Drugs

Stop with the propaganda – marijuana use is not trivial

11 May 2019 8:04

It is difficult to decide whether to condemn Chris Daw QC for his defeatism, or for his wilful ignorance of…

The Spectator Podcast: the Brexit party, drugs, and fake lesbians

3 May 2019 18:10

As the two main parties reel from their local election performances today, are we at the beginning of a golden…

There’s only one way to win the war on drugs

17 August 2018 13:00

Earlier this month, I attended a family-friendly music festival in the glorious sunshine. There was stone-baked pizza, a champagne bar…

Books Podcast: a psychedelic trip with Michael Pollan

21 June 2018 15:11

This week’s Spectator Books Podcast asks: is LSD good for you? I’m joined by the author Michael Pollan, who talks…

The pill-popping future of work looks terrifying

4 August 2017 13:29

In Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, a dystopia rules mankind in a way that renders the masses compliant consumers. The apex…

Despite everything, I love Glastonbury – and I wasn’t the only one booing Jeremy Corbyn

26 June 2017 17:07

‘You don’t look like Radiohead fans, lads,’ said the old fashioned Northern lady as she served Boy and me our…

How to beat the prison drugs epidemic

8 December 2016 15:31

Pity the prisons minister, Sam Gyimah, who last week found himself explaining the term ‘potting’ to MPs on the justice…

Do we really want Portugal’s drug laws?

18 June 2016 8:00

‘The war on drugs has failed,’ asserted Shirley Cramer, chief executive of the Royal Society for Public health in the…

New Tory MPs push ministers on legal protections for children

20 January 2016 11:02

MPs are debating the report stage and third reading of the psychoactive substances bill today, with a series of amendments…

The truth about me, David Cameron, drugs and Supertramp

22 September 2015 13:36

This week I woke up shocked to find myself on the front page of the Daily Mail. Apparently I’m the…

Lord Sewel, you’ve made me proud to be British

27 July 2015 16:07

The Lord Sewel scandal makes me feel proud to be British. For here, thanks to some glorious John Wilkes-style dirt-digging…

Drugs are a waste of time, but so is the Psychoactive Substances Bill

4 June 2015 13:32

The Conservatives might have gone in softer than Russell Brand and the gang predicted, with very little change announced in…

The new ban on ‘legal highs’ is unworkable. The government doesn’t even know what it’s banning

27 May 2015 23:19

The man in the pub’s solution to the ongoing panic about legal highs is to ban them. ‘Ban ‘em all!…

Trying to ban legal highs? Expect a bad trip

27 May 2015 14:48

Keep an eye on the government’s ban on legal highs. The Conservative ­manifesto pledged to outlaw all the horrible chemicals…

The white-knuckle terror of being driven by a dopehead

25 May 2015 16:36

‘Hidden menace of the drivers high on drugs,’ says the headline in today’s Daily Mail, revealing that – according to…

I know I shouldn’t ask this, but is cocaine really that addictive?

9 April 2015 17:36

Cocaine addiction is a dreadful thing. I’ve seen it so many times: bright, once-pretty people with washed-out grey faces who…

We need body scanners to tackle the prison drug problem

13 March 2015 11:00

As every prisoner and ex-prisoner knows the most frequently used route for drug smuggling into all categories of jails is…

You’d have to be high to believe the drug-driving laws were designed to improve road safety

5 March 2015 17:58

New drug-driving regulations came into force on Monday, establishing legal limits for the levels of sixteen intoxicating substances in the…

Jon Snow’s right: skunk is dangerous, but it’s impossible to buy anything else

26 February 2015 13:49

Channel 4 is due to air its pseudo-scientific ‘Jon Snow stoned’ show The Cannabis Trials (or Drugs and How Not To Enjoy Them).…

Hyperbole about the dangers of ‘skunk’ won’t help those at risk – but a change in the law might

16 February 2015 13:58

Can I write an entire blog post about one sentence? I’d certainly like to. The sentence in question is ‘The…