20 May 2011

Des Humphrey Appointed to CLEAR Executive Committee

At the Cannabis Law Reform (CLEAR) Executive Committee meeting held on 18th May 2011, Des Humphrey was appointed to the committee. Des is a 46 year old, British Army veteran who lives in Port Talbot, South Wales. He is married with two children and is a medicinal cannabis user, coping with the effects of a severe back injury sustained on active service in 1993 Peter Reynolds, leader of CLEAR, said:"Des is one of our most...

17 May 2011

UPDATE on PCC Complaint. The Mail On Sunday, 13th March 2011

The original complaint and the PCC's decision can be seen here. A further complaint has been submitted to the Independent Reviewer, Lt Gen Sir Michael Willcocks, concerning the commission's handling of the original complaint. ----- Original Message -----From: Peter ReynoldsTo: Tonia Milton ; [email protected]: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 1:19 PMSubject: Re: Press Complaints Commission complaint no. 111428 Dear Sir Michael, I am concerned about the way that the commission has handled my complaint concerning an...

17 May 2011

The Words That Control Our Thoughts

Would it surprise you to learn that in law there are no 'illegal drugs', no 'illicit drugs' and no crime of using such drugs either? We are beings, not objects - the law controls us, drug users. There is no mandate in the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (MoDA) for policing our intimate chemistry, unless our actions lead to a social problem. The law does not say anywhere that we shouldn't use cannabis, yet this is how users...

16 May 2011

A Welcome Note To The New Drugs Minister

----- Original Message -----From: Peter ReynoldsTo: [email protected]: Monday, May 16, 2011 1:31 PMSubject: Cannabis Dear Baroness Browning, Congratulations on your appointment to the Home Office ministerial team. Now that you have taken over responsibility for the Drugs Strategy from Mr Brokenshire, millions of people in Britain are hoping to see a move away from prohibition towards a safer, more responsible policy for tax and regulation of cannabis. Prohibition is a quasi-socialist, nanny-state idea that...

15 May 2011

Misuse Of Drugs Act “Not Fit For Purpose” According To UKDPC And Demos

This story is running today on BBC News and on Radio 5 Live. CLEAR profoundly disagrees with the UK Drug Policy Commission (UKDPC) and Demos. The MoDA is progressive and extremely flexible legislation that provides an ideal framework for the regulation and control of all drugs, including the phenomenon of "legal highs". Based on the advice of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD), the principle is that drugs should be classified according to their relative...

13 May 2011

PCC Complaint. The Daily Mail, 6th May 2011 – NOT UPHELD

----- Original Message -----From: Peter ReynoldsTo: [email protected]: Friday, May 13, 2011 6:34 PMSubject: Complaint against The Daily Mail, issue dated 6th May 2011 Dear Sirs, "Cannabis-smoking heroin addict almost stabbed millionaire's wife to death in random attack as she walked her dog", The Daily Mail, 06-05-11 I wish to make a complaint concerning the above article which is still available online at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1384329/Cannabis-smoking-heroin-addict-stabbed-millionaires-wife-death-random-attack-walked-dog.html I make the complaint on my account but also in my...

12 May 2011

The Power of Hope

If there's one thing that unites people together, it's the camaraderie of despair. In the darkest of times, light can be found in the oddest places. Humour, salvation; compassion and goodwill ultimately win wars. Hard-line tactics only create divides. When dealing with cannabis prohibition and related issues, it's easy to feel isolated. A true ripple of pain that the world has gone mad, or simply, the world doesn't care. The feeling that you...

11 May 2011

An Appeal To Andrew Lansley Part 2

See here for the first part of "An Appeal To Andrew Lansley"----- Original Message -----From: Peter ReynoldsTo: [email protected]: [email protected]: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 4:17 PMSubject: Medicinal Cannabis Dear Mr Lansley, Today I received the email below from Eldon Gallagher of the Customer Service Centre at the Department of Health in reply to my email to you of 13th April 2011 (also reproduced below). This is a quite dreadful response which completely fails to address the content...