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Drugs expert barred from policy panel after criticising Home Office [11.06.2019] A government minister vetoed the appointment of an expert to a public body after vetting found she had criticised the Home Office and called for drug ...
'Chinese Ecstasy' drug linked to 125 deaths has arrived in Britain, NCA warns festival goers [02.06.2019] A new ecstasy-like drug produced in China that has been linked to at least 125 deaths is feared to have spread to Britain, the National Crime Agency ...
High finance: Mr Nice 'cannabis lifestyle' shop opens in London [16.05.2019] Howard Marks made his name in the illicit drugs trade but the late drugs baron is making a posthumous comeback to cash in on a booming legal trade in ...
Medicinal cannabis: Legalised yet impossible to access [14.05.2019] On 1 November 2018, the UK changed the law on medicinal cannabis. Medicinal cannabis products were moved from schedule 1, meaning they have no medici ...
Cannabis being decriminalised by back door, MPs warn [27.04.2019] Police have been accused of decriminalising cannabis by stealth as forces recorded a drop in possession offences of up to 75 per cent in a decade. Mo ...
‘You can’t arrest your way out of record drug-related deaths,’ say police [24.04.2019] In what is effectively de facto drug decriminalisation, people caught in possession of personal amounts of controlled substances in a number of polic ...
Mother of girl with epilepsy has supply of medical cannabis confiscated [06.04.2019] The law in the UK was changed last November to make access to medical cannabis legal, but parents have been struggling to secure prescriptions, due t ...
High-strength cannabis increases risk of mental health problems [19.03.2019] Frequent cannabis use and high-strength varieties are likely to increase the chance of mental health problems, according to researchers in the journa ...
Drug consumption rooms 'should be considered' in NI [07.03.2019] Consideration should be given to providing rooms where people can safely inject themselves with illegal drugs, NI's chief medical officer Dr Michael ...
Home Office gives green light to first drug testing clinic [24.02.2019] The first drug-checking service licensed by the Home Office will allow users to have their illicit substances tested without fear of being arrested i ...
Tough cannabis policies do not deter young people – study [18.02.2019] There is no evidence that tough policies deter young people from using cannabis, a study has found. Analysing data about cannabis use among more than ...
Legalisation of cannabis in the UK would help protect its users from harm [15.02.2019] New research highlights associations between teenage cannabis use and a range of mental health problems. The results suggested that use of the drug w ...
Why Europe has dodged America's fentanyl crisis [07.02.2019] A perfect storm of conditions over the last decade led to the current fentanyl epidemic in the US. It began with rising social deprivation and excess ...
Fears grow that Ketamine use by young is on the rise in England [04.02.2019] Public Health England has expressed concern that increasing numbers of young people are using ketamine as a Guardian analysis of government data show ...
A safe fix for Bristol’s drug users and the city [25.01.2019] Unlike in Bristol, in 66 cities around the world, drug users don’t have to take their drugs in public or down an alleyway. Instead they do it in a cl ...
Thames Valley Police 'won't arrest drug users' in pilot [17.12.2018] People found with "small quantities of illegal drugs" will not be arrested and instead urged to engage with support services, as part of a police pil ...
Testing drugs at festivals is ‘a lifesaver’, study finds [09.12.2018] An alarming rise in drug-related deaths at music festivals can be countered by testing illicit substances onsite, according to the first academic stu ...
How 'fixing rooms' are saving the lives of drug addicts [21.11.2018] All over Europe, every day, many thousands of people will inject heroin in drug consumption rooms. But none of these will be in the UK, where drug ad ...
Police drugs lead 'impressed' by cannabis clubs [13.11.2018] Hardyal Dhindsa, who is the lead on substance abuse for the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, has said the war on drugs is not working. ...
Majority of British public support legalisation of cannabis, survey reveals [29.10.2018] The British public strongly supports the legalisation of cannabis, according to a new poll. Fifty-nine per cent of people surveyed strongly support o ...
UK government must look into legalising cannabis, says former Met Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe [21.10.2018] Former Metropolitan Police chief Bernard Hogan-Howe has called for an urgent review of the evidence supporting cannabis legalisation. It marks a sign ...
Racial bias in police stop and search getting worse, report reveals [13.10.2018] Black Britons are increasingly likely to be stopped and searched by police compared with white people, according to shocking new figures that challen ...
Britain’s war on dirty money lacks oomph [11.10.2018] No one knows how much dirty money is rinsed through London, but Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA) reckons British banks and their subsidiaries (i ...
UK doctors will be able to prescribe cannabis medicine next month [11.10.2018] Doctors in England, Wales and Scotland will be able to prescribe cannabis-derived medicine in less than a month, the home secretary has announced. Sa ...
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 ...
We went undercover in a Chinese MDMA factory [29.05.2018] We want to understand why MDMA is today so cheap, so pure, and so abundant across the UK and the EU. Since 2012, pills have doubled or tripled in str ...
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 ...
Tax-haven transparency won’t stop money laundering in Britain [08.05.2018] Britain’s overseas territories are to be forced to adopt public registers of company ownership by the end of the decade. That’s a step in the right d ...
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 ...

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