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Britain blocks Bermuda’s cannabis legislation [06.09.2022] Bermuda’s governor Rena Lalgie announced that the United Kingdom has blocked the Bermuda government’s controversial bid to legalize the use and produ ...
Government tight-lipped over UK cannabis law talks [06.06.2022] Ministers are refusing to say if there were any breakthroughs on the stand-off with London over the Government’s flagship cannabis legislation during ...
Governor reserves assent on cannabis legalisation Bill [13.05.2022] A decision by Rena Lalgie, the Governor, to reserve assent on the Government’s controversial flagship cannabis legislation plunged Bermuda into uncha ...
UK’s first regular drug checking service set to launch this month in Bristol [12.05.2022] The UK's first regular drug checking service is launching in Bristol this month, delivered by non-profit harm reduction specialists The Loop in a new ...
Sadiq Khan appoints drugs tsar to explore legalising cannabis [12.05.2022] Sadiq Khan has appointed a drugs tsar to explore the potential benefits of legalising cannabis. The mayor has asked Lord Falconer, formerly Lord Chan ...
Minister denies talks being held with Britain on cannabis law [29.04.2022] A Cabinet minister has denied that behind the scenes talks with London are the reason for a delay in sending controversial legislation on legalising ...
Cannabis legislation passes 18-6, setting up constitutional face-off [26.03.2022] It will be legal to grow and sell cannabis in Bermuda – if controversial legislation passed in the House of Assembly gets Royal Assent from the Gover ...
Scotland's drug deaths: Consumption room pilot on track despite warning over legal barriers [02.02.2022] The new chair of the SNP’s drug deaths taskforce is confident legal barriers to setting up drug consumption rooms can be overcome as he insisted the ...
Sadiq Khan drug ‘decriminalisation’ plan ‘does not go far enough’, say experts [05.01.2022] Sadiq Khan’s proposed plan to end the prosecution of young people caught with cannabis in three London boroughs “does not go far enough”, according t ...
Sadiq Khan plans pilot to ‘decriminalise’ minor cannabis offences in London [04.01.2022] Downing Street has expressed concern over moves to end the prosecution of young people caught with cannabis in some London boroughs, under a pilot sc ...
Overdose prevention centres will save lives, say UK senior doctors [12.12.2021] Drug addicts should be allowed to use illicit substances in “supervised injecting facilities” with medical staff on hand to ensure no one dies, healt ...
Burt: Bermuda has ‘no intention’ of tailoring laws to fit UK cannabis conventions [22.11.2021] Bermuda’s Government had “no intention” of tailoring its laws licensing cannabis production to fit with the UK’s conventions allowing the drug for me ...
The UK countryside is ablaze with hemp farms. But how do they help the climate? [11.11.2021] Despite the lack of state support, more and more farmers in the UK are turning to hemp production for its economic and environmental benefits. It's l ...
You’ll never have a drug-free society, expert warns UK [07.11.2021] The Home Office should climb off its “high horse of oppression and prohibition” and stop pursuing the “fantasy” of a drug-free society, the chair of ...
UK drug laws used as tool of systemic racism, says ex-No 10 adviser [29.09.2021] Britain’s drug laws are racist and cause “high levels of mental health harm” among black people, a former No 10 race adviser has said. Simon Woolley ...
Warnings instead of prosecution for Class A drug users [22.09.2021] People caught with Class A drugs in Scotland could be given a police warning instead of facing prosecution. Officers can already issue a formal warni ...
Treat illegal drug use as health issue, says UK government review – here’s why [08.07.2021] The scale of the illicit drug trade in the UK is immense. Last year, the first part of an independent review of the drugs trade found the market in t ...
Free heroin could help Scotland shake off unwanted drugs death title [16.05.2021] The professor behind Dutch addicts getting taxpayer-funded heroin has called on the Scottish Government to do the same in its fight against drugs. Re ...
The forgotten history of European drug-dealer activism [30.04.2021] Today, the contributions of drug suppliers towards harm reduction efforts remain mostly neglected by history, although some within the grassroots end ...
Mayor of London to examine benefits of cannabis legalisation [05.04.2021] The mayor of London is to launch a review examining the feasibility of decriminalising cannabis as part of a new approach to tackling drug-related cr ...
Met may change stop and search tactics on cannabis possession [18.03.2021] The Metropolitan police could change how it deals with cannabis possession amid concerns stop and search powers damage community relations, and yield ...
Calls backed for European-style shooting galleries where addicts can take their own heroin [16.03.2021] European-style drug rooms where users can take illicit substances have been backed by a Teesside panel. Councillors have spent more than a year exami ...
PHE accused of toning down positive report on drug centres [05.03.2021] Public Health England has been accused of watering down a briefing on the life-saving merits of overdose prevention centres (OPCs) after a paper was ...
Burt refuses to confirm warning from Governor over cannabis law [24.02.2021] Premier David Burt refused to confirm whether he had held any discussions with the Governor on cannabis regulations approved by the House of Assembly ...
Burt warns London over cannabis licensing act [20.02.2021] Premier David Burt has expressed doubt over whether a new law to license cannabis production in Bermuda will get the royal assent from Governor Rena ...
