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Progress vs. Obstacle Course – C+D features drug science & the role of the Beckley Foundation

July 27, 2015 Uncategorized

Chemist + Druggist recently published two articles featuring the work of Amanda Feilding and the Beckley Foundation in advancing the knowledge on currently-controlled psychoactive substances and removing hindrances to this type of research. The Acid Test, focuses on the so-called psychedelic renaissance, the reemergence of popular and scientific interest in psychedelic substances. Annabelle Collins successfully […]

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The Beckley Foundation at Breaking Convention 2015

July 13, 2015 LSD

Last weekend, between the 10th and 12th July 2015, the University of Greenwich hosted Breaking Convention 2015, one of the biggest conferences in the world specialising on psychedelics and consciousness. Over 800 experts, artists, academics, and members of the civil society and the general public took part in dozens of panels, talks, concerts, film screenings […]

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Experts and Academics denounce Psychoactive Substances Bill

July 9, 2015 Uncategorized

Over 40 academics, campaigners and experts in related fields have requested the UK Government to reconsider the proposed Psychoactive Substances Bill (2015). A blanket ban such as the one proposed has been previously enacted in Ireland and Poland, where it has proven far from successful. Particularly dangerous is the likelihood of this legislation to create […]

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Amanda Feilding and Michael Pollan discuss psychedelic research in San Francisco

July 6, 2015 Uncategorized

“While challenges remain, I think we have reached a tipping point. Society is finally opening up to a new understanding of psychedelics and their transformational and healing potential” – Amanda Feilding. Last week in San Francisco Susan Mactavish-Best hosted a dinner for over 100 selected guests, including internet entrepreneurs, scientists and media. The dinner featured […]

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The Brave New Worlds of Crowdfunding Science

June 23, 2015 Beckley in the Media

Our LSD crowdfunding campaign, which we developed in collaboration with the Beckley/Imperial Psychedelic Research Programme, was a massive success. It reached its £25,000 goal in just 48 hours and more than doubled it by its target date. Writing for EuroScientist, Arran Frood discusses the funding drive and future opportunities with our Director, Amanda Feilding. The […]

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Warnings that proposed UK blanket ban on ‘legal highs’ casts net too wide

June 9, 2015 Uncategorized

Our Director, Amanda Feilding, recently discussed the expected collateral damage from the Psychoactive Substances Bill with Chemistry World. The Beckley Foundation opposes this piece of legislation on the basis that it will compound the dangers of the illicit market and create even more obstacles against valuable scientific research. Amanda had previously discussed the ban on […]

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Amanda Feilding discusses the future of ‘ganja’ with Mark Golding, Jamaican Minister of Justice

June 2, 2015 Uncategorized

The Jamaican Gleaner recently discussed cannabis with farmers that have been cultivating the plant for decades despite the ban. The country has now decriminalised cannabis possession and has become a leading voice in the international debate on alternatives to prohibition. Amanda Feilding, the Beckley Foundation’s director, recently had a private meeting in Kingston with Jamaica’s […]

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New Psychoactive Substances

New Psychoactive Substances Ban Won’t Even Achieve Its Aims

May 29, 2015 Beckley in the Media

This article first appeared on the Huffington Post UK The UK Government yesterday announced its plans to introduce a blanket ban on all new psychoactive substances, (NPSs as they’re known,) in a move that follows in the steps of Ireland’s ban in 2010. Following the recent spate of hospitalisations and deaths from one such substance, […]

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Amanda Feilding on London Real

Amanda Feilding Talks Drug Policy Reform on London Real

May 26, 2015 Beckley in the Media

“It’s time to change: the War on Drugs has Failed.” – Amanda Feilding Amanda Feilding is the guest on the latest episode of London Real, and the first to be featured in their new-look studio. In it, Amanda discusses with Brian Rose the failings of current world drug policy, where the problems lie and how […]

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Recently Appointed Drug Minister Should Mend Failed Policy

May 22, 2015 Beckley in the Media

This article first appeared on the Huffington Post UK. Last November, Norman Baker MP, left his office in Government with a bang. In his role as Minister of State for the Home Office, he oversaw the development of the Coalition Government’s international comparators study on drug policy. While the publication fell very short of the […]

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