10 Sep 2016

Senior Conservative MP, Crispin Blunt, Joins CLEAR Cannabis Law Reform.

Crispin Blunt, Conservative MP for Reigate, has joined the advisory board of CLEAR Cannabis Law Reform as political advisor. CLEAR is the largest drug policy reform group in the UK with more than 685,000 registered supporters.  It was formed in 1999 and its main aim is to "To promote as a matter of urgency and compassion the prescription of medicinal cannabis by doctors.". Crispin Blunt is a graduate in politics from the University of Durham and an ex-Army officer. He has represented...

08 Sep 2016

CLEAR Member Lara Smith To Be ‘Star Patient’ In Parliamentary Report On Medicinal Cannabis.

The launch of the APPG report on its inquiry into medicinal cannabis is a public event which anyone can attend.  It takes place at the House of Lords committee room 2 on 13th September 2016 at 11.00am. Baroness Molly Meacher and Caroline Lucas MP, are co-chairs of the APPG.  The guest speakers will be: Frank Field MP Ron Hogg, Police and Crime Commissioner for...

05 Sep 2016

Parliament To Release Report On Inquiry Into Medicinal Cannabis.

Next Tuesday, 13th September 2016, the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Drug Policy Reform (APPG) will release its report following its inquiry into medicinal cannabis. The APPG consists of members of both Houses of Parliament.  It was established in 2011 with a declaration that reads: That the global war on drugs has failed. That we will work for drug policy reform. That the Group will draw upon available evidence and experience in order to inform our recommendations. APPG Website The best known members of the APPG include Paul Flynn MP,...

02 Sep 2016

Whose Money Is UCL Wasting On Pointless Cannabis Research?

The Times reports "Stone me: cannabis users don't like hard work" The Independent says "Getting high on cannabis makes you less likely to work hard for money, study says" The mendacious Daily Mail claims: "How just one cannabis joint harms your will to work: Fears long-term drug use could harm motivation even when not high" Utterly pointless research. Such results can be determined by common sense and experience. UCL has a habit of frittering money away on pointless research into cannabis. First of all we had...

29 Aug 2016

Home Secretary Invites CLEAR To ‘Enter A Dialogue’ On Cannabis Law Reform.

In a letter dated 15th August 2016, Amber Rudd, the new Home Secretary, has invited CLEAR to raise "any queries and concerns" about present UK policy on cannabis. This is the first time since 2006, with Charles Clarke, that the UK cannabis campaign has had any direct contact with a serving Home Secretary.  It reflects the reality, now recognised in government, that changes in cannabis policy are imminent. In...

26 Aug 2016

Oh No! Do We Really Want Jeremy Corbyn Supporting Medicinal Cannabis?

It's a bit like when Russell Brand came out in favour. He's right, just as Corbyn is but it doesn't do us any good.  It just gives our opponents ammunition to portray the campaign as the preserve of losers and eccentrics. I quite like Jeremy Corbyn, even if many of his policies are, in my opinion, bonkers.  I certainly think he's a very healthy influence on British politics but his support is not going to help us gain legal access to medicinal cannabis.  If anything...

22 Jul 2016

Professor Mike Barnes Appointed To CLEAR Advisory Board.

CLEAR Cannabis Law Reform, the UK's largest and longest established cannabis policy group, has appointed Professor Mike Barnes as its scientific and medical advisor. The appointment reflects the growing worldwide acceptance of cannabis as medicine. Professor Barnes and CLEAR are working with the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Drug Policy Reform (APPG) which will itself release a report on medicinal cannabis in September.  Alongside the APPG report, Professor Barnes will publish a comprehensive review of...

27 Jun 2016

Nanny State? Tabloid Lies? Now, So-Called Reformers Are Doing It For Themselves.

Skunk scaremongering is blossoming again. This time though it's not dire warnings from the Home Office or the Institute of Psychiatry drumming up some new research funding. It's not even the Daily Mail or, more likely these days, the Daily Telegraph, misreporting some obscure study and turning every 'might' and 'may' and 'could' into terrible, scary certainty. No, this time it's the newbie intake of...

15 May 2016

A Real Cannabis Crime.

Out walking my dogs this week I had spotted a black plastic bag dumped by the side of the road  that runs along the crest above my house.  My suspicions were confirmed today when I took a closer look.  It contained two or three rootballs and over the fence, what I hadn't noticed before, were another six or seven bags.  It was the remnants of someone's cannabis grow and it had been left in a remote spot, four or five miles from the closest village, 10 miles from the...