Auckland journalist and media commentator. He is the owner of the Public Address community of blogs,
Russell Brown takes a look at how Australia's recent move to allow psilocybin and MDMA for prescription would work in practice, and whether a similar shift could be possible in New Zealand.
Commentator Russell Brown takes a look at the ACT's road to decriminalising drug possession, and asks what New Zealand could learn.
In 2019, the WHO made a historic recommendation: that cannabis should be rescheduled in the UN global drug treaties to reflect its potential as a medicine. Since then, civil society groups have been shut out of the process
Free naloxone kits, fee training, oranges to practice on – and a barbecue lunch. That's how they do overdose prevention in British Columbia.
The number of products are set to be slashed and prices are expected to spike when a transitional medicinal cannabis scheme expires in October.
On the eve of the NZ release of The US vs Billie Holiday, Russell Brown talks to Johann Hari about the movie, compassionate drug policy & what's next.
Recently Oregon became the first US state to decriminalise all drug use, the latest of many changes there and around the world.
Drug law reform got majority support in several US states, and is heading off in new directions. Russell Brown pulled this summary together
Although medicinal cannabis was made legal in New Zealand, the medical profession has been slow to widely adopt the new option. Russell Brown finds that a scarcity of use data, lack of awareness and cost are some of the barriers.
A growing body of overseas research has revealed that cannabis could help break harder drug dependence. Legalisation could allow more research into this emerging trend
There is no clear picture of what question will appear on the cannabis referendum ballot. The details are important, argues Russell Brown.
The recent extraordinary spate of 20 deaths linked with synthetic cannabinoid use could have been avoided. Russell Brown talked with those willing to go on the record about how we got here.