Nadine Dorries, MP For Mid-Bedfordshire, Speaks Blatant Untruths About Cannabis

    Nadine Dorries

    On BBC Radio 4 Any Questions, first broadcast yesterday evening, Friday 3rd June 2011, and repeated this afternoon, Nadine Dorries said that the cannabis available today is “50 times stronger” than it used to be and that smoking just one spliff will “prevent a child from reaching its full educational potential”.

    I was fortunate enough to be the very last speaker on Any Answers and I did my best to refute this absurd nonsense.

    This woman is nothing short of a menace to society.  She must be stopped.  Her lies must be exposed and she must become an object of ridicule and disgust.  Below is my email to her.  England expects (and so does Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) every man (and woman) to do his (and her) duty.  Please write to Ms Dorries at dorriesn@parliament.uk and explain to her why she is wrong and why she should resign.

    People like Ms Dorries are responsible for death, misery, degradation and the waste of billions in public resources as they sustain a deeply flawed, immoral and irrational policy.  We must hound her out of office.  Get writing now!

    —– Original Message —–
    From: Peter Reynolds
    To: dorriesn@parliament.uk
    Sent: Saturday, June 04, 2011 2:47 PM
    Subject: Your statements about cannabis on Any Questions

    Dear Ms Dorries,

    I am outraged and disgusted at the blatant lies and misinformation you spoke about cannabis on Any Questions.

    There is no room for a gentle rebuke here. Your words were a disgrace. They contribute to the government sponsored misinformation about drugs which actually causes harm to millions of people in Britain. It is difficult to conceive of any politician speaking more inaccurate and false words. You should resign immediately.

    The depth of your apparent ignorance is extraordinary. In fact, I simply do not believe that you believe the utter nonsense that you spoke. Cannabis “50 times stronger”? One spliff will “prevent a child from reaching its full educational potential”? You are not so stupid. You must have been deliberately and knowingly speaking untruths.

    These are utterly absurd and ridiculous statements. You are a complete fool to have made them. Anybody with even the slightest scientific qualification or knowledge will refute your nonsense.

    Ms Dorries, I am the leader of Cannabis Law Reform (CLEAR), a UK political party. In normal circumstances, I would try to engage with you and educate you with some facts about cannabis but you have gone far too far for that. No politician can remain in office after speaking such disgusting untruths. We will be mobilising our membership in your constituency to expose you for the charlatan, fraud and liar that you are.

    Yours sincerely,

    Peter Reynolds

    • Craig

      blatant lies or blatant ignorance? either way, not good.

    • Elephant’sDon’tDream

      Dear Ms Dorries,Can you please stop lying, I have many friends who smoke cannabis and have achieved A* at GCSE and A Level. So you are lying.Also.. if there was more control of the substance than an age restriction would be placed upon it, thus not allowing children to ingest it.So tl;dr your point is invalid.Cheers! Have a lovely day!

    • Ben

      I may send an email later

    • Melodytreasure

      This woman is completely bananas (see the tosh & nonsense she spouted in sex education debate)
      But now getting involved in a drugs debate!? a ridiculous and nonsensical statement that one spliff can destroy a young persons educational potential… Doh! Don’t talk Nadine about things you know nothing about…… IF I were young and believed this nonsense I might well think, after I’d tried my first joint…. Ah well damage done!
      A part of me thinks we should ignore such drivel, but we can’t! Because somehow she does seem to influence people!?
      I will send an email.
      I work as a young persons drugs worker.

    • Anonymous

      Dear Ms Dorries
      You are a lying tosser. That is all.
      angrydave

    • Concerned Mother

      She’s pushing children to experiment with Alcohol and other drugs, which kill too many people. Cannabis has never killed a single person. So, Nadine Dorries is single-handedly telling our children to die? Yes. She is.

    • http://profiles.google.com/freemantomspeed Thomas Speed

      http://www.bloggerheads.com/archives/2011/01/proof-nadine-dorries-lies/

      Also, nothing to do with this article, it appears, unfortunately, that her (ex?)husband has M.S.

      *Does she realize*, she’s campaigning against something that could be beneficial for him?

    • http://www.facebook.com/quadley ‘Chris Quadley Gardiner

      In 2011 with the amount a factual information available about Cannabis comments like these are no longer acceptable. 

    • Anon23

      Email Sent, this is ridicolous..

    • Mark

      OMG she’s completely nuts. The so called ‘skunk’ #1 strain is 8% THC which by any fools maths is not 50% stronger than 5% old school hash. In fact I smoked stains in excess of 20% THC last weekend in Amsterdam and they didn’t do me any harm (even when using a vaporiser :-)).

