War on Drugs

Lads on Torah: A Trip to the Holy Land

James Dann | Posted 24.07.2014 | 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 25.06.2014 | 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 29.05.2014 | 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.

War in Reverse: Drugs, Consensus and Killing

Damon Barrett | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK
Damon Barrett

Today the fighting is as intense as it has ever been but it is right at this moment that the war on drugs may be coming to an end. What we are seeing now at the UN in Vienna, over half a century since the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs was adopted, is the breakdown of the all-important consensus.

More Than 40 People Arrested In Parliament Since May 2010

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK Politics

The extent of crime police have had to tackle in Parliament can be revealed thanks to a Freedom of Information request by the Huffington Post UK. T...

Legalisation Of Cannabis Set To Generate Huge Tax Revenue Boost For Colorado

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 21.02.2014 | UK

Cannabis is set to be a billion-dollar legal industry in the state of Colorado by next year after officials suggested far greater volumes of the drug ...

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."

Philip Seymour Hoffman and Heroin

Tim Fenton | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK
Tim Fenton

So another life is lost, to be blamed on the use of heroin. Thus the so-called "war on drugs" will be perpetuated. The lessons of prohibition - that it is the criminality, not the drug, that does the real damage - will remain unlearnt.

San Patrignano UK - Now a Charity

Danny McCubbin | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK
Danny McCubbin

This week we are off to San Patrignano with a special team of volunteers who are going to work with me and be responsible for the admissions process here in the UK. This will mean that we will be able to support more people who are dependent on drugs and looking to enter the community in Italy.

Cocaine Found In Banana Crates At Aldi Stores

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Supermarkets in Berlin had an unusual special offer this week. Aldi workers were left rather surprised when they found huge shipments of cocaine hi...

Blog Del Narco (Part I)

Kay Smythe | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Kay Smythe

When I asked for Blog Del Narco for Christmas this year, I highly doubt my parents were expecting quite the shock they got Christmas morning. One cannot simply flick through the accounts written by the Mexican journalist and computer scientist who dared to report what others were getting 'disemboweled and hung off a bridge' for.

10 Things Society Must Realise in Order to End the Drug War

Kieran Turner-Dave | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Politics
Kieran Turner-Dave

As a society we need a serious paradigm shift regarding how much we allow the government to interfere with our free choices as citizens. The vast majority of people using illegal drugs in the UK are not addicts, but are perfectly functional members of society who enjoy drugs recreationally...