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Peter Reynolds

The life and times of Peter Reynolds

Statement Concerning The Cannabis Trades Association UK

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With regret, I have withdrawn my endorsement of and support for the Hemp Trade Association Ltd (HTA) trading as Cannabis Trades Association UK (CTA).

I created and founded CTA in September 2016. Since November 2016, HTA has traded under the CTA name with my permission and I was appointed to its advisory board.  That permission has been withdrawn from 18th October 2018 and I have resigned from the advisory board with immediate effect.

The reasons behind this are complex and great effort has been made to resolve differences and agree a way forward but this has proved impossible to achieve.  The reasons include but are not limited to:

Systematic Dishonesty

Over the two years of HTA’s existence many false claims have been made, in particular about HTA’s relationship with the MHRA and FSA, alleged exclusive stakeholder arrangements and HTA’s ‘authority’ to regulate the CBD market.  Further claims have been made by the chairman about his links with the security services, other Home Office staff, ‘inside information’ and unlawful use of government computer systems to run DBS and criminal record checks on prospective members. HTA’s reputation and that of its members was severely damaged by the chairman’s recent conduct in relation to the States of Guernsey, which resulted in official government repudiation of his claims, and his personal feud with a major CBD supplier which is not a member.

Misuse of Members’ Funds

Members pay membership fees primarily in order to have their interests effectively represented to government and the authorities. In practice, very little if any of this takes place and instead membership fees are used to finance the chairman’s ambitions to establish the Cannabis Products Directive (CPD) across Europe. While some members are supportive of the CPD initiative, it is not HTA’s purpose, nor is extending HTA’s operations outside UK.

Failure to Represent Members’ Interests

Instead of representing members’ concerns and interests to the authorities, HTA acts as an enforcer for the authorities. The chairman has confirmed in writing that HTA will “never go against” and will always “work with the authorities”. Members who have complained about lack of action against non-compliant CBD suppliers have been told to “stop bitching”.  Non-compliant CBD suppliers is the issue of principal concern to members but HTA has failed to take this up effectively. As a result, it is a positive disadvantage to be a member of HTA as members are subject to stricter enforcement and additional costs than non-members.

Maladminstration of HTA, a Company Limited By Guarantee

HTA was fomed as company limited by guarantee deliberately to place control in the hands of its members rather than its directors. Members have not been properly included in decisions.  They have been subjected to autocratic rule, prevented from obtaining proxy votes and resolutions at general meetings have been railroaded through without time for proper discussion. Protests by members at such treatment have resulted in them being ejected from discussion groups.

Bullying, Threats and Intimidation

A large number of reports have been received from former and current members detailing instances of such behaviour as coercion to join HTA or to comply with HTA policies.

Chairman’s Antecedents

Evidence has come to light which reveals that the chairman has a string of 28 dissolved companies behind him and a large number of oustanding county court judgements relating to those companies. He is also indebted to the company of another director of HTA in a substantial five figure sum for a period in excess of two years with no effort made to commence repayment. As a result that director has now resigned.

Unlawful Restrictions on Members

Legal advice has been received which confirms that HTA has been exercising unlawful restrictions on members preventing them from trading freely.  This supports allegations that have been published accusing HTA of running a ‘protection racket’.

 

 

 

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Written by Peter Reynolds

October 16, 2018 at 2:48 pm

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  1. Reblogged this on roscia2010.

    roscia2010

    October 17, 2018 at 7:12 am

  2. I wholeheartedly agree with everything said here Peter Reynolds. I am quite new to the CBD industry, but not new to business in any way. Through my time in the CBD industry I have witnessed the first-hand the autocratic management of the CTA very quickly (having been a member, then resigned our membership after seeing the manner in which the group was being managed!)

    We need to make this industry work for everyone. My biggest concern is non-compliant CBD suppliers, who are more focused on profit over customers welfare, as these companies are making this journey so much harder for the honest companies. I have also heard the statement “stop bitching about them”, which is a very unprofessional response and not helping anyone. We need to work together with like-minded people for the good of the CBD industry and the CTA values did not do this in my opinion.

    Elana

    October 17, 2018 at 9:37 am

  3. I had this guy rip me of a few years ago, also telling me to remove cbd products from my shop then a month later they are selling their own kind, jokers of a company and avoid like the plague. this guy can not be trusted. TRUST CBD . dont trust this guy at all!!! they make out its a non-profit organisation yeah ok.

    keep away from this CTA

    Enjoy Vaping

    October 17, 2018 at 4:25 pm


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