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1 UK: 'Smash Drug Crime By Legalising Cannabis'Sun, 13 Mar 2016
Source:Independent on Sunday (UK) Author:Leftly, Mark Area:United Kingdom Lines:110 Added:03/14/2016

Lib Dems' Conference Decision Is a Totemic Policy That Would Also Raise Ukp 1bn Tax, Says MP Norman Lamb

The Liberal Democrats have become the first major party to support the legalisation of cannabis, a move, they argue, that will reduce drug- related crime and raise around UKP 1bn in tax revenue.

The policy was overwhelmingly approved by delegates at the Lib Dems' spring conference in York yesterday.

It follows a review of soft drugs set up by the former health minister Norman Lamb, one of the eight MPs who survived the party's general- election rout last year, and chaired by Steve Rolles, a senior policy analyst from the Transform Drug Policy Foundation.

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2 UK: High Hopes For LSDSun, 31 May 2015
Source:Independent on Sunday (UK) Author:Cooper, Charlie Area:United Kingdom Lines:130 Added:06/01/2015

The Hippies Drug of Choice Was Banned in 1966 but Is Now Undergoing Trials As a Cure for Depression and Addiction. Charlie Cooper Spoke to Some Volunteer Users.

LSD is often associated with trippy songs such as "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds", "Purple Haze" and "White Rabbit". But before it became the drug of choice for the 1960s counterculture, lysergic acid diethylamide had a previous existence - as an experimental medicine for a broad spectrum of psychological problems ranging from depression and addiction, to schizophrenia and obsessive compulsive disorder.

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3 UK: Column: Going to Pot: Colorado Leads The WaySun, 04 Jan 2015
Source:Independent on Sunday (UK) Author:Walker, Tim Area:United Kingdom Lines:114 Added:01/05/2015

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.

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4 Malta: LTE: How Is It That The Church Understands Drugs?Sun, 20 Jul 2014
Source:Independent on Sunday (Malta) Author:Attard, Mario Area:Malta Lines:90 Added:07/21/2014

While in Malta the political sector of the country is greatly engaged in the debate as to whether or not drugs should be decriminalised, it would be wise to propose the Church's view on the subject.

As we all know, if the Church simply ignores her golden input she would be betraying one of her main roles in the world, namely that of forming people's consciences. In order that this great ideal is lovingly realised, I shall be offering Pope Francis' teaching on the matter.

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5 Malta: PUB LTE: Let's Talk About DrugsSun, 20 Jul 2014
Source:Independent on Sunday (Malta) Author:Sharpe, Robert Area:Malta Lines:36 Added:07/20/2014

Regarding Alison Bezzina's column entitled Let's talk about drugs (TMIS, 13 July), the global drug war is largely a war on cannabis, by far the most popular illicit drug. There is a big difference between condoning cannabis use and protecting children from drugs. Decriminalisation acknowledges the social reality of cannabis and frees users from the stigma of lifeshattering criminal records. What is really needed is a regulated market with age controls.

Separating the hard and soft drug markets is critical. As long as organised crime controls cannabis distribution, consumers will continue to come into contact with sellers of hard drugs like cocaine and heroin. This 'gateway' is a direct result of cannabis prohibition.

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6 UK: Drug Use 'Seven Times Higher' Among GaysSun, 23 Sep 2012
Source:Independent on Sunday (UK) Author:Morrison, Sarah Area:United Kingdom Lines:86 Added:09/23/2012

Two-Year Survey Uncovers 'Problematic Substance Abuse' Among Lgbt Community

Whether it is a coping mechanism in the face of homophobia or just hectic partying is not clear, but new figures suggest that gay people are seven times more likely to take illegal drugs than the general population, with one in five of those surveyed showing signs of dependency on drugs or alcohol.

More than a third of gay, lesbian and bisexual people took at least one illegal drug in the last month, according to the largest study of its kind. Whether drug use is a psychological crutch, a way of integrating into the "scene" or perhaps both, that figure compares to 5 per cent of the wider population who admitted using a drug in the last month in the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW).

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7 UK: Drug Driving Law Will Hit Medicine UsersSun, 29 Jul 2012
Source:Independent on Sunday (UK) Author:Brady, Brian Area:United Kingdom Lines:81 Added:07/29/2012

Crackdown on Irresponsible Addicts Could Affect Motorists WHO Take Prescribed Painkillers Daily

Motorists using prescribed painkillers such as morphine and codeine could be charged with "drug driving" under a new law designed to keep dangerous hard drug users off British roads, doctors and campaigners have warned.

Ministers have confirmed that the "opioid-based medicines" may be covered by the new offence of drug-driving, even if they have been supplied by a doctor and the recommended dose is taken. At present, motorists and their doctors must be satisfied of their fitness to drive before they get into a car.

