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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With regret, I have withdrawn my endorsement of and support for the Hemp Trade Association Ltd (HTA) trading as Cannabis Trades Association UK (CTA).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  That permission has been withdrawn from 18th October 2018 and I have resigned from the advisory board with immediate effect.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

Arrival After A 36 Year Journey.

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Today I have arrived at the destination I set out for in April 1983 when I first gave evidence on the use of cannabis as medicine to Parliament at the Home Affairs Select Committee Inquiry into ‘Dangerous Drugs’.

Sajid Javid MP, the Home Secretary, has announced that from 1st November 2018, consultants will be able to prescribe cannabis on the NHS. This will include herbal cannabis produced to GMP standards by organisations such as Bedrocan and Tilray.

I am only one of thousands of people who worked on this campaign and I congratulate all those with whom I have shared this journey. In these 36 years there have been more than 22,000 scientific papers published demonstrating the safety and efficacy of cannabis for a wide range of medical conditions.  This is how long it’s taken to get policy changed in the UK in accordance with evidence.

It’s appropriate that it should fall to the son of a Pakistani immigrant finally to sweep aside the prejudice and wilful ignorance that has stood in the way.

Written by Peter Reynolds

October 11, 2018 at 5:12 pm

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Review. Hydrology 9 Vaporiser.

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The Hydrology 9 has reawakened my enthusiasm for vaporisers. It has its faults but overall this is a great machine and a real advance in vaporiser technology. It also has one nifty little feature that is very simple but makes a huge difference.  It’s genius in fact and more of this later.

I’ve assessed it over about four weeks and all that remains is to see how well it lasts.  This is an expensive machine at around £200.00 and if it packs up after a few months that isn’t going to be any good. I have high hopes though. Like all vaporisers it does need looking after and regular cleaning.  The problem with some is that the dismantling and cleaning is what causes them to deteriorate.

The first and golden rule about vaporisers is that they all take practice before you learn to use them properly. Each one is different and until you get the ‘knack’ they can all seem very frustrating. The Hydrology 9 is no exception and it took me a week before it finally started working for me.  As usual, I was at the point of giving up and then suddenly everything clicked.  Another three weeks on and it’s become a very special friend, I am loving it!

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The most dramatic effect of starting to use it regularly is that my consumption of cannabis has plummeted. What I would put in one neat joint fills the Hydrology 9 about six times over, far more than I want to consume in a whole evening.  The quality of the high is much better as well, smoother, cleaner, fresher and, well, higher!  If you’ve never really appreciated vaping before the breakthrough comes when you realise that half of the effect from smoking a joint is the carbon monoxide fugging up your brain.  I’ll never stop smoking joints because I enjoy them and sometimes nothing else will do but vaporising has to be first choice.

It’s very well made.  The water chamber isn’t entirely leak free but not so that it’s a problem as long as you keep it tightly closed at both ends.  You load it at the bottom by unscrewing the bottom lid to reveal a small chamber.  When you screw the lid back on there’s an outer revolving ring that operates a stirrer inside the chamber. This is the genius feature that I was referring to.  It enables you to stir the weed while you’re actually vaping it, ensuring the hot air reaches all the way through and it’s thoroughly consumed.  A simple but incredibly effective idea that I’m sure we will soon see on other vaporisers.

My only reservation is that I don’t think the battery is powerful enough.  I have settled on using it at its fourth highest out of five heat settings. If it’s freshly charged then it will just about last for three or four fully-loaded chambers – but only just.  You have to be careful to give it a rest before each inhalation.  Go back on it too quickly and the heat will drop right off.  Of course, you do get used to it and learn to adapt the way you operate it but I would definitely prefer a more powerful battery. This raises one other concern about its longevity. How long will the battery last and what will it cost to replace it?  My favourite to date handheld vaporiser has been the Puri5 Magnum 2.  My best investment with this has been to purchase three spare batteries and a mains charger. It’s very easy to swop an exhausted battery for a new one and I always have one fully charged on standby.  This, perhaps with a more powerful battery is the only significant improvement I would like to see in the Hydrology 9.

