Confessions of a ten-a-day man

Confessions of a ten-a-day man
William Leith used to take painkillers morning and night – for the headaches he had and the headaches he worried he might get. He’s not alone. As the instant-relief market explodes, he investigates: are too many pills too much of a good thing? From the Guardian. When I was growing up in...
February 25th, 2010 | Drug Policy | Read More

Why Was Cannabis Made Illegal?

Why Was Cannabis Made Illegal?
Howard Marks, Mr. Nice, considers why his favourite past-time was outlawed in 1928 after 86 million years of cannabis being legally available… (The video’s not perfect quality, but its still worth a watch)
February 11th, 2010 | Drug Policy | Read More

Cannabis Policy: Moving Beyond Stalemate

Cannabis Policy: Moving Beyond Stalemate
New Study Calls for a More Rational Approach to Cannabis Control ‘That which is prohibited cannot easily be regulated’ A new book published by the Beckley Foundation and Oxford University Press has concluded that cannabis prohibition policies have comprehensively failed and that a new approach...
February 4th, 2010 | Drug Policy | Read More

It’s lack of balance that makes skunk cannabis do harm

It’s lack of balance that makes skunk cannabis do harm
THE effects of cannabis on mental health have attracted much attention over the years. As far back as the 19th century it was recognised that cannabis could induce a transient psychosis which mimics the symptoms of schizophrenia. Despite this, until the last decade or so, most psychiatrists regarded...
January 29th, 2010 | Drug Policy | Read More

Let’s All Move To Portugal

Let’s All Move To Portugal
Pop quiz: Which European country has the most liberal drug laws? (Hint: It’s not the Netherlands.) Although its capital is notorious among stoners and college kids for marijuana haze–filled “coffee shops,” Holland has never actually legalized cannabis — the Dutch simply don’t...
January 20th, 2010 | Drug Policy | Read More

David Nutt gets £450,000 for Independent Drugs Committee

David Nutt gets £450,000 for Independent Drugs Committee
We are to share the good news that Beckley’s friend and collaborator Prof. Dave Nutt is getting the recognition and public support that his brave stand deserves. A hedge fund manager is providing financial backing to a new independent drugs committee set up by the former chief drugs adviser dismissed...
January 18th, 2010 | Drug Policy | Read More

DRUG WAR IS A LOST CAUSE – LIKE PROHIBITION

DRUG WAR IS A LOST CAUSE – LIKE PROHIBITION
Brainwaving is proud to present the first in a series of pieces by Mike Gray, writer, screenwriter, cinematographer, film producer and director. He is the author of The China Syndrome and Drug Crazy. The latter is a 1998 book about the futility of the War on Drugs. Drug Crazy explains the origins of...
January 12th, 2010 | Drug Policy | Read More

Is Equasy more dangerous than Ecstasy?

Is Equasy more dangerous than Ecstasy?
Prof. Dave Nutt was first launched to public fame when he claimed that horse-riding was statistically more dangerous than taking ecstasy, to which the UK Home Secretary Jacqui Smith objected. He wrote this article following his talk at a Beckley Foundation Seminar at The House of Lords on the same subject....
December 30th, 2009 | Drug Policy | Read More

Drug Users Know Their Stuff

Drug Users Know Their Stuff
This article from UCL News is another example of the public and scientific establishment’s progress towards a more sensible approach to drug use (its just a pity government policy is lagging so far behind), and testament to the important behind the scenes work The Beckley Foundation has been doing...
November 25th, 2009 | Drug Policy | Read More

If Marijuana Production Were Legal: Projected Tax Revenues, by State

If Marijuana Production Were Legal:  Projected Tax Revenues, by State
Love it or hate it, people smoke marijuana – lots of it. In some states marijuana consumption and posession have been decriminalized, and even legalized for medicinal purposes. But, have you ever wondered how large the economics of Marijuana were? Us too. As a result ,have decided to put together...
November 21st, 2009 | Drug Policy | Read More