30 Jan Daily Mail Profits From Illegal Advertising For Cannabis
On the same day that the Mail publishes yet another inaccurate and misleading article on cannabis and CBD in particular, it is carrying a full page advertisement for CBD which breaches medicines, food and advertising law.
The ad, from Woods Supplements at https://www.woodshealth.com/, claims medicinal benefits for its product for joint pain, migraine, psoriasis, acne, depression, pain and inflammation.
While there is probably a substantial amount of truth in these claims, it is unlawful to make them without the product having a licence or marketing authorisation (MA) from the MHRA.
Why does this matter? CLEAR advocates for the medicinal use of cannabis in all its forms, so why would we object to any company making these claims?
Medicines regulation is essential, otherwise we will have people selling bottles of coloured water as a cancer cure. Most CBD companies are responsible and understand it is unlawful to make medicinal claims, so irresponsible companies like Woods Supplements need to be stopped. They are stealing business from responsible companies. So Woods Supplements is NOT a reputable company as it claims in its ad.
But despite the MHRA regularly flexing its muscles and talking tough, it does nothing. There is simply no enforcement going on. Remember in 2016, it threatened to shut the entire CBD industry down over medicinal claims? Most companies work extremely hard at considerable cost to stay compliant but the MHRA does nothing to support them.
As for the Daily Mail, scourge of truth about cannabis, profiting by illegal advertising, what should be done? Well as these offences can result in a two year jail term and the publisher and editor of the Daily Mail are clearly complicit in them, when we can expect to see them marched from their desks in handcuffs?
Presumably the directors of Woods Supplements will be waiting at HMP Brixton to welcome them.