21 Jul 2018

Cannabis Trades Association Receives Official Endorsement From the MHRA.

For nearly two years the Cannabis Trades Association (CTA) has been working with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), the Food Standards Agency (FSA), the Home Office, Trading Standards and other UK authorities to bring order and professional standards to the growing market in legal cannabis and CBD products. The MHRA has now officially recognised CTA by inclusion in its Guidance Note 8 'A guide to what is a medicinal product'. This is long overdue recognition for the CTA's work...

16 May 2018

Let’s Nail the Home Office’s Latest Smokescreen About Medical Cannabis

As the evidence and support for legal access to cannabis for medical use grows, so the Home Office adjusts and reframes its arguments in denial. This should come as no surprise. The 'hostile environment' revealed by the Windrush scandal runs through the Home Office like a stick of rock. The culture of this department is defined by Theresa May and it reflects her character and personality. It is secretive, demands total control and micro management of everything it touches and whenever...

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...

12 May 2018

The UK Government’s Latest Excuse About Medicinal Cannabis Is Yet Another Deception.

Nick Hurd MP, the Home Office minister, said again this week that as far as any consideration of cannabis for medical use is concerned, the government will "await the outcome" of the report on cannabis due from the WHO in 2019 "before considering the next steps". In fact, the results of an FOI request show that the UK government has refused to take part in the WHO committee which will "review cannabis...

17 Apr 2018

The Facts About CBD In The UK. April 2018.

This article is an update to 'The Facts About CBD In The UK. December 2016.' The past three years have seen a true phenomenon develop around the cannabis law reform movement which has quickly crossed into mainstream society, commerce and general awareness. It's the explosion of the CBD market, a trade that has grown from zero to £50 million per annum in the UK in this very short period. There has been a great deal of nonsense published about the market, the...

02 Apr 2018

Home Office Denies FOI Request In Cover-Up Of All Information On Cannabis Production Licences

On 6th March 2018 CLEAR submitted a Freedom of Information Request to the Home Office asking for full details of the licences accounting for the legal production of cannabis in the UK. This arose from the story which we broke on 4th March revealing that the UK is the world’s largest producer and exporter of legal cannabis, this according to data provided to the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) by the government. The Home Office has refused the request. Its grounds...

09 Mar 2018

This is Paul Kenward, husband of Victoria Atkins MP who is the UK drugs minister. He grows cannabis for a living.

Mr Kenward is managing director of British Sugar which grows cannabis under contract to GW Pharmaceuticals at its 45 acre greenhouse in Wissington, Norfolk.  As confirmed by British Sugar, the cannabis is for production of Epidiolex, GW's epilepsy medicine which is understood to be 98% cannabidiol (CBD). Epidiolex is not yet licensed as a medicine although it is currently with the FDA for US approval and the European Medicines Agency for approval within the EU...

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...

08 Aug 2017

The Shame Of Drugs Minster Sarah Newton MP.

Sarah Newton is MP for Truro and Falmouth. Since July 2016 she has been Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Home Office. Her responsibilities include drugs and alcohol. During last month's drugs debate Mrs Newton caused uproar in the House of Commons when she said she "would not agree that alcohol is the most dangerous drug" and that "alcohol taken in moderation is not a harmful drug". Both these statements are, of course, directly contradicted by a vast quantity of scientific evidence...