08 Feb 2016

Talking Cannabis In Parliament.

Today, 8th February 2016, Peter Reynolds, president of CLEAR, met with Norman Lamb MP, Liberal Democrat spokesperson for health, for an update on the cannabis campaign. Independent Panel of Experts on Cannabis Regulation. The Liberal Democrats have set up an independent panel of experts to establish how a legalised market for cannabis could work in the United Kingdom. Norman Lamb wants the panel to look at evidence from Colorado, Washington State and Uruguay, where cannabis has been legalised...

03 Feb 2016

Justice Minister Reveals UK Is Trialling Portuguese Approach To Drugs.

The Justice Minister, Andrew Selous MP In the secretive way that now seems to be standard practice for the UK government, the justice minister, Andrew Selous MP, revealed yesterday, in an answer to a written Parliamentary Question, that he is “currently trialling ‘Liaison and Diversion’ services”. “These services place health professionals at police stations and courts to assess suspects for a range of health problems, including drug misuse, and make referrals to treatment and support. Information...

03 Feb 2016

Cannabis Scheduling: CLEAR To Give Evidence To APPG Inquiry

CLEAR was this week invited to submit evidence to a Short Inquiry into the case for changing the categorisation of cannabis for medicinal purposes from Schedule 1 to a more appropriate schedule. The inquiry will be carried out by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Drug Policy Reform, co-chaired by Baroness Meacher and Caroline Lucas MP. In June 2015 the APPG published a short report arguing for a rescheduling of cannabis to...

02 Feb 2016

CLEAR, The British Medicinal Cannabis Campaign and UK CBD Combine To Offer Media Briefings.

The subject of cannabis as medicine is certain to rise to the top of the UK news agenda in forthcoming weeks as a new Coronation Street storyline unfolds. CLEAR will have a running commentary on the storyline as it unfolds. The character Izzy Armstrong (Cherylee Houston) who has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, will be seen suffering when her prescription medicine fails to alleviate her pain. Erica Holroyd (Claire King) will then suggest that she starts using cannabis...

25 Jan 2016

Complaint Against Bath Police Officer, PC Adge Secker.

PC Adge Secker On Friday last week, the Bath Chronicle published an article by Bath beat officer PC Adge Secker which breaks new records in exaggeration, sensationalism and misleading the public about cannabis.Read the article hereAs can be seen in this photograph taken from his Twitter feed, PC Secker is fond of publicity and likes to brag and make a name for himself.  In this instance though he has gone too far.  His misinformation and politicking clearly amount to...

21 Jan 2016

Jack’s Story – Reefer Madness from UTurn of Swindon

At the end of last year a little known 'substance misuse service' from Swindon in the south west of England produced a short film about cannabis aimed at young people. The organisation in question is "Uturn", based at Clarence House in Euclid Street, Swindon. Uturn's Facebook page This film is a terrible example of a prohibition era film dressed up as caring, sensible advice aimed at preventing vulnerable young people getting into trouble with their cannabis use....

26 Dec 2015

CLEAR Highlights for 2015

January New Website Launched CLEAR started the year with a brand new website, launching on January 19th. The Daily News e-mail service began at the same time. Subscribe to the Daily News e-mail CLEAR Delegation to the Department of Health A delegation of medicinal cannabis users met with George Freeman MP, minister for life sciences with responsibility for medicines regulation. Mr Freeman requested a summary of the evidence on cannabis as medicine, which led directly...

20 Dec 2015

Throwing the sloth out with the bathwater

You've probably heard about this by now and for good reason. The latest anti cannabis campaign - this time a classic from down under in New South Wales, Australia - has been greeted with widespread ridicule around the world. The ill-advised campaign is called "Stoner Sloth" and has its own supporting website which you can see here. It's not easy to find on Google because the search term "Stoner sloth" brings up so many other sites making fun...

19 Dec 2015

Top UK Soap ‘Coronation Street’ To Run Medicinal Cannabis Storyline

Could This Be A Breakthrough In The UK Campaign For Medicinal Cannabis? Cannabis used as medicine has appeared before in UK soaps but the news is that this Coronation Street storyline could be less jokey and trivial and actually deal in science and truth.  If so it could be a major breakthrough against an intransigent government that flatly refuses even to consider the evidence. Coronation Street is the world’s longest running soap opera still in production. Each episode reaches an average of between...