Type of complaint: Material published in a newspaper or magazine
Type of complaint: Material published in a newspaper or magazine website
Date story was published: Sunday 26 July, 2015
Publication: The Sunday Telegraph
Publication has been contacted?: No
Publication headline: Our police have gone to pot
How the Code has been breached
Clause 1 (Accuracy)
1. First sentence: “Despite the medical evidence that cannabis causes psychosis, Durham police have announced that they will no longer prosecute those growing ‘small quantitiesâ’ for personal consumption.”This is factually inaccurate. There is no medical evidence that cannabis causes psychosis. All the studies on the subject are very clear that no causative link can be shown.
2. Para 2 first sentence: “Many ministers admit having used illegal substances; so this policy of allowing the nation to rot its brains and become a danger to everyone else has yet to be countermanded.”
This is factually inaccurate. There is no evidence that cannabis ‘rots the brain’. In fact, precisely the opposite is true. Many studies demonstrate that cannabis is neuroprotective and helps to protect the brain against external injury, concussion and stroke. There is also no evidence that cannabis use causes anyone to “become a danger to everyone else”.
Name: Mr Peter Reynolds