decriminalization

The VICE Guide to Right Now Podcast

Massachusetts Is Open for Weed Business and Some Residents Aren't Ready

Some Boston neighborhoods are struggling with what they call half-baked dispensary plans.
VICE Staff
8.1.18
Drugs

Criminalization Makes It Harder to Study Ayahuasca, Scientists Say

It's an impediment to medical research on ayahuasca's potential to treat mental health disorders.
Victoria Chan
11.24.17
Drugs

What It's Like to Make a Living on Drug Tourism

We talked to a local drug dealer who makes his living selling drugs to North American tourists.
Allison Tierney
4.7.17
sex work

These Sex Workers Are Using Theater to Fight for Decriminalization

The cast of a new London play has diverse experiences of sex work, but they all share a dim view of the police.
Frankie Mullin
2.17.17
Drugs

What Would Happen if All Drugs Were Legal in Canada?

If pot is going to be legal by 2018, could we see cocaine sold in stores by 2030?
Allison Tierney
1.25.17
News

Why Weed Won't Be Legal in the UK Anytime Soon

A new report came out today arguing for regulated legalization, but it's going to take more than suggestions to achieve real policy change.
Tshepo Mokoena
11.21.16
Stuff

Why Britain's Grandmas Are Growing More Weed Than Ever

"Groppers"—grandmas with crops—are playing a part in supplying Britain's homegrown bud.
VICE Staff
10.25.16
Narcomania

The Drug Users Taking Advantage of the UK's New Lenient Policing Policies

Two British police forces have started referring people caught with a personal amount of drugs to educational workshops rather than sending them to court.
Max Daly
10.19.16
News

Some Police in the UK Have Stopped Arresting Drug Users

For several months, police units in the UK have been operating "diversion" schemes which have resulted in scores of drug users avoiding court, jail, and a criminal record.
Max Daly
10.19.16
Music

Inside a Music Festival in a Country Where All Drugs Are Decriminalized

At the Boom Festival, a biennial gathering held near the Spanish border last month, about 100 volunteers committed to round-the-clock care for people using drugs. I was one of them.
Kevin Franciotti
9.15.16
Stuff

Why Now Is the 'Golden Age' of Selling Weed in New York, According to Dealers

Weed is popular and partially decriminalized, but its illegal status means profit margins are still high. All of that is good news for dealers in NYC.
Zach Sokol
4.17.16
Stuff

This Drug Smuggler and 'Hippie Mafia' Leader Is an OG in the Weed Legalization Movement

In the 1960s, Richard Stratton distributed thousands of pounds of weed and worked for <i>High Times</i>. His memoir, <i>Smuggler's Blues</i>, tells his story of straddling the criminal and literary worlds.
Seth Ferranti
4.3.16