The Courier, 05 Nov 2014 - As the Decriminalisation of Drugs Comes Back on the Political Agenda, We Polled Courier Readers on Their Views. Gayle Ritchie Explores the Results VISIT MOST Sheriff Courts in Scotland on any day of the week and the chances are they will be inundated with people charged with drug offences.
Washington Post, 05 Nov 2014 - City Joins Colorado, Washington State in Allowing the Drug "If your job is over at 5 o'clock and you want to have cannabis instead of a glass of scotch, so be it." Adam Eidinger, advocate for marijuana legalization
The Mercury, 03 Nov 2014 - POLITICIANS love to whip up a crisis. It's all part of the 24/7 news cycle that is eroding the capacity for rational dialogue in our democracy. And the latest "crisis" is ice. According to Tasmanian Green MP Cassy O'Connor, ice - a methamphetamine also known as crystal meth - "threatens to destroy multiple generations in single families".
The Mirror, 02 Nov 2014 - My blood boils when I hear loony liberal politicians (I'm thinking Nick Clegg) and middle class do-gooders telling us that ALL drugs should be legalised. That heroin, crack cocaine and LSD should all be freely available - even to teenagers. Their argument is that if the State was in charge of the drugs industry instead of criminal gangs then the drugs wouldn't be toxic and fewer people would die.
The Palm Beach Post, 02 Nov 2014 - Voters Decide Tuesday If Medical Marijuana Will Be Legal in Florida. In study after study, scientists have scrutinized medical marijuana and found promising - if inconclusive - results. Smoking pot helped patients with AIDS and Parkinson's disease, according to studies in California and Israel. In a separate experiment nearly a decade ago, Scripps Research Institute scientists found THC might halt the progress of Alzheimer's disease.
The Saratogian, 01 Nov 2014 - The event's three professional presenters agreed that marijuana can have ill effects on young people. SOUTH GLENS FALLS - With marijuana now legal in several states, information and misinformation about the drug are swirling like smoke; so the Community Coalition for Family Wellness hopes to provide resources that promote safety and health, especially for youth. The school district's Oct. 29 Parent University night, called "Marijuana, What's the Big Deal?", gave families, students, faculty and community partners a look at current medical, sociological and legal aspects of cannabis use in teenagers.
The Guardian, 01 Nov 2014 - A Psychology of Macho Law-Making Steers Policy - in Defiance of Public Opinion and Common Sense The government should ban all reports on drug legalisation. They get you hooked on rage. Evidence-based reform is a gateway substance to common sense. Just send a message: no thought means no. Parliament's response to this week's report on the 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act shows that psychoactive substances are the last taboo to afflict Britain's elite. It has got over past obsessions with whipping, hanging, sodomy and abortion, but it is still stuck on drugs. There is no point in reading the latest research on drugs policy worldwide. It is spitting in the wind. The only research worth doing is on why drugs policy reduces politicians to gibbering wrecks.
Irish Independent, 01 Nov 2014 - THE fresh air of the White House's rose garden may soon be fragrant with the smell of cannabis. On Tuesday, while other Americans are voting for their senators and congressman - residents of Washington DC are expected to vote overwhelmingly to legalise marijuana.
Washington Times, 31 Oct 2014 - On Tuesday, voters will decide whether to take the next giant leap in the pro-marijuana movement by approving ballot measures that call for legalizing recreational use. It's not too late to vote no.
Daily Telegraph, 31 Oct 2014 - DAVID CAMERON is refusing Liberal Democrat calls to review the Government's drugs policy, warning that as a parent he does not want to send out the message that taking illegal substances is "OK or safe". The Prime Minister insisted that the current approach to drugs was having an impact as abuse was falling, following a major Coalition row sparked by a Home Office report backed by the Lib Dems that suggested easing laws on hard drugs would not increase the number of users. Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, yesterday attacked the Tory party's "facile" and "frightened" approach to drugs after Downing Street distanced itself from the report. Mr Cameron said yesterday that changing Britain's drugs policy would be "dangerous".
Daily Telegraph, 31 Oct 2014 - You'd Expect Drug Use to Go Up - But, Surprisingly, a Major Report Has Found That Sometimes It Actually Drops. A man lies on the floor in a squalid bedsit, a rubber rope tied around one arm, a needle in his hand. The door bursts open and two armed police officers run in. They take in the scene and swiftly find a bag of powder. What should they do next? The answer depends on the country they're in.