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Amanda Feilding is the founder and director of the Beckley Foundation, a UN accredited NGO. The Foundation conducts a Drug Policy Program and is dedicated to providing a rigorous, independent review of global drug policy, aiming at reducing the harms associated with both the misuse of drugs and the policies that aim to control them. The intention of the Foundation is to help develop policies that are evidence-based and rational, rather than those that are ineffectual and harmful, due to being rooted in unsubstantiated ideology.

Towards this end, Amanda has hosted seven influential seminars on International Drug Policy, entitled “Society and Drugs – A Rational Perspective”. These meetings bring together leading academics, experts and policy-makers from around the world, and have done much to broaden the debate, and also initiate such innovations as the call for a drug classification system based on a scientifically evaluated scale of harm.

This year, Amanda convened an international team of the world's leading drug policy analysts to write ‘Cannabis Policy: Moving Beyond Stalemate’.

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Entries by Amanda Feilding

At Last, the Edifice of Drugs Prohibition Is Starting to Crumble

(1) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 4:38 PM

The past two months have been an incredibly busy and productive time for global drug policy reform and scientific research into psychedelic drugs. Never in my 15 years as director of the Beckley Foundation have I seen such rapid progress in these complementary fields.

Earlier this week, Imperial College and...

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The Tide Is Turning

(13) Comments | Posted December 11, 2012 | 2:29 PM

The Beckley Foundation, in association with the Global Commission on Drug Policy, Virgin Unite, Avaaz and Sundog Pictures, has launched a global grassroots campaign to call for an end to the War on Drugs. The campaign's website,, aims to gather over 1 million signatures from...

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Towards the Regulation of the Cannabis Market: Where, When and How?

(87) Comments | Posted August 28, 2012 | 8:10 AM

To leave the third largest industry in the world -- worth about $350 billion per annum -- in the control of criminal cartels,people with values opposite to those of civilized society -- is foolish to the point of insanity. Surely we must presume that the governments of the...

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The War On Drugs Has Failed - It's Time For A New Approach.

(48) Comments | Posted November 24, 2011 | 6:00 PM

The Beckley Foundation's Global Initiative for Drug Policy Reform was launched last week, on 17 November, at an Event at the House of Lords. At the Meeting, high-level representatives from 14 countries gathered to debate drug policy reform.

"We are here on the 50th Anniversary...

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Mexico's Voices Unite

(3) Comments | Posted May 19, 2011 | 4:27 PM

Recent developments within Mexico's ongoing wave of drug war violence have shown public support for a new approach.

In March this year Juan Francisco Sicilia Ortega, the son of celebrated Mexican poet and columnist Javier Sicilia, was found tortured, murdered and left in a car together with the bodies of...

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Legal Highs Demonstrate Antiquated Drug Policy Legislation

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2011 | 4:15 PM

A new study has called for 'outdated' UK drug laws to be re-examined. The co-publication between the UK Drug Policy Commission (UKDPC) and Demos demonstrates that the continued rise in the use and ease of availability of 'legal-highs' underlines the fact that the 1971 UK Misuse of Drugs...

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Time for Change

(4) Comments | Posted March 22, 2011 | 8:12 AM

In 1998 the UN declared: "a drug-free world, we can do it!" In reality, we cannot.

The War on Drugs has failed. According to all available indices, it is no longer defendable. Vast expenditure on drug law enforcement has resulted in increasing levels of overall drug-use and lowered drug prices....

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Proposition 19

(0) Comments | Posted November 1, 2010 | 7:11 AM

This week Proposition 19 seeks to legalize and regulate the possession and cultivation of small quantities of marijuana. It also enables the state and/or local governments to license and tax larger commercial marijuana-growing enterprises, while enforcing the new regulations with various criminal and civil penalties.

Despite 100 years of marijuana...

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Sacrifice of the Innocents: Drugs, Money and Murder in Mexico

(15) Comments | Posted August 6, 2010 | 2:27 PM

In Roberto Bolano's novel 2666, the women of the city of Santa Teresa are being brutally raped and relentlessly killed. The culprits are unknown, but a shadowy alliance of drug dealers, police officers and local government officials is never far from the scene. The discovery of each new corpse is...

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Amanda Feilding's Talk at the Psychedelic Science in the 21st Century Conference in San Jose

(4) Comments | Posted April 21, 2010 | 1:22 PM

Hello. I'm Amanda Feilding.

It's great to be here today, with so many compañeros, on this the 67th anniversary of the day Albert Hoffman accidentally experienced his first LSD-trip, which launched the thousand ships on which we now sail.

I set up the Beckley Foundation in 1998 for the...

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Cannabis Policy: Moving Beyond Stalemate

(13) Comments | Posted February 23, 2010 | 11:49 AM

Cannabis Policy: Moving Beyond Stalemate, analyzes cannabis policies around the world and lays out the advantages of a fully regulated legal market and how a country can overcome the international conventions in order to have policies that better suites its individual needs. Below is an excerpt from the book.


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