This issue however goes far beyond medicinal marijuana. Our whole approach to drugs is flawed
Last week, on a visit to an east London addiction charity, Prince William asked a group of recovering addicts whether drugs
The Government's drug policy is shambolic and evidence-free. Ministers are obsessed with measuring success based on the numbers of people using drugs, rather than focusing on reducing harms. There needs to be wholescale reform of the UK's drug policy, with a focus on harm reduction and - in the first instance - decriminalising drug possession for personal use. If the Government wants a strategy that works and that protects people, it really is time they listened to the experts.
With the right political energy, the government could work with treatment agencies, their partners and people with lived experience of substance misuse to shape the new outcome measures it has announced. And furthermore, it could provide a mechanism for agreeing the secure, stable funding that will be necessary if local areas are to achieve those outcomes.
The Government has an opportunity to make a substantial contribution to the national wellbeing with this strategy, let's hope it can seize the moment, and follow through with the right investment of materials, to match the investment of some promising ideas.
Drugs destroy countless lives. They lead to crime, violence and disorder on our streets. They are one of the creeping and corrosive threats to our society that we must do more to tackle. But I am also determined to do all I can to protect the most vulnerable, who too often become the victims. That is why today I am launching the Government's new drug strategy which sets out how we will tackle the deadly impact of drugs, including substances like spice... This strategy is a vital part of our work to protect the vulnerable and make our families and communities even safer. We owe it to future generations to work together for a society free of drugs.
Heading to one of the many festivals abroad this year? Great decision - you've got a choice of a lot of different festivals out there. From the fashionable festival of Coachella (California, U.S), to the biggest electric dance music festival that is Tomorrowland (Boom, Belgium), to the bass vibes from Outlook Festival (Pula, Croatia), there's sure to be a line up perfect for you! Thinking about doing drugs though? Maybe you need to read this to see why that might not be the best idea...
Twenty-seventeen is poised to be a challenging year for drug policy reform. Extrajudicial killings have surpassed 7,000 in
Catalina was in prison for a drug conviction in Guaviare, Colombia. She had been detained for possessing some coca paste
The Home Office has demonstrated yet again that, when it comes to drug policy, it is more concerned with political posturing than public health.