10 Apr 2018

The Views Of Dr Sarah Wollaston MP On Drugs Policy. A Worrying Case Requiring A Good Dose of Evidence.

Dr Sarah Wollaston MP is chair of the cross party Health Select Committee. She was a practising GP but is now the most senior Westminster politician, not in government, who has expertise in health and medicine. The views she expresses are extremely worrying because they betray a complete failure to take note of the evidence, particularly surprising because of her profession.   I responded by explaining legalising drugs doesn't mean a free for all, it means the opposite. We have a free for...

02 Apr 2018

Home Office Denies FOI Request In Cover-Up Of All Information On Cannabis Production Licences

On 6th March 2018 CLEAR submitted a Freedom of Information Request to the Home Office asking for full details of the licences accounting for the legal production of cannabis in the UK. This arose from the story which we broke on 4th March revealing that the UK is the world’s largest producer and exporter of legal cannabis, this according to data provided to the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) by the government. The Home Office has refused the request. Its grounds...

18 Mar 2018

UK Is The Only Country In the World To Criminalise Doctors Who Prescribe Cannabis

It's popularly believed that the obstacle to prescription of cannabis by doctors is that it is in schedule 1 of the Misuse of Drugs Regulations.  In fact, in 2001, the then drugs minster, Labour's Bob Ainsworth MP, enacted a little known provision of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 UK specifically to make prescribing of cannabis a criminal offence. Extraordinarily, apart from mescaline, raw...

18 Mar 2018

There Are Tyrants Abroad And Tyrants At Home.

    The story of Alfie Dingley is covered in today's Sunday Times.  Alfie is desperately in need of a few drops of cannabis oil each day to quell his life threatening seizures.  That this medicine works for him and will save his life is proven beyond doubt under the supervision of a consultant neurologist in the Netherlands Amber Rudd can issue a licence for cannabis oil for Alfie Dingley with a single stroke of her pen. The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971...

09 Mar 2018

This is Paul Kenward, husband of Victoria Atkins MP who is the UK drugs minister. He grows cannabis for a living.

Mr Kenward is managing director of British Sugar which grows cannabis under contract to GW Pharmaceuticals at its 45 acre greenhouse in Wissington, Norfolk.  As confirmed by British Sugar, the cannabis is for production of Epidiolex, GW's epilepsy medicine which is understood to be 98% cannabidiol (CBD). Epidiolex is not yet licensed as a medicine although it is currently with the FDA for US approval and the European Medicines Agency for approval within the EU...

04 Mar 2018

The UK Is The World’s Largest Producer And Exporter Of Legal Cannabis But Its Citizens Are Denied Any Access At All

This is the astonishing fact revealed by the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) in its 2017 report on narcotic drugs. In the UK no one has any legal access to any form of cannabis except exempt products derived from industrial hemp, most commonly CBD oil. Theoretically, the cannabis medicine Sativex is available but in practice, in England it is virtually impossible to obtain it except on a private prescription as the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recommended that it...

09 Feb 2018

Victoria Atkins MP, The UK Drugs Minister, Opposes Drugs Regulation While Her Husband Grows 45 Acres of Cannabis Under Government Licence.

There are many examples of wilful ignorance, blind prejudice and bare faced dishonesty on drugs policy from many former and current MPs.  There is no one though who plumbs the depths of deception and hypocrisy as the new drugs minister Victoria Atkins. Her recent performance in the Westminster Hall debate on drug consumption rooms (DCR) was riddled with inaccuracies, distorted information and downright...

04 Feb 2018

Let’s Temper Hope For Paul Flynn’s Medical Cannabis Bill With Some Reality.

No one would like to see Paul Flynn's 'Elizabeth Brice' bill  to re-legalise medical cannabis pass through Parliament more than me.  Yet it concerns me that expectations are being raised way beyond what is realistic. There is widespread misunderstanding about what the bill is and what are its chances of getting any further. The Legalisation of Cannabis (Medicinal Purposes) Bill 2017–19 is a Private Member's Bill. It was  introduced to Parliament on Tuesday...

16 Oct 2017

A Cannabis ‘Protest’ That Was Well Judged.

This was the best ‘protest’ I have seen. The characterisation of it as a ‘cannabis tea party’ was clever and combining it with Paul Flynn’s 10 minute rule bill was a smart move. It was good that three MPs actually attended and the press coverage was extensive and largely positive. This is a welcome change from the disastrous demos and protests of the past which have undoubtedly hindered progress. So while I’m not exactly eating it, I take my hat off to...

25 Sep 2017

BBC Executive Complaints Unit, Stage 3 Complaint Re: Interview Claiming ‘Cannabis More Harmful Than Heroin’.

CLEAR has submitted a formal complaint to the BBC concerning its broadcast of the interview with Lousia Kulukundis in which she claimed that using heroin was safer than using cannabis. BBC complaints are outsourced to Capita and are not actually considered by the BBC itself until they reach Stage 3, the 'Executive Complaints Unit'. From: Peter Reynolds Sent: 22 September 2017 17:05 To: '[email protected]' <[email protected]> Subject: Request to review complaint CAS-4563673-ZNGCG0 Dear Sirs, 1. Please review the decision made in respect...