11 Nov 2014

Metro – CLEAR Settles Press Complaint On Cannabis Reporting

On 5th October 2014, the Metro published an article containing the sentence: "The pensioner, looking like butter wouldn't melt on his dentures, was in fact peddling that most pernicious of gateway drugs, cannabis." CLEAR made a formal complaint through IPSO, the new Independent Press Standards Organisation. After some negotiation the sentence has been changed to: "The pensioner, looking like butter wouldn't melt on his dentures, was in fact peddling cannabis." An explanatory note...

12 Sep 2014

NEWS RELEASE. Misleading Information On Cannabis From Portsmouth Director Of Public Health

Peter Reynolds CLEAR Cannabis Law Reform, the UK's largest drug policy reform group with over 215,000 followers, has filed a formal complaint against Dr Janet Maxwell, director of public health at Portsmouth City Council. The complaint relates to misinformation and scaremongering about cannabis which Dr Maxwell has been providing to the press and the BBC. She has been responding to a 'cannabis picnic' due to take place in Southsea on Saturday, 13th September 2014. Peter...

28 May 2014

Lancashire Constabulary Issues Apology In Response To CLEAR Complaint

Sgt Scott Archer   Lancashire Evening Post, 22nd May 2014   Moss Phlox Back in March, Sgt. Scott Archer of Lancashire police was quoted in his local newspaper promoting that now familiar myth: the smell of cannabis "is carcinogenic". So absurd is this idea that you would have thought anyone bright enough to be a police officer would not be taken in. So the alternative is that this misinformation is deliberately spread in a very nasty way to try and frighten people. On the other hand,...

16 Apr 2014

PCC Complaint. The Daily Telegraph, 16th April 2014

----- Original Message ----- From: Peter Reynolds To: [email protected] Cc: [email protected] ; [email protected] ; [email protected] Sent: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 3:45 PM Subject: Complaint against The Daily Telegraph, issue dated 16th April 2014 Dear Sirs, "Even casual use of cannabis alters brain, warn scientists", The Daily Telegraph, 16-04-14 I wish to make a complaint concerning the above article, a copy of which is available online: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/10768847/Even-casual-use-of-cannabis-alters-brain-warn-scientists.html The study on which the article...

10 Mar 2014

Complaint Against Sergeant Scott Archer, Lancashire Police

----- Original Message ----- From: Peter Reynolds To: [email protected] Sent: Monday, March 10, 2014 1:15 PM Subject: Complaint against Sgt. Scott Archer Dear Sirs, I wish to make a complaint against Sgt. Scott Archer of Lea police. My complaint concerns a statement made by Archer and published in the press which amounts to politicking and misleading the public. His conduct is in breach of police regulations. I make the...

25 Nov 2013

Complaint Against Detective Chief Inspector Steve Dowson, Lancashire Police

----- Original Message -----From: Peter ReynoldsTo: [email protected]: Monday, November 25, 2013 9:02 PMSubject: Complaint against Det. Chief Insp. Steve Dowson Dear Sirs, I wish to make a complaint against Detective Chief Inspector Steve Dowson of Preston police. My complaint concerns a statement made by Dowson and published in the press which amounts to politicking and misleading the public. His conduct is in breach of police regulations. I make the complaint on my own account but also...

09 Aug 2013

Complaint To South Yorkshire Police Concerning Inspector Paul Ferguson’s Statement On Cannabis

"This complaint is predicated on the fact that for at least 80 years the UK government through its departments and agencies such as the police has systematically misled and deceived the public about cannabis." Inspector Paul Ferguson, South Yorkshire Police"The use of cannabis is criminal. We know that the drug harms individuals, families and communities" Inspector Paul Ferguson, 4th August 2013.----- Original Message -----From: Peter ReynoldsTo: [email protected]: [email protected]: Friday, August 09, 2013 4:36 PMSubject: Complaint against Inspector Paul Ferguson,...

07 Jul 2013

IPCC Upholds Second CLEAR Appeal Concerning Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, Britain's most senior police officer, has a long record of misleading the public about cannabis. No one can argue with his duty to enforce the law as it stands but neither he nor any police officer, public servant nor even, as we have already successfully shown, members of the judiciary, can get away with promoting falsehood and scare stories. Those whose salaries we pay to enforce the law and dispense...

17 Jun 2013

PCC Complaint. The Daily Telegraph, 12th June 2013

----- Original Message ----- From: Peter Reynolds To: [email protected] Sent: Monday, June 17, 2013 3:48 PM Subject: Complaint against The Daily Telegraph, issue dated 12th June 2013 Dear Sirs, "Mental health issues linked to cannabis increase by half in four years", The Daily Telegraph, 12-06-13 I wish to make a complaint concerning the above article which is still available online at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/10116830/Mental-health-issues-linked-to-cannabis-increase-by-half-in-four-years.html ...

15 Jun 2013

Reefer madness: A Logical Brick Wall

Believe it or not it's 10 years ago since the start of the reefer madness V2.0 scare and it's still being hyped by the same people. Last week saw a flood or identikit re-printing of the same press release, such as this one in the ever dependable Daily Mail Mental health toll of skunk cannabis: Number of users admitted to hospital after smoking drug soars 50%Now there isn't much point in going through the argument as to why this story...