27 Oct 2020

Professor Les Iversen, Tightrope Walker and Unsung Hero of Cannabis Law Reform

Leslie Iversen, born October 31 1937, died July 30 2020 Daily Telegraph obituary 'Leslie Iversen, pioneering neuroscientist who studied the effects of drugs on the brain' I'm sad that the latter years of Les Iversen's life have been skipped over in this obituary. As with so many scientists who have had some influence in the political field, he had to tread a tightrope between scientific evidence and the ignorance, bigotry, prejudice of those in politics who are far more concerned with tabloid...

03 Oct 2020

Five Reasons Why Boris Johnson Should Legalise Cannabis Now

1. Popularity Polls confirm that a majority of British voters support reform of our cannabis laws. More than three-quarters are strongly supportive of medicinal cannabis. There has been a sea change in attitude, also strongly accelerated by the rise of the CBD market, itself born entirely out of small, entrepreneurial British businesses. Boris could catch this wave, delight more than half of the electorate immediately with a bold, radical move and dispel much of the 'nasty party', authoritarian mood that has...

21 Sep 2020

Seeing Green. A Film About Perspective, Family and Weed

https://youtu.be/B1jFv3K4vaU CLEAR is proud to present a new campaign film, in partnership with the filmmaker Tom McNie, whose work paints a portrait of cannabis use among ordinary British families, in ordinary British households up and down the country. As the law stands; these characters - whose actions, rather than an act of curiosity or need - have made them criminals, face prison and an unlimited fine. Such is the prevalence of cannabis in British society that these laws have become untenable, with...

21 Feb 2020

UK’s Leading Cannabis Doctor Criticises FSA’s “Heavy Handed” Move On CBD

Hundreds of thousands of people are gaining great benefit from the CBD products they buy online or in high street stores. For some people improvement is dramatic.  This is why I'm very disappointed at the Food Standards Agency's (FSA) heavy handed intervention in the market.  Its claim that there are potential adverse health effects only applies where massive doses of pure CBD are taken. Over-the-counter CBD products are very safe and there is no evidence at all of liver problems...

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...