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Complainant Name:
Mr Peter Reynolds

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Harborough Mail

Complaint:

Mr Peter Reynolds, leader of Cannabis Law Reform (CLEAR), complained to the Press Complaints Commission under Clause 1 (Accuracy) about an article which contained a statement from Northamptonshire Police that warned that the odour of cannabis plants had carcinogenic properties. The complainant said that there was no scientific basis for this claim and that the newspaper had failed in its duty to check the facts.

Resolution:

The matter was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following correction:

"An apology has been issued by police over an incorrect statement made following a drugs raid. Northamptonshire Police have retracted a statement which suggested the odour from mature cannabis plants had carcinogenic properties. A spokesman for the force said: "Northamptonshire Police would like to apologise for the incorrect information provided to the media which claimed that cannabis plants had potential carcinogenic properties. "This information was provided in good faith. However, we accept the information was misleading and we will strive to ensure this does not happen again".

Date Published: 19/04/2012



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