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...

05 Sep

Parliament To Release Report On Inquiry Into Medicinal Cannabis.

Next Tuesday, 13th September 2016, the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Drug Policy Reform (APPG) will release its report following its inquiry into medicinal cannabis.The APPG consists of members of both Houses of Parliament.  It was established in 2011 with a declaration that reads:That the global war on drugs has failed. That we will work for drug policy reform. That the Group will draw upon available evidence and experience in order to inform our recommendations.APPG Website The best known members of the APPG include Paul Flynn MP,...

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...

30 Aug

Yes! We Really Do Want Jeremy Corbyn Supporting Medicinal Cannabis.

CLEAR member Andrew Cox writes in response to 'Oh No! Do We Really Want Jeremy Corbyn Supporting Medicinal Cannabis?'Jeremy Corbyn has been an MP for 33 years, first elected in 1983. He is currently the leader of the opposition, and by all accounts will be for the foreseeable future, until either another attempted coup, election failure or…wait for it…he becomes Prime Minister. Do not be ridiculous I hear some mutter, but have...

29 Aug

Home Secretary Invites CLEAR To ‘Enter A Dialogue’ On Cannabis Law Reform.

In a letter dated 15th August 2016, Amber Rudd, the new Home Secretary, has invited CLEAR to raise "any queries and concerns" about present UK policy on cannabis. This is the first time since 2006, with Charles Clarke, that the UK cannabis campaign has had any direct contact with a serving Home Secretary.  It reflects the reality, now recognised in government, that changes in cannabis policy are imminent.In...

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...

16 Jul

May Brings A Fresh Start To The Cannabis Campaign.

Would that we were in spring looking forward to a splendid summer. Instead, in mid-July we are heading into autumn towards what looks like a stern, drab and ominous future.   Theresa May is prime minister, perhaps the worst nightmare for those who seek cannabis law reform.You have to admire her first few days though. What you see is what you get. She is smart, calculated and very, very certain about the nature of the government she will lead.  I have no doubt she...