Drugs policy

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‘Gets police out of the lives of drug users’: decriminalization move takes effect in Canadian province
British Columbia now allows possession of 2.5g of illegal drugs in measure to mitigate opioid crisis

Justin Ling in Vancouver

03, Feb, 2023 @6:30 AM

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Legalising cannabis could raise billions in taxes. Think of what we could do with that money! | First Dog on the Moon
Woah – you could fund, like, EVERYTHING!

First Dog on the Moon

01, Feb, 2023 @5:07 AM

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UK ban on laughing gas sale or possession poised to go ahead
Suella Braverman pushing plan to change law on laughing gas as part of crackdown on antisocial behaviour

Peter Walker Political correspondent

26, Jan, 2023 @9:20 AM

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Laughing gas could be banned from sale in antisocial behaviour crackdown
There are concerns over health effects of inhalation but exemptions would apply for ‘legitimate reason’ to buy nitrous oxide

Harry Taylor

25, Jan, 2023 @11:52 PM

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From the archive: El Chapo: what the rise and fall of the kingpin reveals about the war on drugs – podcast
From 2019: As the capture and conviction of Mexico’s notorious drug lord has shown, taking down the boss doesn’t mean taking down the organisation

Written by Jessica Loudis, read by Christopher Ragland, originally produced by Simon Barnard with additions and scoring by Jessica Beck. The executive producer was Ellie Bury

18, Jan, 2023 @5:00 AM

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A treatment-based approach to tackling hard drugs that works | Letters
Letters: Barry Coppinger writes about the successes of heroin-assisted treatment in Middlesbrough. Plus a letter from Dr Michael Symonds

22, Dec, 2022 @5:14 PM

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Even England's police want to decriminalise hard drugs – but our posturing politicians won’t listen | Simon Jenkins
Police chiefs’ plan to recommend addiction services would be far more effective than this ‘war on drugs’, says Guardian columnist Simon Jenkins

Simon Jenkins

20, Dec, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Inside the battle to save the sacred peyote ceremony: ‘We’re in dire straits’
Used in Native religious ceremonies but now adopted by A-list celebrities, the cactus is threatened by land development and over-harvesting

Hallie Golden IN

09, Dec, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Victorian Greens push for cannabis to be legalised, taxed similarly to alcohol
Plan would see a 30% tax imposed, which analysis suggests will add $1.21bn in revenue over a decade

Benita Kolovos

09, Oct, 2022 @4:30 PM

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Finland’s PM passed her drugs test – now for the rest of the world leaders
While Boris Johnson having multiple children with numerous women is dismissed as boys will be boys, a woman having fun at home with her friends is treated like an untrustworthy hedonist, writes the Guardian columnist Arwa Mahdawi

Arwa Mahdawi

24, Aug, 2022 @6:00 AM

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NSW attorney general ‘disappointed’ by own government’s lack of action over ice report
Mark Speakman says he’s spent ‘hundreds of hours’ trying to get cabinet support for reforms from Howard inquiry

Michael McGowan

22, Aug, 2022 @9:00 AM

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‘Very good for tourists’: Thailand aims for high season with U-turn on cannabis
The once-banned drug is now on sale at market stalls, beach clubs and even hotel receptions. But the laws in this ‘pot paradise’ are blurry

Katie Glass

11, Aug, 2022 @12:50 PM

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