Medicinal Cannabis – The Issue The HASC Drugs Inquiry Must Address

    What is the point of drugs policy?

    I think everyone would agree that it must be about protecting people – so at its root must be compassion for human life.

    In that case it would be a grave error, in fact it would be gross negligence, if the drugs inquiry was not to look at the medicinal use of cannabis.

    So far, it is a glaring omission and it must be put right.  It cannot be ignored. The inquiry has already received a huge number of written submissions on the subject, exceeding any other single issue in all the evidence. The Sentencing Council and very recently, the Court of Appeal, have recognised, in law, that cannabis has medicinal value.  It is only the inane, absurd, ridiculous to the point of a sick joke, Home Office that tries to pretend “there is no medicinal value in cannabis”.

    If Theresa May, James Brokenshire or any Home Office minister had any self respect or, any responsibility or any compassion for those they are supposed to serve, then they would revise their policy forthwith.

    Keith Vaz and his colleagues must address this issue with the attention and significance that it deserves.

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    To that end CLEAR is sending each member of the Home Affairs select committee a copy of “Marijuana, Gateway To Health” by Clint Werner. This is a magnificent summary of scientific research and evidence.  The pejorative, racist term “marijuana” is unfortunate but is a fact of American culture.  The subheading “How cannabis protects us from cancer and Alzheimer’s disease” is as powerful a message as can be.

    Cannabis as medicine offers great hope to mankind.  No reasonable person can doubt that.  If you need more proof, just look at GW Pharmaceutical’s research pipeline.  We can no longer allow largely disproven concerns over recreational use to stand in the way.  It would be irresponsible madness for the inquiry to overlook this issue.

    Dear Committee Member,

    A crucial issue seems to have been overlooked in the drugs inquiry. The written evidence contains a great deal of information about the medicinal use of cannabis, probably more than about any other single issue but not a word of evidence has been heard in the oral sessions.  No experts have been called.  No questions have been asked.

    Please find enclosed a copy of a remarkable book by Clint Werner: “Marijuana, Gateway To Health.  How Cannabis Protects Us From Cancer And Alzheimer’s Disease”.

    This is not a snake oil salesman’s manual, nor a “crazy stoner” manifesto.  It is a summary of the scientific evidence that now proves the extraordinary reality about the health benefits of cannabis.

    Please take the  time to read it.  Hundreds of thousands of British people already use cannabis for medicinal purposes.  It is unjust, absurd and simply cruel that we continue to criminalise them for seeking to ease their pain or relieve their disability.  Britain stands increasingly isolated in the world with its head in the sand attitude to medicinal cannabis.

    Please use your influence to ensure that the drugs inquiry gives this issue the attention it deserves.

    Kind regards,

    Peter Reynolds

    • ChristopherSawtell

      Hear, Here!! A million times over.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/WYQRMMHZ4TFSFQNSLMXIIIA35I ElizabethMary

      got stopped and cautioned the other day, just for dog end of a bifta, yes yes agreed it was very silly of me to be in a public place with something quite so stinky.
      however when asked why i smoked, and informed the officer of my manic-depression (Bi-polar Disorder), she simply stated “we hear that all the time as an excuse so i won’t put that down” despite the fact that 1 in every 4 humans has a mental disorder so it is more than likely that almost everyone they DO stop DOES have manic depression- even just depression; despite the fact i answered honestly and truthfully, the information was NOT recorded because of her incredibly biased view. another account of medicinal use down the drain, just another criminal to add to the monthly quota.

    • Focusonpeace

      They wont be able to comprehend that the natural flower buds are medicine, they think it needs to be extracted or synthesized. We should get testimonials from medicinal cannabis users in the States with scientists and doctors to back it up.  

    • sykesbenson

      Gawww’on Peter!:-)

    • david hulse

      Elhers Danloss For Medical Cannabis, ive had to stop taking the tablets and the patches that where being prescribed for my server pain, this was because they where affecting my health physically and mentally, why do sick people have to suffer everyday because of our government. god bless democracy in allowing people to choose whether or not they should consume what ever they please, i think Britain is the best example of where democracy has failed..

                                        I Am No Longer Proud To Be British 

    • ChristopherSawtell

      Here is a Youtube segment of Clint Werner speaking:-

    • rojon

      well said Peter

    • cshaws

      Anything along the lines of “Dear Uncle Peter, thank you very much for the lovely book. I have read it and it has really served to change modify my views and encourage me to do further research in this interesting area……..” yet???

    • http://www.peter-reynolds.co.uk Peter Reynolds

      I’d like to be able to tell you that Michael Ellis and I shared a few bongs and he agreed that cannabis must be removed from schedule 1 but sadly no reaction at all yet. Not even a thank you!