16 Oct 2017

A Cannabis ‘Protest’ That Was Well Judged.

This was the best ‘protest’ I have seen. The characterisation of it as a ‘cannabis tea party’ was clever and combining it with Paul Flynn’s 10 minute rule bill was a smart move.It was good that three MPs actually attended and the press coverage was extensive and largely positive. This is a welcome change from the disastrous demos and protests of the past which have undoubtedly hindered progress.So while I’m not exactly eating it, I take my hat off to...

26 Sep 2017

Royal College Of General Practitioners. Draft Council Paper – Cannabis For Specified Medical Indications.

 This is the document setting out the proposal that was approved by the RCGP Council on 22nd September 2017. APPG: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0c_8hkDJu0DRnBfdGRDRXBROUU/view Barnes: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0c_8hkDJu0DUDZMUzhoY1RqMG8/view MS Society (2017) Cannabis and MS: The Role of Cannabis in Treating MS Symptoms Cannabis for Specified Medical Indications Introduction In the past year, there has been significant interest in the issue of legalisation of cannabis for medical purposes. The All Party Parliamentary Group on Drug Policy Reform...

21 Sep 2017

Probably The Biggest Breakthrough Yet For Medicinal Cannabis In The UK.

UPDATE. Friday, 22nd September 2017.  The Royal College of General Practitioners Council today approved CLEAR's proposal to publish guidelines on medicinal cannabis.As ever, the UK's stubborn, anti-evidence government remains intransigent on permitting legal access to cannabis, even for medicinal use.  This despite an overwhelming tide of reform across the world and the reality that perhaps one...

08 Aug 2017

The Shame Of Drugs Minster Sarah Newton MP.

Sarah Newton is MP for Truro and Falmouth. Since July 2016 she has been Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Home Office. Her responsibilities include drugs and alcohol.During last month's drugs debate Mrs Newton caused uproar in the House of Commons when she said she "would not agree that alcohol is the most dangerous drug" and that "alcohol taken in moderation is not a harmful drug".Both these statements are, of course, directly contradicted by a vast quantity of scientific evidence...

01 Aug 2017

UK Drugs Policy Equivalent To A Grenfell Tower Tragedy Every Fortnight, Yet Ministers Prescribe More Of the Same.

The scandal that is UK drugs policy deepened last month as the Home Office published what must be one of the most irresponsible government reports ever.The 2017 Drug Strategy adds nothing of any significance to the same document published in 2010. Since then, deaths from drug overdose have reached an all time high of 2,479 (latest 2015 data). There has been an explosion in highly toxic new psychoactive...

13 Jul 2017

New Drug Strategy Promises More Death, Misery And Ill Health For UK.

The long overdue update to the UK Drug Strategy is published today by the Home Office.   A copy may be downloaded here.Sadly, as expected, it is nothing except more of the same.  It offers no new ideas worthy of any note and reinforces the failure of existing policy by further embedding an approach which has already been conclusively proven not to work.The UK has become increasingly isolated in its approach to drugs policy and now that both Ireland and...

25 Jun 2017

CLEAR Appoints Andrea Clarke As Chief Executive.

CLEAR Cannabis Law Reform, the UK's largest and longest established drugs policy group has appointed Andrea Clarke to the newly created position of chief executive.Andrea Clarke, 38, has been in charge of CLEAR's membership since February 2016.  Her new role will encompass responsibility for all aspects of CLEAR's day to day management including finance.  She has wide experience in management, administration and public-facing roles ranging from working as a tour guide with London Buses to...