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Nitrous oxide campaigners take drug outside UK parliament in protest at bill [01.08.2015] A protest against the government’s proposed ban of legal highs erupted in laughter on Saturday, as dozens of demonstrators simultaneously inhaled nit ...
Cannabis petition forces MPs to consider debating legalisation [24.07.2015] A petition calling for the total legalisation of cannabis in the UK has been signed by more than 125,000 people in just four days. The response to an ...
Police force gives cannabis users green light to grow drugs [21.07.2015] Durham Police has given users the green light to grow cannabis at home after declaring that officers will no longer proactively target small scale pr ...
London is now the global money-laundering centre for the drug trade, says crime expert [03.07.2015] The City of London is the money-laundering centre of the world's drug trade. UK banks and financial services have ignored so-called "know your custom ...
How Britain's khat ban devastated an entire Kenyan town [25.06.2015] For more than two decades, Maua enjoyed booming business propelled by the growth and sale of khat, known locally as miraa, a popular herb whose leave ...
Weeded out [05.06.2015] In 2000 a report by Europe’s drug agency (EMCDDA) found that Britain had an unusually large number of young cannabis users: they "topped the EU leagu ...
Bans on legal highs will drive booming trade underground, drug experts warn [03.06.2015] The booming trade in legal highs will go underground in the face of blanket bans, such as that now being debated in Britain, European drug experts ha ...
Lib Dem leadership candidate Norman Lamb calls for cannabis legalisation [31.05.2015] The Liberal Democrat leadership candidate Norman Lamb has called for the UK to legalise, regulate and tax the sale of cannabis. The former care minis ...
3,000 children enslaved in Britain after being trafficked from Vietnam [22.05.2015] The link between child trafficking and the UK’s domestic cannabis industry has been increasing, with Vietnamese children the main group at risk. Acco ...
Junk policy [08.05.2015] A century ago, in 1914, the United States banned heroin and cocaine, and it then gradually used its diplomatic might to impose this ban across the wo ...
Drug users should be able to get heroin from the health system [13.04.2015] No fewer than six randomised controlled trials – in Switzerland, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Canada, and England – concluded that heroin assiste ...
This is what's actually in your ecstasy [01.04.2015] The latest data on ecstasy – taken from pills seized by police in England and Wales between July and October of last year – reveals that the average ...
Labour's 'appalling gutter politics' on drugs [30.03.2015] Campaigners for a more evidence-based drug policy are horrified. "It’s a classic and appalling example of gutter politics,” says Martin Jelsma, Direc ...
UK should begin decriminalising drugs, say Richard Branson and Nick Clegg [03.03.2015] Sir Richard Branson and Nick Clegg are urging the UK to begin decriminalising the use and possession of almost all drugs, following the example of Po ...
Could 'The Brighton Model' help the seaside city make millions with weed? [23.02.2015] In 2012, Green Party councillor Ben Duncan suggested that cannabis cafes should be licensed in the city in a bid to boost tourism. In 2014, the Green ...
The UK needs common sense about ketamine [17.02.2015] Ketamine is a unique anaesthetic and analgesic that has unfortunately become a popular recreational drug. In an attempt to reduce recreational use, a ...
Drugs in the UK: Why we need to talk about regulation and decriminalisation [30.01.2015] Fighting the war on drugs in the UK costs an estimated £13 billion annually. It has cost lives recently, too; four people died after taking ecstasy p ...
Putting numbers to faces: a new map of substance misuse, homelessness and offending in England [18.01.2015] Statistics can be a limited and limiting way to understand social issues. When we focus on how many people are affected by a problem, or how much the ...
Superman ‘ecstasy’ pill deaths are result of ‘illogical and punitive drugs policy’ [05.01.2015] The deaths of four men who had taken pills they thought were ecstasy are the result of the government’s "illogical and punitive drug policy", says Dr ...
Norman Baker reveals drugs proposals Theresa May stripped from report [25.12.2014] Under pressure from the Lib Dems, the Home Office commissioned a report looking at the international evidence on the impact of legislation on drug us ...
KanaVape: Cannabis e-cigarette to go on sale in the UK [16.12.2014] The vaping trend seemingly knows no bounds as the first “cannabis” e-cigarette goes on sale in the UK. The KanaVape, which contains hemp, has been le ...
Nick Clegg and Juan Manuel Santos to lead global initiative on drugs reform [08.11.2014] Nick Clegg wants the UK to take a lead role in forging an alliance between European and Latin American countries aiming to reform global drugs laws f ...
Norman Baker: 'Genie is out the bottle' on drug reform [30.10.2014] Westminster has finally reached a tipping point in the drug debate and radical change is now becoming possible, Norman Baker has said. The Liberal De ...
Punitive drug law enforcement failing, says Home Office study [30.10.2014] There is no evidence that tough enforcement of the drug laws on personal possession leads to lower levels of drug use, according to the UK government ...
Prohibition is not working: the case for sanity in the war on drugs [29.10.2014] The House of Commons will today debate whether to rethink the war on drugs. While it is only a backbench business debate, and is therefore not bindin ...
