Yorkshire Post, 22 Dec 2014 - Drugs the Common Denominator THE NHS is not the only organisation facing difficult decisions on funding. The same applies to the police with Sheffield-born Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Metropolitan Police's commissioner, warning that public safety will be at risk unless radical measures are taken to deal with cuts.
Independent, 19 Dec 2014 - Could Cannabis Oil Reverse the Effects of Cancer? As a Film Following Six Patients Receiving the Controversial Treatment Is Released, Kate Hilpern Uncovers a Very Slippery Issue In the summer of 2012, George Wilkins, a documentary filmmaker,was in his friend's health food shop when a customer walked in, looking exceptionally ill. "He walked up to the counter and asked for hemp oil to help treat his lung cancer," explains the 29-year-old from Hull.
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 17 Dec 2014 - (AP) - France's health minister has said she wants to ban a cannabis-extract electronic cigarette that has been launched in France. Marisol Touraine told French radio she was opposed to the self-styled "e-joint," that was launched online Tuesday. She said it will encourage cannabis use and she will approach the courts to ban the product.
Scotsman, 17 Dec 2014 - CHILDREN with severe epilepsy could be helped by a new treatment derived from the cannabis plant which is to be trialled in Scotland. Doctors in the UK have been given the go-ahead to test the medicine, which does not contain the ingredient that produces the high associated with recreational cannabis use.
The Mail on Sunday, 07 Dec 2014 - How 'Headshop' Dealers Make Millions and a Mockery of Drug Laws by Passing Off Hallucinogenic Skunk Starter Kits As 'Souvenirs' FLASHING a smug grin as he poses proudly in a field of flourishing cannabis plants, this is the businessman responsible for allegedly flooding Britain with high-strength cannabis, fuelling a multi-millionpound market in home-grown illegal drugs.
The Mail on Sunday, 07 Dec 2014 - YOUNG people are being treated in record numbers for mental health problems which have been caused by cannabis. Official figures show more than 5,000 under-25s were treated for addiction and psychiatric problems with the drug over the past year.
Western Mail, 05 Dec 2014 - BRITAIN is on the verge of a steep rise in young adults getting a severe form of lung disease due to regular cannabis and tobacco smoking, Welsh scientists have warned. Lung specialists have given the warning at the winter meeting of the British Thoracic Society.
Manchester Evening News, 01 Dec 2014 - When I stood as the Ukip Police and Crime Commissioner candidate in 2012 for Greater Manchester, I was a strong voice against the decriminalisation of drugs then and my view, driven by evidence, has not changed since. The reality is that decriminalising drugs would result in drug houses becoming a familiar sight in our towns, in which users would be able to indulge in poisoning there bodies LEGALLY.
The Herald, 01 Dec 2014 - Drug-use confessions by those in the public eye have a lot of power to shape perceptions, writes SHONA CRAVEN While most of us are well aware of how addictions shatter families and blight communities, the addict - particularly the heroin addict - remains an unfathomable "other".
Swindon Advertiser, 01 Dec 2014 - "WE have hit their criminality hard by hitting them in their pockets as well." Those were the words of Detective Inspector Paul Fisher after a series of raids over the course of four hours on Saturday morning saw drug networks in Swindon lose out on around ?70,000 in cash and product, with eight suspects given a new bed behind bars and a number of weapons taken off the streets.
Manchester Evening News, 01 Dec 2014 - Sir Peter Fahy said he was in favour of a 'more medical approach' to dealing with drug offenders. The GMP chief constable added that 'everyone' involved in drugs policy had 'concerns' about the current approach.
Manchester Evening News, 01 Dec 2014 - Chief Constable Says Force Has Policy of Not Criminalising Children With Small Amounts of Illegal Substances ALMOST 100 pupils have been found with illegal drugs in Greater Manchester's schools over the last three years - but charges were only brought in six cases.
Manchester Evening News, 01 Dec 2014 - ILLEGAL drug use has become a social norm now. You can walk through Manchester city centre any day of the week and within minutes you will smell cannabis. And that's in the city centre, never mind the estates, where people are smoking it like they would drink a cup of tea. I see kids walking to school at 8am smoking spliffs.
The Economist, 22 Nov 2014 - SIR - The United States has almost twice the rate of marijuana use as the Netherlands, where the drug has been legally available for decades. The criminalisation of people who prefer marijuana to martinis has no basis in science. The war on cannabis is a failed cultural inquisition, not an evidence-based public-health campaign. It is time to stop the pointless arrests and instead legalise cannabis and tax it. Robert Sharpe Policy analyst Common Sense for Drug Policy Washington, DC - --- MAP posted-by: Jay Bergstrom
The Economist, 22 Nov 2014 - SIR - Like others you write about the legalisation of the growing cannabis "industry" ("Marijuana milestone", November 8th). But the last thing this industry needs is to become like Big Tobacco. Cannabis is not an easy plant to cultivate. It requires a lot of attention and this is reflected in the price. Because sales and investment between states in America is banned it remains a local industry that maintains a high quality. There are dozens of examples of mass-produced cannabis products that are bland, tasteless reflections of what was once crafted or cultivated with care. W.J. Tate IV
Evening Chronicle, 13 Nov 2014 - CANNABIS gran Pat Tabram, who used to cook drug-laced casseroles for her neighbours, was ahead of her times, a friend has said after her death. Ms Tabram hit the headlines when her house was repeatedly raided by police after they were tipped off about the savoury smells and activities coming from her bungalow near Hexham, Northumberland.
Daily Telegraph, 09 Nov 2014 - SIR The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, claims that our "tough" drugs control policy is failing and advocates a "smarter" approach, abolishing prison sentences for drug addicts and concentrating on treatment. These and other policies dealing with offenders are not working as well as they should because of the dithering of our political leaders with regards to punishment, treatment and rehabilitation.
The Economist, 08 Nov 2014 - Almost Half of American States Have Taken Steps to Legalise Cannabis. the Federal Government Should Follow BESIDES choosing lawmakers, on November 4th voters in three American states and the District of Columbia considered measures to liberalise the cannabis trade.
The Economist, 08 Nov 2014 - The Legal Cannabis Industry Is Run by Minnows. As Liberalisation Spreads, That May Not Last "FRESH and fruity, right?" says a bright-eyed young man behind the counter, wafting an open jar of something called "AK-47" under Schumpeter's nose. "Whereas with this one",-unscrewing another jar, fanning the scent up to his nostrils and closing his eyes in concentration-"I'm getting notes of dill."