19 Oct 2016

MHRA Confirms Meeting With CBD Industry Representatives.

Today, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), has arranged a meeting with representatives from the UK Cannabis Trade Association (UKCTA) to discuss its designation of cannabidiol (CBD) as a medicine. A request for a meeting was was first made in writing on 20th September 2016, when the possibility of the MHRA's action was still little more than a rumour.  Nearly six weeks later, after repeated requests, complaints and lobbying from many companies, individuals and MPs, the meeting has been fixed for 3rd November...

15 Oct 2016

The British Medical Journal (BMJ) Features The CLEAR Medicinal Cannabis Campaign.

"Muddled thinking" over cannabis leaves patients in limbo, warn campaigners BMJ 2016; 355 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i5556 (Published 14 October 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5556 Download PDF here Companies selling cannabis based products have been told to remove them from the market within 28 days, after a review by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) determined that they were medicinal products. Campaigners for cannabis law reform welcomed the recognition that cannabidiol (CBD) had medicinal properties but warned that...

12 Oct 2016

The Man From The MHRA. Endangering Public Health With Precipitate Action On CBD.

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) apparent decision to designate cannabidiol (CBD) as a medicine is an unholy mess and has been handled about as badly as it is possible for a government agency to deal with a matter of public safety. The desk of Dr Ian Hudson, the Chief Executive, will shortly be groaning under the weight of correspondence from MPs asking him to explain exactly what is going on.  We know that...

07 Oct 2016

Professor Mike Barnes Speaks Out On the CBD Ban.

Professor Mike Barnes, neurologist, scientific and medical advisor to CLEAR Cannabis Law Reform, has issued the following statement. "It is encouraging that the MRHA is recognising that CBD has medicinal value but it is concerning that many people benefitting from CBD now will suffer in the short term as good quality manufacturers have to stop production pending MRHA approval"  A redacted copy of the letter now being sent to all CBD...

04 Oct 2016

Theresa May. Could It Be Worse?

Yes, of course it could be worse. It can always be worse. Before I continue this opinion piece I must qualify it to reduce the amount of noises that will be made, such as 'pfft', 'ugh', 'idiot', 'wrong', 'fool', although there will still be plenty of these I am sure. I hope I am wrong, I want to be wrong, I like being wrong. I like changing my mind, I like apologising. These are strengths, not weaknesses.  Admitting I am wrong and...

01 Oct 2016

‘This House Would Legalise Cannabis’. Reynolds v Hitchens. University Of Southampton, 29th September 2016.

  Video Coming Soon. A vote was taken before the debate started: For the proposition: 49  Against the proposition: 18  Abstain/undecided: 17 John Pritchard, studying economics. For the proposition. Jacob Power, studying philosophy. Against the proposition. Peter Reynolds, CLEAR Cannabis Law Reform. For the proposition. Peter Hitchens, Mail on Sunday. Against the proposition. A vote was taken after the debate finished: For the proposition: 57  Against the proposition: 26  Abstain/undecided: 8 My speech I start with an assertion that I think we can all agree on - the...

28 Sep 2016

Facebook Says Calling A Black Man A Baboon “Doesn’t Violate Our Community Standards”.

On the other hand Facebook says that recommending a responsible, reputable supplier of verified, lab-tested, legal CBD food supplements does violate its standards. At a guess (because you can't get a straight answer from Facebook about anything), the issue is "We prohibit any attempts by unauthorised dealers to purchase, sell or trade prescription drugs, marijuana, firearms or ammunition." Now CBD food supplements are fully legal products.  They are not prescription drugs.  True, CBD is present in cannabis but it...

17 Sep 2016

CLEAR’s Submission To The Parliamentary Inquiry Into Medicinal Cannabis.

This was the response that CLEAR submitted to the APPG in February 2016.  In March 2016, Roland Gyallay-Pap, then managing director of CLEAR and Peter Reynolds, president, were called to give oral evidence to the Inquiry. A PDF copy of this document may be downloaded here. A copy of the Powerpoint presentation delivered by CLEAR at the oral evidence hearing can be downloaded here.   Introduction In June 2015 the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Drug Policy Reform (APPG) published a short report arguing for a rescheduling of...

15 Sep 2016

Chip Somers, Drug Therapist Charlatan. Ignorant? A Liar? Or Both?

It takes a lot to get me angry these days about attitudes towards cannabis.  Many people are simply misinformed and are themselves victims of a relentless propaganda campaign by governments and the gutter press.  Today though I watched the Victoria Derbyshire show on catch up from last Tuesday, the day that Parliament published published its report on medicinal cannabis.  In the studio were CLEAR member Lara Smith, UPA member Faye Adams and Chip Somers, described as a 'government advisor', was on Skype from his home...