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Oh No! Do We Really Want Jeremy Corbyn Supporting Medicinal Cannabis?

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It’s a bit like when Russell Brand came out in favour. He’s right, just as Corbyn is but it doesn’t do us any good.  It just gives our opponents ammunition to portray the campaign as the preserve of losers and eccentrics.

I quite like Jeremy Corbyn, even if many of his policies are, in my opinion, bonkers.  I certainly think he’s a very healthy influence on British politics but his support is not going to help us gain legal access to medicinal cannabis.  If anything it’ll get in the way.  With at least 10 years of Tory government in front of us, probably 20, allying ourselves with Corbyn is going to alienate those whose minds we need to change.

Eccentrics, Please Do Not Apply.

Eccentrics, Please Do Not Apply.

Again, like Russell Brand, whose intellect is beyond doubt, so is Corbyn’s sincerity – although his statements on wider drugs policy at last night’s leadership hustings are as confused as any politician on the illiberal wing of the Conservative Party or the authoritarian wing of Labour.  It seems Mr Corbyn is just as much in favour of prohibition and supporting criminal drugs markets as any alcohol-sponsored Tory MP.

It’s not Jeremy Corbyn we want onside. It’s politicians that now or in the future will hold the reins of power.  I admire the way he has seen off the despicable rump of New Labour, Blairite ponces.  Their spiritual leader, Peter Mandelson, and his up and coming disciples like Chuka Umunna are the last people we want anywhere near government.  The record of science-deniers like Jack Straw, Jacqui Smith and Alan Johnson is best forgotten. If Corbyn can keep that nasty bunch occupied and distracted he will deserve huge credit.  I wouldn’t quite, yet, place him in the same category as Tony Benn, a man who I disagreed with profoundly yet respected enormously but he’s cast from the same mould.  He is a man of integrity but sadly, not a man cut out for success in terms of gaining political power.

If I’m wrong about Corbyn and his support does positively influence the campaign for medicinal cannabis, I’ll gladly eat my hat  – or present Match of the Day in my underpants or whatever forfeit is deemed appropriate.  In the meantime though, CLEAR will continue to focus on and work with politicians who can actually make a difference.

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Written by Peter Reynolds

August 26, 2016 at 3:01 pm

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  1. Couldn’t agree more. I’m not a Corbyn supporter although he seems like a fairly decent person, i know he will never be in power or even close to it. I think his party is in a bit of a shambles and has been for some time, they really would have to sort the labour party out before expecting to have any real influence in politcs in general. That said the more politicians voicing their support for medicinal cannabis the better. Every day people are denied medicine due to lies and stigma is a shameful day in Britain in my opinion.

    Rock star

    August 26, 2016 at 5:38 pm

  2. We should support any politician of seniority that supports decriminalisation in any form. Shame on you Reynolds, paid up Conservative member!

    James clark

    August 28, 2016 at 9:51 am


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