2011

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Amanda Feilding on Global Solidarity Podcast

November 30, 2011 featured-podcast

Click to download Amanda Feilding on Michael Fitzgerald’s Global Solidarity podcast From nearpodcast.org: Amanda Fielding, Countess of Wemyss of The Beckley Foundation joins Michael FitzGerald on Global Solidarity where she proposes that any discussion of changing drug policy is a taboo subject. We hate taboos here and so proceeded to look at the recommendations by […]

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Drugs and Prisons in Argentina

November 24, 2011 Interesting Videos

Drugs and Prisons in Argentina from WOLA on Vimeo.

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Drugs and Prisons in Bolivia

November 24, 2011 Interesting Videos

Drugs and Prisons in Bolivia from WOLA on Vimeo.

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Drugs and Prisons in Brazil

November 24, 2011 Interesting Videos

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Drugs and Prisons in Mexico

November 24, 2011 Interesting Videos

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Drugs and Prisons in Ecuador

November 24, 2011 Interesting Videos

Drugs and Prisons in Ecuador from WOLA on Vimeo.

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House of Lords Event – Beckley Foundation

November 17, 2011 Press Releases

Press Release   International Drug Policy Conference at House of Lords 17th-18th November 2011 New Beckley Foundation Project launched:  Global Initiative for Drug Policy Reform  17th November 2011 On Thursday 17 November, the Beckley Foundation and the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Drug Policy Reform will be hosting a two day international drug policy conference at the […]

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Global Initiative for Drug Policy Reform

November 15, 2011 Featured Slider

www.reformdrugpolicy.com (Launched 16/11/11) Objectives To promote health-oriented, cost-effective drug policies based on scientific evidence and human rights. To support the rational redistribution of resources away from criminalisation and incarceration and towards healthcare, education and rehabilitation. To bring together and provide a forum for a) the Global Commission on Drug Policy; b) countries who have successfully […]

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Amanda Feilding to speak at the Drug Policy Alliance’s 2011 International Drug Policy Reform Conference

November 2, 2011 Uncategorized

http://www.reformconference.org Wednesday, November 2nd – Saturday, November 5th Los Angeles, CA The International Drug Policy Reform Conference is a biennial event that brings together people from around the world who believe that the war on drugs is doing more harm than good. It brings together over 1,000 attendees representing 30 different countries. This year attendees […]

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Cannabis as Medicine, a New Beckley Study

October 13, 2011 Uncategorized

A Survey Investigating the Effectiveness of Medical Marijuana A pioneering study investigating the efficacy of cannabis in treating different medical conditions is about to begin. The study carried out by the Beckley Foundation, University College London and Harborside Health Centre, Oakland, a leading Californian, city-licensed medical marijuana dispensary will take advantage of access to a […]

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Prof. Roger Pertwee Joins Beckley Advisory Board

July 22, 2011 Uncategorized

We are very pleased to welcome Professor of Neuropharmacology at the University of Aberdeen, Prof Roger Pertwee to our scientific advisory board and look forward to adding his considerable expertise to our many research projects investigating the therapeutic applications of cannabinoids. He has made many notable discoveries over the years including the discovery of endocannabinoids […]

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Review of Cannabis Policy: Moving Beyond Stalemate

July 12, 2011 Beckley Press

A glowing review of the Beckley Foundation’s book “Cannabis Policy: Moving Beyond Stalemate” has been published in POP News (here), the newsletter for the Canadian Institute of Population and Public Health, one of 13 Institutues that comprise the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. The review was written by Dr Brian P Emerson This article reflects […]

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MDMA for treating post traumatic stress disorder: 80% success rate. Beckley Foundation’s work on psilocybin also praised

July 8, 2011 Beckley Science in the Media

An article posted by Craig K. Comstock on the Huffington Post talks of the huge success of Michael Mithoefer’s study into the medicinal purposes of MDMA, in particular reference to treating post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). After MDMA-assisted psychotherapy, 80% no longer met the diagnostic criteria for PTSD, as compared to only 25% in the […]

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Thai harm reduction advocates exhort Minister of Public Health to increase facilities, and stop arresting addicts

July 7, 2011 Global Policy News

Thailand’s Minister for Public Health, H.E. Mr. Jurin Laksanawisit, was presented with an open letter signed by over 100 harm reduction advocates, last month. It addressed the huge issue of HIV, AIDs and other blood-borne diseases spreading amongst heroin addicts. Thailand has one of the largest prevalence of HIV/AIDS amongst drug users in the world. […]

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Johns Hopkins Study Probes “Sacred Mushroom” Chemical

June 16, 2011 Worldwide Psychedelic Research

This is a brilliant new study from the team at Johns Hopkins University.  The Beckley Foundation is currently collaborating on another study with the team from Johns Hopkins, led by Professor Roland Griffiths, researching the effects of psilocybin as an aid to psychotherapy for treating nicotine addiction. The results so far have been extremely promising. […]

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Effect of drug law enforcement on drug market violence: A systematic review

June 15, 2011 Drug Policy Library

Violence is amongst the primary concerns of communities around the world and research has demonstrated links between violence and the illicit drug trade, particularly in urban settings. Given the growing emphasis on evidence-based policy-making, and the ongoing severe drug market violence in Mexico and other settings, we conducted a systematic review to examine the impacts […]

