Alex Stevens – Professor of Criminal Justice

The highly regarded Professor Alex Stevens, discusses his latest BMJ editorial, focussed on Cannabis legislation in the UK.

In this short video Alex explores what has happened since the Home Office moved Cannabis from Schedule 1 to Schedule 2.

He talks about the concerns that the NHS have about it’s use and the reality that only very few, specific conditions will fall into a category where the drug may be prescribed. Alex questions whether this is the correct conclusion and whether adult individuals who believe they derive benefits, should have greater capacity to make their own decisions.

Alex concludes with his personal view that Cannabis would be better served by being rescheduled to Schedule 4 (part 2) which would still put constraints on supply and prescribed use, but permit people to be in possession (ie grow their own) without fear of prosecution.

Alex Stevens

Is a Professor in Criminal Justice in the University of Kent’s School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, and also Director of Public Engagement for the Faculty of Social Sciences. Alex is a member of the UK Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (the independent body which advises ministers on the classification of illicit drugs). He is also President of the International Society of the Study of Drug Policy.

Alex’s work has covered many areas of drugs, crime and health in the voluntary sector, both as an academic researcher and as an adviser to the UK government.

Alex has published extensively on these issues, with a focus on the sociology of drugs and crime, on risk behaviours by young people, on the use of evidence in policy and on quasi-compulsory drug treatment. Published works include a book on Drugs, Crime and Public Health, studies of decriminalisation of drugs in Portugal, of the right to use drugs, on gangs and on the ethnography of policy making.



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