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Why some cannabis activists do not want an end to prohibition.

I’ve been thinking about the world of cannabis activism and campaigning and how I became increasingly perplexed by the discord between different people and groups. If the over-riding motivation is the abolition of prohibition and the creation of a just, … Continue reading

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Cannabis for medical purposes first – a winning strategy?

One of the many things I have learned in my time as a drug policy adviser is that there is considerable room for improvement in the way in which we campaign for change.  I could ponder the effectiveness of different … Continue reading

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Are they frit?

Many of us working for drug law reform are becomingly increasingly frustrated at the government’s refusal to enter into a debate on the subject.  We present sound arguments, backed by credible evidence, that our current policy isn’t working and make … Continue reading

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The work of WhistleblowersUK

WBUK talk, Houses of Parliament, Westminster 23rd June 2015 I was invited to speak at the White Flowers Whistleblower event in Committe Room 11 of the Houses of Parliament at 1.30 p.m. on Tuesday 23rd June 2015.  I was, somewhat to … Continue reading

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Why drug prohibition is bad for policing

This is the text of the talk I gave at the Home Affairs Select Committee Drugs Policy Seminar in Cambridge, 12 March 2015. “Why drug prohibition is bad for policing” Thank you for the invitation to participate today. Let me make … Continue reading

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“Weren’t you once a police officer? Don’t you recall the oath you swore?”

“Weren’t you once a police officer? Don’t you recall the oath you swore?”  is a tweet from Peter Hitchens posted during a discussion about drug law reform.  I assume that Mr Hitchens seeks to point out that my stance on … Continue reading

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Neither hard nor soft but “Smart on drugs”

The drug policy debate was re-energised last week by two events. A Home Office report, Drugs: International comparators, that was unambiguous in stating that there is no relationship between the harshness of a country’s enforcement of drug possession and levels … Continue reading

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