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7FHH6JTPKIJ6MV6ZLN4HTDZ6AI Dan

      I sent this to her…
      Dear Ms Dorries,
                                  I am writing to express
      my horror and disgust at your comments on ‘Any Questions’ on Friday 3rd
      repeated on Saturday 4th.

      It is exactly the sort of lies and
      untruths you spoke on that programme that lead to lives of misery and
      death for the numerous victims of “The War On Drugs”. I am wondering
      just how much of that was what you genuinely believe yourself, and how
      much was spoon-fed to you by your civil servants?
      Do you really want
      to find out the truth? I really hope you do. Far more accurate
      information about cannabis can be found on the CLEAR website…
      http://clear-uk.org
      I
      pray you will take a little time to find out the truth, rather than
      blindly following the lies and propaganda issued by the prohibitionists.

      Yours,
      Dan Ford

      She probably will never see my e-mail as it will be intercepted by those civil servants I mention in it? maybe posting it here she might see it if she Googles her own name!

    • Tom

      Yeah i heard this. Its hard to imagine if 50x more powerful is actually physically possible. And as for the one spliff ruining a persons life thing… thats just ridiculous

    • Tom

      Totally agree, me and some of my friends got results like this whilst smoking weed most weekends

    • John

      From Bad Science (http://www.badscience.net/2007/03/reefer-badness/):The Laboratory of the Government Chemist data goes from 1975 to 1989.
      Resin pootles around between 6% and 10% THC, herbal between 4% and 6%,
      with no clear trend.

      The Forensic Science Service data then takes over to produce the more
      modern figures, showing not much change in resin, and domestically
      produced indoor herbal cannabis doubling in potency to around 12% or
      14%.

      Even if the weakest cannabis in these statistics (4%) was measured against the highest (14%) we do not see an increase of 50x the potency. In fact, an increase of 50x on 4% THC weed would leave one with cannabis that was 200% THC, that is impossible. So, even using the governments own statistics, Nadine Dorries is wrong. Surely there is a better way to hold her to account for this?

    • Steven Layton

      I’ve tried to email her but the email address seems to be bouncing. Anyone else having difficulties?

    • Jan Kool73

      and i emailed this.

      Dear Mrs Dorries,
      I am not normally one prompted to enter into
      political debate, but I heard your utterings on Any Questions and was
      astounded by the utter drivel that came out of your mouth with regard to
      cannabis.

      I have not written to insult you, but the level of ignorance displayed
      was truly shocking. I wonder how we are supposed to have adult, reasoned
      debate on a subject when an elected representative will opt for
      hyperbolic statements that are patently untrue, sadly I presume with the
      knowledge that some of this will stick with those who do not know any
      better.

      Your claim that the “facts” had come from an authoritative body on the
      subject was discredited almost immediately on Any Answers when someone
      from that organisaion called to correct your statements.

      I feel
      that you owe a complete public retraction of what you said with regard
      to “50 times stronger than a year ago” – garbage and “one spliff will
      prevent a child from reaching full academic potential”

      I would like to see what peer-reviewed academic journals you
      garnered this nonsense from, and if you cannot provide them to the
      public, which I rather think you can’t, you should resign from office on
      the grounds that you are mendaciously misleading the public in an
      attempt to score cheap political points amongst the reactionary right
      wing classes for whom the concept of smoking dope is as alien as well,
      aliens.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lewis-Rogerson/735040786 Lewis Rogerson

      Dear Nadine Dorries,I am writing to you after hearing the statements you made during BBC Radio 4′s Any Questions with regards to your irresponsible and blatantly untrue comments about Cannabis. You stated, and I quote cannabis is “50 times stronger” than it used to be which can only be described as a complete lie. You can provide absolutely no evidence to back up this statement because it is simply not true, as a politician you have a responsibility to distribute true and honest information, in stating this untruth you are not only giving out false information but also lying as i’m sure you are aware this is a massive exaggeration. I understand that THC (the active ingredient I assume you are placing responsible for the cause of ‘stronger’ cannabis) content has increased over the last 10-20 years due to the technological advancements in hydroponic growing resulting in particular cannabis strains producing more resin to protect there seeds from high intensity lights, however it seems you have ‘plucked’ the figure 50 out of the air at random to emphasise whichever argument you were pushing. Also you made the statement that smoking one joint would ““prevent a child from reaching its full educational potential”, please could you inform me or present to me the results from the experiment you carried out as this statement is ridiculous. I can only hope that this is your opinion and you unknowingly mis-worded what you were meant to say and conveyed it as fact. I am an 18 year old student who has used cannabis and it angers and upsets me to hear MP’s creating false information and exaggerating figures so as immediately stamp out any reasonable arguments which may give a cannabis any positive connotations.I conclude that any MP prepared to make these absurd comments or lies must resign. Please could you resign as MP for Mid-Bedfordshire as you clearly do not know the facts about cannabis yet you are prepared to make comments on the properties and effects of the plant, surely you can see that any politician who would do this is not fit to do there job, again please resign. I would appreciate any comments you have regarding your errors and look forward to hearing from you, however I must again press that the purpose of this letter is to make you resign

    • yamina aloui

      Dear Ms Dorries,

      Could you please educate yourself before speaking absolute nonsense in public and making a fool out of yourself.

