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.
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.