16 Apr 2016

CLEAR Media Team

Every day there are stories in the British press about cannabis. Most concern yet another police raid on a "cannabis factory", usually involving victims of human trafficking and organised crime. Such are the horrendous costs of cannabis prohibition. Innocent lives are destroyed, property is wrecked, electricity is stolen, neighbourhoods are ruined - all because of an inane, pointless and irrational government policy. The CLEAR Facebook page is a constant news feed of these stories and calls for 'comment warriors', people who...

24 Mar 2016

LibDems: Correct On Cannabis Policy, Wrong On Scaremongering.

The Liberal Democrats are doing great work on advancing the cause of cannabis law reform.  Their policy proposals are sensible and their arguments for change are irrefutable but they are wrong to buy into and sustain the myths and scaremongering that have dominated the cannabis debate for so long. Cannabis does not cause psychosis.  Stronger strains do not present serious health risks.  Memory loss is not a significant issue and no issue at all in comparison to the health harms of alcohol...

22 Mar 2016

‘Poppers Are Not Psychoactive’. The Arrogant Madness Of UK Drugs Policy

If you want something slightly less psychoactive than poppers, I suggest you try a crack pipe. Seriously, poppers produce an instantaneous high as powerful and intense as anything I have ever known. Cannabis, alcohol, even cocaine are mild and gentle compared to the rush that you get from inhaling the vapour from a bottle of poppers.  Maybe crack or crystal meth are stronger.  I don’t claim knowledge at that extreme end of drugs experiences. It’s well established fact that successive UK governments...

17 Mar 2016

Andrea Clarke Is CLEAR’s New Membership Administration Manager

CLEAR is happy to announce the formal appointment of Andrea Clarke as its new Membership Administration Manager.  Andrea started working with us a few weeks ago and has settled into her new position with great efficiency and enthusiasm. Any issues relating to membership will now be dealt with by her. She can be contacted on [email protected] Andrea has a particular interest in medicinal cannabis as she suffers from osteo-arthritis. She finds that it also helps with depression, sleeping...

15 Mar 2016

The Economic Benefits of the Dutch Coffee-shops

Since 1976, when the Netherlands decided to adopt a model of regulated cannabis distribution - the "Coffee-Shop Model" - there has been a constant debate among the Dutch, whether they are experts or regular citizens. This debate, of course, is about this experiment of international interest. Contrary to the presumption that cannabis is a gateway drug and is connected to the abuse of drugs like heroin and cocaine, the Dutch took a more practical approach to the problem...

14 Mar 2016

CLEAR Withdraws Its Endorsement of UK CBD

CLEAR can no longer endorse or recommend UK CBD as a supplier of CBD products. This decision is made with regret but is unavoidable due to a number of problems which, despite our best efforts, have proved impossible to resolve. Our endorsement was based on UK CBD’s ethical and quality standards but the position has changed and the directors of UK CBD have been unable satisfactorily to address our concerns. Our main concern is that certain products marketed by UK CBD contain...

10 Mar 2016

CLEAR Response To the Liberal Democrats’ Proposals For Cannabis Regulation

CLEAR welcomes the Liberal Democrats' proposals which can be seen here. We set out below a few comments which we intend to be constructive. We represent more than 600,000 people who support cannabis law reform. Our own publication, 'How to Regulate Cannabis in Britain' is now in its second edition. It is based on independent, expert research which we commissioned from the Independent Drug Monitoring Unit, published as 'Taxing the UK Cannabis Market'. Comments on 'A framework for a...

08 Mar 2016

LibDem Cannabis Policy – A Different Argument For Cannabis Law Reform

There are and always have been two incompatible extremes of opinion amongst people who support cannabis law reform. On the one hand there are those who view cannabis as something best handled by the free market, sold with branding and advertising like any commodity and on the other those who view it as essentially undesirable, something which out of necessity has to be tolerated but which should be discouraged as much as possible. Both extremes want cannabis legalised, but...

05 Mar 2016

IPCC Upholds CLEAR Appeal Against Avon and Somerset Police

In January, a cocky, self-publicising cop from Bath published a typically ignorant piece of anti-cannabis scaremongering in his local paper. PC Adge Secker wrote, amongst other nonsense, that “on average” cannabis plants are worth £1000 each, that “kids as young as 10 get hooked” and that it “…causes psychotic episodes so terrible that people throw themselves off buildings”. CLEAR submitted a formal complaint to the Professional Standards department of Avon and Somerset Police....