"The findings also revealed that participants felt drug use was a matter of personal choice, and only a moral issue if their use impacted others. This, they believed, could be countered through moderation. The legality of drug use only affected participants when assessing legal highs, where their loyalty to illegal drugs effectively stigmatised legal substances.
"The implications were that, although current proposed supply reduction legislation has been shown to be effective, it is unlikely to impact the drug habits of the South-West rave/party community. Having found that participants were intelligent, moral individuals with their own measures in place to protect the community from their drug use, this research recommended a policy of decriminalisation. However, it noted implementation difficulties in the politically charged atmosphere that dominates policy-making.
"If you’re interested in reading my final year project it was published in the Plymouth Law Review, Volume 8.
"Conferences are a vital part of a researcher’s career as they allow for the sharing of ideas and research in the scientific community. However, as an undergraduate researcher you are often overlooked for the more qualified postgraduates. Therefore, when I found out that a specific conference had been set up for undergraduates to present their research to their peers, I had to apply as it gave me an opportunity to discuss my ideas and network with the researchers of the future.
"I would implore any final year undergraduates to consider presenting either an oral or poster presentation at the British Conference for Undergraduate Research, as it does not only present a unique opportunity but also will be of great benefit to your future career ambitions!"