The Observer, 01 Dec 2013 - Latin American Nations Call for a Treatment Strategy, Not Prison Terms Major international divisions over the global "war on drugs" have been revealed in a leaked draft of a UN document setting out the organisation's long-term strategy for combating illicit narcotics.
Independent, 27 Nov 2013 - The new minister responsible for drugs has told MPs legalising cannabis "should be considered". The minister responsible for crime prevention, Norman Baker, who was moved to the Home Office from the Department for Transport in October's reshuffle, was quizzed by the Home Affairs Select Committee over his views on drugs.
Forbes Magazine, 22 Nov 2013 - Amsterdam Coffee Shop Amsterdam Coffee Shops near schools will have to close during school hours Amsterdam's mayor, Eberhard van der Laan, recently announced that as of next January, cannabis cafes located within 250 meters of secondary schools must close their doors during school hours. And that has given new impetus to the ongoing - often vehement - national debate over the Netherlands' marijuana policy.
Wicklow People, 20 Nov 2013 - Dear Editor, I am writing in response to the specious comments made by Cllr. Peter Dempsey in your newspaper dated November 6, 2013 and his call for parents to complain about the proposals made in Leinster House by Deputy Luke Flanagan. As a concerned cannabis consumer myself, I find Cllr. Dempsey's view regarding cannabis to be nothing short of archaic, truth void and they belie his lack of knowledge regarding the true threats facing Irish society. The basic premise of his argument is 'cannabis automatically leads people onto heroin' and given that this view is not supported by any medical or anecdotal evidence, I would like to ask Cllr. Dempsey how he came to form such opinions. If his claims regarding the number of people in Arklow's cemeteries who 'started out on cannabis' are based on fact, I would be happy to stand corrected should he choose to furnish us with the source of his information.
The Herald, 19 Nov 2013 - World's Biggest Study Offers Chance to Reject Stereotype This is an opportunity for Scotland not to be judged on media hype and stereotype, but on hard data instead SCOTS are being urged to take part in the world's biggest drugs survey to replace the stereotype of reckless indulgence with the truth about drink and drug use north of the Border.
Scotsman, 05 Nov 2013 - FORMER government drugs adviser Professor David Nutt, who has repeatedly clashed with ministers over his outspoken views on illegal drugs, has been awarded an international prize for "standing up for science". Prof Nutt was sacked from his role as chairman of the UK government's advisory council on the misuse of drugs by then home secretary Alan Johnson, in 2009, after maintaining that alcohol and tobacco are more harmful than LSD, ecstasy and cannabis.
Irish Independent, 28 Oct 2013 - Well, another day another debate about drugs. And, Ireland being Ireland, another debate about drugs that immediately descends into the kind of hallucinatory silliness you'd normally associate with a hit of particularly strong acid. Luke Ming Flanagan's suggestion last week that this country legalise cannabis and save euro 300m in the process has been greeted with derision in some quarters and, let's be honest, that should hardly come as much of a surprise.
Daily Mail, 15 Oct 2013 - A STAGGERING half a million people in the UK are running secret cannabis farms in their homes. An explosion in production of the drug means hundreds of thousands of suburban houses have been converted into hidden marijuana factories.
Irish Independent, 12 Oct 2013 - HIGH-POTENCY cannabis is putting young people who use the drug heavily at risk of stroke, a leading specialist has told an inquest. Consultant stroke physician Professor Joseph Harbison told Dublin Coroner's Court that doctors at St James's Hospital have seen "five or six cases" of young people having strokes following the use of herbal cannabis in the past three years. The strokes may be linked to the increased potency of cannabis available in Ireland over that period, he said.