01 Jul 2018

Nick Hurd MP, The Times. ‘Out-of-date rules must not come before compassion for those who need medicinal cannabis’

This article by Nick Hurd MP, the Home Office Minister, is re-published from the Times of Friday, 29th June 2018. It is the most significant recent government statement on cannabis.       "Out-of-date rules must not come before compassion for those who need medicinal cannabis There are times when life presents a situation for which the status quo is no longer viable; when the case for compassion stands in direct challenge to the rules of the day. This is...

30 Jun 2018

A Quick, Easy Guide to The New UK Arrangements For Access To Cannabis As Medicine.

There's already an awful lot of misunderstanding over the arrangements just introduced for medicinal cannabis and there's no need for it because, to be fair, the government has been very clear. There is an interim procedure which will be very, very difficult for most to achieve. You must have very strong support from your doctor and they, together with your local NHS Trust, must be prepared to put in a lot of work, form-filling and pay some substantial licensing fees. It's...

29 Jun 2018

Cannabis for Medical Use And How The Royal College Of GPs Is Letting Us All Down.

The last couple of weeks have brought an enormous breakthrough for those who need cannabis as medicine but with the release of the government’s interim measures for licensing, the difficulties of how this will work in practice are obvious. Unless doctors are properly informed and educated about cannabis many patients are going to remain without any help and forced to continue in the illegal market. The Royal College of GPs was supposed to have issued guidelines to all GPs by the end...

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...

26 Sep 2017

Royal College Of General Practitioners. Draft Council Paper – Cannabis For Specified Medical Indications.

  This is the document setting out the proposal that was approved by the RCGP Council on 22nd September 2017. APPG: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0c_8hkDJu0DRnBfdGRDRXBROUU/view Barnes: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0c_8hkDJu0DUDZMUzhoY1RqMG8/view MS Society (2017) Cannabis and MS: The Role of Cannabis in Treating MS Symptoms Cannabis for Specified Medical Indications Introduction In the past year, there has been significant interest in the issue of legalisation of cannabis for medical purposes. The All Party Parliamentary Group on Drug Policy Reform...

17 Sep 2016

CLEAR’s Submission To The Parliamentary Inquiry Into Medicinal Cannabis.

This was the response that CLEAR submitted to the APPG in February 2016.  In March 2016, Roland Gyallay-Pap, then managing director of CLEAR and Peter Reynolds, president, were called to give oral evidence to the Inquiry. A PDF copy of this document may be downloaded here. A copy of the Powerpoint presentation delivered by CLEAR at the oral evidence hearing can be downloaded here.   Introduction In June 2015 the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Drug Policy Reform (APPG) published a short report arguing for a rescheduling of...

16 Jul 2016

May Brings A Fresh Start To The Cannabis Campaign.

Would that we were in spring looking forward to a splendid summer. Instead, in mid-July we are heading into autumn towards what looks like a stern, drab and ominous future.   Theresa May is prime minister, perhaps the worst nightmare for those who seek cannabis law reform. You have to admire her first few days though. What you see is what you get. She is smart, calculated and very, very certain about the nature of the government she will lead.  I have no doubt she...