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Complainant Name:
Mr Peter Reynolds

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Daily Telegraph


Mr Peter Reynolds complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published inaccurate information in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Code. The complainant considered that the newspaper had misrepresented a research paper on cannabis. He said the claim that the research found "the consumption of cannabis increased by 25 per cent" following the declassification of the drug was inaccurate.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following clarification:

Further to our article of 5 April "Proper policing works", which reported that following declassification of cannabis consumption increased by 25%, we are happy to make clear that the study published by Newcastle University found there was a 25% increase in the likelihood of previous non-consumers to use cannabis relative to previous consumers.

Date Published: 02/08/2013

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