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The Drug Policy podcast of the Rights Reporter Foundation. Visit drugreporter.net for news and films from the frontlines of the war on drugs!

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The Drug Policy podcast of the Rights Reporter Foundation. Visit drugreporter.net for news and films from the frontlines of the war on drugs!

    The Impact of Cannabis Legalization in Canada | Drugreporter Café

    The Impact of Cannabis Legalization in Canada | Drugreporter Café

    Drugreporter interviewed Jason Eligh, senior analyst of the Global Initiative Against Transnational Oranized Crime, to learn about the health and social impact of cannabis legalization in Canada. More info: https://drogriporter.hu/en/video-series/drugreporter-cafe/

    • 17 min
    Psychedelics in Scotland: The Future of Mental Health

    Psychedelics in Scotland: The Future of Mental Health

    In February 2023 SPRG held a 3 day Celebration of Scotland's Indigenous Apothecary encompassing cannabis and psilocybin mushrooms, as well as other healing plants indigenous to the Scottish land. The events were organised to coincide with the international movement #thankyouplantmedicine. They collaborated with the Scottish Cannabis Consortium, the University of Edinburgh, and many other organisations and people involved in both plant medicine and drug policy reform in Scotland in order to explore the healing potential of these plants. The final day involved two events: a panel event in which we heard from a range of expert speakers ranging from academic, research and importantly several lived experience voices, and a Scottish Parliament event, sponsored by Pauline McNeil MSP, with the same speakers and focus, but with MSP’s in attendance. In keeping with the power of this medicine to inspire and create community, this day was packed full of energy and inspiring, at times painful, stories of healing and gratitude for the plants, and the potential they have to heal, connect and transform individuals and communities. One of the most powerful moments was when a mother, Karen Llewellyn, spoke of the harm that had been done to her sons and her family by the drug policy and medical frameworks. In a tragic turn of events Karen's son Jake passed away 2 months later. Inquiries are ongoing. Similarly, John Anderson, a neuroscientist, counsellor and board member of SPRG presented the story of his own healing which sent shivers around the room. The power of being heard and having the opportunity to speak our truth in these environments cannot be understated. Drugreporter produced a new documentary on the struggle to liberate psychedelic medicine in Scotland. In the film, people with lived experience provide testimony on the healing powers of psychedelic drugs. We decided to publish the uncut interviews as well, for a more in-depth analysis of the situation of psychedelics in Scotland. To watch the film, Psychedelics in Scotland, click here: https://youtu.be/7JMpPTvTXo0

    • 53 min
    The Scottish Drug Policy Conversations on Cannabis

    The Scottish Drug Policy Conversations on Cannabis

    In February 2023 SPRG held a 3 day Celebration of Scotland's Indigenous Apothecary encompassing cannabis and psilocybin mushrooms, as well as other healing plants indigenous to the Scottish land. The events were organised to coincide with the international movement #thankyouplantmedicine. They collaborated with the Scottish Cannabis Consortium, the University of Edinburgh, and many other organisations and people involved in both plant medicine and drug policy reform in Scotland in order to explore the healing potential of these plants. On the second day SPRG held a cannabis symposium. The half day event brought stakeholders together to connect, share knowledge, have respectful dialogue and importantly envision the future of cannabis in Scotland, both within the UK, and as a potential independent country with the power to write our own drug laws. The day was structured along the lines of a conversation café on cannabis with speed dating. It was an incredibly powerful event, with networks and collaborations being made between multiple stakeholders in the cannabis community. Importantly it was an opportunity for everyone to tell their own cannabis story, with all stakeholders, regardless of their interest in the industry, feeling safe and able to share why they are passionate about bringing cannabis medicine back to Scotland. Drugreporter produced a new documentary on the struggle to liberate psychedelic medicine in Scotland. In the film, people with lived experience provide testimony on the healing powers of psychedelic drugs. We decided to publish the uncut interviews as well, for a more in-depth analysis of the situation of psychedelics in Scotland. To watch the film, Psychedelics in Scotland, click here: https://youtu.be/7JMpPTvTXo0

    • 28 min
    Psychedelics in Scotland: Policy and Practice | At the Scottish Parliament

