18 May Lord Monson and CLEAR to Campaign for a Regulated Cannabis Market.
Lord Nicholas Monson’s son Rupert committed suicide after developing severe psychosis. Lord Monson believes this may have been as a result of his consumption of high-THC, low CBD cannabis – so-called ‘skunk’. As a result, Lord Monson has teamed up with CLEAR to campaign for a safer, regulated cannabis market.
So-called ‘skunk’ is a form of cannabis with zero or very little CBD that can be harmful to young people and the vulnerable. The criminal market has driven the production of cannabis with high levels of THC, the psychoactive compound and low levels of CBD, the protective, anti-psychotic compound. The absence of regulation and control has also led to sales of highly dangerous products such as ‘Spice’ which contain an extremely potent, synthetic form of THC without any balancing CBD.
Lord Monson says:
“It is urgent that the government takes the historic step of legalising and regulating more traditional forms of cannabis and puts severe penalties in place for those dealing in skunk.”
CLEAR Cannabis Law Reform is the UK’s largest and longest established drugs policy reform group. It campaigns for medicinal cannabis on prescription by doctors and a regulated market for adults.
Peter Reynolds, president of CLEAR, says:
“We are honoured to work alongside Lord Monson towards a safer cannabis market that will reduce harm instead of the present policy that maximises all harms. Just like the policy that President Trudeau is introducing in Canada and already exists across much of the USA, we must rigorously restrict access by children and those with developing brains and ensure that safe, properly regulated cannabis with a good proportion of CBD is available for adults.”