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8 Malta: Pro-Cannabis Demonstrators Call For DecriminalisationSun, 18 Dec 2011
Source:Independent on Sunday (Malta) Author:Vella, Francesca Area:Malta Lines:145 Added:12/18/2011

A crowd of about 300 people participated in a lively demonstration in Valletta yesterday, organised by the group 'Legalise it, Malta!' which is calling for the decriminalisation, classification and the eventual legalisation of cannabis.

The demonstrators, consisting mainly of people in their 20s, walked along Republic Street, chanting "Legalise it, legalise it" and "We're no criminals" to the beat of bongos as they stopped in front of the Law Courts building before proceeding to Palace Square.

Reactions from onlookers were varied. While some people looked worried, some simply smiled, while others commented about the negative effects of any drug, irrespective of whether it was cannabis, heroin, ecstasy or anything else.

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9 US: US Waves White Flag in Disastrous 'War on Drugs'Sun, 17 Jan 2010
Source:Independent on Sunday (UK) Author:O'Shaughnessy, Hugh Area:United States Lines:169 Added:01/18/2010

After 40 Years, Washington Is Quietly Giving Up on a Futile Battle That Has Spread Corruption and Destroyed Thousands of Lives

After 40 years of defeat and failure, America's "war on drugs" is being buried in the same fashion as it was born - amid bloodshed, confusion, corruption and scandal. US agents are being pulled from South America; Washington is putting its narcotics policy under review, and a newly confident region is no longer prepared to swallow its fatal Prohibition error. Indeed, after the expenditure of billions of dollars and the violent deaths of tens of thousands of people, a suitable epitaph for America's longest "war" may well be the plan, in Bolivia, for every family to be given the right to grow coca in its own backyard.

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10 US CA: Dope Growers Blamed for WildfiresSun, 23 Aug 2009
Source:Independent on Sunday (UK) Author:Adams, Guy Area:California Lines:88 Added:08/24/2009

Huge Blaze in California Is Traced to Cannabis Farm and Prompts New Calls for the Drug to Be Legalised

Marijuana has been accused of causing depression, triggering cancer and turning sparkly teenagers into apathetic couch potatoes. Now it is being held responsible for a heinous new misdemeanour: setting the state of California on fire.

Police investigating a vast wildfire that burned almost 90,000 acres of the Los Padres National Forest around Santa Barbara last weekend have announced that it was started by a group of marijuana growers. More than 30,000 plants were seized after the vast blaze, which had filled the sky with orange smoke as far south as Los Angeles, 150 miles away, was traced to the cooking area of a cannabis plantation on public land in a remote corner of the Sierra Madre mountains.

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11 CN BC: From Heaven To Hell - 18 Die As Drugs War Rages OnSun, 05 Apr 2009
Source:Independent on Sunday (UK) Author:Rodgers, Paul Area:British Columbia Lines:109 Added:04/05/2009

The Canadian City Has Been Named The Best Place In The World To Live. But Those Halcyon Days Are Over

Once upon a very recent time, Vancouver had a clean, safe image. Nestled between a spectacular bay and snow-capped mountains, this Canadian city, which is twice the size of Birmingham, was described by The Economist as the most liveable in the world. Not any more. As it prepares to host the 2010 Winter Olympics, what it's got now is not cuddly, eco-friendly publicity, but blood-spattered streets littered with shell casings and corpses.

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12 Mexico: Mexico's Drug Gangs Drive Film Crew Out Of TownSun, 29 Mar 2009
Source:Independent on Sunday (UK) Author:Adams, Guy Area:Mexico Lines:85 Added:03/29/2009

Escalating Violence Is Forcing Hollywood And US Tourists To Stay Away.

Mexican drug cartels don't like rivals treading on their territory; they don't like the police poking around; and now, it seems, they don't much care for Hollywood taking an interest in their business.

Producers of a film about the murder of a cocaine smuggler, which would have starred Eva Mendes, Josh Hartnett and Sir Ben Kingsley, have been forced to abandon filming on the Mexican coast after the movie-makers received death threats.

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13 UK: Uk Drug Rehabilitation Service Is 'Collapsing'Sun, 01 Feb 2009
Source:Independent on Sunday (UK) Author:Lakhani, Nina Area:United Kingdom Lines:140 Added:02/01/2009

Private clinics struggle to get funding as government policy favours less effective - but cheaper - methadone clinics.

Britain's rehab services are facing collapse. No fewer than 15 of the UK's 100 rehab centres have closed in the past 15 months, despite an increase in the number of people seeking help for addictions.

Because of changes in government health policy, private rehab centres are finding fewer and fewer health authorities are willing to foot the bill for addicts to have residential treatment, despite that fact that it is much more effective in getting them off drugs, according to the Addiction Recovery Foundation.

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14 UK: Britain's FBI 'Is a Dismal Failure'Sun, 18 May 2008
Source:Independent on Sunday (UK) Author:Lashmar, Paul Area:United Kingdom Lines:37 Added:05/18/2008

Britain's answer to the FBI, the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca), has been branded a disaster by the law enforcement chief whose proposals in 2003 led to its creation.

