Mental Health Question Time panel explains why British research into cannabis is so poor

Research into cannabis in Britain is systematically held back by the state and the vast majority of it focuses on whether or not it is harmful, while the framing of such research is so broad as to render it meaningless. At a recent event discussing cannabis, Mental Health Question Time – a series of regular free to attend public discussions that take place in London, set up by the UCL Division of Psychiatry, The Lancet Psychiatry and the National Elf Service – Prof Val Curran, Professor of Psychopharmacology at UCL,…

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Student Slams Police Crime Commissioner Over ‘Anti-Social’ Cannabis Smell Claim

A cancer survivor has slammed the claims of a police crime commissioner that cannabis cannot be legalised because of its “anti-social smell”. Appearing on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire Show, Jack Morgan, a 21-year-old student at Bristol University, said: “I don’t understand how a smell can be anti-social compared to the anti-social behaviour caused by alcohol. People drinking alcohol become aggressive, get into fights; people who have smoked cannabis are the opposite, they’re very relaxed, they don’t cause harm to anyone.” Devon & Cornwall Police Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez – an…

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UKCSC: A regulated cannabis market in the UK will keep children safer

UK Cannabis Social Club spokesperson Edouard Desforges appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire Show to make the case that the regulated framework proposed by UKCSC will help keep children safer by moving cannabis sales off of the street where sales can only be made if you have age ID. The debate was in response to six Police Crime Commissioners coming out in support of making cannabis social clubs legal, along with the release of new figures showing that there has been a rise in the number of prosecutions brought against…

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Jumping through the hoops: how to apply for medicinal cannabis

In his latest vlog, friend of UKCSC Ian Frizell has provided a detailed explanation of the the process of applying for a prescription of medicinal cannabis, a new possibility in the UK after the government announced that some cannabis-derived medicine would be redefined and moved into Schedule 2 so that doctors could prescribe it for their patients. Ian believes that while this is “a step in the right direction” because the government has been forced to admit publicly that cannabis has medicinal value, “the reality is that it is still…

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“We can’t wait – we need a situation where growing at home is decriminalised”

The conversation is raging. Not only for medical cannabis either, recreational cannabis has been flung into the spot light after Lord William Hague took to The Telegraph newspaper and declared that the war on cannabis has been “comprehensively and irreversibly lost”. This lead to a media storm that has lasted more than ten days. On Wednesday  the 20th of June at 9am in the midst of this frenzy, Greg de Hoedt Chairman and founder of the UK Cannabis Social Clubs was invited to speak on BBC 2’s Victoria Derbyshire show…

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