News & Comment

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...

17 May 2011

UPDATE on PCC Complaint. The Mail On Sunday, 13th March 2011

The original complaint and the PCC's decision can be seen here. A further complaint has been submitted to the Independent Reviewer, Lt Gen Sir Michael Willcocks, concerning the commission's handling of the original complaint. ----- Original Message -----From: Peter ReynoldsTo: Tonia Milton ; [email protected]: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 1:19 PMSubject: Re: Press Complaints Commission complaint no. 111428 Dear Sir Michael, I am concerned about the way that the commission has handled my complaint concerning an...

17 May 2011

The Words That Control Our Thoughts

Would it surprise you to learn that in law there are no 'illegal drugs', no 'illicit drugs' and no crime of using such drugs either? We are beings, not objects - the law controls us, drug users. There is no mandate in the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (MoDA) for policing our intimate chemistry, unless our actions lead to a social problem. The law does not say anywhere that we shouldn't use cannabis, yet this is how users...

16 May 2011

Does Cannabis Make You Mad?

Reefer Madness Or A Cause For Concern? Are the claims of a link between cannabis and mental illness prohibition inspired hype, or a genuine issue that needs serious consideration? The answer is, perhaps strangely; both. The term "Reefer Madness" was coined in the 1930's by a film of that name which claimed to be based on a factual account which supposedly exposed the "truth" about cannabis and mental illness. Reefer Madness wasn't a true film and the claims it made look somewhat...

16 May 2011

A Welcome Note To The New Drugs Minister

----- Original Message -----From: Peter ReynoldsTo: [email protected]rliament.ukSent: Monday, May 16, 2011 1:31 PMSubject: Cannabis Dear Baroness Browning, Congratulations on your appointment to the Home Office ministerial team. Now that you have taken over responsibility for the Drugs Strategy from Mr Brokenshire, millions of people in Britain are hoping to see a move away from prohibition towards a safer, more responsible policy for tax and regulation of cannabis. Prohibition is a quasi-socialist, nanny-state idea that...

15 May 2011

Misuse Of Drugs Act “Not Fit For Purpose” According To UKDPC And Demos

This story is running today on BBC News and on Radio 5 Live. CLEAR profoundly disagrees with the UK Drug Policy Commission (UKDPC) and Demos. The MoDA is progressive and extremely flexible legislation that provides an ideal framework for the regulation and control of all drugs, including the phenomenon of "legal highs". Based on the advice of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD), the principle is that drugs should be classified according to their relative...