18 Jun 2015

What Happened In The House Of Lords About Cannabis?

Yesterday, Wednesday 17th June, Baroness Molly Meacher asked a question about cannabis in the House of Lords. There is a great deal of confusion and misunderstanding about what happened, so I shall do my best to explain. A video of the eight minute debate is available here. A full transcript is here. Baroness Meacher This was not a full debate. There never was any prospect of any law being changed. It was simply a question, which would...

16 Jun 2015

The Fight For Medicinal Cannabis Reaches The House of Lords.

Sometime after 3.00pm, tomorrow, Wednesday, 17th June 2015, Baroness Molly Meacher will ask a question in the House of Lords on the re-scheduling of cannabis to permit it to be prescribed by doctors for medicinal use. Watch it here on Parliament TV. Baroness Meacher Behind this is a report 'Regulating Cannabis for Medical Use in the UK', authored by Professor Val Curran of UCL and Frank Warburton of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Drug...

08 May 2015

I Have Had The Most Terrible Post-Election Nightmare.

Julian Huppert, Norman Baker, Lynne Featherstone Following the General Election of 7th May our principal allies on the Liberal Democrat benches have all lost their seats. Quickly now, the government will be formed. No surprise that Theresa May has already been reappointed Home Secretary but who will the junior Home Office ministers be? Brokenshire may leave for another department. He's probably due for a promotion. It would be very good to see the...

11 Apr 2015

Cannabis Saves Lives.

CLEAR has published a revised and updated version of its leaflet on medicinal cannabis. This will shortly be available for purchase and for inclusion in membership packs. As with the previous version we shall also be carrying our carefully targeted and timed leafleting campaigns. Each year we choose a relevant day to saturate Parliament Square and Whitehall with the CLEAR message. If you have an event or an opportunity to distribute leaflets, please...

06 Apr 2015

Medicinal Cannabis: The Evidence.

Today CLEAR publishes 'Medicinal Cannabis:The Evidence', a comprehensive and up to date review of the evidence supporting the use of cannabis as medicine. The report details an extraordinary quantity of peer-reviewed, published evidence that demonstrates the efficacy and safety of using cannabis to treat a wide range of conditions. It looks in detail at five therapeutic areas where the evidence is strongest: Alzheimer's Disease, Cancer, Chronic Pain, Crohn's Disease and Multiple Sclerosis. Archaeological and written evidence suggests...

13 Mar 2015

Home Affairs Select Committee Drugs Conference 12th March 2015

A Day In Cambridge On Drugs Homerton College, Cambridge. George and Dean were where I expected them to be. In the car park, 'medicating' in order to get them through a long afternoon. The Home Affairs Select Committee (HASC) Drugs Conference took place in the delightful surroundings of Homerton College, Cambridge. I know there were several others there who were only able to make it because they committed criminal offences in order to maintain...

03 Mar 2015

CLEAR Medicinal Users Panel. Fifth Delegation To Parliament

Vicky Hodgson, Kate Stenberg, Roland Gyallay-Pap, Lynne Featherstone MP, Peter Reynolds, Penny Fitzlyon, Richard Tong, Jonathan Liebling Today (Monday 2nd February 2015) a further delegation from CLEAR met with Lynne Featherstone, the new Home Office minister with responsibility for drugs policy. She is the Liberal Democrat MP for Hornsey and Wood Green and was appointed to replace Norman Baker after he resigned in November 2014. We invited Jonathan Liebling, Political Director...

30 Jan 2015

CLEAR Medicinal Users Panel. Fourth Delegation To Parliament.

There is real momentum building in Parliament on the issue of medicinal cannabis. The first thing George Freeman said this week when he welcomed us to the Department of Health was: "There is a lot of discussion going on in government about this subject". This is extraordinary progress, unimaginable as recently as 2012. Undoubtedly, developments in the US have raised cannabis up the political agenda. Through 2014, CLEAR has been well received by the Home Affairs Select Committee, the Home Office, the...

10 Dec 2014

CLEAR Medicinal Users Panel. Third Delegation To Parliament

Dr Sarah Woolaston MP, George Hutchings, Dean Price, Shirley Ellis, John Ellis, Victoria Hodgson, Richard Tong, Peter Reynolds, Paul Lewington Today, six members of the CLEAR Medicinal Cannabis Users Panel met with Dr Sarah Woolaston MP, chair of the Health Select Committee. This was our third delegation to Parliament this year and it demonstrates the great progress that we are making. More and more MPs are beginning to understand that cannabis is a legitimate and valuable...

04 Nov 2014

Why Legalising Medicinal Cannabis Is Now A Vote Winner

"The genie is out of the bottle" Norman Baker MP, October 2014 Following last week's drugs policy debate in Parliament, we should acknowledge and pay due respect to the first government minister in a generation to approach drugs policy on the basis of honesty and evidence. Every other Home Office minister since 1971 has either ignored the evidence or distorted and manipulated it, irrespective of the truth or the consequences for public health and safety. ...