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Beckley Foundation Conference ‘Jamaica’s Regulated Cannabis Industry: First Steps’ an Immense Success

November 19, 2015 Policy

Amanda Feilding and the Beckley Foundation are proud to have joined with the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Industry, Investment & Commerce in hosting such a successful conference: “Jamaica’s Regulated Cannabis Industry: First Steps”. Amanda Feilding, Founder and Director of the Beckley Foundation, says the conferences gave her “great hope for the future […]

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Beckley Foundation, in collaboration with the Jamaican Government, present the conference: ‘Jamaica’s Regulated Cannabis Industry: First Steps’

November 10, 2015 Policy

The Beckley Foundation, in partnership with the Jamaican Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Industry, Investment & Commerce, has organised a two-day conference entitled “Jamaica’s Regulated Cannabis Industry: First Steps” taking place in Negril on November 13 and 14, 2015, to coincide with the inaugural Rastafari RootzFest and World Cannabis Cup 2015. Following recent […]

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“What the results of the cannabis trial show is that Prohibition must end”

March 5, 2015 Policy

The social life of the cannabis plant dates back to more than ten millenia. Many studies have been written on this subject, but they tend to focus on the problematic aspects of use, which are suffered by a small percentage of the total number of users. The policies of prohibition have reinforced this negative bias, […]

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On Bicycles, the Beckley Foundation and the Psychedelic Renaissance

February 4, 2015 Beckley Press

It has been almost 72 years since the day Albert Hofmann, founding member of the Beckley Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Board, rode his proverbial bicycle from the Sandoz laboratory where he used to work to his home in Basel

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A Report from the Special Session of the OAS General Assembly on Drug Policy

September 23, 2014 Global Policy News

The outcome of the 46 Special Session of the OAS General Assembly on drug policy leaves a somewhat bittersweet taste. On the one hand, it is clear that a new hemispheric consensus on drug policy is crystallising. Gone are the days when the rhetoric of the majority of countries supported, with blind ideological zeal, a […]

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Licensing and Regulation of the Cannabis Market

May 27, 2014 Cannabis Commission Featured

A new report from the Beckley Foundation: Licensing and Regulation of the Cannabis Market in England and Wales: Towards a Cost/Benefit Analysis         Groundbreaking New Study , Commissioned by the Beckley Foundation and carried out by the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex UK    [spoiler intro=”Conference in […]

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World Ayahuasca Conference

April 30, 2014 Global Policy News

The World Ayahuasca Conference is co-sponsored by the Beckley Foundation. In the last decade, the interest and use of ayahuasca has expanded exponentially. This phenomenon has both activated the advancement of scientific research into its effects, risks and therapeutic potential, as well as serious legal, ethical and sustainability challenges. The World Ayahuasca Conference 2014, organized […]

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New Zealand : Amanda Feilding’s Talk

March 25, 2014 Global Policy News

Beckley Foundation Director, Amanda Feilding, flew to New Zealand last week to present the keynote talk at the ‘Pathway to Reform’ conference hosted by the STAR Trust. Amanda was invited to present the Beckley Foundation’s view on New Zealand’s landmark Psychoactive Substances Act – an innovative piece of legislation which aims to strictly test and […]

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Drug reformers to converge on New Zealand : Amanda Feilding Talk

March 11, 2014 Global Policy News

‘Pathway to Reform’ is a unique opportunity to hear how New Zealand became the first country in the world to regulate the legal highs industry. Learn how the industry worked with the government to develop a ‘reverse onus’ model to future-proof drug policy and address the emerging realities of Psychoactive Substances in society. Find out […]

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Guatemala considers the legalisation of opium for the medicinal market

December 20, 2013 Beckley Foundation in Guatemala

As proposed in the advice that Beckley Director Amanda Feilding gave to President Pérez Molina and Foreign Secretary Fernando Carrera in January 2013, in our report Paths for Reform, Guatemala is considering legalising opium growing for the medicinal market. “More than 90% of the global consumption of opioid analgesics occurs in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, […]

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Amanda Strengthens the Beckley Foundation’s Relationship with Latin America in Visit to Colombia

June 11, 2013 Global Policy News

Amanda Feilding went to Colombia to strengthen relationships between the government and this foundation. The visit was timed to directly precede her attendance of the OAS 43rd General Assembly in Guatemala the following week. Amanda brought back as many perspectives and ideas as she provided, increasing her understanding of the complex underlying issues of the drug war necessary for driving forward the pioneering work of the Beckley Foundation. The Colombian President was praised by cabinet ministers on his subsequent visit to the UK, and told british press his vision for the future.

