BF drug policy publications

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Advisory Committee on the Misuse of Drugs has been ‘Doctored’

January 25, 2011 BF drug policy publications

A new UK government appointment has sparked fierce debate within the field of drug policy. Manchester GP, Dr Hans-Christian Raabe has been chosen as a new member for the Advisory Committee on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD). The Beckley Foundation is concerned that the selection of Dr Raabe may be indicative of a continued tendency […]

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Report of the Third Beckley International Drug Policy Seminar

October 20, 2010 BF drug policy publications

THE OBJECTIVE OF THE SEMINAR The Beckley Foundation organised its third annual international seminar on drug policy in the House of Lords, Palace of Westminster, London, United Kingdom, on 4 December 2006. The objective of the seminar was to examine the preparations for the forthcoming global review of the international drug control system. The review […]

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Ten years of Plan Colombia: An Analytic Assessment

October 20, 2010 BF drug policy publications

Over the last decade Plan Colombia has been the principal strategy addressing the complex dynamics of illicit drugs production within that country. It is based on the assumption that a reduction in the illicit drugs market worldwide can be tackled by focusing on supply control measures. Plan Colombia was originally proposed as a peace programme, […]

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Reclassification of Cannabis in the UK

October 20, 2010 BF drug policy publications

On 29 January 2004, an amendment to the drug laws came into effect in the UK that moved cannabis and its derivatives from Class B to Class C under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, the primary drug control legislation in the UK. This is likely to reduce the priority that law enforcement agencies give […]

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Drug Market and Urban Violence: Can tackling one reduce the other?

September 22, 2010 BF drug policy publications

One of the most worrying aspects of the global trade in illicit drugs is the link to urban violence. This is a leading cause of death in many countries. It is also linked to other harms, such as morbidity, reductions in economic growth and the opportunity costs of investments in incarceration, police forces and private […]

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The Incarceration of Drug Offenders: An Overview

September 22, 2010 BF drug policy publications

Here we provide an overview of some of the available incarceration data from around the world and bring together much contemporary research on the topic. A great deal of the discussion concerns one of the most enthusiastic supporters of incarceration as a drug prevention measure. However, we suggest that the results of policy within the […]

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The Effects of Decriminalisation of Drug Use in Portugal

September 22, 2010 BF drug policy publications

In 2004, the Beckley Foundation reported on the legal changes that took place in Portugal in 2001 (Allen, Trace & Klein 2004). This report aims to provide an updated overview of the effects of these changes, using data from the evaluations that have been carried out and from new interviews with key stakeholders in Portugal. […]

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Drug Use: Knowledge, Culture and Context

September 22, 2010 BF drug policy publications

The topic of data and its strength, range and validity has acquired considerable prominence in recent debates taking place around the conduct of international drug policy. There has been a growing movement for “evidence-based policy” in health policy more broadly, and this has permeated drug policy as part of a gradual, but general, shift in […]

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The Global Cannabis Commission Report Conclusions and Recommendations

January 24, 2010 BF drug policy publications

The Global Cannabis Commission Report. Conclusions and Recommendations Robin Room, Benedikt Fischer, Wayne Hall, Simon Lenton, Peter Reuter, Amanda Feilding. Beckley Foundation Press (2008) CONCLUSIONS ABOUT CANNABIS USE AND HARMS 1. In the last half century recreational use of cannabis has become widely established among teenagers and young adults in a broad range of developed […]

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