11 Jan 2013

Outrageous HSBC Settlement Proves The Drug War Is A Joke

By Matt Taibbi of Rolling StoneEditor's Note: Originally published on 13th December 2012 in Rolling Stone, this is one of the most important pieces ever written about the disastrous 'war on drugs' which has further demeaned that most corrupt of all institutions - the banks. If you've ever been arrested on a drug charge, if you've ever spent even a day in jail for having a stem of marijuana in your pocket or "drug paraphernalia" in your gym...

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...

20 Dec 2012

Germany Permits Medicinal Users To Grow Cannabis. UK Maintains Cruel And Corrupt Policy

Supreme Administrative Court Of Munster The Supreme Administrative Court of Munster has ruled that under strict conditions severely ill Germans will be allowed to grow cannabis at home. Meanwhile, Britain becomes more isolated and its drugs policy looks more ridiculous every day. David Cameron and Theresa May maintain a deeply cruel and unjust policy on medicinal cannabis while simultaneously promoting an unlawful and corrupt licensing scheme with GW Pharmaceuticals. Cannabis is a schedule 1 drug...

14 Dec 2012

Dear Mr Vaz, Millions Of People Who Need Medicinal Cannabis Need Your Help

Two days ago I wrote to Keith Vaz asking him why the drugs inquiry hadn't considered the vital issue of medicinal cannabis. Today I received a reply. I have written to him again. ----- Original Message -----From: Peter ReynoldsTo: BROWN, Sarah E ; Keith VazSent: Friday, December 14, 2012 2:43 PMSubject: Re: Medicinal Cannabis Dear Ms Brown, I am very grateful to you and Mr Vaz for your prompt reply. However, it raises more questions...

23 Nov 2012

Is Cannabis Medicine Or A Menace To Society?

In the Hotseat on Voxafrica TV, moderated by Akintayo Adetokunbo Dr Ben Whalley, senior lecturer in pharmacology, Reading University Peter Reynolds, leader of CLEAR Cannabis Law Reform, the UK political party Lester Holloway, Liberal Democrat councillor for Sutton North ward Frans Koopmans, manager of the De Hoop Foundation drug treatment centre, Dordrecht, NetherlandsPart 1 Part 2 Part 3...

18 Nov 2012

Pending Clarification: Go Get Your Cannabis Prescription Now!

If you can get your doctor to write out a prescription for one of the four Bedrocan products then do it now! You will have to pay for the medicine yourself but with a UK doctor's prescription, go to Holland and bring back three month's supply. Any prosecution is bound to fail. Norman Lamb MP, UK health minister, has written that UK doctors may prescribe Bedrocan's medicinal cannabis products: Bedrocan, Bedrobinol, Bediol and Bedica. Prohibition is...

18 Nov 2012

UK Doctors Given the Green Light To Prescribe Bedrocan Medicinal Cannabis

Andrew Turner MP On 13th November 2012, Andrew Turner, Tory MP for the Isle of Wight, received a written answer to a question he had submitted to the Secretary of State for Health. "To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether Bedrocan and Bediol forms of cannabis are available(a) under prescription and (b) on the NHS?"Bedrocan and Bediol are two of the four varieties of medicinal cannabis available from the Dutch governments official producer. See here...

01 Nov 2012

Dutch Common Sense Prevails

Coffeeshop 36. Always My Favourite. The Dutch people are far too sensible, rational and well-ordered to have ever let it happen. There was no way the Amsterdam coffee shops were going to close and now it's been confirmed. I was confident of this outcome all along and I am also confident that the plan to rule out any strain above 15% THC will fail. It's just completely impractical. The only way it could be...

16 Oct 2012

A Fresh Approach To Drugs

The UK Drug Policy Commission (UKDPC) has published its final report which makes some important recommendation for reform. The full report can be downloaded here. Perhaps the most interesting content is in chapter five "Recommendations", pages 149 - 151 which is reproduced below.Review the process for classifying controlled drugsGiven the challenges to the way in which drugs are currently classified, including the rejection of expert advice on some classifications, such as for ecstasy and cannabis, we...

07 Oct 2012

As 2012 Draws To A Close, Are We Any Closer To Ending The Prohibition of Cannabis?

The Choom Gang A month from today the US elections take place. Common sense dictates that Obama will be re-elected because there is no rational alternative. Even though his record on cannabis is disappointing and suggests great hypocrisy, I haven't (quite) lost all faith in him. It looks more than likely that cannabis will be fully legalised for adults in Colorado and Washington. It's also on the ballot but looking less likely in Oregon and...