04 Jul 2018

Dame Sally’s Caution On “Grown Cannabis” Does Not Bode Well For Access To Herbal Cannabis As Medicine.

Great news all round! Professor Dame Sally Davies has, within a matter of days concluded that cannabis does have medicinal value and needs to be removed from schedule 1. No surprise really as the evidence is, as Dame Sally says, "overwhelming". The simple fact is that our government has been deliberately ignoring it for years. However, reading Dame Sally's report yesterday I was immediately struck by her use of the term "grown cannabis" in a disparaging sense. I’m tempted to ask...

01 Jul 2018

Nick Hurd MP, The Times. ‘Out-of-date rules must not come before compassion for those who need medicinal cannabis’

This article by Nick Hurd MP, the Home Office Minister, is re-published from the Times of Friday, 29th June 2018. It is the most significant recent government statement on cannabis.       "Out-of-date rules must not come before compassion for those who need medicinal cannabis There are times when life presents a situation for which the status quo is no longer viable; when the case for compassion stands in direct challenge to the rules of the day. This is...

30 Jun 2018

A Quick, Easy Guide to The New UK Arrangements For Access To Cannabis As Medicine.

There's already an awful lot of misunderstanding over the arrangements just introduced for medicinal cannabis and there's no need for it because, to be fair, the government has been very clear. There is an interim procedure which will be very, very difficult for most to achieve. You must have very strong support from your doctor and they, together with your local NHS Trust, must be prepared to put in a lot of work, form-filling and pay some substantial licensing fees. It's...

29 Jun 2018

Cannabis for Medical Use And How The Royal College Of GPs Is Letting Us All Down.

The last couple of weeks have brought an enormous breakthrough for those who need cannabis as medicine but with the release of the government’s interim measures for licensing, the difficulties of how this will work in practice are obvious. Unless doctors are properly informed and educated about cannabis many patients are going to remain without any help and forced to continue in the illegal market. The Royal College of GPs was supposed to have issued guidelines to all GPs by the end...

20 Jun 2018

How To Regulate Cannabis In Britain. The CLEAR Plan Version 2.0

CLEAR's plan for the regulation of cannabis in Britain is based on the 2011 study 'Taxing the UK Cannabis Market' which CLEAR commissioned from the Independent Drug Monitoring Unit (IDMU). IDMU was consulted on an updated version of its study but advised that the data has not significantly changed. Key evidence from the study shows that: The UK cannabis market is worth approx £6 billion per annum More than three tons of cannabis...

12 Jun 2018

Letter To Nick Hurd MP, Home Office Minister, About Alfie Dingley’s and Billy Caldwell’s Urgent Need For Cannabis Medicine.

From: Peter Reynolds Sent: 12 June 2018 10:16 To: '[email protected]' Cc: 'Charlotte Caldwell' Subject: Give Billy back his medication. Importance: High   Dear Mr Hurd, The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 makes specific provision within it that the Home Secretary may licence any action under it that would otherwise be unlawful. There can be no credible excuse whatsoever for refusing to licence Billy Caldwell’s and Alfie Dingley’s cannabis medicines when they have been proven to work under the supervision of senior doctors and the medicines themselves are produced by...

28 May 2018

Lazy, Self-Serving, Incompetent MPs Decide To Blame Drug Consumers For The Consequences Of Their Failed Policies.

This is the latest propaganda and falsehood in the war on drugs. According to Sajid Javid, the new home secretary, David Gauke MP who is the justice secretary, James Cleverly MP, Dr Sarah Wollaston MP, Cressida Dick, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner and even the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, it's our fault, people who consume drugs, that their failed policies have created a gigantic criminal market which uses violence in its turf wars...

16 May 2018

Let’s Nail the Home Office’s Latest Smokescreen About Medical Cannabis

As the evidence and support for legal access to cannabis for medical use grows, so the Home Office adjusts and reframes its arguments in denial. This should come as no surprise. The 'hostile environment' revealed by the Windrush scandal runs through the Home Office like a stick of rock. The culture of this department is defined by Theresa May and it reflects her character and personality. It is secretive, demands total control and micro management of everything it touches and whenever...

14 May 2018

More Lies From The Home Office. A UK Government Department That Is Institutionally Dishonest.

This deceit from the Home Office needs to be called out straightaway. Andrew Gilligan, the Sunday Times journalist, did a great job of getting the Victoria Atkins cannabis scandal out into the mainstream and I thank him for that. I gave him a great deal more evidence of Home Office maladministration than he used but he managed to bring out yet more brazen dishonesty in the process. The Home Office said: “When she was appointed . . . the minister voluntarily...

14 May 2018

Legalising Cannabis WOULD NOT Save £900 Million. A More Realistic Figure Is £6.7 Billion.

The £900 million figure being touted around by the Taxpayers' Alliance as the savings that could be achieved from legalising cannabis is a massive underestimate and isn't based on the sort of model that is currently being implemented in US states. CLEAR commissioned independent research in 2011 which shows that a model in the UK simlar to that in Colorado would produce a net gain to the UK economy of around £6.7 billion pa and perhaps...