These are all groups and causes supported by the northlondonhippy. 10% of all profits from my book, “Personal Use” will be donated to these charities.
Non-governmental organisations and campaign groups:
Anyone’s Child: Families for Safer Drug Control is an international network of families whose lives have been wrecked by current drug laws and are now campaigning to change them. Young people will always use drugs. It’s natural for them to experiment. “Just say no” doesn’t work, and neither does punishment. A criminal record for drug possession destroys a child’s life, ruining job prospects, their status in society, and their futures. We believe that our drug laws need to properly protect our children. That’s why we urgently need a new approach to keep all of our families safe. The next casualty of the drug war really could be Anyone’s Child. Don’t let it be yours.
The Beckley Foundation
The Beckley Foundation’s purpose is two-fold: 1) To scientifically investigate the effects of psychoactive substances on the brain and consciousness in order to harness their potential benefits and minimise their potential harms; learn more about consciousness and brain function; and discover and explore new avenues for the treatment of illnesses. 2) To achieve evidence-based changes in global drug policies in order to reduce the harms brought about by the unintended negative consequences of current drug policies; and develop improved policies based on health, harm reduction, cost-effectiveness, and human rights.
Drug Science (formerly the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs)
Founded in 2010 by Professor David Nutt following his removal from post as Chair of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, DrugScience is the only completely independent, science-led drugs charity, uniquely bringing together leading drugs experts from a wide range of specialisms to carry out groundbreaking original research into drug harms and effects. Its highly cited papers on all aspects of drug effects and harms attract global coverage and considerable public interest. DrugScience reduces the harms of drugs to the public through providing objective information on drug effects, harms and potential medical uses to the public, professionals and decision makers.
LEAP stands for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. They are a campaign group made up of former police, undercover operatives, intelligence service, military and a range of figures from the criminal justice system who have joined together with civilians to raise awareness to the failed, dangerous and expensive pursuit of a punitive drug policy.
NORML is a non-partisan, non-profit organisation working for more research into the benefits of the uses of the cannabis plant for all purposes. They aim to provide a support network to those seeking the normalisation of cannabis consumption, and to influence a positive transformation of laws enabling responsible medical, spiritual, recreational and industrial uses in the UK.
Release is the national centre of expertise on drugs and drugs law. The organisation, founded in 1967, is an independent and registered charity. The organisation campaigns directly on issues that impact on their clients – it is their experiences that drive the policy work that Release does and why they advocate for evidenced based drug policies that are founded on principles of public health rather than a criminal justice approach.
Support, Don’t Punish
Support. Don’t Punish is a global advocacy campaign calling for better drug policies that prioritise public health and human rights. The campaign aims to promote drug policy reform, and to change laws and policies which impede access to harm reduction interventions.
Transform is a charitable think tank that campaigns for the legal regulation of drugs both in the UK and internationally. Prohibition cannot be judged a success on any front. Handing control of the drug trade to organised criminals has had disastrous consequences across the globe. Transform therefore works to get drugs under control by advocating for strict regulation of all aspects of the trade.
VolteFace is a policy innovation hub that explores alternatives to current public policies relating to drugs. They cultivate fresh thinking and new ideas via our online and print magazine and an ongoing programme of private and public events. They cover the policy and politics of drugs from the perspectives of science, health, lifestyle, culture, business and economics. VolteFace are UK-based and focussed whilst engaging with ideas and practice from across the world.
Political parties in the UK that support drug law reform:
Cannabis is Safer Than Alcohol (CISTA) is a political party in the UK who are campaigning on a single issue, to reform and improve our laws regarding cannabis.
The Green Party have a lot of common sense policies that would benefit our society, including reforming our cannabis and drug laws in the UK.
The Liberal Democrats
The Liberal Democrats became the first political party to support a regulated cannabis market in the UK today. The party commissioned a groundbreaking report into how a regulated cannabis market could work in the UK. This expert report was produced by a panel comprised of police officers , public health experts and drugs policy analysts.
Write your MP and demand they change the laws!
UK Cannabis Social Clubs
The UKCSC is an NGO platform founded in 2011 by citizens throughout the United Kingdom affected by and/or concerned by the current national and international war on people who use certain drugs, particularly cannabis. UKCSC unites the representatives of individual CSC’s in the UK, health workers, industry professionals, experts, entrepreneurs and activists from across not only the UK but Europe and the rest of the world.
And finally, for unbiased information about recreational drugs, Erowid is one of the best resources online.
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