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Labour peer Charles Falconer apologises over war on drugs [24.09.2018] The former lord chancellor Charles Falconer has apologised for his role in the war on drugs, as a group of leading politicians from across the world ...
Britain's drug testing charity is ready to roll out in Australia [20.09.2018] Pill testing at music festivals in Australia is inevitable, Britain's only drug-testing organisation says. Two people died from suspected drug overdo...
Police chief calls for more cannabis clubs where drug can be used and traded safely [09.08.2018] A police chief has called for cannabis users to be allowed to freely grow and sell the drug without fear of arrest in cannabis clubs, saying the “war...
Medical cannabis users could still be criminalised in UK despite government accepting its benefits [24.07.2018] Cannabis is high on the agenda at the moment. Not only have California and Canada passed new laws to legalise marijuana, but in the UK, two recent hi...
Police ‘decriminalising cannabis’ as prosecutions fall away [14.07.2018] Police forces are in effect decriminalising cannabis, campaigners say, after uncovering figures that show a substantial fall in the number of prosecu...
Government won't 'stand in the way' of drug testing at festivals, says Home Office [09.07.2018] The Home Office “would not stand in the way” of drug testing at clubs and festivals, it said. It follows calls from experts and campaigners for music...
Sajid Javid looks into easing rules on medical cannabis prescription [03.07.2018] The home secretary, Sajid Javid, is considering whether cannabis could be made easier to prescribe for medical use, Downing Street has said. It comes...
Police commissioners urge Home Office to drop opposition to addicts’ ‘fix rooms’ [02.07.2018] There are renewed calls for the UK government to allow the opening of a drug consumption room in Glasgow after three police and crime commissioners b...
Legalising cannabis 'would raise £1bn in tax for the UK' [29.06.2018] Legalising cannabis would raise £1bn a year in tax for the UK. A report from the Institute of Economic Affairs has valued the UK's black market at £2...
Tobacco giant Imperial Brands invests in medical cannabis [28.06.2018] Tobacco firm Imperial Brands is investing in UK biotech company Oxford Cannabinoid Technologies (OCT). The move comes as campaigning to allow marijua...
Durham police chief calls for legalisation of cannabis in UK [24.06.2018] A chief constable has called for the ban on cannabis to be scrapped, arguing that it damages public safety, puts users in more danger, and gives mill...
Cannabis war 'comprehensively lost', says William Hague [19.06.2018] Former Conservative leader Lord Hague has called for a "decisive change" in the law on cannabis - suggesting that the Tories should consider legalisi...
Hunt wants swift review of cannabis oil law after Billy Caldwell case [18.06.2018] The health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has said he backs the use of medicinal cannabis oil and called for a swift legal review after an emergency licence...
MPs condemn UK cannabis laws after epileptic boy's medication seized [12.06.2018] MPs have criticised the UK’s cannabis laws and called for urgent reform after a boy had his first epileptic seizure in 300 days because the governmen...
Legalising cannabis ‘could earn Treasury £3.5bn’ [02.06.2018] Introducing a legal cannabis market to the UK could earn the Treasury between £1bn and £3.5bn a year in tax revenues, a new report suggests. Health P...
Doctors in Commons rally to overturn ban on medicinal cannabis [24.05.2018] Doctors in the House of Commons are to lead a campaign to change the law banning the medicinal use of cannabis, as a new all-party parliamentary grou...
Drugs policing: Federation spokesman calls for policy rethink [22.05.2018] The Police Federation spokesman on drugs policing, Simon Kempton, has called for a rethink on drugs policy, saying prohibition has "never worked". Sg...
High time to rehash drug policy, think tanks say, as legalisation could save taxpayer £900m [13.05.2018] Think tanks have today called on the government to radically rethink its drug policy, as it was revealed that taxpayers could save nearly £900m a yea...
Harsher drug prohibition won’t stop violence, but regulation might, law enforcers say [02.05.2018] After a spate of violent crime, the UK Home Office released its Serious Violence Strategy. Amber Rudd, former home secretary, said, perhaps inevitabl...
Medicinal cannabis policies and practices around the world [24.04.2018] Although cannabis remains a prohibited substance worldwide, in recent decades a series of political, legislative and judicial processes in various pa...
Europe is losing the fight against dirty money [02.04.2018] Rob Wainwright, who will be leaving his post as Europol director after almost a decade, said: “One of my favorite frustrations is on financial crime ...
LibDem MSP says Scotland should ‘open regulated drugs market’ [28.03.2018] Scotland should have its own “regulated cannabis market” to control the pricing and potency of the drug, LibDem MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton has claimed. H...
Britain’s stringent rules on medical cannabis harm patients [17.03.2018] In 2016 Britain harvested 95 tonnes of legally grown cannabis, twice as much as a year earlier, and more than any other country. The International Na...
UK revealed to be world's biggest producer of medical cannabis [06.03.2018] The UK is the world's largest producer and exporter of legal cannabis for medical and scientific use, according to a report from the UN's Internation...
Skunk is causing misery – criminalisation isn’t working [01.03.2018] C an Britain ever kill its worst taboo? This week’s news of the soaring prevalence of skunk, in place of weaker and less harmful herbal forms of cann...