Drug deaths: ‘Scotland should decriminalise and dare Westminster to block it’ [15.01.2021] Scotland should tackle its drug deaths crisis by pushing towards decriminalisation and daring Westminster to try to block it. The powers to decrimina ...
How a man with a van is challenging UK drug policy [21.11.2020] Every Friday for the past two months, Peter Krykant has parked his white van on Parnie Street in central Glasgow and waited for people to come by and ...
Crime commissioner says its "ludicrous" to chase drug addicts who need help [06.11.2020] The man running the UK’s most progressive drug diversion scheme believes it’s “totally ludicrous” for officers to seek to arrest drug users at a mobi ...
Police routinely use drug powers to 'bully people', says former Chief Inspector [04.09.2020] A former chief inspector has said he believes that over a third of drug stop-and-searches by UK police are used “as an excuse to harass people”, afte ...
Mobile ‘fix room’ begins operating in Glasgow [02.09.2020] A drug consumption van where addicts can inject heroin has been launched in Glasgow - despite warnings it could be breaking the law. Peter Krykant, a ...
Cannabis research database shows how U.S. funding focuses on harms of the drug [27.08.2020] A new analysis of cannabis research funding in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom has found that $1.56 billion was directed to the top ...
Campaigners demand reform as official figures show one in five found guilty of cannabis possession is black [03.08.2020] One in five of those found guilty of cannabis possession in England and Wales last year was black, official figures show, prompting accusations of ra ...
First major study by Glasgow experts finds Scottish public support drug consumption rooms [30.07.2020] Research from a Glasgow university has revealed that the majority of Scots back the introduction of drug consumption rooms (DCRs) – with academics in ...
Over 1,100 children trafficked into UK drug trade, data shows [30.07.2020] More than 1,100 children have been trafficked into the UK’s drug trade, new Home Office figures reveal. The data obtained by the drug reform charity ...
5 ways the UK could legalise cannabis [02.07.2020] With more than half of people in the UK in favour of legalising the recreational use of cannabis, and countries around the world adopting more libera ...
PPE and contactless delivery [21.05.2020] While the COVID-19 lockdown might have brought most parts of the economy to a halt, it seems to have had little affect on drug dealers. They have eve ...
“We’re human beings. Help us.” [06.05.2020] COVID-19 and the lockdown have obviously hit many different groups in different ways, but few as severely as street-homeless people who use drugs. Th ...
Coronavirus triggers UK shortage of illicit drugs [12.04.2020] Drug treatment experts have raised concerns a drop in the supply of illicit drugs to the UK triggered by the lockdown is leading to an increase in th ...
A shortage of illicit drugs is imminent due to the coronavirus lockdown [24.03.2020] We’ve already witnessed the havoc of coronavirus as panic-buying compromises supply and distribution of food and some medicines. The illicit drug mar ...
Big cannabis in the UK [18.03.2020] The BMJ has uncovered links between companies, campaign groups and individuals lobbying for wider patient access to cannabis for medical use and a pa ...
Failures in treatment and policing behind 'boom in illegal drugs' [27.02.2020] Disappearing and underfunded drug treatment services and fruitless attempts to restrict the flow of illegal substances into the country underpin a bo ...
What can be done about Scotland's drugs crisis? [26.02.2020] Scotland has the highest rate of drug-related deaths in Europe and the numbers are continuing to rise at an alarming speed. Both the Scottish governm ...
Britain's CBD clampdown, explained [19.02.2020] An estimated 1.3 million people in the UK regularly use CBD for a variety of health and wellness reasons – but ingestible CBD products occupy a hazy ...
A quarter of street drugs are fake and dangerous to users [16.02.2020] Almost a quarter of street drugs are not what users think they are, some being far more powerful and dangerous than expected, according to findings f ...
Deputy Mayor wants pilot for safe consumption room in new drug strategy [27.01.2020] In Bristol, there were 49 drug related deaths in 2017/18 – the highest ever recorded. There are almost 5,000 heroin and crack users in the city and, ...
Justice secretary hits back at criticism of nitrous oxide ban [16.01.2020] The UK justice secretary, Robert Buckland, has hit back at the former drugs adviser David Nutt for labelling the government’s criminalisation of nitr ...
Consider decriminalisation to tackle drug death ‘crisis’, say treatment providers in unprecedented plea [01.12.2019] The future UK government has been urged to consider every available measure to curb the current drug death “crisis”, including decriminalisation, in ...
Medical grade heroin drug treatment centre to open in Glasgow [26.11.2019] A new service providing medical grade heroin to the most problematic drug users in Glasgow is ready to open. The Enhanced Drug Treatment Service will ...
Britons who legally smoke cannabis in the US 'risk being deported' [15.11.2019] A legal expert at an international immigration firm has warned British tourists and employees that if they smoke marijuana in the US, even in states ...
Sadiq Khan: Time for cannabis rethink to cut violent crime [01.11.2019] London Mayor Sadiq Khan called for a rethink on cannabis laws and policing amid concern about the links between drugs and violent crime. The Mayor so ...

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