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Complainant Name:
Mr Peter Reynolds

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Lancashire Telegraph


Mr Peter Reynolds, leader of CLEAR, complained to the Press Complaints Commission that an article which reported on an undercover police raid contained comment from a police officer in which she claimed that the operation had ‘highlighted how close the link was between serious acquisitive crime and the use and supply of illegal drugs'. The complainant said that this was misleading.


While the newspaper did not accept that the article misled readers, the matter was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following letter from the complainant:

In your article of 23 August, which reported on undercover police posing as ‘rogue' market traders to catch drug dealers in Burnley, you included comments from Det Sgt Pauline Tyrell who said how the operation "had highlighted how close the link was between serious acquisitive crime and the use and supply of illegal drugs, particularly cannabis". I would like to point out that this is contrary to the 2008 report of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, which concluded that evidence "did not suggest that cannabis use is a substantial cause of acquisitive crime".

Mankind has used cannabis safely and effectively for more than 10,000 years, and science now proves that it is hundreds of times safer than alcohol and a tremendously effective medicine. The only reason it remains outlawed are the vested interests of Big Booze and Big Pharma. Police officers have a job to do but they should not prop up failing government policies.

Peter Reynolds, Leader, Cannabis Law Reform

Date Published: 26/01/2012

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