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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...