17 Sep

CLEAR’s Submission To The Parliamentary Inquiry Into Medicinal Cannabis.

This was the response that CLEAR submitted to the APPG in February 2016.  In March 2016, Roland Gyallay-Pap, then managing director of CLEAR and Peter Reynolds, president, were called to give oral evidence to the Inquiry.A PDF copy of this document may be downloaded here.A copy of the Powerpoint presentation delivered by CLEAR at the oral evidence hearing can be downloaded here. IntroductionIn June 2015 the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Drug Policy Reform (APPG) published a short report arguing for a rescheduling of...

15 Sep

Chip Somers, Drug Therapist Charlatan. Ignorant? A Liar? Or Both?

It takes a lot to get me angry these days about attitudes towards cannabis.  Many people are simply misinformed and are themselves victims of a relentless propaganda campaign by governments and the gutter press.  Today though I watched the Victoria Derbyshire show on catch up from last Tuesday, the day that Parliament published published its report on medicinal cannabis.  In the studio were CLEAR member Lara Smith, UPA member Faye Adams and Chip Somers, described as a 'government advisor', was on Skype from his home...

10 Sep

Senior Conservative MP, Crispin Blunt, Joins CLEAR Cannabis Law Reform.

Crispin Blunt, Conservative MP for Reigate, has joined the advisory board of CLEAR Cannabis Law Reform as political advisor.CLEAR is the largest drug policy reform group in the UK with more than 685,000 registered supporters.  It was formed in 1999 and its main aim is to "To promote as a matter of urgency and compassion the prescription of medicinal cannabis by doctors.".Crispin Blunt is a graduate in politics from the University of Durham and an ex-Army officer. He has represented...

08 Sep

CLEAR Member Lara Smith To Be ‘Star Patient’ In Parliamentary Report On Medicinal Cannabis.

The launch of the APPG report on its inquiry into medicinal cannabis is a public event which anyone can attend.  It takes place at the House of Lords committee room 2 on 13th September 2016 at 11.00am.Baroness Molly Meacher and Caroline Lucas MP, are co-chairs of the APPG.  The guest speakers will be:Frank Field MP Ron Hogg, Police and Crime Commissioner for...

02 Sep

Whose Money Is UCL Wasting On Pointless Cannabis Research?

The Times reports "Stone me: cannabis users don’t like hard work"The Independent says "Getting high on cannabis makes you less likely to work hard for money, study says"The mendacious Daily Mail claims: "How just one cannabis joint harms your will to work: Fears long-term drug use could harm motivation even when not high"Utterly pointless research. Such results can be determined by common sense and experience.UCL has a habit of frittering money away on pointless research into cannabis.First of all we had...

26 Aug

Oh No! Do We Really Want Jeremy Corbyn Supporting Medicinal Cannabis?

It's a bit like when Russell Brand came out in favour. He's right, just as Corbyn is but it doesn't do us any good.  It just gives our opponents ammunition to portray the campaign as the preserve of losers and eccentrics.I quite like Jeremy Corbyn, even if many of his policies are, in my opinion, bonkers.  I certainly think he's a very healthy influence on British politics but his support is not going to help us gain legal access to medicinal cannabis.  If anything...

08 Jun

We’re Sowing 200 Cannabis Seeds Next Month.

"CLEAR Cannabis Law Reform and the people of the UK are tired of waiting for MPs and ministers to give them a radical change in the law. That is why CLEAR has formed a partnership with the research arm of GroGlo, a UK-based manufacturer of high-power LED grow lighting to bring cannabis oil to the masses." Source: Herb magazine, 10th May 2016 It's happening. Right now, at...

28 May

This Is The Future Of Cannabis. For Medicine, Nutrition And Pleasure.

One of these vape pens contains Blue Dream sativa cannabis oil, 91% THC, the other is Hindu Kush indica cannabis oil, 85% THC and the spare cartridge has the dregs of some New York City Diesel sativa, 85% THC.  You can't tell which is which to look at them but each has a distinctive flavour and effect.  They're not completely odour free but almost.This is the future of cannabis as a consumer product.  It is cleaner, neater, handier, healthier and better for you than...

20 May

The Sickening Cruelty Of UK Drugs Policy.

Hats off to Coronation Street for the fantastic job they are doing on the Izzy and medicinal cannabis story.This storyline is beautifully paced, very powerful, deeply emotional and is doing wonders for the cause of those who need cannabis as medicine.After so many years of disappointment at the way the media have treated this issue, the producers and scriptwriters at Corrie are excelling themselves.  They have shown how cannabis has very real therapeutic benefits, how the law humiliates...

23 Apr

CLEAR and GroGlo Establish First UK Clinical Trials on Cannabis for Chronic Pain.

CLEAR has formed a partnership with the research arm of GroGlo, a UK-based manufacturer of high power, LED, horticultural grow lighting.The plan is to grow cannabis under a Home Office licence for the production of cannabis oil, both as a dietary supplement and for the development of medical products.  To begin with, a low-THC crop of industrial hemp will be planted.  We will be using the finola strain, originally developed in Finland and known for its short stature and early flowering. Unlike hemp grown for fibre, finola...