14 Jun 2011

PCC Complaint. The Daily Mail, 2nd June 2011 – NOT UPHELD

----- Original Message -----From: Peter ReynoldsTo: [email protected]: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 4:22 PMSubject: Complaint against The Daily Mail, issue dated 2nd June 2011 Dear Sirs, "Luvvies for legalisation: You're being naive in the extreme, celebrities told after drugs plea to PM", The Daily Mail, 02-06-11 I wish to make a complaint concerning the above article which is still available online at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1393299/Celebrities-told-theyre-naive-drugs-legalisation-plea-PM.html I make the complaint on my own account but also in my capacity...

14 Jun 2011

PCC Complaint. The Independent, 4th June 2011 – NOT UPHELD

----- Original Message -----From: Peter ReynoldsTo: [email protected]: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 3:04 PMSubject: Complaint against The Independent, issue dated 4th June 2011 Dear Sirs, "Richard Ingrams: If there really is a war on drugs, then it's a phoney one", The Independent, 04-06-11 I wish to make a complaint concerning the above article which is still available online at: http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/columnists/richard-ingrams/richard-ingrams-if-there-really-is-a-war-on-drugs-then-its-a-phoney-one-2292845.html I make the complaint on my own account but also in my capacity as the...

12 Jun 2011

An Open Letter To Charles Walker, MP For Broxbourne

Charles Walker, Tory MP for Broxbourne proposed his adjournment debate in the House of Commons on the evening of Thursday, 9th June 2011. He was answered by Anne Milton, minister of state for public health. A transcript of the debate is here.Dear Mr Walker, I was in the public gallery of the House of Commons on Thursday evening when you rose to speak on your adjournment debate, "Cannabis and Psychosis (Young People)". The COMT gene/dopamine...

10 Jun 2011

Tory MP Rapped for Suggesting Cocaine Safer for Kids than Cannabis

PRESS RELEASEFor immediate release 10th June 2011 TORY MP RAPPED FOR SUGGESTING COCAINE SAFER FOR KIDS THAN CANNABIS A TORY MP's suggestion it is safer for children to snort cocaine than smoke cannabis has been branded as 'irresponsible madness' by Peter Reynolds, leader of Cannabis Law Reform (CLEAR). Charles Walker, the Conservative member for Broxbourne made the bizarre claim in a Commons debate on Cannabis where he said "I do not want any youngster to take...

09 Jun 2011

Where’s the Justice? Time For an Impact Assessment?

Today, the 9th of June 2011, the Sun has printed a front page firmly aimed at mocking Ken Clarke with a view to ousting him from his position of Justice Secretary. Other redtops also take a similar stance in a vote of no confidence in his acumen. Kenneth Clarke has faced a barrage of complaint over the last few weeks regarding his overtly insensitive remarks, and he now finds himself it the midst of another crisis of confidence....

08 Jun 2011

CLEAR Backs ‘Primary Source Campaign’ in the British Media

With the news headlines full of drugs reform headlines, it has been a tough time for prohibitionists. With each passing day, the pressure mounts for the evidence based policy that has been missing for some time. 40 years on, we can now look - with hindsight - at failed policies and the correlation of facts. There are those words again; 'facts and evidence'. Sensible words, and yet, fear encompasses the basic ethics of such a notion. The call for...

07 Jun 2011

Tory MP Nadine Dorries Censured For Blatant Untruths

For immediate release - 4th June 2011Tory MP Nadine Dorries CensuredFor Blatant UntruthsA CONSERVATIVE MP has been accused of telling blatant untruths about cannabis on BBC Radio 4's Any Questions. Peter Reynolds, leader of Cannabis Law Reform (CLEAR), censured Nadine Dorries, MP for Mid-Bedfordshire, for her comments on the topical discussion programme aired last Friday, when she said the cannabis available today is "50 times stronger" than it used to be and that smoking just one spliff will "prevent...

07 Jun 2011

To The Editor Of The Independent On Sunday

----- Original Message -----From: Peter ReynoldsTo: [email protected]: Tuesday, June 07, 2011 11:33 AMSubject: Independent on Sunday, 5th June 2011, Cannabis articles Dear Andy, As discussed, I am the leader of Cannabis Law Reform (CLEAR) which is a registered UK political party. We propose to submit Press Complaints Commission complaints in respect of the cannabis related articles by both John Rentoul and Patrick Cockburn in Sunday's paper. Patrick Cockburn's story has already been the subject of PCC complaints...

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...