Do Teenagers in the UK Need More Realistic Drug Education?

By Haig Stringer Remember ‘Just say no’, Talk to Frank or ill-conceived anecdotes of teenage drugs misuse intended to foster abstinence? Did these ploys prevent you from using drugs? Maybe*. But more importantly, did these techniques equip you with information you would need to manage both the benefits and harms of legal and illegal substances or to understand how different drug policies influence personal health? Almost certainly not. Currently, the UK government states that schools have a ‘clear role to play in preventing drug misuse’ and should utilise that responsibility…

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Is This a Defining Moment for Cannabis in the UK?

Tomorrow, activists from all over the country will descend on Westminster to make their presence felt in the halls of power. Their reason? The (hopeful) second reading of Paul Flynn MP’s Private Members Bill, which would officially legalise the use of medical cannabis in the UK. This is of course far from the first time that cannabis activists have protested in London. Every year, thousands gather in Hyde Park for the annual 4/20 event, whilst countless patients’ protests and smoke outs have been held outside Parliament, the BBC, and others…

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American Marijuana Saga: Are Trump and Sessions Starting A New Drug War?

Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions seem hell-bent on dragging US drug policy back to the eighties, but doing so would have potentially disastrous consequences at home and abroad. Last week, Attorney General Sessions repealed the Cole Memo – an Obama-era policy directive which essentially paved the way for the legalisation of cannabis by instructing federal law enforcement not to prioritise the enforcement of federal drug law in states with medical and/or adult-use cannabis laws.   The Memo had been seen as a green light by cannabusinesses, who capitalised on the government’s…

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Theresa May Smack Talks Cannabis: Heroin & Suicide?

Tories Hate Cannabis so much it’s becoming an international joke By Greg de Hoedt and Chris Bovey. Theresa May recently took part in a live question and answer session, during which she was asked why she cannot support cannabis legalisation. The moderator, Robert Peston, relayed the question from a lady called Emma who told the Prime Minister that it’s the only thing that helps her debilitating anxiety, but she has to be a criminal to get the only thing that helps her. May responded that one of her constituents had…

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Tories Hate Cannabis: Vote Tactically To Support Cannabis Reform

Today the Liberal Democrats announced in their manifesto that they will legalise, regulate and tax cannabis in the UK and include the cannabis social club model in these plans – if they are elected to run Government on June 8th. But what impact will this have? While the UK Cannabis Social Clubs have played a part in writing this policy and endorse it as a great stride in the right direction, echoing the motions taken by the elected Liberal government in Canada, we believe the best way to vote in…

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