Alfie Dingley’s cannabis medicine prescription secured after Mike Barnes intervention

Alfie Dingley will continue to get access to cannabis medicine – after having his licence revoked – thanks to an intervention by Professor Mike Barnes. The family’s long fight contributed to the legalisation of the use of cannabis medicine to treat epilepsy in the UK, which came into effect on 1 November. However, that law change saw Alfie’s temporary licence lapse, which was secured through a temporary ‘expert panel’ set up by the Home Office, leaving him at the mercy of strict guidelines set for prescribing cannabis. Thankfully Alfie’s supply…

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‘My brother would still be alive if he’d had access to a cannabis social club’

During a BBC 5 Live discussion about the emergence of the cannabis social club movement in Britain a listener called in to say that he believed his brother, who died from an overdose before the age of 40, would still be alive if he had had access to a cannabis social club. In a powerful testimony, Aidie from Norfolk said that his brother would have had a better chance of not being led down the wrong path if he had access to a social environment where drug-taking was regulated. “I…

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Derbyshire PCC Hardyal Dhinsda: UK needs adult conversation about legalising cannabis social clubs

Hardyal Dhinsda, the Police Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire and National Lead for Drugs Misuse, has told BBC 5 Live that Britain needs to have “an adult conversation” about legalising cannabis social clubs and says that the concept is gaining traction among UK Police Crime Commissioners. The interview came after more national media coverage of UKCSC and the legalisation movement, with chairman Greg de Hoedt calling for the right to grow on 5 Live and Teeside CSC founder Michael Fisher calling for club licences on BBC News. Dhinsda recently met with…

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UKCSC chairman Greg de Hoedt demands the right to grow on BBC 5 Live

UKCSC chairman Greg de Hoedt spoke to BBC Radio 5 Drive Time on Wednesday and demanded the government grant cannabis users the right to grow. Co-host Tony Livesey told listeners that Britain is witnessing a “boom” in cannabis social clubs with two opening every month. He asked Greg how the clubs could justify their illegal activity. “How do you justify criminalising people who aren’t causing harm to anyone?” said Greg. “There’s no victim so there shouldn’t be a crime.” Asked why people couldn’t just consume cannabis at home instead of…

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Video: Teeside Cannabis Club calls for cannabis social club licences on BBC News

Teeside Cannabis Social Club called for cannabis clubs to be given licences on BBC News on Wednesday. The visit from the state broadcaster gave the club the opportunity to show Britain the social benefits of its model. One member told the programme that “we come here for a safe environment where we know that cannabis hasn’t been street-derived”, while another said it was no different from going to a pub to have a drink with friends. Teeside Cannabis Club founder Michael Fisher explained to the programme that members share cannabis…

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