03 Sep 2011

Appeal For Funds – Please Help!

Can you spare a few pounds to help fund the CLEAR campaign? Our biggest costs are travelling expenses, printing and promotional material. Everyone who works for CLEAR does so on a voluntary basis and all members of the executive committee even pay their own telephone and internet bills. Over the next few months we have some big commitments. Our biggest single expense ever has been commissioning the "Taxing the UK Cannabis Market" report from IDMU....

24 Aug 2011

The Sativex Scam part 2

The Sativex Scam part 1, "The Truth That Must Be Told"The OpportunityIt is certain that mankind has used cannabis consistently for around 5000 years. In fact, it's probably more. That was the Bronze Age. Before that was the Stone Age which lasted 2.5 million years. Before that homo sapiens wasn't even the predominant species. I would guess it's more like hundreds of thousands of years ago that ancient man first discovered the value of the...

11 Aug 2011

An Energy White Paper With No Mention Of Hemp

Chris Huhne has said his electricity white paper and renewables proposals of July 2011 add up to the greatest transformation of energy since the privatisation of the energy industry. This half hearted white paper lacks the vision of community development at a local level, nationally. Huhne however, is intent on remaining silent concerning the sustainable power potential of cannabis hemp. The need is clear for a sustainable, zero carbon hemp crop to be grown in abundance...

09 Jun 2011

Where’s the Justice? Time For an Impact Assessment?

Today, the 9th of June 2011, the Sun has printed a front page firmly aimed at mocking Ken Clarke with a view to ousting him from his position of Justice Secretary. Other redtops also take a similar stance in a vote of no confidence in his acumen. Kenneth Clarke has faced a barrage of complaint over the last few weeks regarding his overtly insensitive remarks, and he now finds himself it the midst of another crisis of confidence....

02 Jun 2011

Cameron And His Cronies Are The Real Drugs Gangsters

Today Release published an ad in the Guardian which stands alongside the famous Times advertisement of 1967 as a record of the campaign against prohibition. It was excellent work to co-ordinate the support of so many important people. It is real progress and delivered a very powerful message because of the extraordinary list of endorsees. Then there a was a news conference from New York, with Sir Richard Branson and the Global Commission on Drug...

31 May 2011

Cannabis – A Lottery?

We are hard pushed to find anything good to say about prohibition. Day by day, we see more eminent figures stand up and proclaim the war on drugs has failed. Following a fruitful debate in the Lords, Baroness Meacher and Lord Lawson are now striving for evidence based policy along with the former heads of the MI5, BBC and CPS. Furthering the plight for an evidence based policy is the Beckley Foundation; their published work - Cannabis...

31 May 2011

“MS Patients Denied Licensed Cannabis Drug By NHS”, The Guardian, 30th May 2011

This excellent article by the Guardian's Denis Campbell can be seen here. I have today sent the following letter for publication. Sir, The whole Sativex story is a scam predicated on a confidence trick which relies on the stupid and self-defeating policy of prohibition. Both the US and UK governments deny the medicinal benefits of cannabis, despite the huge wealth of peer reviewed scientific research to the contrary. The US government's hypocrisy is best demonstrated by...

05 May 2011

Where Are The Public Figures With Courage?

When discussing any part of modern life, it is hard to resist looking over the shoulder in curiosity. Parallels and divides are all encompassing - especially when it comes to the political realm and the inevitable morals that tails politics as a contestable subject. When discussing cannabis as a generic issue, it only paints half a picture; elucidation is needed to colour the scene in full. Ignorance and flippancy have shaded the dialogue until recently,...

28 Mar 2011

The Future Of Cannabis In Britain Is CLEAR

Last Thursday, 24th March 2011, the latest ballot of the membership of the Legalise Cannabis Alliance closed. By a two-thirds to one-third majority the members voted to adopt a new constitution and to change the party's name. From that moment on we are known as Cannabis Law Reform or CLEAR. We have moved away from the use of the word "legalise" because it is interpreted as meaning a free for all....