26 Sep 2017

Royal College Of General Practitioners. Draft Council Paper – Cannabis For Specified Medical Indications.

  This is the document setting out the proposal that was approved by the RCGP Council on 22nd September 2017. APPG: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0c_8hkDJu0DRnBfdGRDRXBROUU/view Barnes: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0c_8hkDJu0DUDZMUzhoY1RqMG8/view MS Society (2017) Cannabis and MS: The Role of Cannabis in Treating MS Symptoms Cannabis for Specified Medical Indications Introduction In the past year, there has been significant interest in the issue of legalisation of cannabis for medical purposes. The All Party Parliamentary Group on Drug Policy Reform...

21 Sep 2017

Probably The Biggest Breakthrough Yet For Medicinal Cannabis In The UK.

UPDATE. Friday, 22nd September 2017.  The Royal College of General Practitioners Council today approved CLEAR's proposal to publish guidelines on medicinal cannabis. As ever, the UK's stubborn, anti-evidence government remains intransigent on permitting legal access to cannabis, even for medicinal use.  This despite an overwhelming tide of reform across the world and the reality that perhaps one...

13 Jul 2017

New Drug Strategy Promises More Death, Misery And Ill Health For UK.

The long overdue update to the UK Drug Strategy is published today by the Home Office.   A copy may be downloaded here. Sadly, as expected, it is nothing except more of the same.  It offers no new ideas worthy of any note and reinforces the failure of existing policy by further embedding an approach which has already been conclusively proven not to work. The UK has become increasingly isolated in its approach to drugs policy and now that both Ireland and...

25 Jun 2017

CLEAR Appoints Andrea Clarke As Chief Executive.

CLEAR Cannabis Law Reform, the UK's largest and longest established drugs policy group has appointed Andrea Clarke to the newly created position of chief executive. Andrea Clarke, 38, has been in charge of CLEAR's membership since February 2016.  Her new role will encompass responsibility for all aspects of CLEAR's day to day management including finance.  She has wide experience in management, administration and public-facing roles ranging from working as a tour guide with London Buses to...

27 May 2017

A Significant Day For Cannabis Law Reform In The UK.

This Thursday past, 25th May 2017, was the inaugural general meeting of the Cannabis Trades Association UK (CTAUK). While this may not excite your average cannabis consumer too much, it represents a very important, even momentous occasion in our progress towards a regulated cannabis market.  Anyone spotting our meeting room would have seen it as just another group of business people in a day long meeting with Powerpoint presentations, flipcharts and gallons of coffee and mineral water.  GSK were just down the corridor,...

15 Apr 2017

UK Department of Health Has Neither Requested Nor Received Any Advice On Medicinal Cannabis.

This is the astonishing reality of the way the UK government is responding to the national outcry for access to cannabis as medicine. They are doing absolutely nothing. Across the world a revolution is taking place as more and more jurisdictions are introducing legal access to medical cannabis. Medical professionals and patients alike are realising the huge benefits to be gained from re-opening access to this most valuable of...

19 Feb 2017

‘This House Would Say No To Drugs’, The Oxford Union, 16th February 2017.

On Thursday, 16th February 2017, the Oxford Union held a debate on the motion 'This House Would Say No To Drugs'. I was honoured to be invited to speak against the motion in the august company of Paul Hayes and Stephen DeAngelo. Speaking for the motion were Andrew Ng, Assistant Commissioner Patricia Gallan and Shaun Attwood. We successfully defeated the motion by approximately 120 votes to 90.  A video of the debate will be released shortly.  I...

08 Jan 2017

WARNING. So-Called ‘Indica’ CBD Products Are Illegal.

Any CBD products marketed in the UK as derived from 'indica' cannabis are illegal and you could be prosecuted for possession, importation or supply as with any other form of prohibited cannabis. The situation which started last October with the MHRA trying to shut down marketing of CBD products arose because of irresponsible, cowboy companies making medicinal claims about their products.  It was well understood by all professional CBD companies that this would cause problems and indeed it has. Only the intervention of CLEAR...

09 Dec 2016

The UK’s First Licensed Cannabis Dispensary.

When Mike Dobson first called me a few months ago and told me he had an idea for gaining legal access to cannabis in the UK, I was, of course, sceptical. CLEAR has frequently been approached with hare-brained and convoluted plans for avoiding the law that prohibits cannabis.  Without exception they have all been bonkers. Within a few minutes though, I could see this one was different.  In the past, most of these ideas have been around sidestepping the...

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...