    Psychedelics in Scotland: Policy and Practice | At the Scottish Parliament

    In February 2023 the Scottish Cannabis Consortium held a 3 day Celebration of Scotland's Indigenous Apothecary encompassing cannabis and psilocybin mushrooms, as well as other healing plants indigenous to the Scottish land. The events were organised to coincide with the international movement #thankyouplantmedicine. They collaborated with the Scottish Cannabis Consortium, the University of Edinburgh, and many other organisations and people involved in both plant medicine and drug policy reform in Scotland in order to explore the healing potential of these plants. The final day involved two events: a panel event in which we heard from a range of expert speakers ranging from academic, research and importantly several lived experience voices, and a Scottish Parliament event, sponsored by Pauline McNeil MSP, with the same speakers and focus, but with MSP’s in attendance. In keeping with the power of this medicine to inspire and create community, this day was packed full of energy and inspiring, at times painful, stories of healing and gratitude for the plants, and the potential they have to heal, connect and transform individuals and communities. One of the most powerful moments was when a mother, Karen Llewellyn, spoke of the harm that had been done to her sons and her family by the drug policy and medical frameworks. In a tragic turn of events Karen's son Jake passed away 2 months later. Inquiries are ongoing. Similarly, John Anderson, a neuroscientist, counsellor and board member of SPRG presented the story of his own healing which sent shivers around the room. The power of being heard and having the opportunity to speak our truth in these environments cannot be understated. Drugreporter produced a new documentary on the struggle to liberate psychedelic medicine in Scotland. In the film, people with lived experience provide testimony on the healing powers of psychedelic drugs. We decided to publish the uncut interviews as well, for a more in-depth analysis of the situation of psychedelics in Scotland. To watch the film, Psychedelics in Scotland, click here: https://youtu.be/7JMpPTvTXo0

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Jo Neil on the benefits of Using Psychedelic Drugs as Medicine

    Jo Neil on the benefits of Using Psychedelic Drugs as Medicine

    Professor Jo Neal is Professor of Psychopharmacology at the University of Manchester. She is Chair of the Medical Psychedelics Working Group at Drug Science, a Trustee for Heroic Hearts UK, scientific advisor for the Conservative Drug Policy Reform Group, Beckley Psytech, Albert Labs, and Octarine Bio. Jo is an advisory board member of the International Therapeutic Psilocybin Rescheduling Initiative. She is co-founder of b-neuro, a University based Contract Research Organisation developing new treatments for mental illness through animal models and past President of the British Association for Psychopharmacology (President 2016-2018). She served on the Research Excellence Framework panel for Unit of Assessment 3 (Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy) in 2014. Jo is working with Policy at Manchester and Drug Science to educate the public about the urgent need for drug law reform and suspension of Schedule 1 restrictions to enable research into the medicinal properties of currently illegal drugs. Drugreporter produced a new documentary on the struggle to liberate psychedelic medicine in Scotland. In the film, people with lived experience provide testimony on the healing powers of psychedelic drugs. We decided to publish the uncut interviews as well, for a more in-depth analysis of the situation of psychedelics in Scotland. To watch the film, Psychedelics in Scotland, click here: https://youtu.be/7JMpPTvTXo0

    • 32 min
    Anna Ross and Fiona Gilbertson on Psychedelics and Drug Policy in Scotland

    Anna Ross and Fiona Gilbertson on Psychedelics and Drug Policy in Scotland

    The Scottish Psychedelic Research Group (SPRG) was set up in 2021 in collaboration with Dr. Jake Hawthorn, Dr. Anna Ross of the University of Edinburgh, Fiona Gilbertson of Recovering Justice, and Dr Christoph Zwolen, and was supported through the Open Society Foundations Global Drug Policy Programme. Dr. Anna Ross and Fiona Gilbertson have been collaborating for many years on challenging the narratives surrounding drug policy, by creating channels of engagement with under-represented voices. A particular focus has been the devastation created by state agencies enacting the existing drug laws. The trauma created in the lives of people who use drugs , women and families is often borne in shame and silence . This led to passion in psychedelic assisted medicine as a therapeutic tool, and the use of cannabis, both as a medicine and a social drug. An integral aim of SPRG is to provide a link between the multiple communities currently engaged or interested in plant medicine in Scotland, with a specific focus on linking policy and practice to the wider indigenous use of plant medicine in Scotland, and to ensure that these voices are a core part of any policy being developed in Scotland. Drugreporter produced a new documentary on the struggle to liberate psychedelic medicine in Scotland. In the film, people with lived experience provide testimony on the healing powers of psychedelic drugs. We decided to publish the uncut interviews as well, for a more in-depth analysis of the situation of psychedelics in Scotland. To watch the film, Psychedelics in Scotland, click here: https://youtu.be/7JMpPTvTXo0

    • 52 min

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