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Complainant Name:
Cannabis Law Reform

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Guardian


Peter Reynolds, Leader of the political party Cannabis Law Reform (CLEAR), complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published an online article which contained a number of inaccuracies relating to cannabis. He was particularly concerned that the piece asserted that cases of mental illness exist where chemical means - such as cannabis psychosis - are to blame.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of a footnote to the online article which made clear to readers that there is no causal link between cannabis and psychosis. The text of the footnote was as follows:

This footnote was added on 31 August 2011. The fifth paragraph of the article refers to cases where mental illness is caused by chemical means, including cannabis. There is growing evidence that regular use of cannabis, particularly among young people, increases the risk of developing psychotic symptoms and disorders, including schizophrenia, but a clear causal link has not been established.

Date Published: 06/10/2011

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