13 Mar 2015

Shocking Misconduct By South Wales Police

Police place notice outside a house they are raiding. On 11th March, South Wales Police (Heddlu De Cymru), posted this alarming picture on its Facebook page. What is the purpose of placing such a sign outside someone's home? It can only be to humiliate them. It also raises serious issues of justice and the law. It brands the house, indeed the whole street, so the neighbours aren't going to be happy...

13 Mar 2015

Home Affairs Select Committee Drugs Conference 12th March 2015

A Day In Cambridge On Drugs Homerton College, Cambridge. George and Dean were where I expected them to be. In the car park, 'medicating' in order to get them through a long afternoon. The Home Affairs Select Committee (HASC) Drugs Conference took place in the delightful surroundings of Homerton College, Cambridge. I know there were several others there who were only able to make it because they committed criminal offences in order to maintain...

04 Mar 2015

Channel 4 Drugs Live. How To Cause Confusion About Cannabis.

What is this 'hash' that looks like weed and this 'skunk' that isn't cannabis? Channel 4's 'Drugs Live:Cannabis On Trial' played fast and loose with facts, terminology and ethical considerations. Cannabis (herbal) Cannabis (hash) To be fair, I greatly enjoyed the programme (well I would wouldn't I) and there was some fascinating science. Particularly about how the brain responds to music when you're high and about how CBD protects the...

01 Mar 2015

The Daily Mail Uses Terrorism To Promote Its Bizarre Ideology.

Nick Clegg. The UK's Most Progressive Politician on Drugs Policy. The Mail on Sunday (1st March) screams: "The Lib Dem leader risks provoking outrage this week when he joins Sir Richard Branson to put the case for removing all criminal sanctions for possessing cannabis – including skunk, its most potent form." Mail on Sunday, 1st March 2015 The only thing that keeps this terrorising message about cannabis off its front page is...

15 Feb 2015

Daily Mail Highlights the Prohibition Nightmare (albeit unintentionally)

The aim of any government policy should be to reduce the potential for harm. That is really a non-negotiable first principle and as such is something we all have a right to expect. It has, however, long been the charge of drug law reform campaigners that prohibition flies in the face of this basic principle. Prohibition as Harm Maximisation Prohibition, we have long argued, is harm maximisation because it actually...

10 Feb 2015

Why CLEAR Will No Longer Be A Political Party.

Standing as a fringe candidate in elections is pointless At the recent CLEAR Executive Committee meeting a resolution was passed calling for a change in our status from a political party to a lobby group. This will require the adoption of a revised constitution and a referendum of members will be held shortly in order to vote on a proposed draft. We want to make this change because the idea...

30 Jan 2015

CLEAR Medicinal Users Panel. Fourth Delegation To Parliament.

There is real momentum building in Parliament on the issue of medicinal cannabis. The first thing George Freeman said this week when he welcomed us to the Department of Health was: "There is a lot of discussion going on in government about this subject". This is extraordinary progress, unimaginable as recently as 2012. Undoubtedly, developments in the US have raised cannabis up the political agenda. Through 2014, CLEAR has been well received by the Home Affairs Select Committee, the Home Office, the...

15 Dec 2014

Bigotry, Cruelty, Repression And Evidence-Free Drugs Policy From Theresa May

"I take a very firm view about the legalisation of drugs. I know there are others who have a different opinion to mine. I don't think the legalisation of the sort of drugs that people are talking about is right at all. I'm very clear that the legalisation of drugs is wrong. I think drugs cause considerable damage. I think some drugs that people say should just be legalised because they don't cause much damage are actually gateway...

10 Dec 2014

CLEAR Medicinal Users Panel. Third Delegation To Parliament

Today, six members of the CLEAR Medicinal Cannabis Users Panel met with Dr Sarah Woolaston MP, chair of the Health Select Committee. This was our third delegation to Parliament this year and it demonstrates the great progress that we are making. More and more MPs are beginning to understand that cannabis is a legitimate and valuable medicine that...

23 Nov 2014

EXCLUSIVE. Norman Baker Interview

Norman Baker MP Following his resignation as a Home Office minister, Norman Baker invited me to interview him about drugs policy and his experience of government. He came to meet me at reception in Portcullis House and we walked to the cafe discussing the previous day's news that Bob Marley's family is to launch a global cannabis brand. I asked how long it would be before I could buy a bag of...