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October TNG with Paul North

On the first Tuesday of every month, the Adam Smith Institute welcomes hacks, bag carriers, students and City slickers into our Westminster offices to enjoy a political discussion over a few glasses of wine. From Owen Jones to Jacob Rees-Mogg, our speakers engage and challenge our attendees.

This month we’re talking about drugs. Specifically the twelve days this year that changed the law surrounding medical cannabis. Paul North from Volteface—the think-tank that played the leading role in getting medical cannabis legalised—is speaking on Tuesday 9th October and we'd love to see you there.

Paul, who is Head of Communications at Volteface, will discuss the events surrounding the medical cannabis decision (centred on the case of twelve-year-old Billy Caldwell and his mum’s fight to secure vital epilepsy medication). Paul is well-placed to give insight into what really went on behind the scenes during the twelve days that changed the law, explain what the government is currently doing on medical cannabis, and cover the work that still needs to be done.

A bit more about these meetings:

The Next Generation events (or TNGs as we like to call them) are aimed at creating a network of young people interested in ideas that are shaping our world. They’ve been going for as long as the ASI has, and have been attended by people who went on to become Cabinet Ministers, Prime Ministers, Editors, and CEOs. They are not party political, and you don’t need to be a die hard neoliberal, you just need to be interested in new ideas. The crowd is young; under 30s in order to maintain the pint* and politics vibe.


Date: Tuesday, October 9th

Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm (don’t come before 6pm - we won’t let you in! Even if it’s raining…)

Where: 23 Great Smith Street, London, SW1P 3DJ

Please RSVP to confirm your place. It is invitation only, but if you would like to request a plus one, please do get in touch by emailing

*We actually only serve wine. In wine glasses. And it’s free.

Earlier Event: 2 October
Rebooting Consumer Capitalism
Later Event: 17 October
Freedom's Fighters with Tim Worstall