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Cannabis continues to be a popular drug in the UK, although the strains of the drug itself, and the research relating to its use are always developing, so on the 19th June (2012) we held a Cannabis seminar in Warrington.


Matthew Atha

Drug Abuse Research and Information Consultant

Matthew has over 25 years experience as an expert witness in the UK Courts, consulted on over 3000+ cases. He gave a broad overview of cannabis, including what it is, how it’s taken, who takes it and what its effects are, he has been kind enough to collect together his talk and his powerpoint into one document which you can download.

Dr Russell Newcombe

Freelance researcher

Russell Newcombe has specialized in research, lecturing, training and consultancy on drug use and drug policy for 27 years, with a broader interest in deviant behaviour and mental health. His main research areas include trends in drug use (prevalence and consumption), the psycho-social effects of drugs, and the reduction of drug-related risks and harms. Russell spoke about legal high synthetic cannabinoids, like Black Mamba, looking at the possibilities for future development of an almost endless number of substances.

Kirstie Douse


In addition to managing the Legal Team at Release, Kirstie continues to advise clients at Release’s legal surgeries and via the legal helpline. She has become increasingly involved in the organisation’s policy and campaign work, and is passionate about tackling the stigma faced by people who use drugs. Kirstie provides comment in the media on legal and policy issues relating to drugs, and has also presented at national and international conferences. Kirstie talked about how the law on cannabis affects young people. She focused especially on the way that young people experimenting with this drug are criminalised by our current legal system, and how this impacts on them in later life.

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