30 Nov 2019

The Root Of All Britain’s Drugs Problems Is In Marsham Street, London, SW1

The Home Office describes its role as "to keep citizens safe and the country secure". Its lead role in drugs policy achieves exactly the opposite of this. It is a scandal encompassing successive governments for more than 50 years that the UK's approach to drugs has been so utterly disastrous that our policy has caused far more harm than it has prevented. Currently, the two issues of major concern are the rate of drug deaths and difficulty in accessing cannabis as medicine....

27 Sep 2019

IRELAND. Chronic Pain Sufferers Speak Up For Cannabis

There was something oddly familiar about the scenario; women calling for the right to choose while voicing their frustration at the obstacles politicians and medical professionals were throwing in their way. But this wasn’t a debate on abortion, this was a symposium on medicinal cannabis, held at the University of Limerick last Saturday. Event organiser Alicia Maher is no stranger to publicity. She has spoken openly in the past about her deeply personal health...

22 Jun 2019

Letter to the Irish Independent, 22nd June 2019. ‘Let’s look at the evidence when it comes to cannabis’

Peter Reynolds of CLEAR confronts the reefer madness of Irish psychiatrist, Professor Patricia Casey. See her original column: 'Dangers of sleepwalking into legalisation of cannabis use' In response to Patricia Casey (Dangers of sleepwalking into legalisation of cannabis use', 15th June 2019), how much longer must we be berated by the sort of arguments that Professor Casey puts forward?  At best her column is disingenuous and misleading. The ‘Cannabis Risk Alliance’ was directly contradicted by another group, similarly qualified, just a few days...

22 Jun 2019

Doctors Are Frightened Of Cannabis. It Challenges Conventional Medicine And Threatens Their Status.

The British medical establishment is behaving like a spoilt child that doesn't understand the rules of a new game. The irony is that it's actually a very old game that went out of fashion just a century ago despite thousands of years of practice. The wisdom accumulated across those many years has been dismissed by simplistic, reductionist, allopathic medicine and its...

01 Jun 2019

Which Conservative Leadership Candidate Has The Intelligence And Courage To Legalise Cannabis?

There are a host of strong, evidence-based reasons why legalising cannabis is a very good idea. It's also an idea that fits perfectly with Tory principles of free enterprise, small government and fighting crime. In private, most politicians now realise this and that the present policy on cannabis causes far more harm than it prevents. But do any of the Conservative Leadership candidates have the vision to make this policy their own? It would be a massive vote winner at...

21 May 2019

The CBD Market Can Help Drive Cannabis Law Reform But Selling So-Called ‘CBD Flowers’ Could Take Us Backwards

Compliant businesses operating responsibly within the legal cannabis sector will help to drive reform. Blurring the lines between legal and illegal products will delay progress.   It seems that the crackdown on the open sale of cannabis flowers online and in high street stores is here. Both in the UK and Ireland, several shops have been raided in recent weeks and some people are facing potential charges of supplying...

20 May 2019

Ignorant Doctors Bring Shame On Their Profession With Foolish Words on Cannabis

What is it in these British Isles that has resulted in a medical establishment that uses prejudice, scaremongering and specious argument to object to the medical use of cannabis? The astonishing ignorance that pervades the medical profession on this subject is demonstrated once again by a ridiculous letter in today's Irish Times. In a display of hubris, arrogance and plain stupidity, these people who assume they are due our respect, have conflated the issues of medical and recreational use in the...

19 Mar 2019

Asking Politicians to Order Doctors to Prescribe Cannabis is a Futile Quest

Last year, when Sajid Javid introduced the new regulations permitting prescribing of cannabis-based products for medicinal use (CBPMs) he went much further than anyone could have expected. For 50 years doctors had been told that cannabis was a highly toxic, dangerous drug with no therapeutic value. Then, in the space of few weeks they were suddenly told by the Chief Medical Officer that there was "conclusive evidence" of therapeutic benefit. The truth is successive governments and the Home Office had been...

30 Jan 2019

Daily Mail Profits From Illegal Advertising For Cannabis

On the same day that the Mail publishes yet another inaccurate and misleading article on cannabis and CBD in particular, it is carrying a full page advertisement for CBD which breaches medicines, food and advertising law. The ad, from Woods Supplements at https://www.woodshealth.com/, claims medicinal benefits for its product for joint pain, migraine, psoriasis, acne, depression, pain and inflammation. While there is probably a substantial amount of truth in these claims, it is unlawful to make them without the product having a...

29 Jan 2019

Another Attack by Bureaucrats on CBD and its Consumers

Today's article in the Daily Mail on CBD follows that publication's usual pattern - there is a kernel of truth but on top of that is piled inaccuracy upon misleading comment upon nonsense. So let's deal with the truth and send the nonsense back to the Daily Mail where it belongs. Within the last few days it has emerged that the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA), has been working surreptitiously with its opposite numbers in four other EU countries to add all...