Peter Reynolds

The life and times of Peter Reynolds

An Appeal To Andrew Lansley

with 32 comments

Dear Mr Lansley,

Medicinal Cannabis

I am writing to you about the urgent necessity to permit the prescribing of medicinal cannabis by doctors.

Please do not refer me to the Home Office. Its intransigent position on the subject amounts to a scandalous denial of science and cruel mistreatment of hundreds of thousands of British citizens.  This is a health issue which requires your attention and care for those in pain and suffering.

There is now an overwhelming body of peer reviewed, published research that proves beyond doubt the efficacy of medicinal cannabis for the treatment of many conditions.  Britain is becoming increasingly isolated as a place where patients are denied access to the medicine they need.  Utterly absurd is that patients from the EU can bring medicinal cannabis into Britain under the protection of the Schengen Agreement but British residents risk prison for using exactly the same substance.

Every country in Europe except France and Britain now has some form of medicinal cannabis provision.  15 US states now permit medical marijuana on a doctor’s recommendation and Israel has a fast expanding programme. There are huge cost savings and benefits to be gained and enormous reductions in harm from side effects of poisonous pharmaceutical products.

There are already many instances in Britain where MS patients have been refused Sativex on cost grounds and so have been forced into illegal purchase or cultivation and have then been prosecuted as criminals. This is a shame and disgrace on our nation and I appeal to you to take steps to end it.

Perhaps you do not realise the transformational effect that medicinal cannabis can have on some people’s lives?  Almost miraculous results are being achieved, particularly with MS, Crohn’s and fibromyalgia. People who would otherwise be trapped by pain and disability are able to lead productive lives with the help of medicinal cannabis.

Please Mr Lansley, will you arrange to meet me and a delegation of people whose lives are literally saved by the use of medicinal cannabis?  This cruel and demeaning policy cannot be allowed to continue in the face of overwhelming evidence.  Safe, high quality, standardised dose cannabis is now available from Bedrocan in Holland, the Dutch government’s supplier and is exported all over Europe to fill doctors’ prescriptions.  How much longer must British citizens wait?

Co-ordinated action is already underway for dozens of patients to take the Home Office to judicial review for its refusal to grant import licenses for Bedrocan.  This is at huge cost in public money and people’s lives. You could take steps to end this suffering now.  You could enable the NHS to start making huge cost savings immediately.  This issue is not going away.

CLEAR is a new team of committed professionals that is determined to bring this issue to the top of the political agenda.  Please arrange to meet me and learn at first hand how much good you could do by a change of policy that is, in any case, inevitable. Don’t make those people in pain and suffering wait any longer.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

Peter Reynolds

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  1. I like this. 🙂


    April 13, 2011 at 12:02 pm

  2. a great letter!!!!


    April 13, 2011 at 12:04 pm

  3. thanks for writing this letter peter.

    craig ashby

    April 13, 2011 at 12:12 pm

  4. Us usual, brilliantly worded Peter!

    Rhys Morgan

    April 13, 2011 at 12:17 pm

  5. Great stuff Peter.


    April 13, 2011 at 12:17 pm

  6. Once again Peter, you are pushing those boundaries. I hope this brings the face to face meeting this matter demands and a chance to present the evidence.

    Lee Gramson

    April 13, 2011 at 12:37 pm

  7. Well done mate. Lets hope it hits home

    mark Robbins

    April 13, 2011 at 12:39 pm

  8. The UK has created a massive conflict of interest legally, medically, and morally, the more letters you send like this the better, we need to stop the abuse of our Ill public.

    James Finch

    April 13, 2011 at 12:56 pm

  9. Very well written, concise and to the point. Much respect as always! – Looking forward to seeing your reply

    Chris Green

    April 13, 2011 at 1:03 pm

  10. Nice one peter! Great letter in a very professional manner. I wish i had they skills!

    Stuart P

    April 13, 2011 at 1:22 pm

  11. lets hope he does not send it to the Home office, any letter i have sent to people in power on this issue, have been sent to the home office and i know its a dead end.


    April 13, 2011 at 2:11 pm

  12. Andrew lansley
    Andrew lansley
    The nhs is not for sale
    You grey haired manly codger

    YouTube. Search “andrew lansley rap”


    April 13, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    • Damn spellcheck…. manly actually should say manky


      April 13, 2011 at 2:18 pm

  13. right now they are hiding behind the sofa,fingers stuck in ears ,hoping the real cannabis facts will magically disappear,,,keep smashing that door down!


