27 Oct 2020

Professor Les Iversen, Tightrope Walker and Unsung Hero of Cannabis Law Reform

Leslie Iversen, born October 31 1937, died July 30 2020 Daily Telegraph obituary 'Leslie Iversen, pioneering neuroscientist who studied the effects of drugs on the brain' I'm sad that the latter years of Les Iversen's life have been skipped over in this obituary. As with so many scientists who have had some influence in the political field, he had to tread a tightrope between scientific evidence and the ignorance, bigotry, prejudice of those in politics who are far more concerned with tabloid...

03 Oct 2020

Five Reasons Why Boris Johnson Should Legalise Cannabis Now

1. Popularity Polls confirm that a majority of British voters support reform of our cannabis laws. More than three-quarters are strongly supportive of medicinal cannabis. There has been a sea change in attitude, also strongly accelerated by the rise of the CBD market, itself born entirely out of small, entrepreneurial British businesses. Boris could catch this wave, delight more than half of the electorate immediately with a bold, radical move and dispel much of the 'nasty party', authoritarian mood that has...

21 Sep 2020

Seeing Green. A Film About Perspective, Family and Weed

https://youtu.be/B1jFv3K4vaU CLEAR is proud to present a new campaign film, in partnership with the filmmaker Tom McNie, whose work paints a portrait of cannabis use among ordinary British families, in ordinary British households up and down the country. As the law stands; these characters - whose actions, rather than an act of curiosity or need - have made them criminals, face prison and an unlimited fine. Such is the prevalence of cannabis in British society that these laws have become untenable, with...

09 May 2020

Facebook Moderation and Censorship AKA ‘Community Standards’ Going Haywire

It may be automated systems going wrong or it may be another misguided crackdown on legitimate posts but as usual with Facebook it's impossible to get any answers, explanation or guidance. The CLEAR team has run a Facebook page now for 10 years. According to Facebook data it's the second most 'liked' page on cannabis and drugs policy and its 'engagement' is usually in the top three of all similar pages worldwide. We've experienced everything crazy that Facebook has thrown us over those...

30 Nov 2019

The Root Of All Britain’s Drugs Problems Is In Marsham Street, London, SW1

The Home Office describes its role as "to keep citizens safe and the country secure". Its lead role in drugs policy achieves exactly the opposite of this. It is a scandal encompassing successive governments for more than 50 years that the UK's approach to drugs has been so utterly disastrous that our policy has caused far more harm than it has prevented. Currently, the two issues of major concern are the rate of drug deaths and difficulty in accessing cannabis as medicine....

05 Sep 2019

NICE’s Draft Guidelines on Cannabis Prove That Its Methods Don’t Work and It Is Causing Harm to Patients

The draft guidelines produced by the NICE committee are nothing short of ridiculous. There is a complete absence of common sense and an absurd failure properly to consider all the available evidence. But it's actually much more serious than this. It is now abundantly clear that this committee, its membership and its conclusions were only ever intended to delay, obfuscate and sabotage the reforms which were introduced in November last year because of a public outcry. The selection of members of the...

28 Aug 2019

BBC Horizon to Ramp Up Discredited Kings College ‘Skunk Scaremongering’

Tonight's BBC Horizon is going to follow the long-established BBC policy of overstating and exaggerating the potential harms of cannabis. From clips already released it is clear the programme is to promote as gospel truth the hysterical scaremongering and fanciful statistical projections coming from Dr Marta di Forti at King's College London's Institute of Psychiatry. This so-called scientist and her colleagues base all their conclusions on profoundly unscientific methods, false...

18 Jul 2019

Centre for Medicinal Cannabis CBD Report Confirmed as Cheap Marketing Stunt

At the end of June, the 'Centre for Medicinal Cannabis' (CMC) published a report which painted an appalling picture of the CBD market in the UK and has led to headlines and alarm everywhere that consumers are being ripped off and the whole industry is not to be trusted. See: Mischievous ‘Centre for Medicinal Cannabis’ Report Smears UK CBD Industry With Misleading Data Now, as...

09 Jul 2019

Mischievous ‘Centre for Medicinal Cannabis’ Report Smears UK CBD Industry With Misleading Data

A new report from the Centre for Medicinal Cannabis (CMC) paints an appalling picture of the CBD market in the UK and has led to headlines and alarm everywhere that consumers are being ripped off and the whole industry is not to be trusted. Cannabis has great medical potential. But don’t fall for the CBD scam - The Guardian Calling on the UK CBD sector to have better regulation and reform - Health Europa Centre for Medicinal Cannabis survey finds six million adults...

01 Jul 2019

New NHS ‘Cannabis Clinic’ Announced as Kings College, Institute of Psychiatry Joins the ‘Green Rush’

Mail on Sunday, 30th June 2019. NHS is forced to open Britain’s first clinic for cannabis psychosis to treat addicts of the mind-altering drug Daily Telegraph, 30th June 2019. NHS opens first ever cannabis clinic as mind-altering 'skunk' fuels psychosis among users Daily Star, 30th June 2019. First NHS clinic for weed addicts launched to treat cannabis-induced psychosis sufferers The Times, 1st July 2019. NHS opens its...