31 Mar 2014

Matt Smith: But At What Cost? Will Legal Cannabis Lose Its Soul?

Matt Smith Matt Smith supports the legalisation of cannabis for recreational and medicinal use on libertarian and scientific grounds. He works within the IT and Security industries. The recent events in Uruguay, Colorado and Washington would appear to signal a turning point in the war on drugs. The prohibition experiment of the last 70 years has failed as spectacularly as the decade long American experiment in alcohol prohibition. But, with legalisation tantalisingly...

23 Mar 2014

Anthony Lewis: Is Cannabis Addictive?

CLEAR Member Anthony Lewis Many people claim that cannabis should remain illegal because it is an addictive substance. I'm going to offer my observations on the matter from a logical state of inquiry. A physical dependency in humans can be identified when a chemical observably changes the condition of an environment in a way which the body becomes dependent on it, for example, to stop the presence of that chemical would result in...

28 Nov 2013

My Top 10 Facts About Cannabis – Dave Bundock

Dave Bundock Dave Bundock is a member of the CLEAR Media Team. 1. Cannabis is a 100% natural substance that has been used by humans for at least 10,000 years with zero deaths. 2. Cannabis is used to treat and cure many ailments from MS, epilepsy, Crohn's disease (100% of sufferers' symptoms go into remission), arthritis, depression, schizophrenia (to name but a few) with minimal side effects and huge health benefits. 3. It plays a...

04 Nov 2013

The Current State And Future Of Cannabis In The UK

By Max Fernandez These past few months have indeed been active ones for the UK cannabis law reform movement. Hundreds of articles have been written by various media outlets that have reported on 'cannabis busts', both for personal use as well as for operations intended for distribution. Although on the surface this may appear to be a bad thing; one key positive of this mass reporting is that it maintains our struggle as part of the national conversation,...

09 Jun 2013

Is Cannabis A Drug (Reprise)

Perhaps one of the most controversial questions that can be asked of cannabis law reform campaigns is a very simple one: "Is cannabis a drug?" If you dare to ask this incendiary question you will get two widely differing answers: Yes and No. So, at the risk of starting world war three let's have a go at answering this question once and for all, but it's not as easy as you might think and the first reason for that...

03 Jun 2013

Malky’s story

A medicinal user who has been busted for cultivation who made a big mistake through listening to bad advice; this is Malky's story. ________________________ Hi I'm Malky, im 33 years old, from fife. I have type 1 diabetes and neuropathy diagnosed in 1992. I have been using cannabis for pain relief for five years and most of this time I have bought it from dealers. This practice puts you at...

26 Jan 2013

A Personal Perspective On The Cannabis Debate

Max Fernandez is a student at Gloucestershire University in Cheltenham. This is his take on the current cannabis law reform effort, views expressed are his and are not necessarily shared by CLEAR --------------------------------My Thoughts On The Cannabis DebateMax FernandezThe question as to whether or not Cannabis should be 'legalised' has many layers, amongst which are lies, deceit, profits and victims. The campaign to effectively ban Cannabis has raged for many years, and has cost the lives of thousands of...

09 Jan 2013

Mark: Cancer Sufferer, Medicinal Cannabis User; aka a “Criminal”

CLEAR member Mark asked us to tell his story. These are Mark's words, I'm simply re posting them as he requested. Derek -------------------------------- Ten years ago a lump appeared in my neck. For more than a year I was back and forth to the hospital to be told it was a cyst and that it would go away, but unfortunately it never. After an operation I was diagnosed with stage 4 hodgkins cancer of the lymph...

07 Jan 2013

Broken Wing

James And Jack EDITOR'S NOTE: James Sutherland is a medicinal cannabis user whose story is both extraordinary and inspirational. It first appeared in The Daily Mail on 10th September 2012 and while it reached a wide audience, it was sensationalist and riddled with inaccuracies. A fortnight later, James published his story in his own words, written exclusively for CLEAR. Now he has written another piece which tells of the time he came close to suicide before he discovered...