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Cannabis and the Psychedelics: Reviewing the UN Drug Conventions (Chapter)

April 15, 2014 Beckley in the Media

Amanda Feilding – Director of the Beckley Foundation – is the author of a chapter in this newly published book. Abstract (for the chapter): The current international prohibitionist approach to the regulation of psychoactive drugs causes serious harms. It creates an illicit market that is responsible for conflict and corruption; denies medication to the world’s […]

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Healthcare Conferences Smoking Cessation

February 28, 2014 Featured Sidebar

Smoking is extremely common in people with mental disorders, causing major reductions in life expectancy and quality of life, exacerbating poverty and presenting major economic costs to the NHS and wider society…Smoking is around twice as common among people with mental disorders, and more so in those with more severe disease It is astonishing that […]

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Take LSD and… stay out of prison?!

January 10, 2014 Featured Sidebar

. Take LSD, stay out of prison? Large study links psychedelic use to reduced recidivism   Take LSD and… stay out of prison?! An interesting study conducted by the University of Alabama and Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, found that “hallucinogen use predicted a reduced likelihood of supervision failure” in those under community corrections supervision, in […]

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Hallucinogenic drug used in Amazonian Shamanic ceremonies sweeps across America

December 10, 2013 Featured Sidebar

A hallucinogenic drug used in shamanic rituals in the Amazon is growing in popularity in the U.S., researchers have found. Dimethyltryptamine, or DMT, is the active ingredient in ayahuasca, which is a plant-based mixture that can also be smoked to give users a hallucinatory ‘journey’ more extreme than that of LSD, ketamine or magic mushrooms. […]

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How Government Policy Fails Young People

December 5, 2013 Featured Sidebar

Worth a watch… Prof. David Nutt, a friend of the Beckley Foundation, and early member of our Scientific Advisory Board, recently gave a talk at TEDxBristol. He explores the worrying fact that by focusing health campaigns so intensely on illegal drugs, we ignore the obvious but often unspoken dangers and harms from legal drugs (namely […]

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Online Marketplace for Illegal Drugs is Back

November 7, 2013 Featured Sidebar

. Silk Road, anonymous online marketplace for illegal drugs is Back  Silk Road, anonymous online marketplace for illegal drugs, has reopened only a month after US law enforcement authorities shut it down. “”It took the FBI two-and-a-half years to do what they did…but four weeks of temporary silence is all they got,” a site administrator wrote, […]

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Marijuana Tax in Colorado

November 1, 2013 Featured Sidebar

Colorado voters deciding how to tax pot By KRISTEN WYATT DENVER (AP) — A pro-pot jingle in Colorado last year went like this: “Jobs for our people/Money for schools/Who could ask for more?” Nearly a year after Colorado legalized recreational weed, voters get the chance to decide exactly how much more — in taxes. On […]

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Shopping for drugs on the Internet

August 29, 2013 Featured Sidebar

That more and more major high street stores are going online to increase their sales is no longer news but is a well-established fact.  However, this trend is true not only for legal and legitimate businesses but for illegal ones as well.  The Independent on Sunday reported that the illegal drug market has rapidly expanded […]

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Fall in Colombia coca cultivation deceptive

August 23, 2013 Featured Sidebar

BOGOTA (AFP) Coca cultivation in Colombia has fallen dramatically over the past two years, but experts say smarter drug trafficking strategies may account for the decline. The latest UN drug report found that land under coca cultivation in Colombia, along with Peru the world’s top producer of cocaine, dropped 25 percent from 2011 to 2012. And over the past […]

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NYC Comptroller Calls For Legalizing Marijuana For $400 Million Annual Revenue

August 15, 2013 Cannabis as Medicine

BY NICOLE FLATOW ON AUGUST 14, 2013 AT 1:50 PM The New York City Comptroller’s office is recommending marijuana legalization, finding that taxing and regulating the substance would generate revenue of $400 million annually and have even more significant social justice benefits. “Regulating marijuana would keep thousands of New Yorkers out of the criminal justice system, offer relief to […]

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