News & Comment

18 Mar 2018

UK Is The Only Country In the World To Criminalise Doctors Who Prescribe Cannabis

It's popularly believed that the obstacle to prescription of cannabis by doctors is that it is in schedule 1 of the Misuse of Drugs Regulations.  In fact, in 2001, the then drugs minster, Labour's Bob Ainsworth MP, enacted a little known provision of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 UK specifically to make prescribing of cannabis a criminal offence. Home Secretary at the...

18 Mar 2018

There Are Tyrants Abroad And Tyrants At Home.

    The story of Alfie Dingley is covered in today's Sunday Times.  Alfie is desperately in need of a few drops of cannabis oil each day to quell his life threatening seizures.  That this medicine works for him and will save his life is proven beyond doubt under the supervision of a consultant neurologist in the Netherlands Amber Rudd can issue a licence for cannabis oil for Alfie Dingley with a single stroke of her pen. The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971...

15 Mar 2018

CLEAR And The Institute of Psychiatry Announce Cannabis Experiences Research Study

In conjunction with CLEAR, the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King's College London has designed a research programme to study different experiences with cannabis and other drugs.We are seeking people aged 18 and over who will complete a questionnaire about their experiences which should take about 20 - 25 minutes.  We are interested in people who have used cannabis, who still use cannabis and who have never used cannabis. Participation is voluntary.  You may change your mind and withdraw...

09 Mar 2018

This is Paul Kenward, husband of Victoria Atkins MP who is the UK drugs minister. He grows cannabis for a living.

Mr Kenward is managing director of British Sugar which grows cannabis under contract to GW Pharmaceuticals at its 45 acre greenhouse in Wissington, Norfolk.  As confirmed by British Sugar, the cannabis is for production of Epidiolex, GW's epilepsy medicine which is understood to be 98% cannabidiol (CBD). Epidiolex is not yet licensed as a medicine although it is currently with the FDA for US approval and the European Medicines Agency for approval within the EU...

08 Mar 2018

Misleading Parliament Again. Victoria Atkins, The Drugs Minister With A Family Cannabis Farm.

She's back!  Victoria Atkins MP is again engaged in answering parliamentary questions on cannabis for the UK government.  Clearly this is wholly improper when she directly benefits from commercial production of cannabis. Ms Atkins disappeared from public view for a few weeks after CLEAR revealed that her husband is growing 45 acres of cannabis under government licence while she argues against drugs regulation in Parliament. It was particularly notable that she was absent from the House of Commons during the recent...

04 Mar 2018

The UK Is The World’s Largest Producer And Exporter Of Legal Cannabis But Its Citizens Are Denied Any Access At All

This is the astonishing fact revealed by the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) in its 2017 report on narcotic drugs. In the UK no one has any legal access to any form of cannabis except exempt products derived from industrial hemp, most commonly CBD oil. Theoretically, the cannabis medicine Sativex is available but in practice, in England it is virtually impossible to obtain it except on a private prescription as the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recommended that it...

09 Feb 2018

Victoria Atkins MP, The UK Drugs Minister, Opposes Drugs Regulation While Her Husband Grows 45 Acres of Cannabis Under Government Licence.

There are many examples of wilful ignorance, blind prejudice and bare faced dishonesty on drugs policy from many former and current MPs.  There is no one though who plumbs the depths of deception and hypocrisy as the new drugs minister Victoria Atkins. Her recent performance in the Westminster Hall debate on drug consumption rooms (DCR) was riddled with inaccuracies, distorted information and downright...

04 Feb 2018

Let’s Temper Hope For Paul Flynn’s Medical Cannabis Bill With Some Reality.

No one would like to see Paul Flynn's 'Elizabeth Brice' bill  to re-legalise medical cannabis pass through Parliament more than me.  Yet it concerns me that expectations are being raised way beyond what is realistic. There is widespread misunderstanding about what the bill is and what are its chances of getting any further. The Legalisation of Cannabis (Medicinal Purposes) Bill 2017–19 is a Private Member's Bill. It was  introduced to Parliament on Tuesday...

21 Jan 2018

Review: The Saber Vape Pen

I've enjoyed trying out the Saber Vape Pen over the last couple of months.  It's a vape pen for concentrates: wax, shatter, oil and all types of cannabis extracts with textures ranging from brittle toffee to gloopy sludge.  In use, the main difference is how easy it is to get the gloop into the bowl - and sometimes it's not easy, it quickly becomes a sticky mess! Of course, the sort of product that this is designed for isn't easily available...

03 Dec 2017

‘Gone To Pot’ Shows How Close We Are To Legalisation. Now We Just Need To Deal With The Scaremongering.

It seems we really are on a roll now.  The cannabis campaign has gained momentum over the last five or six six years more than ever before.  It's snowballing, the rate of progress is accelerating. What's made this happen? It's recognition of the benefits that cannabis offers.  It certainly isn't because of some crazy idea that if we exaggerate and overstate its harms, suddenly the government will recognises that legal regulation makes it safer.  No, that flawed idea has nothing to...