29 Jul 2011

Can We Get 100,000 Signatures?

Today I submitted a "Tax & Regulate Cannabis" petition on the government's new e-petitions website:Tax & Regulate CannabisUnder the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, the government should introduce a system of regulation for the production and supply of cannabis. This would include personal cultivation licences for up to six plants, commercial cultivation licences, sales through licensed outlets to adults only. The system would be funded by licence fees and a £1 per gram tax on retail sales. This would also...

28 Jul 2011

Amanda Platell of the Daily Mail Abuses Amy’s Memory – Not Upheld

Updated 24th November 2011This is another Press Complaints Commission complaint about coverage of cannabis but one that highlights disgusting practices at the Daily Mail, every bit as vile and shameful as the News of the World. The conniving, deceitful Platell wrote in a column full of lies and abuse last Tuesday:"...

21 Jul 2011

The Metaphor For Poison That Is The Press Complaints Commission

I must say immediately that this is not a personal attack on any of the individuals that I have dealt with at the PCC. Without exception they have been polite, charming, professional and mostly, very helpful. But the decision that has come down today from the Independent Reviewer perfectly demonstrates why the PCC is, in fact, a fatal solution to the need for press regulation. The relevance is far wider than just to our own cause, to...

19 Jul 2011

PCC Complaint. The Daily Mail, 19th July 2011

----- Original Message ----- From: Peter Reynolds To: [email protected] Sent: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 1:27 PM Subject: Complaint against the Daily Mail, issue dated 19th July 2011 Dear Sirs, "Girl killed by her psychotic mother hours after health workers said she was safe at home", the Daily Mail, 19-07-11 I wish to make a complaint concerning the above article which is still available online at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2016137/Sonia-Bellfield-kills-daughter-Jasmine-2-hours-health-workers-say-safe.html I make the complaint on my own account but...

18 Jul 2011

PCC Complaint. The Independent On Sunday, 5th June 2011 (2)

----- Original Message -----From: Peter ReynoldsTo: [email protected]: Monday, July 18, 2011 9:19 PMSubject: Second complaint against the Independent on Sunday, issue dated 5th June 2011 Dear Sirs, "Patrick Cockburn: We must cut politics out of the debate on cannabis", The Independent on Sunday, 05-06-11 I wish to make a complaint concerning the above article which is still available online at: http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/patrick-cockburn-we-must-cut-politics-out-of-the-debate-on-cannabis-2293166.html I make the complaint on my own account but also in my capacity as...

14 Jul 2011

How Will The Murdoch Scandal Affect Drugs Policy?

No other issue has been so constrained, has had so many politicians abject in fear and cowardice. No other issue has so much evidence in favour, in clear and absolute proof that reform is needed. Across the world, in Britain, in Australia, in the USA, in the guise of protecting our youth, in the deception of scaremongering and reefer madness, the malevolent force of Murdoch has worked against drug policy reform, bribed and cajoled our leaders...

14 Jul 2011

Peter Hitchens Runs From the Cure

Peter Hitchens and I are squarely on opposite sides of the debate about cannabis. This year I've attended several events at which he and I have clashed in more or less good humour - although he did get upset with me at King's College London in March when I mentioned his brother's advocacy for medical marijuana. I've also made several Press Complaints Commission complaints this year about Mr Hitchens and his column. To be fair not one...

13 Jul 2011

PCC Complaint. The Independent On Sunday, 5th June 2011

----- Original Message -----From: Peter ReynoldsTo: [email protected]: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 12:12 PMSubject: Complaint against the Independent on Sunday, issue dated 5th June 2011 Dear Sirs, "John Rentoul: the truth about the lies about drugs", The Independent on Sunday, 05-06-11 I wish to make a complaint concerning the above article which is still available online at: http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/john-rentoul/john-rentoul-the-truth-about-the-lies-about-drugs-2293171.html I make the complaint on my own account but also in my capacity as the Leader of...

11 Jul 2011

What About The Daily Mail?

Rupert Murdoch and his rags are no friends of the truth. They have done more than their fair share of scaremongering and misinformation about cannabis. He is popularly believed to have been behind Gordon Brown's ridiculous "Skunk is lethal" speech and the upgrading of cannabis back to class B. Such are the dirty tricks, politician's doublespeak and media manipulation that we are up against. But next in line must be the vile...

09 Jul 2011

PCC Complaint. The Belfast Telegraph, 23rd June 2011

----- Original Message -----From: Peter ReynoldsTo: [email protected]: Saturday, July 09, 2011 2:00 PMSubject: Complaint against the Belfast Telegraph, issue dated 23rd June 2011 Dear Sirs, "Time to get tough on drug law, Shannon to urge MPs", the Belfast Telegraph, 23-06-11 I wish to make a complaint concerning the above article which is still available online at: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/community-telegraph/north-down/news/time-to-get-tough-on-drug-law-shannon-to-urge-mps-16015285.html I make the complaint on my own account but also in my capacity as the Leader of...