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Complainant Name:
Cannabis Law Reform

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Hertfordshire Mercury

Complaint:

Peter Reynolds, Leader of the political party Cannabis Law Reform (CLEAR), complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published an article which contained a number of inaccuracies relating to cannabis. He was particularly concerned that the piece featured an MP's inaccurate assertion that cannabis is "highly toxic and highly dangerous". The complainant explained that, in reality, the toxicity level of cannabis is relatively low and, in comparison to other drugs, could not be considered especially hazardous.

Resolution:

The newspaper explained that it had accurately reported the comments of the MP as he had presented them in the House of Commons. However, it recognised that CLEAR had submitted scientific evidence which refuted the MP's claims. The matter was resolved when the newspaper contacted the complainant directly with a view to obtaining the group's contribution for the purposes of a follow-up article.

Date Published: 05/09/2011



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