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Complainant Name:
Peter Reynolds

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Mail


Peter Reynolds, Leader of the political party Cannabis Law Reform (CLEAR), complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published an online article which contained a number of inaccuracies relating to cannabis in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice. He was particularly concerned that the reference "an irreversibly cannabis-damaged psychotic teen" implied a causal link between smoking cannabis and psychosis.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of a footnote to the online article which made clear to readers that there is no causal link between cannabis and psychosis. The text of the footnote was as follows:

In the article we referred to “an irreversibly cannabis-damaged psychotic teen”, we are happy to clarify that there is no scientific evidence that conclusively proves a causal link between smoking cannabis and psychosis”.

Date Published: 27/04/2012

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