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Legalise all drugs: chief constable demands end to 'immoral laws'

By Jonathan Brown and David Langton Published: 15 October 2007

One of Britain's most senior police officers is to call for all drugs – including heroin and cocaine – to be legalised and urges the Government to declare an end to the "failed" war on illegal narcotics.

Richard Brunstrom, the Chief Constable of North Wales, advocates an end to UK drug policy based on "prohibition". His comments come as the Home Office this week ends the process of gathering expert advice looking at the next 10 years of strategy.


1 marijuana joint obstructs air flow as much as 5 cigarettes

By Ray Lilley

Associated Press Writer


WELLINGTON, New Zealand - A single joint of marijuana obstructs the flow of air as much as smoking up to five tobacco cigarettes, but long-term pot use does not increase the risk of developing emphysema, new research suggests. 

The study by New Zealand's Medical Research Institute found that longtime pot smokers can develop symptoms of asthma and bronchitis, along with obstruction of the large airways and excessive lung inflation.


Rudy Nixes Medical Pot

by The Associated Press

Posted: July 11, 2007

(Concord, New Hampshire)  Presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani said Tuesday that people who want to legalize marijuana for medical purposes really just want to make the drug available to everyone.

"I believe the effort to try and make marijuana available for medical uses is really a way to legalize it. There's no reason for it," the former New York mayor said during a town hall-style meeting at New Hampshire Technical Institute.

He also said there are better alternatives.


Conn. Gov. Vetoes Medical Marijuana Bill

By SUSAN HAIGH Associated Press Writer

HARTFORD, Conn. Jun 20, 2007 (AP)

Connecticut's governor, a cancer survivor, vetoed a bill that would have allowed people with certain serious illnesses to use marijuana, saying it was fraught with problems and sent a mixed message to children.

Gov. M. Jodi Rell said Tuesday that she struggled with the decision.


Medical marijuana guru back in federal court for retrial

Published: May 15, 2007

SAN FRANCISCO: A medical marijuana guru returned to court Tuesday for opening arguments in a case U.S. prosecutors are retrying, even though he will face no prison time if convicted of growing marijuana.

Ed Rosenthal, 62, grew and distributed thousands of plants out of a warehouse to supply medical marijuana dispensaries, Assistant U.S. Attorney George Bevan told jurors.


Marijuana sold in U.S. stronger than ever

WASHINGTON - The marijuana being sold across the United States is stronger than ever, which could explain a growing number of medical emergencies that involve the drug, government drug experts Wednesday.

Analysis of seized samples of marijuana and hashish showed that more of the cannabis on the market is of the strongest grade, the White House and National Institute for Drug Abuse said.


Genetic Link to Substance Abuse in Teens

Researchers questioned more than 1,200 pairs of identical and non-identical twins aged 11-19 in Wales and Manchester about their use of these substances to try and identify the role played by genetic and environmental factors in whether teenagers experiment with substances and whether they go on to heavier substance use.


The courage of a grief-stricken mother that broke a Tory leader's heart

by FRANCES HARDY -  5th April 2007

The funerals of young men are not rare in the East End of Glasgow. But at this particular service, on the bleak periphery of an area renowned as the heroin capital of Scotland, one of the mourners stood out.

Offering quiet consolation to the bereaved at the graveside was former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith.

He left London at dawn to travel to Gallowgate, the aptly-named neighbourhood infamous for housing the densest concentration of drug addicts in Britain.


Warning over 'legal high' pills

Tuesday, 20 March 2007

The UK medicines regulator is warning people to stay away from pills called BZP, the BBC has learned.

The pills are said to offer a "legal high", but the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has warned they can cause health problems.

It has seized thousands of pills in the past year and plans to prosecute importers, sellers and manufacturers.

Many shops have withdrawn the pills from sale, but some claim BZP helps keep people away from hard drugs.