News & Comment

25 Jan 2016

Complaint Against Bath Police Officer, PC Adge Secker.

PC Adge Secker On Friday last week, the Bath Chronicle published an article by Bath beat officer PC Adge Secker which breaks new records in exaggeration, sensationalism and misleading the public about cannabis.Read the article hereAs can be seen in this photograph taken from his Twitter feed, PC Secker is fond of publicity and likes to brag and make a name for himself.  In this instance though he has gone too far.  His misinformation and politicking clearly amount to...

21 Jan 2016

Jack’s Story – Reefer Madness from UTurn of Swindon

At the end of last year a little known 'substance misuse service' from Swindon in the south west of England produced a short film about cannabis aimed at young people. The organisation in question is "Uturn", based at Clarence House in Euclid Street, Swindon. Uturn's Facebook page This film is a terrible example of a prohibition era film dressed up as caring, sensible advice aimed at preventing vulnerable young people getting into trouble with their cannabis use....

26 Dec 2015

CLEAR Highlights for 2015

January New Website Launched CLEAR started the year with a brand new website, launching on January 19th. The Daily News e-mail service began at the same time. Subscribe to the Daily News e-mail CLEAR Delegation to the Department of Health A delegation of medicinal cannabis users met with George Freeman MP, minister for life sciences with responsibility for medicines regulation. Mr Freeman requested a summary of the evidence on cannabis as medicine, which led directly...

20 Dec 2015

Throwing the sloth out with the bathwater

You've probably heard about this by now and for good reason. The latest anti cannabis campaign - this time a classic from down under in New South Wales, Australia - has been greeted with widespread ridicule around the world. The ill-advised campaign is called "Stoner Sloth" and has its own supporting website which you can see here. It's not easy to find on Google because the search term "Stoner sloth" brings up so many other sites making fun...

19 Dec 2015

Top UK Soap ‘Coronation Street’ To Run Medicinal Cannabis Storyline

Could This Be A Breakthrough In The UK Campaign For Medicinal Cannabis? Cannabis used as medicine has appeared before in UK soaps but the news is that this Coronation Street storyline could be less jokey and trivial and actually deal in science and truth.  If so it could be a major breakthrough against an intransigent government that flatly refuses even to consider the evidence. Coronation Street is the world’s longest running soap opera still in production. Each episode reaches an average of between...

13 Dec 2015

Anti Drug Common Sense

Perhaps the last thing you might have expected from an organisation calling itself "The Anti Drug Alliance" is a document supporting cannabis law reform, but that's what has happened. The Anti Drug Alliance is a South African organisation whose mission statement is We are an organization that is committed to educating the South African public about the dangers of substance abuse and addiction. It's new report entitled 'At What Cost 2.0 - All Rands and No...

10 Dec 2015

King’s College Confirms Institute of Psychiatry Misled Media On Cannabis Brain Study.

The Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London issued a press release on 27th November claiming that its latest study shows cannabis causes damage to the corpus callosum.  This was widely reported across the world and many publications extended what was already an inaccurate claim into saying that this “damage” was a cause of psychosis.As I have already reported and as confirmed by the NHS, the study showed nothing of the sort.  Then, last week, by accident really, I discovered that quietly and with...

06 Dec 2015

This Is The Future Of Cannabis. For Medicine, Nutrition And Pleasure.

One of these vape pens contains Blue Dream sativa cannabis oil, 91% THC, the other is Hindu Kush indica cannabis oil, 85% THC and the spare cartridge has the dregs of some New York City Diesel sativa, 85% THC. You can’t tell which is which to look at them but each has a distinctive flavour and effect.  They’re not completely odour free but almost. Vape pens This is the future of cannabis as a consumer product.  It is cleaner,...

30 Nov 2015

Blatant Dishonesty From King’s College London. Institute Of Psychiatry Untrustworthy.

On Friday, 27th November 2015, the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London issued a press release titled “Study shows white matter damage caused by ‘skunk-like’ cannabis”.  As a result, hundreds of media outlets across the world have published to the effect that cannabis use causes changes in the corpus callosum, the largest white matter structure in the brain, which is responsible for communication between the left and right hemispheres. Professor Sir Robin Murray: Causation Or Just Correlation? In...

27 Nov 2015

Anti-Cannabis Cult At Kings College Punts Another Scare Story

It's the Institute of Psychiatry at Kings College London, yet again, with another terrifying story about cannabis that is immediately distorted, exaggerated and misrepresented by the scientifically illiterate hacks of Fleet Street. This time though King's College itself has reported the results of its own research inaccurately and published false and misleading claims. Can King's College explain why its press release is headlined "Study shows white matter damage caused by 'skunk-like' cannabis", when the researcher Dr Dazzan...