25 Oct CLEAR To Meet Senior MPs On Medicinal Cannabis
Home Affairs Select Committee
Peter Reynolds is meeting with senior MPs in Portcullis House, Westminster next week, to discuss bringing the CLEAR medicinal cannabis users delegation to parliament.
Several members of the Home Affairs select committee are involved and the most important issue is whether or not Norman Baker MP, the new drugs minister, will be involved in the first meeting. We are also talking to health ministers.
Keith Vaz, chair of the Home Affairs select committee, has already agreed to meet several CLEAR members along with our principal sponsoring MP. This will happen within the next few weeks but we are also aiming for a bigger event where we meet a group of MPs and ministers. We now have 40 members of our medicinal users panel, all of whom are preparing for the occasion with concise presentations of how medicinal cannabis helps them.
Anyone wishing to join the CLEAR medicinal users panel should follow these instructions. Members of the panel have the opportunity to join the parliamentary delegation. They also receive individual guidance on lobbying their MP and on obtaining a UK doctor’s prescription for Bedrocan medicinal cannabis. They then have the opportunity to pursue an application for a Home Office personal import licence and the choice either to visit Holland to fill their prescription or pursue legal action against the UK government.
So far, five CLEAR members have successfully imported Bedrocan products, making a full declaration at customs and showing their doctor’s prescription as authority. No one has been refused.
We are also in discussions with specialist counsel in public law on applying for judicial review of the Home Office’s refusal to issue import licences.