08 Jan 2017

WARNING. So-Called ‘Indica’ CBD Products Are Illegal.

Any CBD products marketed in the UK as derived from 'indica' cannabis are illegal and you could be prosecuted for possession, importation or supply as with any other form of prohibited cannabis. The situation which started last October with the MHRA trying to shut down marketing of CBD products arose because of irresponsible, cowboy companies making medicinal claims about their products.  It was well understood by all professional CBD companies that this would cause problems and indeed it has. Only the intervention of CLEAR...

09 Dec 2016

The UK’s First Licensed Cannabis Dispensary.

When Mike Dobson first called me a few months ago and told me he had an idea for gaining legal access to cannabis in the UK, I was, of course, sceptical. CLEAR has frequently been approached with hare-brained and convoluted plans for avoiding the law that prohibits cannabis.  Without exception they have all been bonkers. Within a few minutes though, I could see this one was different.  In the past, most of these ideas have been around sidestepping the...

22 Nov 2016

House Of Lords Short Debate: Placing Health Rather Than Prohibition At The Heart Of Drug Policy.

Watch Here   "Cannabis currently sits in Schedule 1—the schedule for dangerous drugs with no medicinal value, believe it or not. This has become unsustainable, and I would say laughable if it were not so serious. We have abundant evidence to support a change of that schedule. The reason for urgency is that the current policy is contrary to the human rights of hundreds of thousands of patients with severe chronic illnesses who we know could benefit from this change." Full transcript here....

17 Nov 2016

Cruel And Irresponsible Response from UK Government To Parliamentary Report On Medicinal Cannabis.

Unsurprisingly perhaps, the response to the recent call from MPs and peers to legalise cannabis for medicinal use has come straight from the top.  Theresa May's longstanding reputation as a denier of science and evidence on drugs policy is reinforced by her peremptory dismissal of the expert report.  It seems that, at least in the short term, the UK government is sticking by a policy that is discredited, ridiculous and deeply cruel. It fell to Sarah Newton MP, minister of state...

03 Feb 2016

Justice Minister Reveals UK Is Trialling Portuguese Approach To Drugs.

The Justice Minister, Andrew Selous MP In the secretive way that now seems to be standard practice for the UK government, the justice minister, Andrew Selous MP, revealed yesterday, in an answer to a written Parliamentary Question, that he is “currently trialling ‘Liaison and Diversion’ services”. “These services place health professionals at police stations and courts to assess suspects for a range of health problems, including drug misuse, and make referrals to treatment and support. Information...

23 Nov 2015

Prevent: Radicalisation, The Role Of Criminal Gangs And The War On Drugs.

Back in August I wrote an article for CLEAR entitled "The Real Dark Side Of Prohibition" (Read it here). It focused on the way prohibition encourages people to into secretive lifestyles Being involved in illegal sub-cultures has a set of rules: In order to keep your contacts secure obviously there has to be a code of silence, you are also at risk of being exposed as a criminal yourself should you speak out. In addition...

31 Aug 2015

The Real Dark Side Of Prohibition.

There are many arguments against the current drugs policy - not just cannabis but all drugs. in particular we are well aware of what the prohibitionists euphemistically call the "unforeseen consequences" of prohibition; violence, destruction of communities, corruption of government and so on. What is never discussed is how these "unintended consequences" came about. In part of course it's a simple issue of supply and demand, but that only goes a part of the way to explain what...

25 Mar 2015

There Is No Scientific Evidence That Cannabis Cures Cancer In Humans – Yet.

Most of the evidence concerning cannabis and cancer is in vitro or in vivo. There is virtually none in humans, only human cell lines in petri dishes. There is no evidence of a curative effect. The only clinical trial to date was purified THC fed directly into glioma brain tumours in nine patients. Eight showed some benefit but all were dead within one year. Cannabis Oil The evidence almost certainly will come but it does not yet...

13 Mar 2015

Shocking Misconduct By South Wales Police

Police place notice outside a house they are raiding. On 11th March, South Wales Police (Heddlu De Cymru), posted this alarming picture on its Facebook page. What is the purpose of placing such a sign outside someone's home? It can only be to humiliate them. It also raises serious issues of justice and the law. It brands the house, indeed the whole street, so the neighbours aren't going to be happy...

10 Dec 2014

CLEAR Medicinal Users Panel. Third Delegation To Parliament

Dr Sarah Woolaston MP, George Hutchings, Dean Price, Shirley Ellis, John Ellis, Victoria Hodgson, Richard Tong, Peter Reynolds, Paul Lewington Today, six members of the CLEAR Medicinal Cannabis Users Panel met with Dr Sarah Woolaston MP, chair of the Health Select Committee. This was our third delegation to Parliament this year and it demonstrates the great progress that we are making. More and more MPs are beginning to understand that cannabis is a legitimate and valuable...