12 Dec 2018

Bring Billy Home. The NHS Has Denied Him His Medicine Again. He Is Back In Canada.

It's probably the most shocking outcome of the new regulations on cannabis that the boy whose story created the change is in exile again. Billy Caldwell, loved and adored by the whole nation, is back in Canada with his mum Charlotte because there is not a specialist doctor in the UK who will prescribe the medicine he needs. He has written a heartbreaking letter to Santa, saying he doesn't want any toys this year "My Xmas wish is to go home with...

19 Nov 2018

Cannabis Professionals. The Trade Association for the UK’s Cannabis, CBD and Hemp Businesses

Cannabis Professionals (CannaPro) is the trade association for the UK's cannabis, CBD and hemp businesses. CannaPro will represent this fast-growing sector to the authorities, standing up to the Home Office, MHRA, FSA and Trading Standards, advocating for members' interests, not acting as a government enforcer but as its members' champion and to promote the development of the legal cannabis sector. CannaPro will offer guidance and support to all businesses, helping them to navigate through law and regulations on drugs, medicines, food and...

01 Nov 2018

NICE Rejects UK’s Most Eminent Medicinal Cannabis Clinician From Advisory Committee

If the UK was setting up an expert committee on fertility and Professor Robert Winston applied to join, he'd be welcomed with open arms. If we were setting up a committee on the origin of the universe and Professor Brian Cox applied, there's no question he'd be appointed. But NICE, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, yesterday rejected Professor Mike Barnes' application to join its...

31 Oct 2018

The Medical Establishment Shows Its True Colours On Cannabis. A Betrayal of Patients.

NHS England has today published what it describes as prescribing guidance - 'Cannabis-based products for medicinal use: Guidance to clinicians'. The actual guidance is buried within a mountain of bureaucratic doublespeak and requires downloading PDFs from the Royal College of Physicians (download here) and the British Paediatric Neurology Association (download here). In both cases, aside from chemotherapy-induced nausea, the guidance amounts to 'do not prescribe'. This is a travesty of the intention of these reforms and demonstrates how the medical establishment...

16 Oct 2018

Statement Concerning The Cannabis Trades Association UK

With regret, CLEAR announces that it has withdrawn its endorsement of and support for the Hemp Trade Association Ltd (HTA) trading as Cannabis Trades Association UK (CTA). Peter Reynolds, president of CLEAR, created and founded CTA in September 2016. Since November 2016, HTA has traded under the CTA name with the permission of Peter Reynolds who was appointed to its advisory board. That permission has been withdrawn from 18th October 2018 and Peter has resigned from the advisory board with immediate...

12 Oct 2018

Will I Be Able To Get Cannabis Prescribed On The NHS?

With the publication of new regulations yesterday, it is now clear how cannabis will be available on the NHS starting on 1st November 2018. Only consultants will be able to prescribe cannabis and it will be entirely up to each consultant to make a decision about individual patients. The definition of cannabis-derived medicinal products is sufficently wide that both oils and herbal cannabis manufactured to GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) standards will be available. There is very little explanation included in the regulations...

13 Sep 2018

CLEAR Advises Department of Health and MHRA on Definition of Cannabis-Derived Medicinal Products.

Last week, CLEAR was invited to participate in a teleconference with representatives of the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). This followed our written submissions made over the last few weeks. The teleconference included two representatives from each party. The DHSC was represented by the Medicines Pharmacy and Industry section. The MHRA was represented by the Licensing Division. CLEAR has now submitted a summary of all the advice offered which is reproduced...

10 Sep 2018

Nick Hurd MP, The Home Office And Their Massive Broken Promise On Medicinal Cannabis.

On 29th June 2018 in The Times newspaper, Nick Hurd MP, minister of state at the Home Office, published the following promise: "If medicinal and therapeutic benefits are identified, the intention would be to reschedule cannabis-related medicine as a treatment available through GPs. Whilst recent cases in the media have involved epilepsy this would be open to patients suffering from all illnesses where such treatment is identified to benefit them." Source: 'Out-of-date rules...

31 Aug 2018

Sainsbury’s Now Stocking Legal Cannabis Products As UK Policy Looks Increasingly Shambolic.

In another demonstration of how fast attitudes are changing, Love Hemp water containing soluble CBD cannabis extract is now on sale in a number of Sainsbury's stores. This is a remarkable achievement by the team at Love Hemp who are remaining tight lipped about the terms of the deal. A store manager told me that the product is on test in about 100 stores. Cannabis prohibition is crumbling and the Home Office seems increasingly our of touch with reality with its futile...