Independent, 08 Jul 2014 - Cultivation of Cannabis to Remain Illegal White Paper on the decriminalisation of drugs suggests the introduction of medical use of marijuana and new ways how to tackle users who are caught with small amounts of the drug.
New York Times, 11 Jul 2014 - MARIJUANA CLUBS RISE OUT OF DECADES-OLD SPANISH LAWS BARCELONA, Spain - On a recent evening, two vacationing German college students, armed with addresses they had gotten off the Internet, were trying to get into one of Barcelona's new marijuana clubs.
The Irish Times, 11 Jul 2014 - Regulations to allow for the prescribing of medicinal cannabis are to be finalised within the next week. The regulations will permit the prescribing of cannabis-based medicines to relieve muscle spasm symptoms in people with multiple sclerosis. Minister of State for Health Alex White said he was hopeful he would be able to sign the regulations before the end of the week.
Independent, 29 Jun 2014 - The government has already declared its intention to decriminalise substance abuse but up to now one cannot understand exactly to where the new drugs' policy is pointing: will it lead to a liberal progressive quasi legalisation of drugs for recreational purposes on the basis of a created civil right or will it lead to the humane system of depenalisation and rehabilitation, albeit still recognising that illicit drug consumption is not necessarily a desirable thing? The Prime Minister's declarations seem to lead to the former, while his Social Policy Minister seems to be at least emphasising the latter. The controversy of what should be regarded as the legitimate or illegitimate use of drugs was rekindled following a speech by ex-Minister of Health Godfrey Farrugia. It was also the subject of a conference organised by the OASI Foundation that brought together policy-makers, experts, opinion-makers, professional practitioners and addicts to discuss the issue on the International Day against Drug Abuse & Illicit Trafficking and on the eve of the government's publication of its White Paper on Drugs Policy Reform.
Columbus Dispatch, 27 Jun 2014 - Global cannabis use seemed to have decreased, reflecting a decline in some European countries, but a lower perceived risk has led to more use in the United States, a U.N. report says. VIENNA - More Americans are consuming cannabis as their perception of the health risks declines, the U.N. drugs agency said yesterday, suggesting liberalization could further increase its use among the young.
The Times, 27 Jun 2014 - Auxiliary Bishop Charles Scicluna has challenged the politicians to deny that the decriminalisation of drugs would help the drug barons. Alternattiva Demokratika, which has consistently opposed the criminalisation of people who are in possession of drugs for their own use, would like to take up the challenge.
Independent, 26 Jun 2014 - A man has been arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle a drug out of Britain less than a day after it was made illegal. The 20-year-old, detained during a routine check at the Channel Tunnel at Folkestone at 7.40am yesterday, is believed to be the first person in the country to be arrested for possession of newly designated class-C drug khat, which has amphetamine-like qualities. - --- MAP posted-by: Jay Bergstrom
Daily Telegraph, 26 Jun 2014 - CANNABIS "scratch and sniff" cards are to be handed out to the public so they can recognise the smell and alert the police to local drug factories and dealers. Tens of thousands of the cards are to be put through letterboxes in a campaign run by Crimestoppers.
Cape Times, 25 Jun 2014 - Britain has become the latest nation to formally outlaw the herbal stimulant khat, the bushy leaf chewed by many Somalis, Yemenis, Kenyans and Ethiopians. Under a new law that came into effect yesterday, khat is now a "class C drug", making possession punishable by up to two years in jail and supply and production punishable by up to 14 years.
The Guardian, 25 Jun 2014 - The former UK ambassador to Afghanistan, Sir William Patey, has come out in favour of legalising drugs after acknowledging the failure of British-led efforts over the last 10 years to eradicate poppy crops in the country. Patey, one of the most experienced diplomats of his generation, with a string of postings that include Iraq, Sudan and Saudi Arabia, becomes one of the highest profile figures in Britain to back legalising and regulating drugs.
The Guardian, 24 Jun 2014 - I did not believe it before I went to Afghanistan. But it's now clear that prohibition is no answer to this deadly scourge When Tony Blair deployed British troops in Afghanistan, ending the illicit production and supply of opium was cited as a key objective. In 2001 the prime minister linked heroin use in the UK with opium cultivation in Afghanistan: "The arms the Taliban buy are paid for by the lives of young British people buying their drugs. This is another part of the regime we should destroy." Yet after 10 years of effort with tens of thousands of troops in the country, and having spent billions trying to reduce poppy cultivation, Afghans are growing more opium than ever before.
The Observer, 22 Jun 2014 - We need an honest dialogue in this country that accepts that drugs can be incredibly dangerous but also that there are ways that people can use them that moderate their risk of harm. We need to start being able to help people do that in ways that are not hypocritical or driven by the tiny proportion of people that are in treatment.
The Observer, 22 Jun 2014 - She Says the War on Drugs Killed Her Daughter This Week Will See Demonstrations Across the World Against Drugs Prohibition. And, in the UK, Parents Who Have Suffered Tragic Losses Are Among Those Pressing for Reforms That They Hope Will Save Lives
Evening Standard, 24 Jun 2014 - THE primary biochemical component of khat is cathionine, structurally and functionally similiar to amphetamine. My research into the health consequences of mid-to long-term khat usage found serious interference with the sleep cycle: users can go for a couple of days without sleep. Numerous road accidents can be attributed to khat, for which until now the perpetrators have gone unpunished. There are further complications relating to general health, including chronic constipation.
Evening Standard, 24 Jun 2014 - THERESA May is banning a substance on the flimsiest of pretexts: namely that it is inconvenient for it to be legal here while it isn't elsewhere, and that it may potentially cause domestic violence. With regard to the latter, what are May's opinions on the use of alcohol by a much larger proportion of society? Is the ban on khat a dry run for a ban on all currently legal recreational drugs, alcohol included? Could politicians kindly refrain from micromanaging our lives.
Evening Standard, 23 Jun 2014 - SOMALI khat traders in London were today urged to switch to running cafes and driving taxis in a bid by Met officers to avoid arrrests when a new ban on the drug comes into effect tomorrow. Detectives said they want to avoid "criminalising the community" when khat - a herbal stimulant popular in the Horn of Africa - becomes a class C substance. The change follows a decision by Home Secretary Theresa May to ban the drug, which has been outlawed in other European countries, to avoid Britain becoming a trade hub for a substance that is illegal elsewhere.
Independent, 21 Jun 2014 - JONATHAN BROWN chews khat with immigrants in Sheffield and hears conflicting views about the drug's ban next week I like to be happy on one day, so I like to chew. It gives me energy. If I lose that day, what will I do?
Independent, 13 Jun 2014 - When hemp-clad hippie David Bronner took over the family soap business, he turned it into an unlikely commercial hit. But that hasn't dulled his idealism, finds SIMON USBORNE The questions start almost as soon as he leaves our office. Just who was that hippie guy you were talking to for an hour? You mean the guy with the soul patch dressed in a hemp trilby, hemp coat, hemp trousers and hemp shoes? That's David. He's a soap tycoon from San Diego who turned a family business with roots in Nazi Germany into an unlikely success story. And he only wears a suit when he gets arrested.
Independent, 10 Jun 2014 - Former Health Minister Godfrey Farrugia argued in favour of using cannabis - specifically, synthetic derivatives of the drug - for medical purposes, insisting that its use could be beneficial to patients facing a number of health issues. Dr Farrugia made his call during an adjournment speech yesterday evening. Seemingly aware of the possible controversy his argument may cause, the MP approached the topic cautiously, and made sure to point out that he was not, in any way, endorsing the recreational use of cannabis.