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Amanda Feilding Interviewed by Guatemalan Press for OAS perspective

June 7, 2013 Beckley Foundation in Guatemala

Beckley Foundation Founder and Director Amanda Feilding received invitation to the 43rd General Assembly of the OAS from the Secretary General, José Miguel Insulza and Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina, whom she has advised on drug policy over the last year. The ceremonies, plenary sessions, and other events were held at multiple locations around Antigua, Guatemala, and Amanda was honoured to contribute original research to the debate and to be invited to attend a private dinner with delegates at the Presidential Palace. She came away from the three-day conference with the feeling that great progress had been made towards a future where drug-related violence has been all but eradicated.

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Amanda Feilding Presents Report to Civil Society Meeting at the 43rd General Assembly of the OAS

June 5, 2013 Beckley Foundation in Guatemala

The 43rd General Assembly of the Organisation of American States is underway in Antuiga, Guatemala where a pan-hemispheric debate on the drug issue is the main item on the agenda. Beckley Foundation Founder and Director Amanda Feilding is in attendance at the three day conference and has already presented the our second report on the drug problem in Guatemala, ‘Illicit Drug Markets and Dimensions of Violence in Guatemala’, for discussion at a meeting with the OAS Secretary General and other NGOs.

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Amanda Feilding’s introductory address at Psychedelic Science 2013

May 4, 2013 Beckley in the Media

Read Amanda Feilding’s introductory address at the Psychedelic Science Conference 2013, held in Oakland California on 18-22 April. The conference was co-hosted by the Beckley Foundation, Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), Heffter, and the Council for Spiritual Practices.

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Amanda Feilding Interviewed in the Evening Standard

April 16, 2013 Beckley in the Media

Amanda talks about her life, psilocybin research and all Beckley Foundation projects in this interview with the Evening Standard.

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Petition: Have the Misuse of Drugs Act Discussed in Parliament

April 5, 2013 Drug abuse

A new e-petition has been set up on the gov.uk website calling for an impact assessment of the 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act. The petition has one year to collect 100,000 signatures, and if successful will prompt a debate of the effectiveness of the primary piece of drug legislation in the UK.

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Davos 2013: President Pérez Molina announces drug policy initiatives

January 26, 2013 Beckley Foundation in Guatemala

The President used his platform at the World Economic Forum to announce the proposals for drug policy reform presented to him by Beckley Foundation director Amanda Feilding last week – including drug regulation and the creation of a legal poppy crop. He also announced the plans we have been working on together to hold a drug policy summit later this year.

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Guatemala’s president: ‘My country bears the scars from the war on drugs’

January 21, 2013 Beckley Foundation in Guatemala

President Perez Molina discusses the failed war on drugs, and the Beckley Foundation’s drug policy work in Guatemala, in an interview with the Observer newspaper.

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President Otto Pérez Molina discusses drug policy with the Beckley Foundation

January 18, 2013 Beckley Foundation in Guatemala

In a meeting with the President of Guatemala and his Heads of State, Amanda Feilding presented the Beckley Foundation’s analysis of the situation in Guatemala and our recommendations for measures the government can take to improve domestic drug policy.

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Doctors make themselves heard in the drug policy debate

January 16, 2013 Harm reduction

The British Medical Association, a professional association and registered trade union for doctors, has published a comprehensive report on drug policy in the UK making clear the role they feel medical practitioners should play, not only in improving care of problem drug users, but also in becoming involved in the political debate over drug policy

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Report from cross-party Parliamentary Group calls for radical drug policy reform

January 14, 2013 Drug abuse

A panel of peers from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Drug Policy Reform today released a new report. It focuses on ‘legal highs’, but also makes a number of other recommendations including decriminalising personal drug use and introducing a ‘class D’ to the current classification system, to allow carefully controlled sale of those psychoactives considered to pose a relatively low risk of harm. It is the third major report in as many months to recommend sweeping changes to UK drug policy.

