08 Oct Letter To Keith Vaz Concerning HASC Drugs Inquiry

Rt. Hon. Keith Vaz MP
Home Affairs Select Committee
House of Commons
SW1A 0AA 8th October 2012

Dear Mr Vaz,

HASC Drugs Inquiry

It was a pleasure to meet you at the recent conference. I do hope you have found time to read at least the first couple of chapters of the book that I sent to you and your colleagues on the committee – “Marijuana, Gateway To Health. How Cannabis Protects Us From Cancer And Alzheimer’s Disease”.

I understand from the committee office that before closing the inquiry you are considering a further oral evidence session. I am therefore writing to ask you, once again, to call me to give evidence. There are, I believe, two glaring omissions from the oral evidence which I could help you with.

1. No evidence heard from non-problematic drug users.

You said at the beginning of the inquiry “Hearing from those personally affected by drugs use is essential to our inquiry”. However, the vast majority of drug users, particularly of cannabis, experience no ill effects nor cause any problems to society and no evidence has been heard from them at all.

2. No evidence heard on medicinal cannabis

The medicinal use of cannabis is the single issue most often referred to in all the written evidence to the inquiry yet not one question has been asked and not one witness has been called. There is now irrefutable proof of the value as cannabis as medicine. That cannabis remains in schedule 1 of the Misuse of Drugs Regulations in defiance of science and common sense is absurd and a direct cause of harm to many British people.

I do hope that you will be able to find time to call me to give evidence. To ignore these two important issues would seriously undermine the value and the credibility of the inquiry.

Yours sincerely,

Peter Reynolds

cc: All members of the HASC