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Is Prof Pertwee A Home Office Plant?

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Is He A Plant?

As they say, with friends like these, who needs enemies?

Is It A Professor?

Seriously, or not so seriously, who is this bumbling old duffer wheeled out by the BBC for some terribly weak story that cannabis sales should be licensed?  See here.  If the BBC wants to cover this story there are at least a dozen far more expert, more eloquent, more telegenic, better informed, more sensible commentators.

Frankly, I’d rather have someone who can put a coherent argument against instead of this pathetic performance by Prof Pertwee.  Seldom have I seen any argument for any idea advanced so weakly.  I mean, who starts off talking about their proposal by saying “I don’t think it would work”!

It does raise the suspicion that the only people that want the cannabis argument put so badly is the Home Office.  There is, quite literally, no other organisation, connected with a democratic government anywhere in the civilised world that is so backwards, regressive and out of touch with the facts than the UK Home Office.  A cannabis plant would have been a more exciting interviewee than Prof Pertwee.  He must surely be a plant for what Prof. Les Iversen, the government’s most senior official drugs adviser calls “the anti-cannabis brigade”.

Maybe this is a sign that common sense has got the Home Office on the run. Its tired, inaccurate, unscientific, prejudiced  and short sighted attitude is on its very last legs.  This is either an embarrassingly bad effort by Prof Pertwee (thanks for trying) or a desperate attempt to discredit the truth.

The fact is that the argument has already been won.  I’d like to know what the “harms” are that the Professor was talking about in his interview.   There’s the tired old chitchat about mental health problems.   It’s just propaganda.  In Israel, cannabis is now recommended by doctors to help veterans deal with PTSD.  This is fact, reality, what’s actually happening, not what James Brokenshire and his cronies dream up in some bunker in Marsham Street.

I see that the story is also running in the Daily Mail.  It’s remarkable how even it, the home of hysteria, has changed its attitude on cannabis in the last year or so.  This is perhaps a better barometer of  public opinion than anything else.  When the Daily Mail starts talking common sense it must be very obvious indeed!

Even the FT is running the story.  Who knows maybe it will develop into something a bit more sensible.  The BBC just did a particularly bad job of covering it!

I do like Prof Pertwee’s recommendation of the Volcano vapouriser though.  I concur with the Professor on this.  I can tell you that after extensive personal testing I have concluded that it works very well indeed!

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  1. well said, but again we get the same old tired retorical BS from the home office. Love your site mate

    Paul smith

    September 14, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    • Thanks Paul

      Peter Reynolds

      September 14, 2010 at 6:14 pm

  2. I agree that what he said in his interview wasn’t too clear. The guy obviously isn’t the best public speaker, However what he actually said was his ‘scheme’ to get the debate on regulated cannabis once again started, might fail.
    Not that the regulation of cannabis itself would fail!!

    The more experts who speak out the better imo.
    If he achieves nothing at least it encourages others who can put the argument forward for regulated cannabis much more eloquently, to speak out.
    Also the more its in the media the better, more people will begin to realise the importance of the issue.

    Jake Adams

    September 14, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    • Jake, of course you’re right. It is great news that this important issue just keeps on coming back at the moment. Never a fortnight goes past without it being in the headlines again.

      Maybe, just maybe, this time the politicians will start to listen.

      Peter Reynolds

      September 14, 2010 at 7:43 pm

  3. Im hoping they have no choice eventually, Things are definitely changing.

    Im doubtful we will really start to make any real progress until the vote in california though, when it passes and people notice the sky hasn’t fallen in is when real change will begin here imo.

    The new UN drug czar’s comments yesterday were also pretty promising:

    “Public health and human rights must … be central” to his agency’s efforts to improve the lives of people and communities around the world, Fedotov said in a statement.

    “Whether we talk of the victims of human trafficking, communities oppressed by corrupt leaders, unfair criminal justice systems or drug users marginalized by society, we are committed to making a positive difference,” he said.

    He added that drug users need “humane and effective treatment” and not punishment.

    Worldwide decriminalisation of drugs would certainly be a good start!

    Jake Adams

    September 14, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    • That is great information. Thank you Jake.

      I was concerned about the new UNODC man but it seems he’s following the lead of “From Coercion To Cohesion”.

      I agree with you that Proposition 19 will make a big difference.

      Peter Reynolds

      September 14, 2010 at 8:36 pm

  4. Once more, I’m in the same mindset as Peter, as good as it is another academic has spoken out, he really has not put a good case forward.

    Even if this serves to open the debate (surely we’ve had enough chance over the last few months to get discussion going?!) then it’ll be worth it. Just wish a more prominent orator would take up the mantle.


    September 15, 2010 at 1:09 am

    • What p***es me off,though I suppose it’s understandable, is that the media won’t take anyone seriously unless they have Prof. in front of their name.

      The thing is that the weight of evidence and academic qualifications of the advocates seem to make no difference to the lawmakers.

      What is it going to take for the breakthrough we need?

      Peter Reynolds

      September 15, 2010 at 8:34 am

  5. Yes it is good to see this debate going along now, however there is not enough time devoted to it. For example when asked about increased usage the prof voices that maybe it would increase use. This is not factual. Look at Holland and also Portugal. We need to push for at least a half hour discussion on this when it is on air.

    Also I agree that people who are better speakers should be presented as well as showing the stats of 70 percent wanting controls of this wonderful herb. As an expat from the land of the long white cloud, where many people grow, smoke and eat herb, I tell you this; The best thing at the moment for british culture is to get real about cannabis. where is the harm done in growing a couple of organic pot plants?

    There is none.

    Oh and also, YOUR FREEDOM (Nick Glegg) We are waiting. How about the BBC cover the freedom website and devote some time to the hundreds of hours of rational debate from cannabis users who are from all walks of life…

    And someone please get rid of this James Brokenshire dude, he is a joke.


    September 15, 2010 at 11:52 am

    • Thanks for your contribution Kiwi!

      Peter Reynolds

      September 15, 2010 at 12:11 pm

  6. Oh good, Melanie Phillips has decided to wade in:

    Jason (HomeGrown Outlaw)

    September 16, 2010 at 12:16 am

  7. Unfortunately our government have been painted into a corner by the never ending lies of so many years of prohibition and they are afraid of reality. It would take a brave politician to stand up and say this has all been bulls**t; we have been lying to justify our abuses of the people of this country. We do not have many brave politicians and to many of the public would, as they do now, refuse to believe it even when they have it shoved in their faces!

    Philip Walsh

    December 17, 2011 at 9:28 pm

  8. He’s a GW Pharma man.

    Cannabis N.I.

    December 18, 2011 at 1:29 am

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