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Hodges Review: a review of UK public policy; regulatory stewardship of the legal cannabis industry

In February this year following a series of meetings with Ministers, advisers and senior officials in Whitehall the Centre of Medicinal Cannabis and the Association for the Cannabinoid Industry commissioned Oxford University’s Professor Christopher Hodges to oversee a comprehensive review of the UK legal cannabinoid industry with a particular regard to how public policy and regulation can support the sector’s growth and development. [Please note that to receive the report you must enter an email address on the website linked to above] | Hodges Review, UK

Episode 14 of Life with Alcohol and Drugs now live!

In this special episode, we are bringing you part one of ‘Mindfulness with Stephanie’ which will be a 3-part series. These short sessions will go through different practices and techniques for our listeners. Stephanie is a physiotherapist who is a member of Mindfulness Scotland | SFAD, UK

SHAAP letter to Minister for Public Health, Women's Health and Sport

SHAAP sent a letter to Maree Todd, Minister for Public Health, Women's Health and Sport asking for The LGBTQ+ community to be considered as a group with specific needs in the forthcoming Alcohol Treatment Guidelines | SHAAP, UK

Rising Voices at St. Stephens Church [Facebook page]

MONDAY, JULY 4, 2022 AT 1:10 PM – 2 PM. Rising Voices is a weekly singing group for people in recovery from alcohol and other drug use, led by Bristol Drugs Project. Come to our summer concert and be uplifted by our songs of hope, joy and creative connection! | BDP and David Mowat, UK

BDP Creative Communities Summer Concert at Bristol Beacon [Facebook page]

TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2022 AT 3 PM. Join us for a showcase of performances from Bristol Recovery Orchestra and Rising Voices Recovery Choir, joined by musicians from Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and very special special guest, local trumpet legend, Pete Judge. Free entry but we welcome donations us to continue the life changing work we do with people in recovery from alcohol and other drug use | BDP and Jonathan James, UK

Drug courier caught with cocaine and heroin jailed for four years

John Brennan, 41, was a passenger in a taxi that was stopped by officers in Aberdeenshire when the find was made | BBC, UK

 

International news

Opening Speech: World Drugs Day event at Accra

Speech delivered by Deputy High Commissioner to Ghana, Keith McMahon | British High Commission Accra, UK

The Deadliest Trend in World Drug Use | News on Drugs - video

From heroin and cocaine to weed and alcohol, most of the drugs we know are ultimately made from plants. But this is changing. A new wave of synthetic drugs entirely made in labs are displacing our familiar narcotics - and transforming the entire future of the drugs world | VICE, UK

INPUD Interventions at the 50th UNAIDS PCB – Addressing Methadone Crisis in Ukraine & UBRAF

The following two interventions were delivered by Aditia Taslim on behalf of INPUD during the 50th meeting of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) | INPUD, UK

Brittney Griner: Russian court decides US star to stand trial on drug charges

American basketball star Brittney Griner is scheduled to stand trial in Russia on Friday on charges of illegal cannabis possession | BBC, UK

Calls for drink-driver Queensland mayor to quit after meeting crash victims’ families

Redland mayor Karen Williams apologises after admitting she consumed ‘several glasses of wine’ before crash | Guardian, UK

UNODC World Drug Report 2022 highlights trends on cannabis post-legalization, environmental impacts of illicit drugs, and drug use among women and youth

Cannabis legalization in parts of the world appears to have accelerated daily use and related health impacts, according to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)’s World Drug Report 2022. Released today, the report also details record rises in the manufacturing of cocaine, the expansion of synthetic drugs to new markets, and continued gaps in the availability of drug treatments, especially for women | UNODC, Austria

Emergency care and hospitalizations higher among cannabis users, study finds

Serious physical injury and respiratory-reasons the two leading causes of ED visits and hospitalizations among cannabis users | EurekAlert, USA

Congressional Report Calls for Drug Policy Review of Psilocybin Access, Hemp Use and Cannabis Research

House Appropriations Committee leaders are calling for a federal review of psilocybin policy, utilizing hemp as an alternative to Chinese plastics and letting researchers study marijuana from dispensaries in new spending bill reports | Filter Magazine, USA

Cannabis Legalization: 2021–2022 Observations (Policy Brief)

Examines evidence on the impact and implementation of the 2018 Cannabis Act. The report explores progress toward the act’s public health and safety objectives. Policy makers, public health professionals and researchers involved in cannabis regulation will find the report informative. Continuing to monitor and learn from the evolution of the regulated cannabis market in Canada remains essential to informing policy and public health, both in Canada and internationally | CCSA, Canada

 

 

Blogs, comment and opinion

Would You Trip With an AI?

As the benefits of psychedelic therapy are more widely recognised, so is the importance of set and setting in mental health treatment. Now emerging technologies from AI-powered soundscapes to immersive, digital experiences are seeking to improve them. While the psychedelic field awaits regulation and destigmatisation, do new technologies promote access and help develop the psychedelic therapy field, or are they merely exacerbating inequity amidst a patent war? | Volteface, UK

Young non-smokers in NZ are taking up vaping more than ever before. Here are 5 reasons why

The number of young New Zealanders aged 15 to 17 who vape every day has tripled in two years, from 2% in 2018-19 to 6% in 2020-21, according to the most recent New Zealand Health Survey. For young adults, aged 18 to 24, daily vaping increased from 5% to 15% | Conversation, New Zealand