Ron Hogg – Durham Police, Crime and Victim’s Commisioner – An event exploring how the UK can move from a criminal justice based drug policy to one focused on health and well-being.
Main Outcomes The regulation of cannabis is a policy option gaining traction internationally and Scotland should be prepared to engage with the different models and processes involved. Creating a new narrative on cannabis in Scotland, including challenging the idea that we are unable to do it because of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. There […]
UWS’ Contemporary Drug and Alcohol Studies Programme and Scottish Drug Policy Conversations are hosting an expert working-group meeting on ‘Cannabis: options for policy reform in Scotland’ this Friday 16th of June. This meeting is the intial meeting of an expert group set up to examine options for policy reform of cannabis in Scotland. If you […]
Watch Fiona Gilbertson, a participant of SDPC, talk about her view of drug policy. Fiona
When: 26th January 2017 – 7-9pm Where: Thomson’s Land, Edinburgh – see the Facebook event page here. The Edinburgh Active Citizenship Group will be discussing drugs policy in Scotland as part of the January Fire Starter Festival. The evening provides an oppotunity to take part in round table discussions on how we decide what drug […]
When: 7pm-9pm, 2nd February – Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow. Recovering Justice are hosting an evening with “three grassroots organisations representing the frontline of the drug war; people who have used drugs , families, criminal justice professionals and the two leading drug policy reform organisations”. They invite you to an evening of discussion and debate […]
Particularly relevant to the conversations is the update on the policy landscape implemented early this year.
“Report from Royal Society for Public Health and Faculty of Public Health says misuse of drugs should be a health issue, not a criminal one”. The calls to move funding for drugs from the Home Office to the Department of Health have already been implemented in Scotland, which moved funding from Justice to Health in […]
Drug testing in clubs and festivals has created an ongoing debate between drug policy stakeholders, with some argueing that it encourages drugs use, while others arguing it reduces the harm of those who are already takign drugs. A recent initiative taken by the Secret Garden Party highlights the harm reduction argument. The Guardian: Secret Garden […]
The Scottish Drugs Policy Conversations is a space for people with varied viewpoints and different experiences of drugs and drugs policy who wish to learn from this diversity, and influence future developments within Scotland.