Overall I rate the Hydrology 9 extremely highly and although I haven’t yet come to a final conclusion, it may well yet take the accolade of being my favourite ever vaporiser.

 

 

Written by Peter Reynolds

September 8, 2018 at 12:53 pm

I Have Joined The Labour Party. #AndImATory

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For some months now I have called myself a ‘Corbynista’.  I am proud to back a man who demonstrates more integrity, courage, decency amd honour than almost every other Member of Parliament put together.  Today, in the face of the ever-escalating smear campaign, the completely ludicrous and false allegations of antisemitism, the vile abuse of the BBC and the despicable right wing press, I have signed up to become a member of the Labour Party.

I remain a Tory because I believe in fundamental principles of individual liberty, individual responsibility, small goverment and free markets.  I am not and never will be a socialist.  I do not believe it is is right that the state should own the means of production and supply because this inevitably leads to complacency and inefficiency.  Competition is a healthy motivation and inline with human nature.  Socialism, in my view, is a delusion. It has never worked, anywhere in the world and it never will.  However, I do consider that there are certain industries that are best owned by the state, those that are natural monopolies such as energy, water, the railways, the road system, the basic health service and basic communications and internet infrastructure. So I would support re-nationalisation of these industries.

I am unlikely to remain a member of the Labour Party forever.  My reason for joining in the short term is to support Corbyn as the only decent leader in our country and because the overriding priority now is to bring down this corrupt, self-serving Conservative government.  The Conservative Party is unfit for government. It has trashed the huge opportunity that Brexit offered by appalling, irresponsible infighting.  It would be best if it simply disintegrated. It has brought shame on our nation and many, perhaps most, of its MPs simply disgust me with their venal and selfish behaviour.  Mind you, I feel the same way about the treacherous, Blairite Labour MPs who have repeatedly stabbed Corbyn in the back.  Chuka Ummuna, Chris Bryant, Margaret Hodge, Luciana Berger, Yvette Cooper, Harriet Harman and others – I put them in the same category as most Tory MPs – worthless.

It’s true, in the past five years I have belonged to the Liberal Democrat, Conservative and now Labour parties.  I very much hope for the establishment of a new, centre-right, liberal and progressive party and I would join it in a flash.  Some may find this difficult to understand but I am not a tribalist.  I think tribalism is probably the most destructive force in politics. What drives me is principles first and policies second.  Once we have got rid of the Conservatives, I shall become concerned with policies again and those will be in line with my fundamental Tory principles.  I remain a true Tory, not the corrupt, self-serving, authoritarian example set by the diabolical Mrs May.

For now I am a member of the Labour Party and I will do all I can to see Jeremy Corbyn become our next prime minister.

Written by Peter Reynolds

August 15, 2018 at 5:47 pm

Theresa May And The Conservative Government Are Both Treasonable And Corrupt.

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We have a government which is pursuing policy not in the interests of the nation but solely in the interests of the Conservative Party.  This is corruption.  It is no better than taking bribes. It is grubby, dishonest, self-serving and directly contradicts the purpose of our democracy and the basis upon which MPs hold office.

We have a government that by a vote in Parliament was ordered to determine our future membership of the EU by a referendum.  The result was that we should leave.  Now, through corrupt self-interest the leader of the Conservative Party, at enormous cost to the nation, has used her position as PM to subvert the result of the referendum. This is treasonable.

Democracy has been entirely extinguished in the UK.  Your vote means nothing. We are ruled by diktat from a corrupt, self-serving elite.  There is no longer any law, only the pursuit of self-interest and the forcible repression of dissent.

It is time for a revolution. The nation should take up arms and rise in justifiable revolt against the criminals in government.

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July 7, 2018 at 8:05 am

If I Believed Corbyn Could Bring Down This Corrupt Conservative Government I’d Join The Labour Party. But Can He?

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I truly believe that tribalism is one of the most destructive forces in politics.  Sticking with same party just because you’ve always done so and perhaps because your parents did too, will not advance our society. We should cast our vote for a reason, not out of blind loyalty.

