The Mail on Sunday, 22 Feb 2015 - CAN you put two and two together? Have a try. The authorities, and most of the media, cannot. Did you know that the Copenhagen killer, Omar El-Hussein, had twice been arrested (and twice let off) for cannabis possession? Probably not. It was reported in Denmark but not prominently mentioned amid the usual swirling speculation about 'links' between El-Hussein and 'Islamic State', for which there is no evidence at all.
The Mail on Sunday, 22 Feb 2015 - BRITAIN'S brightest teenagers are among those most at risk of mental illness caused by smoking a potent form of cannabis, a leading expert has warned. Professor Sir Robin Murray said it tended to be 'clever and sociable' youngsters who were damaged by using the super-strong strain of the drug, known as skunk.
Daily Telegraph, 16 Feb 2015 - As far as futile activities go, the fight against legal highs is a textbook example. According to figures released last week, police incidents involving legal highs substances sold in high street shops and on the internet, including products for the home such as "plant food", but which contain psychoactive elements that mimic the effects of cannabis, amphetamine and heroin have more than doubled in a year, The web enables ever quicker and easier access to these substances. Their cheapness and the veneer of respectability because they are nominally "legal" means that more people are eschewing illicit drugs in favour of taking the alternative.
Daily Telegraph, 16 Feb 2015 - Study Finds 60,000 Britons Are Living With Mental Illness Because of Super-Strong Drug ONE in four new cases of psychotic conditions such as schizophrenia could be the direct result of smoking extra-strong varieties of cannabis, a major new study concludes.
Daily Record, 16 Feb 2015 - A FORMER Government drugs tsar says cannabis and ecstasy should be used to treat patients battling cancer and depression. Professor David Nutt claimed that banning certain drugs is depriving patients and doctors of "extremely useful" therapies for chronic pain and illnesses.
Independent, 16 Feb 2015 - Nearly a quarter of new cases of psychosis are linked to highpotency "skunk like" cannabis, new research shows. People who smoke superstrength cannabis are three times more likely to develop psychosis than people who have never tried the drug and five times more likely if they smoke it every day.
New Zealand Herald, 17 Feb 2015 - Nearly a quarter of new cases of psychosis are linked to high-potency "skunk like" cannabis, new British research shows. People who smoke super-strength cannabis are three times more likely to develop psychosis than people who have never tried the drug - and five times more likely if they smoke it every day. The study, by researchers at King's College London, will fuel calls for politicians and public health officials to take a stronger stance against high potency cannabis, at a time when many campaigners are arguing for marijuana to be legalised.
The Guardian, 16 Feb 2015 - Smoking powerful "skunk" cannabis triples the risk of suffering a serious psychotic episode, scientists have found. The drug is linked to one quarter of all new cases of psychosis, the study revealed.
The Argus, 11 Feb 2015 - Concerning the high-rise residents at Warwick Mount (The Argus, February 7). Has Warwick Mount no lost and found box? A box could be placed discreetly with a sharps disposal box in a corner with no cameras.
The Argus, 08 Feb 2015 - Fearful residents at a council-owned block of flats found a used crack pipe at the bottom of their stairwell. The homemade pipe was found at Warwick Mount in Montague Street, Brighton, last week.
Express & Star, 25 Jan 2015 - Experts have raised concerns about a thriving Twitter cannabis culture. During a single month, researchers identified more than seven million tweets referring to marijuana, with "pro-pot" messages outnumbering those opposed to the drug by 15 to one.
Daily Telegraph, 16 Jan 2015 - On-The-Spot Saliva Test for Cannabis and Cocaine Use Approved for Use by Police Police will be able to test drivers for drugs on the roadside after the first mobile checking device was approved. The "Drugwipe" can trace cocaine and cannabis in a saliva sample within three minutes. Drivers will be tested on the spot, rather than at a police station, meaning convictions are likely to soar as the device is increasingly adopted by forces. Mike Penning, the police minister, said chief constables would now be able to roll out the Securetec DrugWipe 3S after the technology was rubber-stamped by Home Office scientists. "Drug drivers are a deadly menace and must be stopped," said Mr Penning. "Those who get behind the wheel while under the influence of drugs not only put their own lives at risk, but also those of innocent pedestrians, motorists and their passengers." The test can detect cocaine and cannabis, the substances most commonly used by drug drivers. The manufacturers also produce a test for other drugs including heroin, amphetamine and Ecstasy, but this version has not yet won Home Office backing. A positive test will show red lines, similar to a pregnancy test.
Daily Mail, 11 Jan 2015 - Almost 30,000 prisoners addicted to drugs were given a heroin substitute last year to feed their dependence, figures show. The drugs were paid for by the taxpayer and given to inmates in a bid to help them kick the habit.
Independent on Sunday, 04 Jan 2015 - While Federal Law Says Possession and Sale Is Still Illegal, You Can Now Buy Recreational Marijuana in Four US States Last year, on New Year's Day, I spent two hours queuing in the bone- chilling cold of a Denver January to be one of the first few people in the world legally to buy recreational cannabis over the counter. The drug has traditionally been tolerated in the Netherlands, but never truly legal. Portugal decriminalised it more than a decade ago. California legalised medical marijuana in 1996, and has since been followed by 22 other US states and Washington, DC.