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Channel 4 Cannabis Programme. Irresponsible, Unethical, Misleading.

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Jon Snow Cannabis experiment sensationalismThe pre-publicity for next week’s programme ‘Drugs Live: Cannabis on Trial’ has been nothing but a repeat of 1930s ‘Reefer Madness’. See ‘Jon Snow gets the inside dope on skunk’ for his commentary and a video.

It is tragic that respected journalists, Jon Snow and Matthew Paris, both of whom have been intelligent opponents of the disastrous drugs war, have been duped and manipulated into being used as sensationalist propaganda by an unscrupulous production company, Renegade Pictures.  After Channel 4’s prejudicial and hate-mongering programme, Benefits Street, one would have hoped that its editors would have learned lessons and resolved to take a more responsible approach.

David Abraham, CEO, Channel 4

David Abraham, CEO, Channel 4

I have been in correspondence with Renegade Pictures, with UCL, which is responsible for ethical approval of the study and with Jon Snow.  Today I have written to the Chief Executive of Channel 4.

David Abraham
Chief Executive
Channel 4
124, Horseferry Road
London
SW1P 2TX

Dear Mr Abraham,

Drugs Live: Cannabis on Trial. Due for broadcast 3rd March 2015

There are compelling reasons why you should halt the broadcast of this programme in its present form. It is grossly irresponsible, deeply unethical and highly misleading.

I write as the elected leader of more than 320,000 supporters of cannabis law reform. CLEAR represents more people than all other UK drugs policy groups combined. I have made repeated attempts to engage with the producers of this programme, Renegade Pictures, but apart from one acknowledgement my correspondence has been ignored. This is an open letter which will be published on the CLEAR website.

A comprehensive complaint will be made to OFCOM if the programme is broadcast in its present form and I am already in touch with UCL on the question of ethics. At this stage I want to draw to your attention to conclusive evidence of the unethical basis of this programme.

The study being conducted by Professors Curran and Nutt is important science. However, it is not original and the outcome is a foregone conclusion. It is well established in other research and widely understood that CBD moderates the psychoactive effects of THC.

The cannabis used in the programme is not ‘skunk’ as claimed, it is a ‘haze’ variety produced by Bedrocan BV, the Netherlands government official producer of medicinal cannabis. It is prescribed as medicine by doctors in Holland, Belgium, Italy, Germany and Canada.

I would refer you to the Netherlands Office for Medicinal Cannabis, which regulates Bedrocan products. It publishes guidelines for medical professionals which can be seen here: BEDROCAN GUIDELINES

On using a vapouriser these state:

“Inhale a few times until the desired effect is reached or until psychological side-effects occur. Wait 5-15 minutes after the first inhalation and wait between inhalations.”

If you now observe the ludicrous overdose that Jon Snow and Matthew Paris were subjected to, you will understand how gravely irresponsible is the conduct of the programme’s producers.

Aside from the impact on the individuals concerned, this programme will present a highly misleading and false impression of the use of cannabis which millions of British people participate in every day.

I urge you to take prompt action and stop the broadcast of this programme in its present form.

Kind regards,

yours sincerely,

Peter Reynolds

 

Will We Ever See Cheech, Chong And A Cannabis Dress On Strictly?

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Tommy Chong has now reached the semi finals of ‘Dancing With The Stars’.

I’d love to see a Strictly girl in a skimpy little ‘weed’ dress and what sarcastic comment would Craig come up with?

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November 13, 2014 at 6:01 pm

Farage On Marr. A Towering Performance.

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Nigel Farage, The Andrew Marr Show, 1st June 2014

Nigel Farage, The Marr Show, 1st June 2014

This was Nigel Farage at his very best: the man of the people, relaxed but determined, fair minded but firm, tolerant but strong, patriotic but generous.  Really it couldn’t have gone any better.

All the vile abuse hurled at him by the small men and women of the media and the political establishment, the disgraceful BBC bias, the blatant hypocrisy of Tory and Labour that ferment conflict within our country every day.  Nigel dealt with them all with a smile and good grace.

He is stronger than ever.  The UKIP policies that he hinted at seem sensible and popular. Protest votes will be hardening into solid support.  Britain now despises the identikit Cameron, Miliband, Duncan Smith, Balls and the rest.  The chattering idiots at the Guardian and the BBC  and the Bullingdon Club associate members at the Telegraph and the Times.  They’re all as out of touch as each other.  The Fleet Street Mafia is as disgraced as the members of the cabinet and shadow cabinet.  We want none of you anymore!

This Is Real Journalism. Honest And Heroic.

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Russia Today presenter Abby Martin speaks out about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.  A brave woman, probably now unemployed.

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March 4, 2014 at 8:03 pm

Exposure. Britain’s Booming Cannabis Business.

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WATCH HERE

Well I thought it was excellent.  The only complaint I have is some wild and ridiculous claims about the value of cannabis plants.  Other than that, the film did an excellent job of making the case for regulation.  It must have been crystal clear to anyone watching it that present policy is idiotic, self-defeating and causes far more harm than it prevents.

Well Done Stuart!

Well Done Stuart!

My former colleague on the CLEAR executive, Stuart Warwick, was the star of the show.  He came across as warm, humane and truly sensible.  He was also the only man with the balls to show his face.  Well done Stuart!

The dealers and grow robbers were blindfolded with their voices disguised.  Even Orson Boon, promoter of the London Cannabis Club (LCC), was too scared to show his face.  So it was ironic in the extreme that he stole the words I have published so often that “cannabis is not a subculture but a mainstream issue”.  I admire the LCC’s entertaining Facebook page where it publishes some delicious photos of weed and buds but it is the very essence of the cannabis subculture.  It is for the nerdy tomato grower when 99% of us buy them at the supermarket!  This is exactly what needs to change.

All in all, a very good programme.  I hope it does some good.

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BBC Staff Display Rudeness And Ignorance Towards HM The Queen

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I have seen nothing so shameful, crass and ignorant as the behaviour of staff in the BBC newsroom during the Queen’s visit today.

I saw not one bow, curtsey, nor even a bow of the head as Her Majesty passed by.  Instead, in vulgar and embarrassing fashion virtually everyone was pointing their mobile phone, gawping, intruding, forgetting themselves. ‘Chav’ seems the perfect moniker for such individuals.

If this is the behaviour of well educated people at the world’s leading news organisation at the pinnacle of British cultural life then we are sadly diminished.

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June 7, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Masterchef. It’s My Secret Pleasure.

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masterchef7I love Masterchef. Every year, in every version: the original, professional, junior, celebrity – I’m sure they’ll come up with another one soon.

This is finals week and I never knew you could get teared up about cooking!

My hot tip is Natalie, the ‘common as muck’ but charming ingenue.  Personality plays a big part.

It’s worth watching.  The music, which reveals the rhythm of cooking, is a vital ingredient.

Watch clips here.

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May 1, 2013 at 8:04 am

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