    April 13, 2011 at 3:19 pm

  14. Great letter Peter, I hope you receive a positive response from him.


    April 13, 2011 at 5:16 pm

  15. Maybe this could form part of the ‘consultation’ or the “pause and reflect”.. if they actually wanted to pause and reflect in any productive manner…

    Also, interesting! . I’m sure the Canadian government will fix it but an interesting possibility…


    April 13, 2011 at 5:23 pm

  16. A song I would like to dedicate to DR Lansley:


    April 13, 2011 at 5:49 pm

  17. Beautiful letter Peter. I hope you receive a positive and intelligent response.
    Is there a body within the NHS made up of front-line, respected, individuals that in some form, with their specialist knowledge, monitor humane, ethical practice ? It might be that if stirred this body could stir significant P.R. returns.
    Lets be clear in as much as we have turned a corner, and this issue has become a question of medical ethic.Nothing more, nothing less.


    April 13, 2011 at 6:50 pm

  18. Great letter, but i fear your wasting your time, Lansley is brought and paid for by pepsico and a few big burger chains

    He will probably go on to be a non executive director of a big food giant after politics

    Cameron was on telly last night saying how cannabis causes mental illness yet again

    Paul Smith

    April 14, 2011 at 7:58 am

    • Was he? Please tell me when and on what channel?

      Peter Reynolds

      April 14, 2011 at 8:21 am

      • Unfortunately it was only to provide a mimic of prime minister question time, answering simple questions posed by children, and one of those children asked about cannabis legalisation and his instant, non-thinking, response was that it is not government policy to condone the use of cannabis, and legalisation leads only to increase in use, and also it has been ‘proven’ that cannabis is detrimental to mental health. A tired, and worn argument which has little factual basis and affects only about 10% of Schizophrenics, who make up 1% of population as a whole. As a mental health professional I find it abhorrent that the government still uses the old Labour argument to demonize cannabis.
        We are fighting a war with big business, it has nothing to do with morals or ethics, or what is good and right for human beings, but what can make maximum profits for the already established global markets. It will be interesting to see Andrew Lansley’s future career prospects, and if he does indeed become a non exec for a food giant. Keep up the good work Peter, I believe what you are doing is noble, so dont let these mere hurdles dilute your vision. Peace.

        Iain Cockhill

        April 14, 2011 at 11:00 am

  19. DC said it on the 13 April 2011 @ 21.00

    Also watch to right the end, when the kids are leaving number 10, for something extra that’s quite interesting.


    April 14, 2011 at 9:07 am

  20. Sorry bit dyslexic this morning should have read –

    DC said it during Jamies Dream School, C4, on the 13 April 2011. The show starts at 21.00 and DC is on towards the end.

    Watch right to the end, when the kids are leaving number 10, for something extra that’s quite interesting.


    April 14, 2011 at 9:10 am

  21. Hi peter, it was on ch4, jamies dream school, last 10mins or so.
    It looked to me to be heavily edited, it also looked like the young lad who put the question to dc knows the argument well and put him on the back foot.

    It would be good to see the whole unedited interview.


    April 14, 2011 at 9:16 am

  22. Thank you Peta and bucketluggs for the info. I’m downloading the show now and I’ll take whatever steps are necessary including a further letter to DC and, if warranted, complaints to CH4 and the broadcasting authorities.

    Peter Reynolds

    April 14, 2011 at 9:40 am

    • From 35m35sec onwards. The kid even talks about £1 per gram tax (has he been reading your blog Peter?!). Cameron’s response:

      “Wrong to make Cannabis legal for 2 reasons:

      There IS a link between that and mental health so its not harmless..

      If you legalise drugs you make them even more prevelant than they are”

      Such BS… Also, if you watch closely, the kid says something (probably to himself) indicating he doesn’t like Cameron’s answer… that isn’t aired though…


      April 14, 2011 at 11:13 am

  23. reason 1) mental health is mental health using cannabis as a reason is an excuse to avoid the subject of having to pay for the help and identifing for someone who suffer such issues.
    reason 2) Portugal decriminalises possesion and drug use goes down. Switzerland change herione use for criminal to medical and rates go down. holland allows small possesion and has the lowest drug use in E.U.

    pete KD

    April 14, 2011 at 1:24 pm

  24. Phuxake

    April 17, 2011 at 7:55 am

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  26. Peter – did Lansley ever respond?


    August 30, 2011 at 12:26 pm

  27. Peter – wrt my previous, you may remember me as cshaws from the CLEAR website. My works computer insists on labelling me as a previous incarnation ‘scrumpyboy’.


    August 30, 2011 at 12:29 pm

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