News & Comment

12 Dec 2018

Bring Billy Home. The NHS Has Denied Him His Medicine Again. He Is Back In Canada.

It's probably the most shocking outcome of the new regulations on cannabis that the boy whose story created the change is in exile again. Billy Caldwell, loved and adored by the whole nation, is back in Canada with his mum Charlotte because there is not a specialist doctor in the UK who will prescribe the medicine he needs. He has written a heartbreaking letter to Santa, saying he doesn't want any toys this year "My Xmas wish is to go home with...

22 Nov 2018

CLEAR Announces New Policy On Home Cultivation Of Cannabis

In the past, CLEAR has refused to carry advertising or information from seed banks. The view we have taken is that although seeds are perfectly legal until germinated, promoting them is precious close to incitement to break the law and the position that we have maintained is to promote reform of the law. Our position on this has changed. Cannabis for medical use is no longer a matter for the criminal...

21 Nov 2018

NICE Rejects Professor Mike Barnes’ Expertise in Cannabis as Medicine for a Second Time

Professor Mike Barnes is without doubt the UK clinician with the most expertise in the use of cannabis as medicine. He should have been first choice as a member of the NICE committee charged with developing cannabis prescribing guidelines and, as reported here, its rejection of his application was greeted with astonishment. However, NICE relented and invited Professor Barnes to an interview. Now they have rejected him again. Mike was responsible for obtaining the first medicinal cannabis licences for Sophia Gibson...

19 Nov 2018

Cannabis Professionals. The Trade Association for the UK’s Cannabis, CBD and Hemp Businesses

Cannabis Professionals (CannaPro) is the trade association for the UK's cannabis, CBD and hemp businesses. CannaPro will represent this fast-growing sector to the authorities, standing up to the Home Office, MHRA, FSA and Trading Standards, advocating for members' interests, not acting as a government enforcer but as its members' champion and to promote the development of the legal cannabis sector. CannaPro will offer guidance and support to all businesses, helping them to navigate through law and regulations on drugs, medicines, food and...

13 Nov 2018

What Is The Matter With Doctors About The Use Of Cannabis As Medicine?

In the UK, most doctors, and the medical profession as a whole, are ignorant and bigoted about cannabis. Their ignorance is not entirely their own fault. For 50-odd years, since cannabis tincture was last available from UK pharmacies, they have been subject to the same relentless tide of propaganda from the Home Office, successive governments, the tabloid press and rabble-rousing politicians as the rest of society. Many still regard cannabis as a dangerous drug consumed by degenerates that almost inevitably leads...

01 Nov 2018

NICE Rejects UK’s Most Eminent Medicinal Cannabis Clinician From Advisory Committee

If the UK was setting up an expert committee on fertility and Professor Robert Winston applied to join, he'd be welcomed with open arms. If we were setting up a committee on the origin of the universe and Professor Brian Cox applied, there's no question he'd be appointed. But NICE, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, yesterday rejected Professor Mike Barnes' application to join its...

31 Oct 2018

The Medical Establishment Shows Its True Colours On Cannabis. A Betrayal of Patients.

NHS England has today published what it describes as prescribing guidance - 'Cannabis-based products for medicinal use: Guidance to clinicians'. The actual guidance is buried within a mountain of bureaucratic doublespeak and requires downloading PDFs from the Royal College of Physicians (download here) and the British Paediatric Neurology Association (download here). In both cases, aside from chemotherapy-induced nausea, the guidance amounts to 'do not prescribe'. This is a travesty of the intention of these reforms and demonstrates how the medical establishment...

28 Oct 2018

Professor Mike Barnes On The Urgent Need For Medical Education In Cannabis.

See 'Cannabis Advocates Really Need To Stop Accusing Doctors of Being Bribed By Pharmaceutical Companies.' The urgent need now is physician education. Doctors just don’t know about the endocannabinoid system. They have never been taught it and thus don’t understand it and certainly don’t appreciate the benefit of medicinal cannabis. Only education will slowly change entrenched positions. The launch of the Academy of Medical Cannabis next week will go some way to help - see the website. I hope that the Medical...

28 Oct 2018

Cannabis Advocates Really Need To Stop Accusing Doctors of Being Bribed By Pharmaceutical Companies.

There may well be some doctors who are corrupt and there are still, despite much improvement, serious questions over the relationship between pharma companies and doctors but the idea that every member of the Faculty of Pain Medicine who signed that letter to the Times is taking bribes is ridiculous. The real reason is ignorance and that's not an attack on doctors, it's a reason. They have been subject to the same relentless torrent of reefer madness propaganda from government and...