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Complainant Name:
Mr Peter Reynolds

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Daily Telegraph

Complaint:

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.

Resolution:

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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