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03 Mar 2016

CLEAR Evidence For the APPG Medicinal Cannabis Inquiry

Yesterday, 2nd March 2016, Roland Gyallay-Pap and Peter Reynolds were called to give evidence at the All Party Parliamentary Group for Drug Policy Reform Inquiry into Regulation of Cannabis for Medicinal Use. We have already submitted a 15 page written response.  Yesterday’s oral hearing was to enable the inquiry to question us in more detail. We cannot publish our written response or go into great detail about yesterday’s hearing until the inquiry has published its own report which is some weeks...

29 Feb 2016

Coronation Street Medicinal Cannabis Storyline Becomes Hard Hitting Drama.

After a few weeks build up, the story of Izzy, who has turned to cannabis for pain relief, has taken off in dramatic style. It is now exceeding our highest expectations as it gives an insight into the terrible dilemma and cruelty that the British government inflicts on people who are already suffering from life-limiting, sometimes terminal conditions. CLEAR has been producing edited highlights of the storyline on a rolling basis. See them individually here. Now though, with...

26 Feb 2016

Top Jersey Doctor Misinforms and Misleads On Medicinal Cannabis

Dr Nigel Minihane is the head of Jersey Primary Care Trust which represents all GPs on the island.  Recently he contributed supposedly ‘expert opinion’ to an article in the Jersey Evening Post about someone who had been juicing raw cannabis for therapeutic reasons.  His comments demonstrate an ignorance and lack of knowledge which is unacceptable in a doctor in such a senior position.  In conjunction with CLEAR members in Jersey, we have submitted a formal...

25 Feb 2016

“I can’t live without cannabis” – Penny Fitzlyon

Penny Fitzlyon, CLEAR Fellowship Penny Fitzlyon is a member of the CLEAR Medicinal Users Panel. In January 2015 she was awarded a fellowship of CLEAR in recognition of her contribution to the campaign. Today, once again, we are indebted to Penny for her courageous advocacy on behalf of all medicinal cannabis users in the UK.This Morning, ITV 25th February 2016 CLEAR Medicinal Users Panel ...

14 Feb 2016

GW Founder And Chairman, Geoffrey Guy, Explains Sativex

“Most people in our industry said it was impossible to turn cannabis into a prescription medicine. We had to rewrite the rule book. We have the first approval of a plant extract drug in modern history. It has 420 molecules, whereas every other drug has just one.” Source Sativex is whole plant cannabis oil.  It contains all the cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and other compounds present in the plants from which it is made. However, the Medicines and...

08 Feb 2016

Talking Cannabis In Parliament.

Today, 8th February 2016, Peter Reynolds, president of CLEAR, met with Norman Lamb MP, Liberal Democrat spokesperson for health, for an update on the cannabis campaign. Independent Panel of Experts on Cannabis Regulation. The Liberal Democrats have set up an independent panel of experts to establish how a legalised market for cannabis could work in the United Kingdom. Norman Lamb wants the panel to look at evidence from Colorado, Washington State and Uruguay, where cannabis has been legalised...

03 Feb 2016

Justice Minister Reveals UK Is Trialling Portuguese Approach To Drugs.

The Justice Minister, Andrew Selous MP In the secretive way that now seems to be standard practice for the UK government, the justice minister, Andrew Selous MP, revealed yesterday, in an answer to a written Parliamentary Question, that he is “currently trialling ‘Liaison and Diversion’ services”. “These services place health professionals at police stations and courts to assess suspects for a range of health problems, including drug misuse, and make referrals to treatment and support. Information...

03 Feb 2016

Cannabis Scheduling: CLEAR To Give Evidence To APPG Inquiry

CLEAR was this week invited to submit evidence to a Short Inquiry into the case for changing the categorisation of cannabis for medicinal purposes from Schedule 1 to a more appropriate schedule. The inquiry will be carried out by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Drug Policy Reform, co-chaired by Baroness Meacher and Caroline Lucas MP. In June 2015 the APPG published a short report arguing for a rescheduling of cannabis to...

02 Feb 2016

CLEAR, The British Medicinal Cannabis Campaign and UK CBD Combine To Offer Media Briefings.

The subject of cannabis as medicine is certain to rise to the top of the UK news agenda in forthcoming weeks as a new Coronation Street storyline unfolds. CLEAR will have a running commentary on the storyline as it unfolds. The character Izzy Armstrong (Cherylee Houston) who has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, will be seen suffering when her prescription medicine fails to alleviate her pain. Erica Holroyd (Claire King) will then suggest that she starts using cannabis...