20 Jun 2018

How To Regulate Cannabis In Britain. The CLEAR Plan Version 2.0

CLEAR's plan for the regulation of cannabis in Britain is based on the 2011 study 'Taxing the UK Cannabis Market' which CLEAR commissioned from the Independent Drug Monitoring Unit (IDMU). IDMU was consulted on an updated version of its study but advised that the data has not significantly changed. Key evidence from the study shows that: The UK cannabis market is worth approx £6 billion per annum More than three tons of cannabis...

16 May 2018

Let’s Nail the Home Office’s Latest Smokescreen About Medical Cannabis

As the evidence and support for legal access to cannabis for medical use grows, so the Home Office adjusts and reframes its arguments in denial. This should come as no surprise. The 'hostile environment' revealed by the Windrush scandal runs through the Home Office like a stick of rock. The culture of this department is defined by Theresa May and it reflects her character and personality. It is secretive, demands total control and micro management of everything it touches and whenever...

14 May 2018

More Lies From The Home Office. A UK Government Department That Is Institutionally Dishonest.

This deceit from the Home Office needs to be called out straightaway. Andrew Gilligan, the Sunday Times journalist, did a great job of getting the Victoria Atkins cannabis scandal out into the mainstream and I thank him for that. I gave him a great deal more evidence of Home Office maladministration than he used but he managed to bring out yet more brazen dishonesty in the process. The Home Office said: “When she was appointed . . . the minister voluntarily...

14 May 2018

Legalising Cannabis WOULD NOT Save £900 Million. A More Realistic Figure Is £6.7 Billion.

The £900 million figure being touted around by the Taxpayers' Alliance as the savings that could be achieved from legalising cannabis is a massive underestimate and isn't based on the sort of model that is currently being implemented in US states. CLEAR commissioned independent research in 2011 which shows that a model in the UK simlar to that in Colorado would produce a net gain to the UK economy of around £6.7 billion pa and perhaps...

12 May 2018

The UK Government’s Latest Excuse About Medicinal Cannabis Is Yet Another Deception.

Nick Hurd MP, the Home Office minister, said again this week that as far as any consideration of cannabis for medical use is concerned, the government will "await the outcome" of the report on cannabis due from the WHO in 2019 "before considering the next steps". In fact, the results of an FOI request show that the UK government has refused to take part in the WHO committee which will "review cannabis...

03 May 2018

There Was Grenfell, Then The Windrush Generation And Now Theresa May Fiddles While Alfie Dingley Faces Death

When Will This Tyrant Be Overthrown?   The campaign to save Alfie Dingley's life looked to have succeeded on 20th March when 108 MPs met Alfie and family at Parliament. That same day, accompanied by Sir Patrick Stewart, a petition of over 370,000 signatures was delivered to Downing Street and Theresa May herself met with the family and encouraged them that everything possible would be done to help. Originally, the Home Office were suggesting that they might issue a licence to allow...

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...

15 Mar 2018

CLEAR And The Institute of Psychiatry Announce Cannabis Experiences Research Study

In conjunction with CLEAR, the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King's College London has designed a research programme to study different experiences with cannabis and other drugs.We are seeking people aged 18 and over who will complete a questionnaire about their experiences which should take about 20 - 25 minutes.  We are interested in people who have used cannabis, who still use cannabis and who have never used cannabis. Participation is voluntary.  You may change your mind and withdraw...

25 Jun 2017

CLEAR Appoints Andrea Clarke As Chief Executive.

CLEAR Cannabis Law Reform, the UK's largest and longest established drugs policy group has appointed Andrea Clarke to the newly created position of chief executive. Andrea Clarke, 38, has been in charge of CLEAR's membership since February 2016.  Her new role will encompass responsibility for all aspects of CLEAR's day to day management including finance.  She has wide experience in management, administration and public-facing roles ranging from working as a tour guide with London Buses to...

07 Jun 2017

So-Called ‘Skunk’ – What Does The Word Mean And How Much Of A Problem Is It?

The meaning of the word 'skunk' has changed.   Today it has come to mean high potency cannabis that contains zero or very little CBD and this is a definition that is now in general use worldwide, including by scientists such as Professors David Nutt and Val Curran who are very much supporters of reform. Originally, it meant a strain of cannabis selectively bred from a Colombian sativa, a Mexican sativa and an Afghan indica that...