25 Oct 2011

Bedromedical BV Opens New Perspectives For Cannabis As Medicine

Press Release From Bedromedical BVThe use of medicinal cannabis has an image problem. This is wrong, because scientific research has shown for years that cannabis is an effective medicine against diseases such as chronic pain. Among patients, there is a need for this medicine, which is available to patients in The Netherlands on prescription through pharmacies. What not yet has been standardized is a medically acceptable route of administration for cannabis in its herbal form. Bedromedical BV is established...

24 Oct 2011

Legal Remedies part 4

The CLEAR Legal Remedies campaign aims to use legal action to overturn the British government's cruel and irrational prohibition of medicinal cannabis. The Legal Remedies campaign Legal Remedies - A Call To Action Legal Remedies - Opening Salvo To join in this campaign, please follow these steps: 1. Register by sending an email to [email protected] Include your name, email address, telephone number and the condition you treat with cannabis. 2....

23 Oct 2011

Ex Mexican President Vicente Fox addressing the CATO institute

Mexico is on the front line of the war on drugs right now, it's on the route between the suppliers and the worlds biggest consumer of prohibited drugs, the home of prohibition, the USA. This is a video of the ex-president of Mexico, Vicente Fox, addressing the CATO institute about the need for change in his country regarding drugs policy. The CATO institute is a US based think-tank which describes itself asThe Cato Institute is a public policy research...

17 Oct 2011

Talk to Frank is back!

Talk to Frank, the government's anti-drug advertising campaign has been updated, indeed, having been left to sit there and grow mould for over two years, the whole sorry effort has been relaunched today with an exciting new (well, OK, different) look. The cannabis section is only a rehash of the old information, in places badly copy-pasted as well. It also features the past campaigns such as "cannabis messes with the mind" and includes an especially weird game called "spliff pinball"...

12 Oct 2011

Kathy Gyngell – A Relic Destined For The Museum Of Prohibition

If I may borrow and slightly adapt the famous phrase attributed to Benjamin Disraeli: "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics". My new version would be: "There are four kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, statistics and arguments in favour of prohibition". With this is mind, allow me to nominate Ms Kathy Gyngell as a liar of the fourth kind. Indeed, a fourth-rate liar. Her latest ramble is one of...

11 Oct 2011

PCC complaint – Daily Mail October 11th 2011

The Daily Mail has surpassed itself with this article. I find it hard to believe something like this made it into print, even in the Mail. Sent to the PCC: Sir I wish to complain about the article in the Daily Mail of 11th October 2011 entitled "Even the Dutch think skunk drives you mad" (online at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2047750/The-grass-greener-Holland.html). I make this complaint on my own behalf, but also as the editor of the cannabis law reform site...

10 Oct 2011

It’s Time To Get Angry!

With everything that's going on at the moment, it seems obvious to me that we're not fighting hard enough for our rights. We're not standing up for justice as we should be. The iniquitous DEA crackdown on medical marijuana in the past week is appalling and completely contradicts President Obama's assurances about respect for democratic state law. Stephen Harper, the new quasi-fascist Canadian PM, has just introduced a bill which will make the sentence for growing more...

09 Oct 2011

COMT; another “wrong” result for the reefer madness hype

Peter Reynolds posted a short comment earlier this week about some new research into the COMT gene and its claimed role in cannabis induced psychosis. This is a more in-depth look at what's happened and why it's important - not to say very good - news. One of the great "reefer madness V2.0" claims has been dealt a serious blow this week, probably enough to kill it off altogether with luck. To read the comment from the...

05 Oct 2011

COMT Gene Cannabis Scare Story Disproven Again

It's the favourite of Mary Brett, Debra Bell, Charles 'cocaine for kids' Walker, Nadine Dorries and every other low rent, prohibitionist nutter, cannabis scaremonger and trainee Daily Mail hack. Well it would be, wouldn't it? It suggested that a functional polymorphism in the catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) gene meant that 25% of those who enjoyed even the merest whiff of a joint would become instantly psychotic, axe wielding mass murderers. The COMT gene theory was their dream come true!...

04 Oct 2011

Legal Remedies – Opening Salvo

There are now around 30 brave souls engaged in a co-ordinated attempt to overturn the British government's cruel policy on medicinal cannabis - the CLEAR Legal Remedies campaign. There is not, nor can there be, any reason for the denial of medicinal cannabis to those who need it. When that need is confirmed by a doctor's prescription and a reputable, EU-government approved supplier is available, continued denial must be unlawful. It is our intention to...