War on Drugs

British Police in Ibiza - Will It Make Any Difference?

Louisa Newton | Posted 02.04.2015 | UK
Louisa Newton

Recently it was announced that 'up to a dozen' British police officers will patrol the streets of Ibiza during the tourist season this summer, with the aim of solving the island's ever growing drug problem.

UN Debates on Drugs: "There Must Be No New Thinking and No New Ideas"

Ann Fordham | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK
Ann Fordham

A growing number of governments believe that current drug control leads to disastrous consequences for human rights, public health, citizen security and sustainable livelihoods, and that it has to be modernised.

Nick Clegg and Drugs Reform - A Misguided Malady

Harry Saville | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Politics
Harry Saville

If Nick Clegg really does believe drugs aren't a big deal, why doesn't he start making the case for real legalisation in a regulatory framework, protecting the consumer's health, protecting their liberty and undermining the criminal organisations that profit from the trade of illicit drugs?

Psychedelic Science Should Not Be Feared, It Should Be Encouraged

Amanda Feilding | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK
Amanda Feilding

The Home Office has repeatedly stated the substances' scheduling does not impede the development of this type of research; and yet, time and time again the current system has led us to financial and logistic hurdles.

The Unquestionable Benefits of Cannabis Legalisation

Richard Neil | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK
Richard Neil

As with other controlled substances like alcohol and tobacco, cannabis could also be taxed. With the NHS currently struggling, wouldn't this be an obvious solution and hopefully avoid the greedy grasp of privatisation?

The Curse of Apathy: Why Don't We Believe in Ourselves?

Kay Smythe | Posted 05.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kay Smythe

Apathy is a strange curse. I recently conversed with a friend over the diminishing motivation of my generation. It's not that we're lazy, nor are we disinterested in the workings of our planet, but there is a heightened degree of the 'It will never happen' attitude.

Could This FINALLY Be The Start Of A Sensible UK Drugs Policy?

Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 04.03.2015 | UK

Sir Richard Branson and Nick Clegg are calling for a major overhaul in the way government classifies and criminalises drug users. The Virgin owner...

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 31.03.2015 | 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...