05 Sep 2019

NICE’s Draft Guidelines on Cannabis Prove That Its Methods Don’t Work and It Is Causing Harm to Patients

The draft guidelines produced by the NICE committee are nothing short of ridiculous. There is a complete absence of common sense and an absurd failure properly to consider all the available evidence. But it's actually much more serious than this. It is now abundantly clear that this committee, its membership and its conclusions were only ever intended to delay, obfuscate and sabotage the reforms which were introduced in November last year because of a public outcry. The selection of members of the...

06 Mar 2019

Presentation at the Hemp CBD Expo, 2nd March 2019

Peter Reynolds spoke at the Hemp CBD Expo at around 5.00pm on Saturday, 2nd March 2019. Below is his speech as originally composed. An audio file is available here. A video will be available shortly. The PowerPoint presentation file is here. "Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. My name is Peter Reynolds and I am the president of CLEAR Cannabis Law Reform. We were founded in 1999 and we now have around three-quarters of a million followers on social media and we’re approaching...

30 Jan 2019

Daily Mail Profits From Illegal Advertising For Cannabis

On the same day that the Mail publishes yet another inaccurate and misleading article on cannabis and CBD in particular, it is carrying a full page advertisement for CBD which breaches medicines, food and advertising law. The ad, from Woods Supplements at https://www.woodshealth.com/, claims medicinal benefits for its product for joint pain, migraine, psoriasis, acne, depression, pain and inflammation. While there is probably a substantial amount of truth in these claims, it is unlawful to make them without the product having a...

29 Jan 2019

Another Attack by Bureaucrats on CBD and its Consumers

Today's article in the Daily Mail on CBD follows that publication's usual pattern - there is a kernel of truth but on top of that is piled inaccuracy upon misleading comment upon nonsense. So let's deal with the truth and send the nonsense back to the Daily Mail where it belongs. Within the last few days it has emerged that the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA), has been working surreptitiously with its opposite numbers in four other EU countries to add all...

19 Nov 2018

Cannabis Professionals. The Trade Association for the UK’s Cannabis, CBD and Hemp Businesses

Cannabis Professionals (CannaPro) is the trade association for the UK's cannabis, CBD and hemp businesses. CannaPro will represent this fast-growing sector to the authorities, standing up to the Home Office, MHRA, FSA and Trading Standards, advocating for members' interests, not acting as a government enforcer but as its members' champion and to promote the development of the legal cannabis sector. CannaPro will offer guidance and support to all businesses, helping them to navigate through law and regulations on drugs, medicines, food and...

18 Oct 2018

The MHRA On CBD/Hemp Products And Its Relationship With Trade Associations

This is an email from the MHRA to a CBD/Hemp supplier which name is redacted. It clearly sets out the MHRA's position regarding the Cannabis Trades Association, its 'Cannabis Products Directive' proposal and how anyone is able to obtain advice from the MHRA without having to join any trade association. It also explains how medical claims may only be made about a CBD product if it has the required licence known as a marketing authorisation. This is authoritative guidance from the...

16 Oct 2018

Statement Concerning The Cannabis Trades Association UK

With regret, CLEAR announces that it has withdrawn its endorsement of and support for the Hemp Trade Association Ltd (HTA) trading as Cannabis Trades Association UK (CTA). Peter Reynolds, president of CLEAR, created and founded CTA in September 2016. Since November 2016, HTA has traded under the CTA name with the permission of Peter Reynolds who was appointed to its advisory board. That permission has been withdrawn from 18th October 2018 and Peter has resigned from the advisory board with immediate...

13 Sep 2018

CLEAR Advises Department of Health and MHRA on Definition of Cannabis-Derived Medicinal Products.

Last week, CLEAR was invited to participate in a teleconference with representatives of the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). This followed our written submissions made over the last few weeks. The teleconference included two representatives from each party. The DHSC was represented by the Medicines Pharmacy and Industry section. The MHRA was represented by the Licensing Division. CLEAR has now submitted a summary of all the advice offered which is reproduced...

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...

08 Mar 2018

Misleading Parliament Again. Victoria Atkins, The Drugs Minister With A Family Cannabis Farm.

She's back!  Victoria Atkins MP is again engaged in answering parliamentary questions on cannabis for the UK government.  Clearly this is wholly improper when she directly benefits from commercial production of cannabis. Ms Atkins disappeared from public view for a few weeks after CLEAR revealed that her husband is growing 45 acres of cannabis under government licence while she argues against drugs regulation in Parliament. It was particularly notable that she was absent from the House of Commons during the recent...