10 Jul 2015

Re-inventing the Wheel – Cannabis and Cancer

Dr Peter McCormick of the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich is in the news again for his ongoing research on cannabis extracts and cancer. The latest work is aimed at making a case for developing a synthetic alternative to cannabis which would have the same cancer treating properties but without any of the "unwanted side effects" of THC. UEA Press Release Dr Peter McCormick, from UEA's School of Pharmacy We have 5,000...

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...

04 Mar 2015

Channel 4 Drugs Live. How To Cause Confusion About Cannabis.

What is this 'hash' that looks like weed and this 'skunk' that isn't cannabis? Channel 4's 'Drugs Live:Cannabis On Trial' played fast and loose with facts, terminology and ethical considerations. Cannabis (herbal) Cannabis (hash) To be fair, I greatly enjoyed the programme (well I would wouldn't I) and there was some fascinating science. Particularly about how the brain responds to music when you're high and about how CBD protects the...

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...

15 Feb 2015

Daily Mail Highlights the Prohibition Nightmare (albeit unintentionally)

The aim of any government policy should be to reduce the potential for harm. That is really a non-negotiable first principle and as such is something we all have a right to expect. It has, however, long been the charge of drug law reform campaigners that prohibition flies in the face of this basic principle. Prohibition as Harm Maximisation Prohibition, we have long argued, is harm maximisation because it actually...

15 Dec 2014

Daily Telegraph Forced To Retract False Claim That “Cannabis As Addictive As Heroin”

The Daily Telegraph, 7th October 2014 On 7th October 2014, the UK media indulged in a frenzy of misreporting and reefer madness, claiming "cannabis as addictive as heroin". Sky News kept this absurd claim on screen almost constantly from 6.00am until about 10.30am. The Daily Mail went for it with all guns blazing and a massive front page headline "THE TERRIBLE TRUTH ABOUT CANNABIS". The Daily Telegraph went even further. Its outrageous...

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...

23 Nov 2014

EXCLUSIVE. Norman Baker Interview

Norman Baker MP Following his resignation as a Home Office minister, Norman Baker invited me to interview him about drugs policy and his experience of government. He came to meet me at reception in Portcullis House and we walked to the cafe discussing the previous day's news that Bob Marley's family is to launch a global cannabis brand. I asked how long it would be before I could buy a bag of...