16 Oct 2015

If Your MP Isn’t On This List You Need to Have A Word. Next Steps After The Cannabis Debate.

The Cannabis Debate in Westminster 12th October 2015 These Are The MPs Who Did Their Duty And Attended The Debate: Lyn Brown, Labour, West Ham (Shadow Home Office minister)Lisa Cameron, Scottish National Party, East Kilbride, Strathaven and LesmahagowNigel Evans, Conservative, Ribble Valley (Chair of the debate) Paul Flynn, Labour, Newport WestCheryl Gillan, Conservative, Chesham and Amersham (Chair of the debate) Sylvia Hermon, Independent, North Down George Howarth, Labour, Knowsley Rupa Huq, Labour, Ealing...

09 Oct 2015

On The Eve Of The Cannabis Debate, CLEAR Meets Top Government Minister.

Oliver Letwin MP, Cabinet Office Minister. Peter Reynolds, President of CLEAR Today, Friday 9th October, in advance of Monday's cannabis debate in Parliament, I met with Oliver Letwin, the Cabinet Office minister with responsibility for the implementation of government policy. According to The Independent, Oliver Letwin is "probably the most powerful person in the government after the Prime Minister and Chancellor". I first met with him back in July and he agreed to investigate the...

04 Oct 2015

Rallying those with no cause: higher education’s role in stimulating social change

Andre Gomes is a politics and economics student at the University of Bath and is currently undertaking an internship with CLEAR Being a higher educational institution focused on consolidating its academically excellent record, the University of Bath encourages its best students to go down certain career paths, to bring about prestige to both the university and the student. Many organisations and businesses establish partnerships to ensure the crème de la crèmeare coerced and recruited at the earliest...

04 Oct 2015

Press Release: Massive Surge In UK For Cannabis Law Reform.

Contact: Peter ReynoldsTel: 07880 [email protected] Reply to: [email protected] 4th October 2015 Massive Surge In UK For Cannabis Law Reform. No Embargo On 12th October, the petition to legalise cannabis will be debated by the UK Parliament. It presently stands at just under 220,000 signatures, the third biggest petition on the government's website and demonstrates a revival of interest in this long running issue. Within the last few days, CLEAR Cannabis Law Reform passed the milestone of...

29 Sep 2015

The Weak And Ineffectual Response Of Most MPs To The Cannabis Debate

CLEAR has been mobilising its members as never before to lobby their MPs in advance of the cannabis debate on 12th October. There are honourable exceptions but most responses have been unhelpful, dismissive and have completely failed to deal with the arguments put forward. Most MPs are indoctrinated with the false reporting churned out by the press, scared stiff of the subject and not prepared to look any deeper. It is a terrible indictment of these people,...

26 Sep 2015

“Cannabis: The facts” or “Cannabis: The speculation”?

The NHS Choices website carries an article entitled "Cannabis: the facts". NHS Choices is usually a good source of information and indeed this page carries some sensible sounding advice, for example, about the 'gateway effect': Does cannabis lead to other drugs? While most people who use harder drugs like heroin have used cannabis, only a small proportion of people who use cannabis go on to use hard drugs. However, buying cannabis brings you into contact with...

23 Sep 2015

It’s Time To Be CLEAR

The prohibition of cannabis has caused massive harm to our society. It has created a criminal market which has attacked our children, our communities, our health and our liberty. The time to end this failed experiment is now. Cannabis in West Sussex, England, UK. With acknowledgement and thanks to Joni Mitchell and Eddie Mitchell of Aerial News. (No relation, as far as we know) I came upon a child of God He was walking along the...

20 Sep 2015

CLEAR To Become A Company Limited By Guarantee Following Members’ Referendum

Over the course of the first two weeks in September, CLEAR members have been voting online on CLEAR's future legal status. CLEAR was a single-issue political party until 2014, when the Executive Committee decided not to renew its registration with the Electoral Commission. It was felt that the idea of a single-issue party standing for Parliament was out of date and ineffective. In recent years we have seen significant disadvantages to being a political party. Some...

18 Sep 2015

Guidance On How To Lobby Your MP For The Cannabis Debate.

In the UK the only democratic power you have is through your MP. The arcane nature of our Parliament and the unaccountability of MPs makes that sad and depressing but it is reality. The only alternative routes to power are to spend millions on advertising and PR or to chance on gaining the fickle and unreliable support of the popular media. So, it is to your MP you must turn if you want to exercise influence in...