Should the UK Legalise Cannabis?

Event details

Date

Time

6:00 pm - 7:45 pm

Location

University of Leeds

Ticket Type

Free - book a place

Price

Free

Tags

Alcohol free, Free

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About this event

The drug policy think-tank Volteface are going ‘on the road’ to debate cannabis legalisation at UK universities. Their next stop is the University of Leeds, in collaboration with Leeds Debating Union.

PANEL LINE UP

  • PC Matt Guy - Leeds Youth Crime Prevention Officer @PCMattGuy
  • Ben Holden - Early Intervention and Prevention Worker with drug and alcohol service Forward Leeds and trustee and key organiser at the charity PsyCare UK Welfare & Harm Reduction @btjholden
  • Jack - Young person representative
  • Ian Hamilton - Lecturer in mental health in the Department of Health Sciences, University of York @ian_hamilton_
  • Councillor Neil Walshaw - Labour Party Councillor for the Headingley Ward @CllrWalshaw
  • Liz McCulloch - Volteface Policy Advisor (Chair) @mccullochlizzi1

Since forming in 2016, Volteface has established an impressive repertoire of work. Their reports have been covered by the UK and international media, and been used by MP’s in Parliamentary debates on drug reform.

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FORMAT

The session will commence with a brief outline of Volteface, how think tanks generally work, and the model Volteface use to influence drug policy in the UK. Policy Advisor Paul North @Paul_North will discuss his report Street Lottery, which examines the impact cannabis can have on mental health and will outline the findings from ‘Black Sheep: An Investigation into Existing Support for Problematic Cannabis Use’.

This will be followed by an outline of the state of cannabis treatment and prosecutions in Leeds using recent FOI data.

THE DEBATE- SHOULD THE UK LEGALISE CANNABIS?

With the context in mind, the panel will discuss with the audience the opportunities and hazards of our existing policies around cannabis and whether reform offers any solutions.

Whatever your views - liberal, conservative, pro-legalisation, anti-legalisation, unsure, come along and have your say.

Running Times

1800 - Arrival

1815 - Presentation from Paul North

1845 - Panel debate on legalisation of cannabis

1930 - Q+A

1945 - Close