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Complainant Name:
Mr Peter Reynolds

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Mail


Mr Peter Reynolds complained to the Press Complaints Commission about an article which he considered to have been inaccurate and misleading in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice.

The article reported that figures released to MPs showed that the number of hospital admissions for mental or behavioural issues due to cannabis had increased. The complainant said that readers had been misled by the report, because the figures in question included synthetic cannabinoid agonists, popularly known as ‘legal highs'.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the inclusion of the following statement from the complainant in the article:

Mr Peter Reynolds of the Cannabis Law Reform Party said: ‘The figures showing a rise in admissions linked to cannabinoids included not only cannabis compounds but also the synthetic cannabinoid agonists (SCRAs) popularly known as ‘legal highs'.

Date Published: 17/10/2013

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