Terry Byrne, former director-general for law enforcement at Customs & Excise, said the agency was failing and its performance was "dismal". He added: "The agency is claiming to have seized 84 tons of cocaine across the world, yet the availability of cocaine in the UK is at an all-time high and street prices at an all-time low. This is not the agency I envisaged and I would not have proposed the transfer of Customs drugs responsibilities and resources to such an organisation if I had known how it was going to be so ill-directed."

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15 UK: Column: Success Is No Antidote to AddictionSun, 11 May 2008
Source:Independent on Sunday (UK) Author:Smith, Joan Area:United Kingdom Lines:67 Added:05/15/2008

What the West London Siege Tells Us About Class

When the police shot and killed a man in London on Tuesday evening, the news was greeted with disbelief. First, the siege happened in Chelsea, an affluent area of London. Second, the dead man was white and a barrister. Third - which got into headlines - he was an Oxford graduate. We have become used to hearing of black kids being shot in Kilburn or Brixton, but it just doesn't happen to people like Mark Saunders. Prosperous lawyers aren't supposed to become distraught and open fire across one of London's desirable squares; they're supposed to belong to the right clubs, make money and become QCs.

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16 UK: Drugs Agency Warns Government Over Reclassification of CannabisSun, 27 Apr 2008
Source:Independent on Sunday (UK) Author:Owen, Jonathan Area:United Kingdom Lines:60 Added:04/27/2008

The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) will set itself on a collision course with the Government tomorrow when it seeks to persuade the Home Secretary that cannabis should remain at its current status as a class C drug.

The council's refusal to go along with the Government's commitment to crack down on cannabis may count against it when it comes under scrutiny as part of a review later this year. A Home Office spokesperson reiterated last week that the council's role is confined to providing advice on classification.

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17 UK: The Great Class A Drugs Sale - How Prices Have TumbledSun, 09 Mar 2008
Source:Independent on Sunday (UK) Author:Lashmar, Paul Area:United Kingdom Lines:98 Added:03/09/2008

'Startling and Shocking' Figures Alarm Experts Who Say Cities Are Awash With Heroin and Cocaine

Street prices for class A drugs have halved since Labour came to power, dropping almost every year since 1997, government figures confirm. Newly released statistics show that heroin cost as little as UKP40 a gram in 2007, just over half the price it was 10 years ago. Cocaine was UKP45 a gram, down from UKP71.

The shadow home affairs minister, James Brokenshire, says the figures, released in the same week as a UN warning that governments need to do more to tackle international drug gangs, show "10 years of failure" of government drug policies. "The figures are startling and shocking and show the reality of drug use in Britain. It's an indictment of government strategy over the last decade. Sadly, there is not much prospect of improvement," he said.

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18 UK: Hard-Line Anti-Drugs Plans To Hit DealersSun, 24 Feb 2008
Source:Independent on Sunday (UK) Author:Brady, Brian Area:United Kingdom Lines:38 Added:02/24/2008

The Home Secretary Jacqui Smith will target drug dealers with new powers designed to attack the profitability of their illicit trade. The move is certain to face criticism from civil rights advocates.

The 10-year Drug Strategy will give police and other enforcement agencies the right to seize dealers' assets once they have been arrested in connection with inquiries. A Home Office spokesman last night explained that the hard-line proposals would "send a blunt warning to criminals that we will not allow them to benefit from their crimes", as part of a campaign to double the value of seized assets to UKP250m a year by 2009-2010.

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19 UAE: Dubai Tourists Warned Over Tough Drug StanceSun, 10 Feb 2008
Source:Independent on Sunday (UK) Author:Hodge, Katie Area:United Arab Emirates Lines:109 Added:02/09/2008

Poppy seeds in food, common over-the-counter medications and traces of banned substances are enough to warrant four-year prison sentences in the United Arab Emirates, travellers were warned today.

Visitors to Dubai and Abu Dhabi are now being advised to "take extreme caution" and "avoid arrest for 'possession' of a controlled substance".

The advice, issued by the legal charity Fair Trials International, follows a recent spate of arrests and imprisonment.

The charity, which assists those facing trial abroad, has urged travellers to ensure they are completely free of any substances prohibited by the country they are visiting.

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20 UK: Blunkett Goes Head to Head With Government Over Plans to Raise Cannabis to CSun, 03 Feb 2008
Source:Independent on Sunday (UK) Author:Owen, Jonathan Area:United Kingdom Lines:55 Added:02/03/2008

The former home secretary said: "Rather than affecting practice on the ground, classifying cannabis back to class B now would simply cause confusion."

Defending his decision to downgrade the drug, a move likely to be reversed by Jacqui Smith, the current Home Secretary, Mr Blunkett said his desire for "honest" policing played a part in his decision to reclassify cannabis in 2004.

"Classifying cannabis as class C is a much more honest approach both politically and in terms of how the drug is policed, rather than tackling what was a class B drug with a class C approach, as happened in the past."

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