are never going to win the war on drugs" in a powerful call for reform of the UK's "utterly senseless" drug laws. Drug p...

How Giving Addicts Free Drug Paraphernalia Will Help The Fight Against Heroin

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK

Drugs paraphernalia will be given to heroin users for free by the government in a bid to help them kick the habit and reduce the number of lives devas...

Lads on Torah: A Trip to the Holy Land

James Dann | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK Comedy
James Dann

Their version of 'Stairway to Heaven' lasts 67 hours spreading across two books. Charge your Walkman before these guys. "Where's your passport? Wha...

You'll Never Guess How Much This Mother And Daughter Spent On Weed

The Huffington Post UK/ Agency | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK

A shameless mother and daughter today admitted to blowing £30,000 of their benefits on cannabis. Unemployed Bethany Burnett was just 16 when she b...

These Pictures Show People Have Had Enough Of The War On Drugs

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 26.06.2014 | UK

Activists in more than 100 cities have taken to the streets to call for an end to the war on drugs. These powerful images show that across the worl...

Charlotte Meredith

Rejecting Cannabis Legalisation Is 'Unscientific And Unethical'

HuffingtonPost.com | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 26.06.2014 | UK

Britain's leading doctors have faced a fierce backlash from a drug policy expert after they this week voted down a motion that would push for the lega...

People Are Going To Be Taught What Cannabis Smells Like

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 26.06.2014 | UK

Scratch and sniff cards loaded with the smell of cannabis are being handed out in 17 police forces across England and Wales. The idea is to educat...

'The System Is Broken': Celebrities And MPs Call For Drug Law Reform On Day Of Global Action

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 26.06.2014 | UK

The war on drugs has failed - that's what more than 90 celebrities, politicians, lawyers and health experts have written to the prime minister in an u...

On the International Day Against Drugs, Let's Look Again at Sweden's 'Successful' Drug Policies

Damon Barrett | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Politics
Damon Barrett

There are multiple imbalances of focus here. Funding of health versus enforcement. Policing individuals versus traffickers. The policy space taken up by cannabis versus important health harms associated with other substances.

Drug Legalisation In The UK Called For By Mother Of Dead Teenager

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 12.06.2014 | UK

The mother of a teenage schoolgirl who died after taking party drug ecstasy has called for the legalisation of drugs in the UK. Martha Fernback, fr...

American Drug History X: an allegory for today

Davis Mukasa | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Politics
Davis Mukasa

Once upon a time near the start of the previous century a drug named "Marihuana" was fast becoming the scourge of certain states of America. It was tu...

Drug Use Is Not a Sustainable Development Issue - The War on Drugs Certainly Is

Damon Barrett | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Politics
Damon Barrett

If drugs issues are to be included in the SDG targets then ideas must come from official, considered sources, including NGO consultations. They must be based on what is really happening, and real solutions, not the same discredited fantasies of the past. Drug use is not a sustainable development issue. The war on drugs certainly is.

What Thomas Piketty Doesn't Get

Julie Meyer | Posted 19.07.2014 | UK
Julie Meyer

Let's not create a society of the richest poor people. Let's not condescend people by saying that if you started life as poor, you'll always be that. The cards are not stacked against you in the 21st Century. Piketty's book provokes jealousy and insecurity in people rather than freeing them to create and aspire.

This Is What A Cocaine Sandwich Looks Like

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.05.2014 | UK

This is a sandwich you probably won't find during your lunch break in Sainsbury's. Spanish police have arrested a Colombian man after he was foun...

Authorities Face A 'Race With Chemists' In The Battle Against Legal Highs

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 01.05.2014 | UK

The authorities are facing a "race with chemists" who are producing potentially dangerous new legal highs on a weekly basis, a Home Office minister ha...

Cannabis Legalisation In The UK: Campaigners Welcome Tory Demands For Change In Law

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 29.04.2014 | UK

David Cameron has been urged by Tory modernisers to abandon Britain’s “futile” war against drugs and make partial legalisation a key pledge in n...

Why Was Nigella Lawson Refused Entry To The US?

Megan Hughes | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Hughes

Ultimately, the decision to refuse Nigella Lawson entry to the US reflects the uglier side of its immigration legislation. It was apparently arbitrary; Lawson's behaviour suggests that she had no prior indication of the Border Agency's decision...

Why Nick Clegg Is Right on Drug Policy

John Collins | Posted 27.05.2014 | 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.