Paul Flowers and the stigmatisation of drug users

March 31, 2014

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Last week, the former chairman of the Co-operative Bank, Paul Flowers, re-emerged in the media spotlight to speak out about the “hellish” few months he has experienced since his resignation and subsequent scandal. Flowers has been personally blamed for major economic failures at the Co-op Bank during his chairmanship, however, the media – particularly the tabloids […]

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Banks Launder Billions of Illegal Cartel Money While Snubbing Legal Marijuana Businesses

January 20, 2014

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This article was published by the Huffington Post and Alternet. In the past few weeks, violence in the western Mexican state of Michoacán has been rapidly escalating. The government’s inability to deal with the powerful cartels has led to citizens taking the law into their own hands — by forming armed vigilante groups. The bloodshed […]

Rejecting the EU plan to regulate legal highs is yet another lost battle in the UK’s war on drugs

January 20, 2014

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This article was first published by the Independent. Earlier this week, the Home Office minister – Norman Baker – announced that the government would be opting out of the regulation and directive targeting ‘legal high’ drugs proposed by the European Commission (EC). Anti-EU sentiment is undoubtedly on the rise in Parliament, so it is no […]

The War on Drugs is a tool of state oppression

October 3, 2013

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This article was first published by the Independent.   (Photo source: http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/three-men-arrested-after-police-1470730) Drug prohibition – the illegality of many psychoactive substances – is an accepted norm in the UK, although this hasn’t been the case for long. In 1971, Parliament passed the Misuse of Drugs Act; the first major national prohibition legislation, and the cornerstone of […]

5 Things We Can Learn From New Zealand’s Innovative Law to Regulate New Drugs

October 3, 2013

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This piece was originally published on the Huffington Post and the Drug Policy Alliance Blog. New Zealand has seen the enactment of revolutionary policy changes to the norm of drug prohibition that no other country has experienced. While the U.S., Uruguay, and certain European states have taken recent strides in reforming marijuana policy, New Zealand focused on newer, […]

Posted in: Australasia, Drug Policy

Mexico vs. Marijuana

September 30, 2013

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The bodies of cartel gunmen beside their vehicle after a shootout with Mexican soldiers (Source: http://defenseinvestigators.com/blog/2011/the-cartels-behind-mexicos-drug-war/) Mexico is, arguably, the nation worst affected by the war on drugs. Since the country’s intensification of aggressive prohibitionism in 2006, more than 70,000 Mexicans have been killed in drug-related violence, although the true figure is unknown. Such criminality has […]

Mandatory Minimum Sentencing: The Injustice of the US Justice Department

September 27, 2013

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The United States has, by far, the largest incarceration rate in the world – with nearly 25% of the world’s inmate population, despite having only 5% of the world’s total population. According to the Center for Economic and Policy Research, over 500,000 of these prisoners – in both federal and state penitentiaries – are non-violent […]

Posted in: Drug Policy, US & Canada
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