High-strength cannabis now dominates illegal market, study finds [27.02.2018] Almost all cannabis seized by police now comprises high-strength varieties, with outdoor-grown herbal strains and hashish barely found, according to ...
Plans for heroin to be prescribed to addicts in West Midlands [12.02.2018] Doctors in the West Midlands could soon be prescribing heroin for addicts, who would be invited to inject themselves with clean syringes in drug cons...
Trafficked, beaten, enslaved: the life of a Vietnamese cannabis farmer [31.01.2018] At 10, ‘Stephen’ was taken from Hanoi to London and then spent four years tending plants for a brutal drug gang. Now awaiting news of an appeal again...
‘Prison time will not stop my fight for cannabis’ [29.01.2018] Cannabis campaigner Mike Dobson has vowed to give up growing the drug after a sobering second spell in prison. But the 39-year-old is refusing to aba...
Cannabis clubs 'could open across country' as founder reveals police 'very supportive' of plan [25.01.2018] A cannabis club founder wants to expand across the UK after a senior cop visited his the Middlesbrough-based club. Michael Fisher set up Teesside Can...
Blowing up: Britain’s cocaine glut [07.12.2017] “It's as easy as buying a drink from an off-licence.” That is how Ellen Romans, a recovering drug addict, describes picking up cocaine near where she...
The Swiss cannabis farm aiming to supply 'legal weed' across Europe [24.11.2017] I n fields across Switzerland the harvest time for cannabis is coming to an end, and workers are distributing the crop to shops in France and Switzer...
Are UK drug consumption rooms likely? [12.10.2017] What does the Home Office really think about drug consumption rooms - safe and supervised places where addicts can inject or inhale illicit substance...
Britain is developing a weed café culture under the radar [02.10.2017] There is bipartisan support for cannabis legalisation among MP’s in the UK. However, the only pro-legalisation party, the Liberal Democrats, failed t...
A flagship law is on the brink of collapse as experts say the Tories have ‘blood on their hands’ [31.08.2017] One of the Conservative government’s flagship laws has been left on the brink of collapse, as the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) announced a “ full ...
Government accused of 'squandering' £1.6bn a year on anti-drug policy [07.08.2017] Ministers have been accused of "squandering" £1.6bn a year after an official analysis of the Government’s drug strategy concluded that illegal drugs ...
We already know how to stop people dying from drugs – but the Government refuses to do it [02.08.2017] Last year saw the highest number of drug-related deaths since records began in 1993. More than half of these deaths involved an opiate, such as heroi...
Drug consumption rooms ruled out by government [26.07.2017] The UK government has dismissed a call from its own advisory body to consider introducing drug consumption rooms. The Advisory Council on the Misuse ...
Revealed: The London boroughs that grow the most weed [06.07.2017] In recent years, UK police have quietly eased off their prosecution of cannabis farmers. Between 2011 and 2014 the number of people taken to court fo...
What a regulated UK cannabis market might mean for business [02.06.2017] Former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg claimed that legalising cannabis in the UK would improve public health, but warned of the “risks of unfettere...
Proportion of UK drug users using dark net to buy drugs 'doubles in three years' [25.05.2017] There has been a huge rise in the number of UK drug users using the dark internet to buy illegal substances, a new survey has revealed. The Global Dr...
Spice ruins lives and costs taxpayers a fortune. It doesn’t have to be this way [28.04.2017] Spice-induced “zombie” outbreaks in New York and in Manchester have hit the headlines in the past year. Use of these new damaging and powerful forms ...
Are police too skint to control Britain's weed growing industry? [17.04.2017] Six years ago police were busting more than 20 cannabis farms a day. Local newspapers were filled with images of officers wading through illegal grow...
With Spice, politicians are sleepwalking into another “war on drugs” disaster [16.04.2017] Reefer madness is back. Only this time, it has been rebranded. Now it is Spice Nightmare that is stalking the UK, as a sinister new drug turns poor a...
Trafficked and enslaved: the teenagers tending UK cannabis farms [25.03.2017] An international network of traffickers brings teenage boys from Vietnam to become enslaved gardeners in British suburbs. Yet every few weeks, anothe...
Cannabis legislation in Europe [15.03.2017] At a time of increased debate on the laws controlling the use of cannabis in the European Union, this report answers some of the questions most often...
How British weed growers are avoiding prosecution [15.03.2017] The United Kingdom Cannabis Social Clubs (UKCSC) have recently launched a system that, in theory, would help you battle a court case if your grow was...
Durham police will give addicts heroin to inject in 'shooting galleries' [05.03.2017] Heroin addicts will be given supplies to inject in specially designated “shooting galleries” under radical plans to tackle drug-related crime in Durh...
Preston’s first cannabis club to challenge Home Office [25.01.2017] Mike Dobson, a self-confessed cannabis user for 25 years, is seeking a judicial review following the Home Office’s refusal to issue a licence to allo...
Why addicts take drugs in 'fix rooms' [09.01.2017] Britain could soon see its first "fix room" for drug users - a safe space where addicts can take illegal narcotics under medical supervision. But who...

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