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13/06/2019 11:14:06  

This country has a drug crisis. But it appears that the government can’t tolerate experts like me pointing that out

Last year, I applied to join the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, which advises the government on drug policy. I thought I could bring expertise on the impact of policing on people of colour, on harm reduction and on legal alternatives to the criminalisation of drug users – all of which I have written extensively on – and the fact that I work directly with people who have a history of problematic drug use. But last October, I was notified by the Home Office that my application had been unsuccessful.

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