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....

03 Mar 2016

CLEAR Evidence For the APPG Medicinal Cannabis Inquiry

Yesterday, 2nd March 2016, Roland Gyallay-Pap and Peter Reynolds were called to give evidence at the All Party Parliamentary Group for Drug Policy Reform Inquiry into Regulation of Cannabis for Medicinal Use. We have already submitted a 15 page written response.  Yesterday’s oral hearing was to enable the inquiry to question us in more detail. We cannot publish our written response or go into great detail about yesterday’s hearing until the inquiry has published its own report which is some weeks...

29 Feb 2016

Coronation Street Medicinal Cannabis Storyline Becomes Hard Hitting Drama.

After a few weeks build up, the story of Izzy, who has turned to cannabis for pain relief, has taken off in dramatic style. It is now exceeding our highest expectations as it gives an insight into the terrible dilemma and cruelty that the British government inflicts on people who are already suffering from life-limiting, sometimes terminal conditions. CLEAR has been producing edited highlights of the storyline on a rolling basis. See them individually here. Now though, with...

26 Feb 2016

Top Jersey Doctor Misinforms and Misleads On Medicinal Cannabis

Dr Nigel Minihane is the head of Jersey Primary Care Trust which represents all GPs on the island.  Recently he contributed supposedly ‘expert opinion’ to an article in the Jersey Evening Post about someone who had been juicing raw cannabis for therapeutic reasons.  His comments demonstrate an ignorance and lack of knowledge which is unacceptable in a doctor in such a senior position.  In conjunction with CLEAR members in Jersey, we have submitted a formal...

25 Feb 2016

“I can’t live without cannabis” – Penny Fitzlyon

Penny Fitzlyon, CLEAR Fellowship Penny Fitzlyon is a member of the CLEAR Medicinal Users Panel. In January 2015 she was awarded a fellowship of CLEAR in recognition of her contribution to the campaign. Today, once again, we are indebted to Penny for her courageous advocacy on behalf of all medicinal cannabis users in the UK.This Morning, ITV 25th February 2016 CLEAR Medicinal Users Panel ...

14 Feb 2016

GW Founder And Chairman, Geoffrey Guy, Explains Sativex

“Most people in our industry said it was impossible to turn cannabis into a prescription medicine. We had to rewrite the rule book. We have the first approval of a plant extract drug in modern history. It has 420 molecules, whereas every other drug has just one.” Source   Sativex is whole plant cannabis oil.  It contains all the cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and other compounds present in the plants from which it is made. However, the Medicines and...