09 Oct 2015

On The Eve Of The Cannabis Debate, CLEAR Meets Top Government Minister.

Oliver Letwin MP, Cabinet Office Minister. Peter Reynolds, President of CLEAR Today, Friday 9th October, in advance of Monday's cannabis debate in Parliament, I met with Oliver Letwin, the Cabinet Office minister with responsibility for the implementation of government policy. According to The Independent, Oliver Letwin is "probably the most powerful person in the government after the Prime Minister and Chancellor". I first met with him back in July and he agreed to investigate the...

29 Sep 2015

The Weak And Ineffectual Response Of Most MPs To The Cannabis Debate

CLEAR has been mobilising its members as never before to lobby their MPs in advance of the cannabis debate on 12th October. There are honourable exceptions but most responses have been unhelpful, dismissive and have completely failed to deal with the arguments put forward. Most MPs are indoctrinated with the false reporting churned out by the press, scared stiff of the subject and not prepared to look any deeper. It is a terrible indictment of these people,...

18 Sep 2015

Guidance On How To Lobby Your MP For The Cannabis Debate.

In the UK the only democratic power you have is through your MP. The arcane nature of our Parliament and the unaccountability of MPs makes that sad and depressing but it is reality. The only alternative routes to power are to spend millions on advertising and PR or to chance on gaining the fickle and unreliable support of the popular media. So, it is to your MP you must turn if you want to exercise influence in...

08 Sep 2015

Cannabis Debate On 12th October 2015. Now Is The Time To Contact Your MP.

Today (8th September) the House of Commons Petitions Committee agreed to hold a debate in response to the cannabis petition. It will take place on 12th October 2015 in Westminster Hall and it will be led by Paul Flynn, the veteran MP for Newport West, who has been campaigning for cannabis law reform for more than 25 years. Four years ago this month, Paul was instrumental in the launch of the CLEAR Plan 'How To Regulate Cannabis...

25 Aug 2015

UK Government Response To Cannabis Petition: Fatuous, Dishonest And Misleading.

This article appeared on Politics UK 26th August 2015 Peter Reynolds Over 203,000 people have signed the petition on the government's website to 'Make the production, sale and use of cannabis legal'. All petitions that pass 100,000 signatures are considered for a debate in the House of Commons and when MPs return from their summer break, the petitions committee will have a hard time refusing a debate on a petition that has doubled the required threshold....

21 Aug 2015

Now The Cannabis Petition Has Passed 200,000, What Can You Do Next?

It's a great achievement that together we have doubled the the number of signatures required for a debate on cannabis legalisation to be 'considered'. But it's not over yet. The government and many MPs will fight tooth and nail to stop any debate. You can be sure that the alcohol industry is already lobbying ministers furiously. It is terrified that there could be a much safer, healthier and legal alternative to its poisonous products. So...

05 Aug 2015

Massive, Long Term Study Shows No Health Harms From Cannabis. Where Are The Headlines?

Long term cannabis use by teenage boys is not linked to later physical or mental health issues according to a very large, long term study published by the American Psychological Association. Where are the front page headlines, the hysterical editorials, the hand wringing, bleating and scaremongering from the Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail? They seem to be very quiet on this one. To be fair the Mail has covered it but the leaders in anti-cannabis propaganda at...

31 Jul 2015

The Cannabis Petition. A Wake Up Call For MPs Who Have Ignored Both Electorate And Evidence.

Nearly 200,000 people have signed a petition to legalise cannabis. It's not just a simple click of a mouse button, it requires email verification. It is an enormous event. It is only the tip of the iceberg of the millions in the UK that want to see our archaic and harmful laws on cannabis changed. Petition: Make the production, sale and use of cannabis legal. A lot of MPs are going to be very...

03 Jul 2015

The Minister For Government Policy On The Strange Case Of Medicinal Cannabis.

Oliver Letwin MP is, according to The Independent, "probably the most powerful person in the government after the Prime Minister and Chancellor". He is the Cabinet Office minister with responsibility for the implementation of government policy. He holds the ancient title of Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. He is a member of 13 of the 14 Cabinet committees and chair of three of them, more than anyone other than Cameron. He is now...

23 Jun 2015

House of Lords Medicinal Cannabis Debate 23rd June 2015

Firstly, credit and thanks where it is due: Baroness Hamwee, Lord Howarth, Baroness Meacher, Lord Paddick and Lord Ribeiro, champions of evidence, intelligent drugs policy and humane values. However, some were less helpful. Lord Blencathra, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, dismissed the immense value of cannabis experienced by tens of thousands of other MS patients throughout the world. His suggestion that pharmaceutical drugs notorious for their horrible side effects are a better choice flies in the face of...