06 Oct The Daily Mail’s Hysteria About Cannabis Has Become A British Institution, Just Like Fox Hunting

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Daily Mail 14th October 2014 – click for larger image

In the end you have to laugh. “CANNABIS: THE TERRIBLE TRUTH” shrieks the hysterical headline. It’s what we expect from this ridiculous rag and it has nothing to do with science or real experience.

Meanwhile, in every street, in every village, in every town, city, throughout Britain, millions of people use cannabis every day, whether for pleasure, relaxation or for one of the dozens of medical conditions for which science now proves its safety and effectiveness.

The Daily Mail seeks only sensationalism. In recent times, it has also seized on the dramatic stories of cannabis oil saving the lives of children with severe epileptic disorders when no other treatment will work. Anything for a headline. Anything to exploit and sensationalise. It’s as out of touch and disconnected from the British people as are proponents of fox hunting. Its arguments are based on fear, emotion and causing confusion, just as those who claim that fox hunting is essential for the countryside.

Today’s baton carrier is Professor Wayne Hall, described as “a drugs advisor to the World Health Organisation“. He is also closely associated with the Australian National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre – that’s right “Prevention Centre“. He has a record of failing to disclose this vested interest as recently as this April in the British Medical Journal when he published a misleading paper deriding cannabinoid medicine.

In short, Prof Wayne Hall is not to be trusted. He acts not as a scientist but as a propagandist

This is just the latest in a long line of Daily Mail exploitation of myths about cannabis.

It has become tiresome and obstructive to the rational progress of the debate on drugs policy. Time to give up and grow up. The Daily Mail must move on from this ridiculous reefer madness. It is as out of touch with modern Britain as the master, his foxhounds and stirrup cup. Washed up. Irrelevant. Best gone.