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Press Coverage Global Commission Report

June 7, 2011 Uncategorized

We have put together a selection of the most relevant media coverage surrounding the launch of the Report of the Global Commission on Drug Policy on June 2, 2011. Media Coverage War on drugs not working, says global commission, The Guardian June 2 2011 Decriminalise possession of drugs, celebrities urge government, The Guardian June 2 2011 […]

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Report of the Global Commission on Drug Policy

June 3, 2011 Featured Slider

Thursday June 2, 2011 saw the publication of the Global Commissions Report on Drug Policy which implores that we begin the transformation of the current prohibitionist approach to drug policy (which has been based on ideology and political convenience) into the development of evidence-based, cost-effective, harm-reducing drug policies.  These are aims that the Beckley Foundation has […]

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War on drugs not working, says global commission

June 2, 2011 Featured Slider

Governments should end criminalisation of drugs, according to high profile panel, including Kofi Annan and Sir Richard Branson Associated Press guardian.co.uk, Thursday 2 June 2011 08.51 BST The global war on drugs has failed and governments should explore legalising marijuana and other controlled substances, according to a commission that includes former heads of state and […]

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A 50 Year Old Convention: What’s Wrong With an Update?

May 18, 2011 Featured Video

In this short film the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union ask Mr. Fedotov, the head of the UN drug agency and his critics to express their views on the 50 years of global drug prohibition.

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Taking Drugs Seriously

May 17, 2011 Featured Slider

A report published by Demos/UKDPC entitled Taking Drugs Seriously, sets out clearly how legal highs have exposed the antiquated Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (MDA) as totally inadequate legislation. They propose a whole new range of regulatory controls for the 600 or so drugs (and growing) covered by the act. Since first coming to public […]

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Psilocybin Reduces Blood Flow to the Brain

May 16, 2011 Psilocybin

Psychedelic drug users throughout the ages have described their experiences as mind-expanding. They might be surprised, therefore, to hear that psilocybin – the active ingredient in magic mushrooms – actually decreases blood flow as well as connectivity between important areas of the brain that control perception and cognition. The same areas can be over-active in […]

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The Healing Effects of Ecstasy

May 16, 2011 Featured Slider

Curiouser and Curiouser: Could Ecstasy Actually Heal Brains as well as Minds? Beckley Foundation Scientific advisor and collaborator Professor David Nutt talks about an interesting new study (that has not received any media attention), which shows that MDMA (ecstasy) actually improves recovery from brain injury rather than worsening it. For 30 years we have had […]

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Amanda talks on Near fm Dublin about Drug Policy

April 21, 2011 Podcasts

Amanda talks on Michael Fitzgerald about the War on Drugs, ways forward and the Global Initiative for Drug Policy Reform. Drug PolicyNear Media Co-op is a not-for-profit community media project in Coolock. The project consists of three different areas Near90fm, Neartv Productions and Near Online. Near90fm broadcasts 24 hours a day over 365 days per […]

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Amanda Feilding talks to Drug Truth Network

April 21, 2011 featured-podcast

Amanda Feilding talks about the Global Imitative for Drug Policy Reform on the radio show Cultural Baggage hosted by Dean Becker. The Drug Truth Network has more than 90 broadcast affiliates dedicated to exposing the fraud, misdirection, and wastefulness of the war on drugs. It is the only nationally distributed radio program focused on discussing […]

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The Pharmacology of LSD Book

April 21, 2011 Uncategorized

After the discovery of its effects in 1943 LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) became the most extensively studied psycho pharmacological agent ever and had a tremendous impact on neurotransmitter research. Lysergic acid diethylamide or LSD was discovered in 1943. Since being made illegal in the mid-1960s it was used as an experimental drug in psychiatry and […]

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Legalizing Marijuana: An Exit Strategy from the War on Drugs

April 20, 2011 Beckley in the Media - Intro

• U.S. drug policy needs to be altered; legalization must be subject to serious debate • Legalization could eliminate illegal demand for Mexican marijuana and curb drug-related violence • Medical dangers of marijuana may be largely exaggerated • Economic costs and benefits should be balanced; legalization could reduce financial burden on the U.S. Few topics […]

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April 6, 2011 Uncategorized
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Amanda’s Presentation at Breaking Convention Conference

April 5, 2011 Uncategorized

In a invited symposia at the Breaking Convention conference last weekend entitled “Bold Visions: The Future of Psychedelic Culture & Research” Amanda Feilding talks about the failed War on Drugs, the harms it continues to inflict on the world and the ways forward outlined in the Global Initiative for Drug Policy Reform. To view Amanda’s […]

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Cannabis Policy Options and the Limits of Science

March 25, 2011 Global Policy News

Lecture at the Institute of Psychiatry – National Addiction Centre from 13:00, Monday, 28 March 2011 ends 14:00, Monday, 28 March 2011 The recent near passage of the cannabis legalisation initiative in California is just another indication of the active debate throughout the Western world about regulating cannabis. This lecture contributes to the discussion in […]

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