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Thu
12
Mar

Cannabis, neuroscience and TV: A ‘joint’ enterprise

UK: What’s it like to turn your science into 90 minutes of TV? The researchers involved in Channel 4’s Drugs Live share their experience.

Scientists are increasingly encouraged to share their findings with wider audiences through public engagement activities like science fairs, festivals, comedy, and radio and TV broadcasting. Activities like this can be very worthwhile, both for the public and the scientists, but they do present some challenges.

Mon
09
Mar

Q&A: could Portugal’s drug reforms work in the UK?

The Liberal Democrats have confirmed that their 2015 manifesto will contain radical proposals for drug policy reform. Many of the measures echo the approach taken in Portugal, where a policy of decriminalisation was put into practice in 2001.

Drugs policy expert Susanne MacGregor from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine explains what reforms like these would mean for the UK.

 

What is Portugal’s drugs policy?

In 2001, Portugal reformed its drug policies to address public concern around problematic drug use, especially intravenous heroin use. A government-appointed expert commission proposed decriminalising possession of any illicit drug for personal use, which is defined as the amount an average user would consume in a ten-day period.

Thu
05
Mar

The economic case for legalizing cannabis in the UK

Channel 4’s Drugs Live programme, broadcast last night, promised to examine what cannabis does to the brain. Many of us had already seen the clips of Jon Snow struggling after a massive dose of high strength marijuana (the equivalent of forcing a teetotaller to down a bottle of vodka and then asking him how he feels).

But beyond the effects of cannabis on the brain, isn’t it time for a wider discussion on the potential effects of safe, regulated cannabis consumption on society?

How much is cannabis worth these days? According to the Institute for Economic and Research, up to £900m could be raised annually through taxation of regulated cannabis market.

Fri
27
Feb
Thu
26
Feb

New UK political party wants to make cannabis an election issue

A new political party is planning to field as many as 100 candidates at the general election to force the issue of cannabis legalisation centre stage.

Cista – Cannabis is Safer than Alcohol – is inspired by legalisation of the drug in some US states. The party’s election candidates will include Paul Birch, who co-founded Bebo before it was sold to AOL for $850m (£548m) in 2008 and says he is investing up to £100,000 in the venture.

Other candidates around the UK are soon to be named; this week the party said Shane O’Donnell, a former Conservative party activist, would stand against Labour’s Keir Starmer and the Green party leader, Natalie Bennett, in the London constituency of Holborn and St Pancras.

Sun
22
Feb

Reefer Madness comes to Britain (again)

We’ve seen a spate of Reefer Madness driven by the Daily Mail in the media over the last few weeks. There’s an election coming up and the Tories are vehemently sticking to anti cannabis rhetoric.

Respected journalist Jon Snow had a whitey after he took two very strong hits of cannabis prior to being enclosed in an MRI and compared the experience to being in a war zone. This little stunt caused as much laughter as it did incredulity amongst cannabis users, who suggested he do it again, but this time with a pizza listening to Bob Marley and perhaps a lower dosage.

Then we have the Daily Mail’s sensationalist and misleading reporting suggesting that 24% of all psychosis cases are the fault of skunk.

Sun
22
Feb

How To Regulate Cannabis In Britain. The CLEAR Plan Version 2.0

CLEAR has published a revised and updated version 2.0 of its plan for the regulation of cannabis in Britain. This is based on the 2011 study 'Taxing the UK Cannabis Market' which CLEAR commissioned from the Independent Drug Monitoring Unit (IDMU).

Peter Reynolds, president and elected leader of CLEAR, said:

Sun
22
Feb

How To Regulate Cannabis In Britain. The CLEAR Plan Version 2.0

CLEAR has published a revised and updated version 2.0 of its plan for the regulation of cannabis in Britain. This is based on the 2011 study 'Taxing the UK Cannabis Market' which CLEAR commissioned from the Independent Drug Monitoring Unit (IDMU).

Peter Reynolds, president and elected leader of CLEAR, said:

Sun
22
Feb

How To Regulate Cannabis In Britain. The CLEAR Plan Version 2.0

CLEAR has published a revised and updated version 2.0 of its plan for the regulation of cannabis in Britain. This is based on the 2011 study 'Taxing the UK Cannabis Market' which CLEAR commissioned from the Independent Drug Monitoring Unit (IDMU).

Peter Reynolds, president and elected leader of CLEAR, said:

Mon
16
Feb

Bebo co-founder Paul Birch shows high ambition with UK cannabis legalisation political party

A co-founder of social network Bebo has launched a new disruptive UK political party centred on the legalisation - and taxation - of cannabis.

Paul Birch, who aided husband and wife team, Michael and Xochi Birch, in founding once momentous social network Bebo, last week launched the Cannabis Is Safer Than Alcohol (CISTA) to evoke a UK policy change towards cannabis.

After reinvesting his tech industry profits in CISTA, the newly launched manifesto claims the ‘War on Drugs’ has been lost.

It reads: "By reforming cannabis laws, we could raise £900m in duties and cut the deficit by £1.25bn or free up spending on essential public services."

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