19 Mar 2019

Asking Politicians to Order Doctors to Prescribe Cannabis is a Futile Quest

Last year, when Sajid Javid introduced the new regulations permitting prescribing of cannabis-based products for medicinal use (CBPMs) he went much further than anyone could have expected. For 50 years doctors had been told that cannabis was a highly toxic, dangerous drug with no therapeutic value. Then, in the space of few weeks they were suddenly told by the Chief Medical Officer that there was "conclusive evidence" of therapeutic benefit. The truth is successive governments and the Home Office had been...

10 Sep 2018

Nick Hurd MP, The Home Office And Their Massive Broken Promise On Medicinal Cannabis.

On 29th June 2018 in The Times newspaper, Nick Hurd MP, minister of state at the Home Office, published the following promise: "If medicinal and therapeutic benefits are identified, the intention would be to reschedule cannabis-related medicine as a treatment available through GPs. Whilst recent cases in the media have involved epilepsy this would be open to patients suffering from all illnesses where such treatment is identified to benefit them." Source: 'Out-of-date rules...

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 ‘Out-of-date rules must not come before compassion for those who need medicinal cannabis’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       "Out-of-date rules must not come before compassion for those who need medicinal cannabis There are times when life presents a situation for which the status quo is no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...

28 May 2018

Lazy, Self-Serving, Incompetent MPs Decide To Blame Drug Consumers For The Consequences Of Their Failed Policies.

This is the latest propaganda and falsehood in the war on drugs. According to Sajid Javid, the new home secretary, David Gauke MP who is the justice secretary, James Cleverly MP, Dr Sarah Wollaston MP, Cressida Dick, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner and even the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, it's our fault, people who consume drugs, that their failed policies have created a gigantic criminal market which uses violence in its turf wars...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...