06 Dec 2016

The Facts About CBD In The UK. December 2016.

On 3rd October 2016 the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)  issued notices to a number of CBD suppliers stating that cannabidiol (CBD) was being designated as a medicine and that sale of all CBD products must stop within 28 days, ostensibly by the 1st November. A lot has happened since.  Most importantly, the Cannabis Trades Association UK (CTAUK) has been established to represent the industry and protect the interests of CBD consumers but there remains great confusion as to the legal status of CBD...

17 Nov 2016

Cruel And Irresponsible Response from UK Government To Parliamentary Report On Medicinal Cannabis.

Unsurprisingly perhaps, the response to the recent call from MPs and peers to legalise cannabis for medicinal use has come straight from the top.  Theresa May's longstanding reputation as a denier of science and evidence on drugs policy is reinforced by her peremptory dismissal of the expert report.  It seems that, at least in the short term, the UK government is sticking by a policy that is discredited, ridiculous and deeply cruel. It fell to Sarah Newton MP, minister of state...

17 Nov 2016

Guidelines On Cannabis For Medical Professionals.

In a new initiative, CLEAR's scientific and medical advisor, Professor Mike Barnes, has written to the presidents of several Royal Colleges proposing the development of guidelines around the use of cannabis as medicine. This is a tricky situation for doctors.  Surveys and individual reports from CLEAR members indicate that many doctors tacitly endorse their patients' use of cannabis but clearly cannot recommend the illegal use of cannabis, however safe and effective it may be. Professor Barnes' letter...

10 Mar 2016

CLEAR Response To the Liberal Democrats’ Proposals For Cannabis Regulation

CLEAR welcomes the Liberal Democrats' proposals which can be seen here. We set out below a few comments which we intend to be constructive. We represent more than 600,000 people who support cannabis law reform. Our own publication, 'How to Regulate Cannabis in Britain' is now in its second edition. It is based on independent, expert research which we commissioned from the Independent Drug Monitoring Unit, published as 'Taxing the UK Cannabis Market'. Comments on 'A framework for a...

03 Mar 2016

CLEAR Evidence For the APPG Medicinal Cannabis Inquiry

Yesterday, 2nd March 2016, Roland Gyallay-Pap and Peter Reynolds were called to give evidence at the All Party Parliamentary Group for Drug Policy Reform Inquiry into Regulation of Cannabis for Medicinal Use. We have already submitted a 15 page written response.  Yesterday’s oral hearing was to enable the inquiry to question us in more detail. We cannot publish our written response or go into great detail about yesterday’s hearing until the inquiry has published its own report which is some weeks...

29 Feb 2016

Coronation Street Medicinal Cannabis Storyline Becomes Hard Hitting Drama.

After a few weeks build up, the story of Izzy, who has turned to cannabis for pain relief, has taken off in dramatic style. It is now exceeding our highest expectations as it gives an insight into the terrible dilemma and cruelty that the British government inflicts on people who are already suffering from life-limiting, sometimes terminal conditions. CLEAR has been producing edited highlights of the storyline on a rolling basis. See them individually here. Now though, with...

26 Feb 2016

Top Jersey Doctor Misinforms and Misleads On Medicinal Cannabis

Dr Nigel Minihane is the head of Jersey Primary Care Trust which represents all GPs on the island.  Recently he contributed supposedly ‘expert opinion’ to an article in the Jersey Evening Post about someone who had been juicing raw cannabis for therapeutic reasons.  His comments demonstrate an ignorance and lack of knowledge which is unacceptable in a doctor in such a senior position.  In conjunction with CLEAR members in Jersey, we have submitted a formal...

14 Feb 2016

GW Founder And Chairman, Geoffrey Guy, Explains Sativex

“Most people in our industry said it was impossible to turn cannabis into a prescription medicine. We had to rewrite the rule book. We have the first approval of a plant extract drug in modern history. It has 420 molecules, whereas every other drug has just one.” Source   Sativex is whole plant cannabis oil.  It contains all the cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and other compounds present in the plants from which it is made. However, the Medicines and...

08 Feb 2016

Talking Cannabis In Parliament.

Today, 8th February 2016, Peter Reynolds, president of CLEAR, met with Norman Lamb MP, Liberal Democrat spokesperson for health, for an update on the cannabis campaign. Independent Panel of Experts on Cannabis Regulation. The Liberal Democrats have set up an independent panel of experts to establish how a legalised market for cannabis could work in the United Kingdom. Norman Lamb wants the panel to look at evidence from Colorado, Washington State and Uruguay, where cannabis has been legalised...

03 Feb 2016

Cannabis Scheduling: CLEAR To Give Evidence To APPG Inquiry

CLEAR was this week invited to submit evidence to a Short Inquiry into the case for changing the categorisation of cannabis for medicinal purposes from Schedule 1 to a more appropriate schedule. The inquiry will be carried out by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Drug Policy Reform, co-chaired by Baroness Meacher and Caroline Lucas MP. In June 2015 the APPG published a short report arguing for a rescheduling of cannabis to...