Huge majority thinks 'war on drugs' has failed, new poll finds [04.10.2014] An increasing proportion of Britons favours a more liberal approach to drugs and would support decriminalisation strategies, according to a comprehen ...
Drug legalisation in the UK is a question of time [14.08.2014] Twelve years ago, a promising young politician rose to speak in the British parliament. “I ask the Government not to return to retribution and war on ...
Medicinal cannabis and the caregiving community giving it away for free [14.08.2014] Even though, in 1998, the Home Office granted GW Pharmaceuticals a license to grow cannabis in order to develop cannabinoid-based medicines, Britain ...
Drugs minister calls for legalising cannabis for medicinal use [12.08.2014] Liberalised drug laws should be introduced to legalise the widespread use of cannabis to relieve symptoms of certain medical conditions, including th ...
Khat and mouse [28.06.2014] On June 24, 2014, the sale of khat was prohibited in Britain, almost a year after home secretary Theresa May told the House of Commons that she inten ...
The war on drugs is lost – legalise the heroin trade [25.06.2014] When Tony Blair deployed British troops in Afghanistan, ending the illicit production and supply of opium was cited as a key objective. In 2001 the p ...
Banning Khat is another pointless drug law that will do more harm than good [24.06.2014] Today, khat joined the range of prohibited substances that fall under the UK Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. Those who distribute this Class C drug can now ...
Qat ban: UK police officers told to use their discretion in enforcement [22.06.2014] Police have been officially advised to use their discretion in deciding how to enforce the ban on qat, a mild herbal stimulant, that has been widely ...
The war on drugs killed my daughter [21.06.2014] Martha Fernback, 15, died from taking 91% pure ecstasy. The response of her mother, Anne-Marie Cockburn was unusual. She refused to blame her daughte ...
How dangerous synthetic cannabis became Britain's most popular new legal high [31.05.2014] The influx of legal, synthetic forms of cannabis that can be more potent and dangerous than the natural, illegal drug exposes Britain's "utterly ridi ...
Going to pot: legalised cannabis edges nearer in west after US states end ban [22.05.2014] Legalisation of cannabis is making slow but unstoppable progress across much of the developed world, many experts believe, following the end of prohi ...
European policy on khat [30.04.2014] The UK and the Netherlands commissioned distinguished scholars and experts to study the social and clinical harms of khat. These experts argued that ...
There's simply no case for banning khat [30.03.2014] Khat is as potent as a strong cup of coffee and has no organised crime involvement – yet the government wants to spend £150m on a ban that would crea ...
MPs urge Theresa May to reverse qat ban [29.11.2013] MPs are urging Theresa May, the home secretary, to reverse the government's ban on the herbal stimulant qat, which is widely used in Britain's Somali ...
Kenya appeals to UK not to ban khat [26.11.2013] The leafy substance khat, grown by many Kenyan farmers, is of economic and cultural significance to many Africans. The UK government has decided, aga ...
Drugs minister refuses to rule out legalisation of cannabis [25.11.2013] The new Liberal Democrat minister responsible for drugs policy, Norman Baker, has refused to rule out a policy of legalising cannabis but said that i ...
Cannabis clubs blossoming in the UK [16.11.2013] Over the past few years, local cannabis clubs have blossomed over Britain. There are now 49 around the UK, which are united by the UK Cannabis Social ...
Drugs legislation is hampering clinical research, warns David Nutt [03.11.2013] The UK's drug laws are preventing scientists from carrying out vital research to unlock our understanding of the brain and find new treatments for co ...
Summary of report Beckley Foundation [30.10.2013] The Beckley report, Licensing and Regulation of the Cannabis Market in England and Wales: Towards a Cost-Benefit Analysis, grasps of the economic con ...
Drug rooms: Admirers eye Copenhagen model [29.10.2013] As a senior police official in northern England calls for safe rooms for the injection of hard drugs, attention has focused on similar projects aroun ...
Legal cannabis market 'would be worth £1.25bn a year to government' [14.09.2013] Legalising and taxing cannabis could be worth as much as £1.25bn a year to the government, a study suggests. The report Licensing and regulation of t ...
Kenyan farmers fear UK khat ban [11.07.2013] A decision by the UK government to ban the stimulant khat later this year is facing fierce resistance in Kenya from those farming the mildly narcotic ...
Legal highs flooding UK pose immense overdose risk, warns drugs tsar [15.05.2013] The chief drugs adviser to the government has given his strongest warning yet on legal highs in Britain, saying there are now more than 200 synthetic ...
From Chinese factory to UK households – realities of the trade in legal highs [08.05.2013] Chemistry firms in many Chinese provinces are churning out modified versions of illegal drugs and selling them online. Everything from amphetamine-li ...
Inside Denmark's 'fixing rooms', where nurses watch as addicts inject in safety [04.05.2013] Since the launch of the room, the quantity of drug paraphernalia collected from gutters, playgrounds, stairwells and doorways in the area has halved. ...

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