Should All Drugs Be Legalised?

This is the dissertation I wrote for my Philosophy undergraduate degree in 2012. Some of the statistics may be a bit out of date, but recent developments in drug liberalisation (such as in the US) and research on the illicit drug trade – as well as the therapeutic application of certain illicit drugs – are still…View Post

Here’s How Legalising Psychedelics Could Minimise the Risk of a Bad Trip

While the classical serotonergic psychedelics (LSD, mescaline, psilocybin, and DMT) are generally considered physiologically safe and non-addictive, they are certainly not without their risks. Negative experiences do occur – although, under a system where psychedelics are legal and regulated, this risk could be minimised. For a very tiny minority with a pre-existing or latent mental…View Post

Why Psychedelics Don’t Deserve the Stigma They Carry

US comedian Shane Mauss is currently doing his biggest tour to date. A Good Trip is a two-hour comedy show about psychedelics. One of the aims of this tour, he said, is to remove the stigma that surrounds the use of psychedelics. Public Perceptions About Psychedelics Many people have misguided and negative preconceptions about what these…View Post

The Mental Health Burden of Student Debt Can’t Be Overlooked

If we sincerely believe that higher education is a public good then we can argue it, therefore, deserves public funding. There are many government programmes, on the other hand, that are funded by the public that I do not personally believe are in the public interest. Two examples would include our nuclear weapons programme and…View Post

Cannabis Users Are Unfairly Punished by the Proceeds of Crime Act: An Exclusive Interview With a Cannabis Grower

The Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) came into force in 2002 and it is meant to allow the government to confiscate proceeds which are crime-related. Prior to the introduction of the 2002 Act, a prosecuting lawyer had to prove that the money or assets were the proceeds of crime and also what ‘type’ of crime…View Post