05 Jun 2011

John Rentoul Prefers The Drugs Trade To Remain With Organised Crime

John Rentoul In an extraordinary and confused reaction to comments on his article "The truth about the lies about drugs", John Rentoul, chief political commentator for The Independent on Sunday (IOS), said:"It is a bad thing that the drugs business is in the hands of criminals. My view is that it would be a worse thing if it were legalised, and regulated or administered by the government."Rentoul was reacting to a stream of criticism about his article in...

04 Jun 2011

Nadine Dorries, MP For Mid-Bedfordshire, Speaks Blatant Untruths About Cannabis

On BBC Radio 4 Any Questions, first broadcast yesterday evening, Friday 3rd June 2011, and repeated this afternoon, Nadine Dorries said that the cannabis available today is "50 times stronger" than it used to be and that smoking just one spliff will "prevent a child from reaching its full educational potential". I was fortunate enough to be the very last speaker on Any Answers and I did my best to refute this absurd nonsense. This woman...

03 Jun 2011

Drugs – Time For Better Laws

CLEAR fully endorses and supports the new Release campaign - DRUGS - TIME FOR BETTER LAWS. Please go here to sign up to support the campaign. Follow the links to send an email to your MP. Let's use the impetus provided by yesterday's Guardian advertisment and the endorsement of so many important people. Here is the letter sent to David Cameron. He should take his eyes off the headlines of the despicable Daily...

02 Jun 2011

Cameron And His Cronies Are The Real Drugs Gangsters

Today Release published an ad in the Guardian which stands alongside the famous Times advertisement of 1967 as a record of the campaign against prohibition. It was excellent work to co-ordinate the support of so many important people. It is real progress and delivered a very powerful message because of the extraordinary list of endorsees. Then there a was a news conference from New York, with Sir Richard Branson and the Global Commission on Drug...

02 Jun 2011

Complaint against Judge Roger Thorn (Newcastle Crown Court)

Email to the Office for Judicial Complaints----- Original Message -----From: Peter ReynoldsTo: [email protected]: Thursday, June 02, 2011 12:54 PMSubject: Complaint against Judge Roger Thorn (Newcastle Crown Court) Dear Sirs, I wish to make a complaint against Judge Roger Thorn concerning statements he has made which were published in the Sunderland Echo on 26th May 2011. The article is still available online via this link: http://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/crime/drug_like_russian_roulette_1_3417325 I make the complaint personally but also in...

02 Jun 2011

Public Figures Speak Out

It is the anniversary of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. There is no doubt, despite being a good piece of legislation, the abuse of its application by consecutive governments has meant it has now become an arbitrary tool for prohibition. To mark the anniversary of the MoDA1971, a group of eminent and prolific figures - including Dame Judi Dench, Sting, Sir Richard Branson and Paul Flynn MP- have signed a letter requesting the unnecessary criminalisation of people...

31 May 2011

Cannabis – A Lottery?

We are hard pushed to find anything good to say about prohibition. Day by day, we see more eminent figures stand up and proclaim the war on drugs has failed. Following a fruitful debate in the Lords, Baroness Meacher and Lord Lawson are now striving for evidence based policy along with the former heads of the MI5, BBC and CPS. Furthering the plight for an evidence based policy is the Beckley Foundation; their published work - Cannabis...

31 May 2011

9th June, Parliament Square. Will You Be There?

On 9th June 2011, Charles Walker, the Tory MP for Broxbourne has an adjournment debate in the House of Commons on "Cannabis and psychosis in young people". See here for details. Adjournment debates on Thursdays are chosen by the Speaker. They last for half and hour and the MP who tabled the debate gets to open it and a minister replies. I don't know whether this will be a Home Office or Health minister ...

31 May 2011

“MS Patients Denied Licensed Cannabis Drug By NHS”, The Guardian, 30th May 2011

This excellent article by the Guardian's Denis Campbell can be seen here. I have today sent the following letter for publication. Sir, The whole Sativex story is a scam predicated on a confidence trick which relies on the stupid and self-defeating policy of prohibition. Both the US and UK governments deny the medicinal benefits of cannabis, despite the huge wealth of peer reviewed scientific research to the contrary. The US government's hypocrisy is best demonstrated by...

30 May 2011

SECOND UPDATE On Complaint Against Judge Richard Bray (Northampton Crown Court)

The original complaint can be seen here. The Northants Evening Telegraph published a letter on 16th May 2011 See the letter on the newspaper website here. A letter dismissing the complaint was received from the Office for Judicial Complaints (OJC): A further complaint has been submitted to the Judicial Appointments and Conduct Ombudsman's Office (JACO), concerning the OJC''s handling of the original complaint.----- Original Message -----From: Peter ReynoldsTo: [email protected]: Monday, May 30,...