MPs call for legalisation of cannabis…

First Published on www.independent.co.uk on November 21st 2016. MPs call for legalisation of cannabis amid warning UK is falling behind in its drug policies Cannabis is the most widely used illegal drug in the UK, with 6.7 per cent of adults aged 16 to 59 using it in the past year The UK should follow […]

People in the West Midlands Are Really Into Growing Weed

Full article published on the Vice website, 11th August 2016. West Midlands Cannabis Capital of the UK If you needed another reason to quit selling weed other than your annoying hippy clients and the constant, debilitating paranoia that comes with being a dealer, you should know that the cops are probably already onto you – […]

Countries Decriminalising Drugs

Full article published on the Governance and Justice Group website, 14th March 2016. Increasing Number of Countries Decriminalising Drugs Ahead of UN Debate on Global Drugs Policy ‘Report finds decriminalisation improves public health and social outcomes, saves governments money, and does not increase drug use’ Report finds decriminalisation improves public health and social outcomes, saves […]

Lancet Report Calling For Drug Decriminalisation…

Full article published in the Huffington Post, 24th March 2016. Lancet Report Calling For Drug Decriminalisation Means Reformists Can No Longer Be Branded ‘Crazed Drug Users’ ‘Countries are neglecting their legal responsibilities’ While calls for decriminalisation are nothing new, the “huge significance of the report is its provenance”, said Steve Rolles, of drugs reform think-tank […]

Digital Artwork: Needle Fetish II

Original digital artwork by iopan. March 2016. The following is an abstract from an academic paper available from www.academia.edu. Governing the injecting drug user: Beyond needle fixation Ian Walmsley University of the West of England, UK   Abstract This article offers a critical contribution to the debate on a problematic ‘type’ of injecting drug use […]

How to Make Drug Taking Better in 2016

Published in VICE on: 2nd January 2016. How to Make Drug Taking Better in 2016 For over a century, world leaders have been deliberating over what exactly they should do about drugs. Unfortunately, all that deliberation hasn’t got them too far in terms of actually keeping people or the planet very safe. The widespread collateral […]

THE NUMBERS IN BLACK AND WHITE: ETHNIC DISPARITIES IN THE POLICING AND PROSECUTION OF DRUG OFFENCES IN ENGLAND AND WALES

Ethnic Disparates This report demonstrates that the policing and prosecutions of drug possession offences in England and Wales is unduly focussed on black and minority communities. This report looks at racial disparity rates at stop and search, arrest, prosecution and sentencing and clearly demonstrates that the drug laws in the UK are a major driver […]