27 Oct 2020

Professor Les Iversen, Tightrope Walker and Unsung Hero of Cannabis Law Reform

Leslie Iversen, born October 31 1937, died July 30 2020Daily Telegraph obituary 'Leslie Iversen, pioneering neuroscientist who studied the effects of drugs on the brain'I'm sad that the latter years of Les Iversen's life have been skipped over in this obituary. As with so many scientists who have had some influence in the political field, he had to tread a tightrope between scientific evidence and the ignorance, bigotry, prejudice of those in politics who are far more concerned with tabloid...

03 Oct 2020

Five Reasons Why Boris Johnson Should Legalise Cannabis Now

1. Popularity Polls confirm that a majority of British voters support reform of our cannabis laws. More than three-quarters are strongly supportive of medicinal cannabis. There has been a sea change in attitude, also strongly accelerated by the rise of the CBD market, itself born entirely out of small, entrepreneurial British businesses. Boris could catch this wave, delight more than half of the electorate immediately with a bold, radical move and dispel much of the 'nasty party', authoritarian mood that has...

09 May 2020

Facebook Moderation and Censorship AKA ‘Community Standards’ Going Haywire

It may be automated systems going wrong or it may be another misguided crackdown on legitimate posts but as usual with Facebook it's impossible to get any answers, explanation or guidance. The CLEAR team has run a Facebook page now for 10 years. According to Facebook data it's the second most 'liked' page on cannabis and drugs policy and its 'engagement' is usually in the top three of all similar pages worldwide. We've experienced everything crazy that Facebook has thrown us over those...

14 May 2018

More Lies From The Home Office. A UK Government Department That Is Institutionally Dishonest.

This deceit from the Home Office needs to be called out straightaway. Andrew Gilligan, the Sunday Times journalist, did a great job of getting the Victoria Atkins cannabis scandal out into the mainstream and I thank him for that. I gave him a great deal more evidence of Home Office maladministration than he used but he managed to bring out yet more brazen dishonesty in the process.The Home Office said: “When she was appointed . . . the minister voluntarily...

10 Apr 2018

The Views Of Dr Sarah Wollaston MP On Drugs Policy. A Worrying Case Requiring A Good Dose of Evidence.

Dr Sarah Wollaston MP is chair of the cross party Health Select Committee. She was a practising GP but is now the most senior Westminster politician, not in government, who has expertise in health and medicine.The views she expresses are extremely worrying because they betray a complete failure to take note of the evidence, particularly surprising because of her profession. I responded by explaining legalising drugs doesn't mean a free for all, it means the opposite. We have a free for...

18 Mar 2018

There Are Tyrants Abroad And Tyrants At Home.

  The story of Alfie Dingley is covered in today's Sunday Times.  Alfie is desperately in need of a few drops of cannabis oil each day to quell his life threatening seizures.  That this medicine works for him and will save his life is proven beyond doubt under the supervision of a consultant neurologist in the NetherlandsAmber Rudd can issue a licence for cannabis oil for Alfie Dingley with a single stroke of her pen. The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971...

09 Feb 2018

Victoria Atkins MP, The UK Drugs Minister, Opposes Drugs Regulation While Her Husband Grows 45 Acres of Cannabis Under Government Licence.

There are many examples of wilful ignorance, blind prejudice and bare faced dishonesty on drugs policy from many former and current MPs.  There is no one though who plumbs the depths of deception and hypocrisy as the new drugs minister Victoria Atkins.Her recent performance in the Westminster Hall debate on drug consumption rooms (DCR) was riddled with inaccuracies, distorted information and downright...

04 Feb 2018

Let’s Temper Hope For Paul Flynn’s Medical Cannabis Bill With Some Reality.

No one would like to see Paul Flynn's 'Elizabeth Brice' bill  to re-legalise medical cannabis pass through Parliament more than me.  Yet it concerns me that expectations are being raised way beyond what is realistic. There is widespread misunderstanding about what the bill is and what are its chances of getting any further.The Legalisation of Cannabis (Medicinal Purposes) Bill 2017–19 is a Private Member's Bill. It was  introduced to Parliament on Tuesday...

01 Aug 2017

UK Drugs Policy Equivalent To A Grenfell Tower Tragedy Every Fortnight, Yet Ministers Prescribe More Of the Same.

The scandal that is UK drugs policy deepened last month as the Home Office published what must be one of the most irresponsible government reports ever.The 2017 Drug Strategy adds nothing of any significance to the same document published in 2010. Since then, deaths from drug overdose have reached an all time high of 2,479 (latest 2015 data). There has been an explosion in highly toxic new psychoactive...