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Complainant Name:
Mr Derek Williams

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Guardian

Complaint:

Mr Derek Williams complained to the Press Complaints Commission about an article which reported on new methods of cannabis cultivation, in particular, selective breeding techniques. The complainant was especially concerned that the article made a number of inaccurate claims about the drug, in particular, that new forms of cannabis were ‘genetically modified'.

Resolution:

The matter was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following correction, as well as amendments to the online article:

An article about new strains of cannabis, as translated from Le Monde, referred to "genetically modified" cannabis, as did our own headline on the piece. Guardian Weekly understands the cultivation of stronger forms of cannabis as described in the article would be the result of methods such as selective breeding, rather the genetic modification. The article also reported the Dutch may consider reclassifying cannabis. To clarify; this refers to the strongest types of the drug.

Date Published: 21/11/2011



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