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Amanda Feilding to meet with Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina

January 14, 2013 Beckley Foundation in Guatemala

Director Amanda Feilding, is travelling to Guatemala for meetings with President Otto Pérez Molina, his Foreign Minister, and other senior figures in the Guatemalan government. She will be presenting our proposals for alternative drug policy options in Guatemala, which aim to reduce violence and corruption and allow resources currently devoted to tackling criminality to be re-allocated for health, education and development.

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Legal Highs May Be More Damaging When Made Illegal

January 11, 2013 Drug Legalisation

Legal highs are being driven into more harmful forms by current legislation. Several commentators think it is time we rethink the way we make laws that seek to control these designer drugs.

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The Queen of Consciousness – Amanda Feilding interviewed for the New Scientist

December 20, 2012 Beckley in the Media

Amanda Feilding is featured in this week’s Opinion Interview in New Scientist. In it, she talks about the origins of the Beckley Foundation and its groundbreaking work in the field of scientific research and drug policy reform. You can read the full interview here.

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In Colombia, Cameron’s stance on drugs looks cynical

December 18, 2012 Beckley in the Media

Fidel Cano Correa, editor of the Colombian daily ‘el Espectador’, mentioned the Beckley Foundation as one organisation pushing for global change in an Observer piece this weekend, and criticises David Cameron for neglecting the international consequences of domestic drug policy in the UK.

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Croatia decriminalises drug possession

December 18, 2012 Drug use/misuse

The new law will come into effect on January 1st, at which point those found in possession of drugs will either receive a fine, be sent for rehabilitation, or ordered to do community service. Previously, anyone convicted of drugs possession could be sentenced to up to 3 years in jail.

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‘The Tide is Turning’ – Amanda Feilding on the Huffington Post

December 12, 2012 Beckley in the Media

The Beckley Foundation, in association with the Global Commission on Drug Policy, Virgin Unite, Avaaz and Sundog Pictures, has launched a global grassroots campaign to call for an end to the War on Drugs. The campaign’s website,www.breakingthetaboo.com, aims to gather over 1 million signatures from global citizens calling on governments and the UN to change their drug policies. The petition is to be presented to Ban Ki-Moon, the UN Secretary General.

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Home Affairs Committee recommends UK drug policy reform

December 10, 2012 Harm reduction

The overall conclusion of the report is that the Government needs to invest in an evidence-based and harm-reducing approach to drugs. Unfortunately the Home Office is set to ignore these recommendations, repeating the same claim that current drug policies are successful and backed up by all the best evidence – presumably not including the UKDPC report, the last Home Affairs Select Committee Report, and this Home Affairs Select Committee report (representing together almost 10 years of evidence gathering) which all call for a new approach.

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Breaking the Taboo UK premiere features on Guardian, Mirror and Daily Mail websites

December 6, 2012 Beckley in the Media

Last night saw the launch of the new campaign, Breaking the Taboo, that the Beckley Foundation is supporting alongside Virgin Unite, Sundog Pictures and Avaaz.org. The launch event included a screening of Sundog Pictures film “Breaking the Taboo” followed by a panel discussion, chaired by Krishnan Guru-Murthy, between Beckley Foundation’s Amanda Feilding, Virgin boss Richard Branson, Green Party MP Caroline Lucas, Tom Lloyd and Danny Kushlick (all signatories of the Public Letter).

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Comment: Politicians don’t have the guts to support us in public

December 6, 2012 Beckley in the Media

Politicians will say many things privately but never dare utter them in public, especially when in office. Only when they are out of power do they reveal their true feelings. And this is no truer than the when addressing the ‘D’ word – drugs. Support the regulation of drugs and your career could be over. Or could it?

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