29 May 2011

New Amsterdam. A Way Forward?

As someone who first visted Amsterdam in 1973 and is a veteran of the Vondel Park all-summer festivals, I say perhaps there could be a positive out of the clampdown on coffee shops. It's always seemed absurd to me and a recipe for trouble that while possession and sale in coffee shops is permitted, the supply chain remains illegal. It negates one of the greatest benefits of an end to prohibition - taking the market away from criminals....

28 May 2011

Mother And Daughter Sent To Prison For Five Plants

This story made me weep. For five plants and 11 cuttings, Jeanette Turner, aged 48, of Highley Close, and Nina Rogers, 30, of Kingham Close, both in Redditch, were jailed for 20 months after pleading guilty to drug production. The full story is here. Judge Christopher Plunkett is a vile monster and a sub human brute. he can come and take me away and lock me up if he wants to because I do...

26 May 2011

100 X Safer than Alcohol? Cannabis Is 1000s X Safer!

Today the NHS released new statistics on the enormous damage that Britain's favourite drug causes. Admissions to hospital for alcohol abuse reached 1,057,000 in 2009-10. See the BBC story: "Alcohol-related hospital admissions reach record level" Similar figures for hospital admissions in 2009 are: Peanuts - 3000 Cannabis - 750 Now there are "lies, damned lies and statistics" so take them as a pinch of salt. Is this really news? When I researched the same...

25 May 2011

PCC Complaint. The Swindon Advertiser, 13th May 2011 – NOT UPHELD

----- Original Message -----From: Peter ReynoldsTo: [email protected]: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 3:51 PMSubject: Complaint against the Swindon Advertiser, issue dated 13th May 2011 Dear Sirs, "Police raid wakes cannabis grower", The Swindon Advertiser, 13-05-11 I wish to make a complaint concerning the above article which is still available online at: http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/9027590.Police_raid_wakes_cannabis_grower/ I make the complaint on my own account but also in my capacity as the Leader of Cannabis Law Reform (CLEAR), a UK political...

25 May 2011

PCC Complaint. The Burton Mail, 10th May 2011

----- Original Message -----From: Peter ReynoldsTo: [email protected]: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 1:55 PMSubject: Complaint against The Burton Mail, issue dated 10th May 2011 Dear Sirs, "Smoking mixture on sale sparks a 'legal highs' row", The Burton Mail, 10-05-11 I wish to make a complaint concerning the above article which is still available online at: http://www.burtonmail.co.uk/News/Smoking-mixture-on-sale-sparks-a-legal-highs-row-10052011.htm I make the complaint on my own account but also in my capacity as the Leader of Cannabis Law Reform...

25 May 2011

PCC Complaint. The Daily Mirror, 7th May 2011 – NOT UPHELD

----- Original Message -----From: Peter ReynoldsTo: [email protected]: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 11:33 AMSubject: Complaint against The Daily Mirror, issue dated 7th May 2011 Dear Sirs, "Cannabis user who repeatedly stabbed millionaire's wife in Devon jailed for at least 10 years", The Daily Mirror, 07-05-11 I wish to make a complaint concerning the above article which is still available online at: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2011/05/07/cannabis-user-who-repeatedly-stabbed-millionaire-s-wife-in-devon-jailed-for-at-least-10-years-115875-23112447/ I make the complaint on my account but also in my capacity as the...

21 May 2011

New Research Into Cannabis And Mental Health

Will Gibson is studying psychology at the University of Reading. He is researching the neurological effects of cannabis consumption under the supervision of Dr Ben Whalley, Dr Claire Williams and Dr Gary Stephens.Cannabinoids And Mental Health - A Fresh PerspectiveWhilst the national media repeatedly warn about the dangers of cannabis consumption, particularly to those with pre-existing mental illness, a large number of patients with mental health issues continue to smoke the substance for recreation as well as...

21 May 2011

Cannabis: Nature’s Miracle

INDIGO HAWK has been medicating himself with marijuana for nineteen years, yet he's only known he's been ill for the last two. In February 2009, Indigo experienced a numbness which started in his hands and within a week had spread throughout his whole body. His GP sent him to a neurologist who performed some tests suspecting he had Multiple Sclerosis. She carried out a nerve reaction test, which is basically pricking his skin with a pin, the...

20 May 2011

A Personal Story

My father will be 78 this year. Since 2003 he's survived pneumonia which put him in intensive care for 13 weeks, a massive, life-threatening colectomy operation for colon cancer and chemotherapy for lymphoma. Now he has chronic pain from arthritis which an MRI scan has determined is the consequence of age-related deterioration of the spine and is untreatable. It is precisely the sort of indication where medicinal cannabis could prove an ideal therapy. ...

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...