Legal highs are now illegal in the the UK but why has it taken so long for the law to be changed?
‘Judges smoke it, even lawyers too.’ – Peter Tosh.
The UK may have signed the UN drugs convention – with its emphasis on prohibition – but that doesn't mean it can't legalise the drug.
The UK’s ‘most charming’ drug smuggler.
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The consumption of homegrown cannabis has risen sharply over the past decade.
Was David Leyonhjelm correct about the proportion of drug law enforcement costs attributable to cannabis?
Liberal Democrat Senator David Leyonhjelm told parliament that of the $1.5 billion spent annually on drug law enforcement, 70% is attributable to cannabis. Are those numbers correct?
Drug testing has not been found to reduce road crashes.
With legislation for medicinal cannabis having been passed by the federal parliament, what do we do now about drug-driving laws?
One in three adults have smoked pot at some point in their lives.
The potential harms associated with using cannabis depend, above all others, on two things: the age at which you first begin to use cannabis and the frequency, dose and duration of use.
Evidence is mounting to suggest that William Shakespeare drew at least some of his inspiration from cannabis.
A 400-year-old poem offers yet more evidence to suggest that William Shakespeare may have found at least some of his inspiration in cannabis.
Men are more likely to use cannabis because of external factors such as peer use, and women for internal factors such as anxiety.
Cannabis is the most widely used illicit drug with more than 181 million consumers worldwide, three quarters of whom are men. Why do men and women use cannabis?
Cannabis on the brain.
More men suffer psychosis, and there are a few reasons that may explain it.
Up in flames: the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare in 2014 was a smoke-filled celebration.
South African forensics may provide clues to the 400-year-old mystery of what was smoked in pipes found in Shakespeare's garden.
Smoking and mental health problems go hand in hand but it's not an easy relationship to untangle.
Throughout history, most people have used marijuana to escape the toils of everyday life.
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For over 500 years, the drug has been associated with racism and poverty.
It’s the compounds in the cannabis that researchers are interested in.
The three Cs that have caused much controversy in research: cancer, cannabis and cannabinoids.
Heavy cannabis use is consistently associated with poorer attention and memory, and increased rates of metal health problems.
The legislative changes poised to increase the availability of cannabis are outpacing our understanding of the impact that the drug has on the brain.
The three states will collaborate on the development of medicinal cannabis, its regulatory framework and clinical research.
Queenslanders and Victorians with particular chronic illnesses will be eligible to join New South Wales medicinal cannabis trials, due to start mid next year.
He may not look it, but this guy is totally radical.
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Our drugs policy expert sheds some light on the Liberal Democrats' radical new proposals.
Experiences in real-time.
People with bipolar use more cannabis than others with mental health problems, but what do they think about its effects?
Easier access to marijuana doesn’t necessarily lead to more addicts.
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