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Complainant Name:
Peter Reynolds

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Burton Mail

Complaint:

Peter Reynolds, Leader of Cannabis Law Reform, complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published inaccuracies in an article about "legal highs" for sale at a local market.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following letter from the complainant:

Your article on the legal high masquerading as "Super Skunk" for sale on Burton market was interesting. Mankind has used cannabis safely for more than 5,000 years and it is a dangerous by-product of prohibition that such chemical substitutes are being created.

You said "The long-term effects of smoking cannabis include paranoia, schizophrenia and mental health problems".

This just isn't true. This is the science of the Daily Mail and the sort of propaganda that keeps prohibition in force, even though it makes no sense and costs us billions.

Certainly cannabis can produce transient effects of paranoia, but all the experts agree there is no certainty about mental health problems at all.

The very latest meta-analysis of all published research shows that the risk of just an association between cannabis use and psychosis is at worst 0.013 per cent and possibly as little as 0.0030 per cent.

Cannabis is hundreds of times safer than alcohol and thousands of times safer than tobacco.

The only reason it remains prohibited and our police officers waste so much time going after it is that the alcohol and tobacco companies tell our politicians what to do.

Of course, we have no idea at all how dangerous the legal high is yet it's freely available. Such is the idiocy of our present law.

Peter Reynolds
Leader, Cannabis Law Reform

Date Published: 20/09/2011



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