      It is embarrassing to have people like you working for our country.

      If cannabis was that harmful why do many places use it medically?

      Read some more about it and educate yourself then speak!

      A very concerned and astonished student,

      Yamina Aloui

      yams29@gmail.com

      [Regarding your 'talk' on Any Questions.]

      That’s what I wrote…

    • http://www.facebook.com/nothelpmachismo Mike Thompson

      Just sent this to her, what a mad’ed.

      “Dear Ms Dorries,

      I’m writing to complain about your spread of blatant lies about cannabis which you have been circulating in the past week. It is your duty as an MP to be truthful and to protect the interests of British citizens, yet this obviously goes completely out of the window as you have been claiming that cannabis is 50x now even than it was LAST YEAR? Where are your sources for this information? If you cannot provide peer-reviewed scientific backing for such claims, then I expect you to publicly apologise and refute them immediately. It is not your right to abuse your position in order to spread lies and carry off your opinion as fact and it is shameful to see that you have done so. It is also ridiculous to suggest that even smoking one joint will limit a child’s ability to reach their full potential (were you making this up as you were going along?), though this is an area where the pro-legalisation lobby can possibly agree with you in that they concur that no children should be using drugs. It has been proven that using cannabis before the age of 15 can be harmful and that is one of the key reasons why people such as myself believe it should be legalised, as more children than ever are using the drug now under prohibition than would be if it was in a regulated, age-restricted and government-controlled environment. The hypocrisy in your comments is unbelievable and I can’t understand how you believe you can get away with such nonsense. I do hope many of your constituents have expressed their dismay at your abuse of power and join me in a call for you to step down. 

      I’d love to hear a reply from you, complete with citations from the appropriate scientific studies, though I’m sure you’re aware that no such studies exist proving the absurd claims you have been peddling.

      Yours sincerely,

      Mike Thompson.”

    • http://www.facebook.com/nothelpmachismo Mike Thompson

      Just sent this to her, what a mad’ed.

      “Dear Ms Dorries,

      I’m writing to complain about your spread of blatant lies about cannabis which you have been circulating in the past week. It is your duty as an MP to be truthful and to protect the interests of British citizens, yet this obviously goes completely out of the window as you have been claiming that cannabis is 50x now even than it was LAST YEAR? Where are your sources for this information? If you cannot provide peer-reviewed scientific backing for such claims, then I expect you to publicly apologise and refute them immediately. It is not your right to abuse your position in order to spread lies and carry off your opinion as fact and it is shameful to see that you have done so. It is also ridiculous to suggest that even smoking one joint will limit a child’s ability to reach their full potential (were you making this up as you were going along?), though this is an area where the pro-legalisation lobby can possibly agree with you in that they concur that no children should be using drugs. It has been proven that using cannabis before the age of 15 can be harmful and that is one of the key reasons why people such as myself believe it should be legalised, as more children than ever are using the drug now under prohibition than would be if it was in a regulated, age-restricted and government-controlled environment. The hypocrisy in your comments is unbelievable and I can’t understand how you believe you can get away with such nonsense. I do hope many of your constituents have expressed their dismay at your abuse of power and join me in a call for you to step down. 

      I’d love to hear a reply from you, complete with citations from the appropriate scientific studies, though I’m sure you’re aware that no such studies exist proving the absurd claims you have been peddling.

      Yours sincerely,

      Mike Thompson.”

    • Anon

      So, it’s clear from what I’ve read about this woman in our local press and on here that she’s nothing but an individual who chases status and likes to exaggerate statistics to further sensationalise her beliefs. I’m not voting for this tory bint and if I see her, I will ask her where she got her facts from. here’s a couple of interesting links about her:
      http://www.bedfordshire-news.co.uk/News/Dorries-ducks-blow-from-political-rival.htm
      http://www.bloggerheads.com/archives/2011/02/bedfordshire-on-sunday/
      Some interesting reading there for you – expose this bint!

    • Anon