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The BBC Finally Wakes Up To the Potential Of Medicinal Cannabis.

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bbc cannab headerSome people think the BBC is right wing and others think it’s run by a bunch of commie subversives.  Personally I’d say it’s soft left, mumsy, pro-status quo.  It supports the establishment and that means it’s always been negative about cannabis.  If it isn’t joining in the demonisation of us – the three million psychotic axe murderers that use cannabis regularly in the UK – then it takes a jokey, sarcastic, snide angle.

Alistair Leithead.

Alistair Leithead

So the release of a short news video report today ‘Can cannabis oil cure serious diseases like cancer?’ is a big step forward.  Even better, it’s fronted by Alastair Leithead, a credible, intelligent journalist, not by some ‘celebrity doctor’ or the ‘addiction expert’ Professor John Marsden, who presented the disgraceful and misleading ‘America’s Stoned Kids’ in 2012, where he tried to pin adolescents with cannabis problems on Colorado’s legalisation even though it hadn’t even come into force at the time.

Professor

Professor John Marsden

Mark my words, this is a step change, a seminal moment.

Perhaps, at last, the UK media will start treating medicinal cannabis seriously as has been happening in America and Australia for many years.  We’ve already seen some local newspapers publishing intelligent articles and the Daily Mail has jumped on the bandwagon of sensationalist stories about treating childhood epilepsy.  All we need now is The Times, The Guardian and the Sundays to give it the attention it deserves.  The Daily Telegraph has become the new home of ‘reefer madness’, with appalling distortion of science, more tabloid than a tabloid.  But we don’t need it anymore, it’s made itself irrelevant.

bbc cannabis oil 2bbc cannabis oilSo watch this short video.  It includes interviews with Kat Arney of Cancer Research UK, a woman who is cancer free after rejecting chemotherapy and only using cannabis oil and a sceptical Professor David Agus, who is entirely correct that there is no credible scientific evidence yet available that cannabis cures cancer.

It’s coming though.  CLEAR is about to publish the most comprehensive, up to date paper ‘Medicinal Cannabis:The Evidence’.  A leading pharmacologist is about to publish a paper supporting a move of cannabis from schedule one to schedule two and various clinical trials are coming to fruition.

All the more reason to be optimistic that the next Parliament will have no option but to introduce long-overdue reform.

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