11 Aug 2011

An Energy White Paper With No Mention Of Hemp

Chris Huhne has said his electricity white paper and renewables proposals of July 2011 add up to the greatest transformation of energy since the privatisation of the energy industry. This half hearted white paper lacks the vision of community development at a local level, nationally. Huhne however, is intent on remaining silent concerning the sustainable power potential of cannabis hemp. The need is clear for a sustainable, zero carbon hemp crop to be grown in abundance...

08 Aug 2011

Reefer Cures Madness

First published in issue 7 of ISMOKE magazineA Personal Account Of How Cannabis Saved Me.First of all I will explain a little about me - I am what you might call a fully-fledged cannabis smoker, I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2008, but did not begin smoking on a regular basis until 2010. Despite an initially rocky relationship with the plant, there is now no doubt for me that the so called 'drug' has medicinal value, not only...

07 Aug 2011

Is Anything Any Clearer?

First published in issue 7 of ISMOKE magazineWe're now approaching the six month mark since the LCA changed its name to Cannabis Law Reform (CLEAR) and re-launched as a political party with a revised set of aims and objectives. So how are we doing? I'm proud of the progress we've made in terms of re-branding and promoting a much more serious, responsible and professional campaign. We are now in constant communication with MPs, government, regulators, lawyers,...

05 Aug 2011

PCC Complaint. The Daily Mail, 5th August 2011

----- Original Message ----- From: Peter Reynolds To: [email protected] Sent: Friday, August 05, 2011 4:11 PM Subject: Complaint against the Daily Mail, issue dated 5th August 2011 Dear Sirs, "Lib Dems move to decriminalise ALL personal drug use and to allow controlled use of cannabis", the Daily Mail, 05-08-11 I wish to make a complaint concerning the above article which is still available online at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2022613/Lib-Dems-decriminalise-ALL-personal-drug-use-allow-controlled-use-cannabis.html I make the complaint on my own account but also...

04 Aug 2011

Freedom of Information Request – re; Mr Cameron’s Comments on Medicinal Cannabis

View Mr Cameron's comments on Youtube/Al-Jazeera (25/02/11): Cameron on Cannabis (Jason Reed): Dear Home Office/FOI, I'd like to request the following information: On the 25th February 2011, the Prime Minister was interviewed live on Youtube by Al-Jazeera. In his comments for the medicinal use of cannabis, Mr Cameron said: "That is a matter for the science and the medical authorities to determine, and they are free to make independent determinations on that...

01 Aug 2011

PCC Complaint. The Daily Mail, 26th July 2011

Complaint regarding the article by Amanda Platell: Genius, but Amy's was not a life to admire http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2018741/Amy-Winehouse-dead-Genius-life-admire.html The Daily Mail 26th July 2011 I write this complaint both in my personal capacity and that of the editor of the website www.ukcia.org, a cannabis law reform website. This article makes several claims of harm from cannabis use as established fact which are not established fact and most importantly misrepresents a scientific study so as to "prove" cannabis is a...

30 Jul 2011

UPDATE On PCC Complaint. Herts And Essex Observer, 17th May 2011

The original complaint can be seen here. In a video about a "cannabis factory" raid, PC Rebecca Hawkins had said: "The plants themselves can be very, very harmful to officers because the spores if they're ingested they can cause serious illness". The newspaper has now published a correction which completely refutes this. Let's hope that WPC Hawkins is now a little clearer! Police Strike at Dunmow cannabis factory: clarification....

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...

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...