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‘Skunk’ Drives Tabloids And Politicians Mad.

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Tom Chivers, Ian Dunt and Jonathan Liebling expose the dreadful reporting of the latest cannabis harms study from the husband and wife team of Professor Sir Robin Murray and Dr Marta Di Forti.

The British tabloid press has long been engaged in the corruption of our society and successive governments’ ability to deal with drugs policy by its sensationalism, distortion and dishonesty.

In fact the worst offender now is the Daily Telegraph, a tabloid in everything except format. It now eclipses the Mail newspapers for inaccurate, misleading and distorted reporting on all aspects of drugs policy. Its science and medicine writers are either deliberately engaged in deception or utterly incompetent. Virtually every story it publishes on drugs these days has to be retracted but you never hear about it because it’s buried in a tiny, tiny correction.

Here’s what happened to its ridiculous claim recently “cannabis as addictive as heroin”

DT headline 071014

The Mail newspapers can’t resist the stories about the miraculous medicinal benefits of cannabis because they make such good sensationalism. So although they still publish hogwash, like this latest distortion, they’ve actually become more balanced almost by mistake.

Why is the British press so incompetent and/or malevolent on drugs? Is it anything to do with the £800 million pa that the alcohol industry spends on press advertising? I don’t know. Maybe it just likes to appeal to the fast dwindling band of bigots that actually buy newspapers these days.

We are a laughing stock across the world for the idiocy of our press and government, particularly in respect of cannabis. In Canada and Israel, hospitals provide elderly patients with cannabis vapourisers on trollies, so strong is the evidence for its beneficial effects on aging and dementia. Here of course we prefer to let them lie in their own excreta while feeding them with scaremongering nonsense, distortion and exaggeration of scientific studies.

Sugar, peanuts, hay fever remedies, aspirin, paracetamol and traffic fumes cause far more health harms than cannabis.

In Colorado, in 2014, $44 million in cannabis tax revenue was ringfenced for schools and hospitals. Since legalisation, crime and fatal traffic accidents are down 15%, murder is down 50%.

Far too sensible for Britain isn’t it? And it’s the work of our gutter press that prevents such progress here because politicians still give newspapers far too much respect.

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  1. As things continue to progress in the US, the media here will start to have fits and seizures and contradictory reports will abound. If you remain calm and continue to speak sensibly and intelligently as you do, yours will be the most convincing voice and Clear could end up getting plenty of air time.

    The J-Cats

    February 17, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    • Nah, they will just simply fail to report them and instead just report their own lying bias as usual.

      Neil Whitehead

      April 18, 2016 at 2:36 pm

  2. Here’s an explaination of their actions;

    “Narcotics police are an enormous, corrupt international bureaucracy … and now fund a coterie of researchers who provide them with ‘scientific support’ … fanatics who distort the legitimate research of others. … The anti-marijuana campaign is a cancerous tissue of lies, undermining law enforcement, aggravating the drug problem, depriving the sick of needed help, and suckering well-intentioned conservatives and countless frightened parents.”
    — William F. Buckley,
    Commentary in The National Review, April 29, 1983, p. 495

    Mike Parent

    February 18, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    • yes everybody else is corrupt, stupid and ignorant apart from posters such as yourself


      February 25, 2015 at 2:01 pm

      • For the most part yes they are, most of those who are corrupt benefit from it. Unlike the rest of us who are without remedies to our ailments barring the chemicals sold to us by big pharma.

        Neil Whitehead

        April 18, 2016 at 2:39 pm

  3. Ah! very interesting they are husband and wife, it may be nothing obviously but to me that is vested interest, their careers/lives are moulded by proving a relationship between ‘stronger’ varieties of cannabis and evidence of psychosis. In the 1980’s Mr Murray put his intellectual ego on the line and from that point has gone out to prove himself right, and others wrong, walking the tightrope of stretching scientific evidence in the academic arena. This pair and Mrs Curran were both visibly rattled when challenged , something that obviously happened little, if at all, at a cannabis conference in the house of lords, at the time I kind of stood up for them feeling they were genuine, I have been proved wrong with the evidence I have seen since then. That they have not come out and condemned the media’s manipulation of their report says much to me, that they offer no explanation for there being no increase in forms of mental health issues, including psychosis, over time and failing to offer any reasons why this psychosis link only appears in the borough of london their research is based is extremely un academic and scientific. A true scientist would challenge his results against the lack of any supporting evidence from the whole er….world.

    Andrew Cox

    February 19, 2015 at 5:59 pm

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