23 Jul 2015

Peter Reynolds Steps Down, Roland Gyallay-Pap Appointed Acting Leader of CLEAR.

At a meeting of the CLEAR Executive Committee held over the weekend of 18th/19th July 2015, Peter Reynolds tendered his resignation as leader. He was first elected as leader in February 2011, won a confidence vote in April 2012 and was re-elected unopposed in February 2014. Roland-Gyallay-Pap has been appointed acting leader and preparations will now begin for a leadership election. Roland Gyallay-Pap Roland Gyallay-Pap said: "I would like...

21 Jul 2015

CLEAR Sets The Pace In The Social Media Cannabis Campaign.

CLEAR Facebook Insights And Comparison With Similar Pages, 20th July 2015. . Since the spring of 2011, through Facebook and Twitter, CLEAR has provided a newsfeed on cannabis and drugs policy that informs and energises the campaign. The CLEAR Daily News, available on email subscription here, summarises all of each day's posts on social media. It provides a quick way to catch up and a record of events across the world in the campaign for cannabis law...

16 Jul 2015

BBC Report On Herbal Products Highlights Problems With Cannabis Regulation

It seems that unless you choose a herbal product with a THR mark you can have no certainty at all about what you are buying. An excellent report on the BBC's 'Trust Me I'm A Doctor', reveals that the industry is rife with confidence tricksters, fraudsters and probably some well-meaning incompetents. How can you know what you're getting in a herbal product? This has major implications for the medicinal use of cannabis and the businesses that will...

10 Jul 2015

Re-inventing the Wheel – Cannabis and Cancer

Dr Peter McCormick of the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich is in the news again for his ongoing research on cannabis extracts and cancer. The latest work is aimed at making a case for developing a synthetic alternative to cannabis which would have the same cancer treating properties but without any of the "unwanted side effects" of THC. UEA Press Release Dr Peter McCormick, from UEA's School of Pharmacy We have 5,000...

03 Jul 2015

The Minister For Government Policy On The Strange Case Of Medicinal Cannabis.

Oliver Letwin MP is, according to The Independent, "probably the most powerful person in the government after the Prime Minister and Chancellor". He is the Cabinet Office minister with responsibility for the implementation of government policy. He holds the ancient title of Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. He is a member of 13 of the 14 Cabinet committees and chair of three of them, more than anyone other than Cameron. He is now...

30 Jun 2015

An Invitation To Join The CLEAR Medicinal Cannabis Users Panel

CLEAR is launching a new recruitment drive for its Medicinal Cannabis Users Panel. If you use cannabis as medicine, joining the panel is the most effective thing you can do both to advance the campaign and, in some instances, gain legitimate access to prescribed Bedrocan medicinal cannabis. The panel has proved itself to be the most effective campaigning method ever used in the UK. As a direct result of the efforts of panel members, in the...

23 Jun 2015

House of Lords Medicinal Cannabis Debate 23rd June 2015

Firstly, credit and thanks where it is due: Baroness Hamwee, Lord Howarth, Baroness Meacher, Lord Paddick and Lord Ribeiro, champions of evidence, intelligent drugs policy and humane values. However, some were less helpful. Lord Blencathra, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, dismissed the immense value of cannabis experienced by tens of thousands of other MS patients throughout the world. His suggestion that pharmaceutical drugs notorious for their horrible side effects are a better choice flies in the face of...

18 Jun 2015

What Happened In The House Of Lords About Cannabis?

Yesterday, Wednesday 17th June, Baroness Molly Meacher asked a question about cannabis in the House of Lords. There is a great deal of confusion and misunderstanding about what happened, so I shall do my best to explain. A video of the eight minute debate is available here. A full transcript is here. Baroness Meacher This was not a full debate. There never was any prospect of any law being changed. It was simply a question, which would...

16 Jun 2015

The Fight For Medicinal Cannabis Reaches The House of Lords.

Sometime after 3.00pm, tomorrow, Wednesday, 17th June 2015, Baroness Molly Meacher will ask a question in the House of Lords on the re-scheduling of cannabis to permit it to be prescribed by doctors for medicinal use. Watch it here on Parliament TV. Baroness Meacher Behind this is a report 'Regulating Cannabis for Medical Use in the UK', authored by Professor Val Curran of UCL and Frank Warburton of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Drug...