05 Aug 2015

Massive, Long Term Study Shows No Health Harms From Cannabis. Where Are The Headlines?

Long term cannabis use by teenage boys is not linked to later physical or mental health issues according to a very large, long term study published by the American Psychological Association. Where are the front page headlines, the hysterical editorials, the hand wringing, bleating and scaremongering from the Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail? They seem to be very quiet on this one. To be fair the Mail has covered it but the leaders in anti-cannabis propaganda at...

03 Aug 2015

Cannabis As Palliative Care.

The highest priority for CLEAR is that doctors should be able to prescribe medicinal cannabis. The government continues to insist that cannabis has no medicinal value despite the huge amount of evidence that it provides real relief for a range of physical conditions. CLEAR has produced a summary of the evidence for cannabis as a medicine. The ability of cannabis to treat physical symptoms is the essence of campaigning for medicinal cannabis, it has nothing to do...

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 mankind has used cannabis for...

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...