06 Jun 2019

Review. ‘Cannabis Health’ Magazine

This is a milestone in cannabis law reform. A glossy magazine, produced to the highest standard, fit to sit alongside Country Life, Cosmopolitan or Vogue. It treats the subject with intelligence, with insight and the stories it tells are told with respect, sensitivity and common sense. It would be easy to have made this sensationalist, to have made exaggerated claims, launched strident attacks on those who still oppose consumption of the plant or fallen into the trap of folklore rather than...

01 Jun 2019

Which Conservative Leadership Candidate Has The Intelligence And Courage To Legalise Cannabis?

There are a host of strong, evidence-based reasons why legalising cannabis is a very good idea. It's also an idea that fits perfectly with Tory principles of free enterprise, small government and fighting crime. In private, most politicians now realise this and that the present policy on cannabis causes far more harm than it prevents. But do any of the Conservative Leadership candidates have the vision to make this policy their own? It would be a massive vote winner at...

21 May 2019

The CBD Market Can Help Drive Cannabis Law Reform But Selling So-Called ‘CBD Flowers’ Could Take Us Backwards

Compliant businesses operating responsibly within the legal cannabis sector will help to drive reform. Blurring the lines between legal and illegal products will delay progress.   It seems that the crackdown on the open sale of cannabis flowers online and in high street stores is here. Both in the UK and Ireland, several shops have been raided in recent weeks and some people are facing potential charges of supplying...

20 May 2019

Ignorant Doctors Bring Shame On Their Profession With Foolish Words on Cannabis

What is it in these British Isles that has resulted in a medical establishment that uses prejudice, scaremongering and specious argument to object to the medical use of cannabis? The astonishing ignorance that pervades the medical profession on this subject is demonstrated once again by a ridiculous letter in today's Irish Times. In a display of hubris, arrogance and plain stupidity, these people who assume they are due our respect, have conflated the issues of medical and recreational use in the...

24 Apr 2019

Review. ‘The Beginner’s Guide to Medical Cannabis’ by Prof. Michael Barnes

There was just one word which came immediately to mind as I began to read this book - clear. It is a paragon of clarity and although I am very familiar with Mike's writing, in personal emails as well as published works, he has exceeded my expectations and this is a truly excellent book. In fact, I think it undersells itself. It is far from a 'beginner's guide', it is a definitive guide and without overcomplicating anything, it covers everything of...

07 Apr 2019

The Desperate Rearguard Action the British Medical Establishment is Fighting Against Cannabis

This Arrogant Man Must Face Tough Questions About his Stance on Cannabis, his Financial Interests and his Breathtaking Hypocrisy. Professor Finbar O'Callaghan introduced himself at the recent oral evidence session of the Health and Social Care Committee in these terms: "My name is Professor Finbar O'Callaghan and I am here as president of the British Paediatric Neurology Association which is the association which represents all paediatric neurologists in the UK. I'm also a consultant paediatric neurologist at...

22 Mar 2019

Leafpost. The Cannabis Co-Working Space Coming to London

CLEAR is backing this project and has made a substantial pledge to the crowdfunding campaign This article was originally published in the Grow Street Journal. It would seem that the cannabis industry is thriving in the UK since the 1st November Home Office announcement that medical cannabis is legal. The announcement has not yielded anywhere near the level of access to cannabis that many were hoping for (or indeed, relying on) as since the November 1st announcement, the number of people who have...

20 Mar 2019

A CLEAR Response to the Institute of Psychiatry’s Latest Cannabis and Psychosis Scaremongering

The Insititute of Psychiatry is today announcing its latest study on the links between cannabis and psychosis - 'The contribution of cannabis use to variation in the incidence of psychotic disorder across Europe (EU-GEI): a multicentre case-control study'. For many years, its leading lights Professor Sir Robin Murray and Dr Marta di Forti have published study after study attempting to show a causal link between cannabis use and psychosis. They have never managed to...

19 Mar 2019

Asking Politicians to Order Doctors to Prescribe Cannabis is a Futile Quest

Last year, when Sajid Javid introduced the new regulations permitting prescribing of cannabis-based products for medicinal use (CBPMs) he went much further than anyone could have expected. For 50 years doctors had been told that cannabis was a highly toxic, dangerous drug with no therapeutic value. Then, in the space of few weeks they were suddenly told by the Chief Medical Officer that there was "conclusive evidence" of therapeutic benefit. The truth is successive governments and the Home Office had been...

06 Mar 2019

Presentation at the Hemp CBD Expo, 2nd March 2019

Peter Reynolds spoke at the Hemp CBD Expo at around 5.00pm on Saturday, 2nd March 2019. Below is his speech as originally composed. An audio file is available here. A video will be available shortly. The PowerPoint presentation file is here. "Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. My name is Peter Reynolds and I am the president of CLEAR Cannabis Law Reform. We were founded in 1999 and we now have around three-quarters of a million followers on social media and we’re approaching...