20 Nov 2011

PCC complaint about the Daily Mail – an update of sorts

Almost three weeks ago now I submitted a complaint to the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) concerning the work of pure fiction published by the Daily Mail which claimed a study undertaken by Bristol University found the strongest evidence to date that cannabis "brings on" schizophrenia. In fact the study showed no such thing and didn't even use cannabis. The original blog, published over on UKCIA and link to the story is here. As a result I made a complaint to...

19 Nov 2011

Tokepure – another reply from Anne Milton at the Dept of Health

Continuing the exchange between myself and Anne Milton at the department of health regarding asking the Government to run a campaign similar to Toke pure, designed to encourage cannabis users not to smoke tobacco along with their cannabis. You can read the previous exchanges here. It's important to remember when reading this reply that I emphasised I was not questioning the basic policy toward cannabis, I was simply and only asking for a harm reduction campaign aimed at cannabis...

18 Nov 2011

Dr Robert Lefever, The General Medical Council, The Daily Mail And The Press Complaints Commission

Dr Robert Lefever is a Daily Mail columnist. In October he wrote an absurd and spectacularly ignorant article about cannabis titled "Even the Dutch think skunk drives you mad". I submitted a PCC complaint which you can see here. Essentially, Dr Lefever claimed that cannabis available today has been "genetically modified" and that it contains "25 times as much THC as there used to be". This from a man who trades on...

18 Nov 2011

The ProHos Are Losing And They’re Fighting Like Alley Cats

Prohibition is immoral. It causes far more harm than it prevents. It is based on prejudice and discrimination. Science, medicine and all the evidence shows that regulation is the only rational policy. We have won the argument. There are now two more steps we must take before change can happen. Firstly we must defeat the prohibitionists, the ProHos, and their vested interests. Secondly we must find our cowardly, hypocritical politicians a way to save face in reversing the...

17 Nov 2011

Legal Proceedings Have Been Issued Against The Home Secretary

Legal Remedies part 5 An application for permission for judicial review has been issued against the Home Secretary by Des Humphrey with Cannabis Law Reform (CLEAR) cited as an interested party. Des Humphrey is leader of CLEAR in Wales and director of the Cannabis Truth roadshow. He is a British Army veteran who suffered a major spinal injury whilst on active service and now uses cannabis to relieve chronic pain and spasms. He is prescribed Sativex,...

16 Nov 2011

Sauce for the goose… ?

An interesting news story today regarding the evil weed - tobacco. The latest stage in what may yet turn out to be the eventual prohibition of tobacco is the proposal by the British Medical Association (BMA) to ban smoking in cars. Now there has been the idea mooted for a while of banning smoking in cars when children are present and there is a good child protection case to be made for doing that, but this is a proposal...

08 Nov 2011

Radio 5 live 8th November 2011

Peter Reynolds interviewed along with Mark Davis of RETHINK mental health on 8th November 2011 regarding young people's attitude to cannabis Peter reynolds 5live-8-11-11 by NR23Derek A reasonable interview, where the concerns expressed by RETHINK were given a fair hearing, along with Peter's views. However, later (just before 9.00am) the same programme broadcast this contribution from Terry Hammond. Terry is the father of a young man who developed sever mental illness, who was also a cannabis user. Terry...

06 Nov 2011

IPCC Complaint – Sergeant Stuart McGuire of Greater Manchester Police

----- Original Message -----From: Peter Reynolds To: IPCCSent: Saturday, November 05, 2011 5:24 PM Subject: Complaint against Sergeant Stuart McGuire, Greater Manchester PoliceDear Sirs, I wish to make a complaint against Sergeant Stuart McGuire of Greater Manchester Police concerning statements made by him and published in The Mancunian newspaper on 4th November 2011. The article in question is available online here: http://www.student-direct.co.uk/2011/11/2000-cannabis-plants-found-in-salford-pub/ I make the complaint on my own account but also in my capacity...