Irish Independent, 14 Sep 2014 - New Research That Links Cannabis With Depression and Suicide in Teens Is Nothing Short of Alarming One of the more idiotic statements made by Bill Clinton throughout his career was that as a student he smoked cannabis, but didn't inhale. That statement sprang to mind during the week when the results of a study on cannabis use in the student generation, were published in the medical journal The Lancet.
Columbus Dispatch, 11 Sep 2014 - Those who used marijuana daily before age 17 were less likely to finish school and more likely to abuse other drugs. LONDON - Teenagers who use marijuana daily run a higher risk of becoming drug-dependent, committing suicide or trying other drugs, and they are less likely to succeed at their studies than those who avoid it, researchers said yesterday.
Washington Post, 10 Sep 2014 - Daily Smokers Found to Be Less Likely to Finish High School Teenagers who smoke marijuana daily are more than 60 percent less likely to complete high school than those who never use. They're also 60 percent less likely to graduate from college and seven times as likely to attempt suicide, says a new study of adolescent cannabis use Tuesday in the Lancet Psychiatry, a British journal of health research.
The Mail on Sunday, 07 Sep 2014 - ANTI-DRUGS campaigners last night condemned an exhibition at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew where speakers will discuss the uses of marijuana and hallucinogenic mushrooms. The Intoxication Season is open to visitors of any age and displays plants including cannabis, the hallucinogen peyote, and poppies, which are used to make opium.
The Irish Times, 22 Aug 2014 - More than half of young Irish people think cannabis should be regulated, according to a new EU survey. The Eurobarometer survey was carried out by telephone for the European Commission between June 3rd and 23rd. There were 500 Irish participants among 13,130 interviewees across Europe.
Daily Telegraph, 19 Aug 2014 - Our Inflexible Laws Are Denying MS Patients Access to a Drug That Could Change Their Lives The letters columns of The Daily Telegraph do not immediately spring to mind as a rallying point for the liberalisation of this country's drugs laws. But two correspondents yesterday drew attention to what must be the most irrational and unjust restriction of all: the ban on the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes.
Daily Telegraph, 22 Aug 2014 - It's Confusing and Unfair to Deny Sativex Spray to Those Plagued by Muscle Spasms I've read with utter frustration news reports over the past week about plans to make Sativex - an oral cannabis-based spray - available on the NHS in Wales but not in other parts of Britain. Cannabis grown for medical use on a farm at a secret location south east of London
Shropshire Star, 17 Aug 2014 - Deaths linked to legal highs could surpass those related to heroin use within just two years, a new report by a think-tank will say. A think-tank says there could soon be more deaths from legal highs than from heroin use The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) is to release a report this week calling for more to be done to combat the drugs, known as New Psychoactive Substances (NPS), while also calling for a "treatment tax" on alcohol.
Sunderland Echo, 20 Aug 2014 - THE grieving mum of a Wearside man who died of a drug overdose today called for more help to stop young people following the same tragic path. Cath Wareing's son David Pace, 26, died in April this year following a heroin overdose.
The Irish Times, 18 Aug 2014 - Use Of Methadone In Mountjoy Criticised By Prisons Oversight Group Prisons are still struggling to tackle drug and staffing problems, according to the latest round of prison visit reports released by the Department of Justice today.
Lancashire Evening Post, 19 Aug 2014 - Police netted six suspected drug dealers - including a 13-year-old boy - - in a series of early morning raids. A seventh person, a 31-year-old woman, was also arrested for possession of heroin as teams of officers forced their way into homes around Preston in a co-ordinated swoop codenamed Operation Arrow.
Evening Times, 15 Aug 2014 - THE number of drug-related deaths in Glasgow has fallen sharply, according to new figures. Deaths from legal highs rose from 47 to 113 last year There were 138 deaths in 2013 across the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) area, 49 fewer than the previous year.
The Argus, 15 Aug 2014 - AN MP has called for a government review into the medicinal use of cannabis. Drugs Minister Norman Baker, Liberal Democrat MP for Lewes, wants the Department of Health to consider broadening the range of medical conditions for which cannabis can be used.
Irish Independent, 15 Aug 2014 - THREE years ago, the UN Global Commission on Drug Policy announced that the world had lost the long war against illegal drugs. Its 22 eminent members concluded that there remained only one feasible response: legalise the trade. The evidence they had studied was overwhelming. The fight had resulted in the loss of hundreds of thousands of lives in turf wars and in ever-increasing power and wealth for the criminal syndicates. Tens of millions were incarcerated, often in prisons where dangerous drugs were as easily available as on the outside.
The Guardian, 18 Aug 2014 - As a pharmacist with a special interest in the medical uses of cannabis I am delighted that Norman Baker has spoken out. We are not talking here about the widespread use of cannabis in the community. One particular cannabinoid, CBD, is not psychotropic nor toxic and shows promise as a useful drug in certain conditions. The two active ingredients, THC and CBD, were discovered in Israel. That much maligned little country is a world leader in research into the medical use of cannabis. Its health service already uses cannabis for certain conditions.
The Guardian, 18 Aug 2014 - Norman Baker MP is calling for liberalised drug laws so that medicinal cannabis can be made available (Minister calls for looser restrictions on cannabis to treat sick, 14 August). People with multiple sclerosis who turn to street cannabis to treat their condition often do so out of desperation. For years they have been told by successive governments to wait for a pharmacological, legal alternative to cannabis as a way of treating their symptoms and pain. Now one such treatment, Sativex, exists - but the latest draft National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) clinical guideline proposes rejecting it based on a flawed assessment of its cost effectiveness. Just one in 50 people currently have access to this treatment, most of them paying privately. Unless Nice amends the guideline, the majority of people will be left to battle painful symptoms, or face financial strain as a result of funding the licensed treatment themselves.
Daily Telegraph, 18 Aug 2014 - SIR - No wonder that the treatment of extreme chronic pain lags so far behind other medical disciplines when cannabisbased medication is denied to patients who could benefit from it (report, August 16). Today pain management largely relies on derivatives of the willow tree and the poppy and its progeny. The former cannot alleviate excruciating chronic pain and may damage internal organs. The latter require ever-increasing doses, leading to confusion, physical instability, addiction and again, possible organ damage.
Daily Telegraph, 18 Aug 2014 - SIR I have had multiple sclerosis for 20 years, and in June I experienced the joy of walking through town without looking at the ground. My right hand, which had been curled and numb, started to straighten, and the fearful muscular pain abated. For the first time I slept soundly without sleeping pills, and was able to watch television without leaning on a chair to cope with spasms. A dear friend had financed my first online purchase of Sativex, the cannabis-based drug, since two GPs in Shropshire and Norfolk had turned down my request.
The Guardian, 16 Aug 2014 - Marijuana Legislation Is Being Relaxed All Over the World but Not in the UK, Where the Most Unlikely of Horticulturalists Are Taking the Law into Their Own Hands and Donating Their Crops to People in Need In the heart of Cumbria stands a two-bedroomed cottage wrapped in ivy that for half a century has been home to a lady named June. She makes a pot of tea in a cluttered kitchen brimming with fresh herbs in labelled jars, assorted saucepans and drying socks, then potters across the slate floor and into a garden. Here lies what June calls "her private retreat". An overgrown rose bush dotted with apricot-coloured blossoms creeps over a rusting bench and from one of the many ceramic plant pots comes the scent of rosemary. At the back of the garden stands a decaying shed, lost beneath a white climbing hydrangea. Nestled behind this sits a small grow tent, which June tells me contains a single cannabis plant. She pulls down the zip to reveal the hidden green leaves. "You wouldn't believe it was only one plant!"