03 Oct 2020

Five Reasons Why Boris Johnson Should Legalise Cannabis Now

1. Popularity Polls confirm that a majority of British voters support reform of our cannabis laws. More than three-quarters are strongly supportive of medicinal cannabis. There has been a sea change in attitude, also strongly accelerated by the rise of the CBD market, itself born entirely out of small, entrepreneurial British businesses. Boris could catch this wave, delight more than half of the electorate immediately with a bold, radical move and dispel much of the 'nasty party', authoritarian mood that has...

09 May 2020

Facebook Moderation and Censorship AKA ‘Community Standards’ Going Haywire

It may be automated systems going wrong or it may be another misguided crackdown on legitimate posts but as usual with Facebook it's impossible to get any answers, explanation or guidance. The CLEAR team has run a Facebook page now for 10 years. According to Facebook data it's the second most 'liked' page on cannabis and drugs policy and its 'engagement' is usually in the top three of all similar pages worldwide. We've experienced everything crazy that Facebook has thrown us over those...

18 Jul 2019

Centre for Medicinal Cannabis CBD Report Confirmed as Cheap Marketing Stunt

At the end of June, the 'Centre for Medicinal Cannabis' (CMC) published a report which painted an appalling picture of the CBD market in the UK and has led to headlines and alarm everywhere that consumers are being ripped off and the whole industry is not to be trusted. See: Mischievous ‘Centre for Medicinal Cannabis’ Report Smears UK CBD Industry With Misleading Data Now, as...

09 Jul 2019

Mischievous ‘Centre for Medicinal Cannabis’ Report Smears UK CBD Industry With Misleading Data

A new report from the Centre for Medicinal Cannabis (CMC) paints an appalling picture of the CBD market in the UK and has led to headlines and alarm everywhere that consumers are being ripped off and the whole industry is not to be trusted. Cannabis has great medical potential. But don’t fall for the CBD scam - The Guardian Calling on the UK CBD sector to have better regulation and reform - Health Europa Centre for Medicinal Cannabis survey finds six million adults...

06 Jun 2019

Review. ‘Cannabis Health’ Magazine

This is a milestone in cannabis law reform. A glossy magazine, produced to the highest standard, fit to sit alongside Country Life, Cosmopolitan or Vogue. It treats the subject with intelligence, with insight and the stories it tells are told with respect, sensitivity and common sense. It would be easy to have made this sensationalist, to have made exaggerated claims, launched strident attacks on those who still oppose consumption of the plant or fallen into the trap of folklore rather than...

21 May 2019

The CBD Market Can Help Drive Cannabis Law Reform But Selling So-Called ‘CBD Flowers’ Could Take Us Backwards

Compliant businesses operating responsibly within the legal cannabis sector will help to drive reform. Blurring the lines between legal and illegal products will delay progress.   It seems that the crackdown on the open sale of cannabis flowers online and in high street stores is here. Both in the UK and Ireland, several shops have been raided in recent weeks and some people are facing potential charges of supplying...

22 Mar 2019

Leafpost. The Cannabis Co-Working Space Coming to London

CLEAR is backing this project and has made a substantial pledge to the crowdfunding campaign This article was originally published in the Grow Street Journal. It would seem that the cannabis industry is thriving in the UK since the 1st November Home Office announcement that medical cannabis is legal. The announcement has not yielded anywhere near the level of access to cannabis that many were hoping for (or indeed, relying on) as since the November 1st announcement, the number of people who have...

19 Mar 2019

Asking Politicians to Order Doctors to Prescribe Cannabis is a Futile Quest

Last year, when Sajid Javid introduced the new regulations permitting prescribing of cannabis-based products for medicinal use (CBPMs) he went much further than anyone could have expected. For 50 years doctors had been told that cannabis was a highly toxic, dangerous drug with no therapeutic value. Then, in the space of few weeks they were suddenly told by the Chief Medical Officer that there was "conclusive evidence" of therapeutic benefit. The truth is successive governments and the Home Office had been...

06 Mar 2019

Presentation at the Hemp CBD Expo, 2nd March 2019

Peter Reynolds spoke at the Hemp CBD Expo at around 5.00pm on Saturday, 2nd March 2019. Below is his speech as originally composed. An audio file is available here. A video will be available shortly. The PowerPoint presentation file is here. "Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. My name is Peter Reynolds and I am the president of CLEAR Cannabis Law Reform. We were founded in 1999 and we now have around three-quarters of a million followers on social media and we’re approaching...

30 Jan 2019

Daily Mail Profits From Illegal Advertising For Cannabis

On the same day that the Mail publishes yet another inaccurate and misleading article on cannabis and CBD in particular, it is carrying a full page advertisement for CBD which breaches medicines, food and advertising law. The ad, from Woods Supplements at https://www.woodshealth.com/, claims medicinal benefits for its product for joint pain, migraine, psoriasis, acne, depression, pain and inflammation. While there is probably a substantial amount of truth in these claims, it is unlawful to make them without the product having a...