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Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Sun


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 wrongly reported that users of the drug Sativex do not get "high". The complainant - who had tried the drug himself and experienced the "high" - provided testimonies from individuals who had also experienced euphoric feelings after taking Sativex, in line with the pharmaceutical company's own product summary.


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

The Sun reported on September 3 that a cannabis medicine, Sativex, is to be used for the first time in British hospitals to provide pain relief for cancer patients. You reported that Sativex does not give a "high" but this is contradicted by the product information which says that "euphoric mood" is common amongst users. Indeed, this is part of its beneficial effect. Cannabis has been used effectively and safely as medicine for more than 5000 years.

Peter Reynolds, Leader, Cannabis Law Reform

Date Published: 25/11/2011

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