In the 42 years that I have been entitled to vote I have only ever voted Conservative (with one exception which I shall explain later) but as we now have the most corrupt government in my lifetime, I will vote for whichever candidate is most likely to get the Conservatives out of office.  I’ll go further in that I am now seriously considering joining the Labour Party.

Self-Serving and Corrupt

Our government is corrupt because it pursues self-serving policies for its tribal advantage and not on the basis of evidence. Astonishingly it has managed to destroy the opportunity that Brexit presented.  That the cabinet is still bickering two years after the referendum and has no agreed policy is conclusive proof that the party is reckless, irresponsible and unfit to govern.

The Conservative Party is in crisis and is dragging Britain down with it. It has moved so far away from its fundamental principles of individual liberty, individual responsibility, small government and free markets, that it has become unrecognisable.

Instead we have a party and a rump of aging opinion that has become an authoritarian, bureaucratic, self-serving, repressive enforcer of an austere nanny state. It is so out of touch with developing opinion and values that it is doomed.

My area of special interest, drugs policy, is a pillar of this crumbling mausoleum. What Theresa May and her allies have imposed on us for so long is now causing immense harm throughout our society and it is a microcosm of the wider problem with the party.

As an advocate for drugs policy reform and a Tory, I’ve been unpopular with the party I have voted for all my life and with the left which has tried to hijack this liberal cause as its own.

As I pass 60 I am delighted and rewarded to see so many joining my progressive cause. However, I am no more optimistic about the Labour Party on drugs policy.  This reform is being driven from the bottom up and will happen regardless of the buffoons who have resisted it for so long.  It is vital now that we overturn this tyrannical government which has failed on so many policies but in particular has destroyed the great opportunity of Brexit and left us in the worst possible position.

In future, I will vote for whichever candidate best assures me of overturning this government. The bigger question is whether I should now join the Labour Party. I will never be a socialist but I am pragmatic and that means I am precious close to becoming a Labour Party member and I will certainly be voting for Jeremy Corbyn.

We must demolish the old Conservative Party before we can rebuild a party of the centre right that is fit for the future.

Written by Peter Reynolds

May 27, 2018 at 1:39 pm

Never Has There Been A More Important Time To Vote Against The Conservatives #AndImATory

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I urge you to go out and vote in the local elections and vote against whichever candidate is most likely to defeat the Conservatives.

This is not a conclusion that I have reached lightly or without a great deal of thought.  For the 42 years in which I have been entitled to vote, I have only ever voted Conservative and until Theresa May became leader and, disastrously, prime minister of our nation, I was a fully paid up member of the Conservative Party and an approved local government candidate.

It is my considered opinion that the Conservative Party is a destructive force for Britain and there is clear evidence of serious corruption amongst senior MPs and ministers.  They are unfit to govern our country.

By corruption I do not mean that ministers are receiving thick, plain brown envelopes of cash or even shares held by a nominee in some offshore account – though I think it would be naive to completely rule out the possibility.  The idea that MPs and minsters are, without exception, people of great probity and honour is a delusion best put behind us.  I refer to a more general definition of corruption in which their conduct or intent is not what it is declared to be or what we are entitled to expect.

We are entitled to expect fairness.  We are entitled to expect that policy is based on evidence. We are entitled to expect honesty and transparency within the limits of national security.

For instance, when a minister pursues a policy or adopts a position for their party’s advantage before the nation’s, that is corrupt.  When a minister acts to hold on to their job rather than to see their department improve its service to the public, that is corrupt.

Theresa May, Amber Rudd, Philip Hammond, Chris Grayling and Matt Hancock are beyond doubt guilty of such corruption and many other members of the Conservative cabinet have a case to answer.  Our government is corrupt from top to bottom and from the very core.

Each of us has policies and areas of interest that concern us most.  Mine are set out in over 900 articles published on this website but I do not want to distract from this crucial message by repeating myself or exercising my particular hobby horses.  Whatever your primary concerns, consider how this government has treated them and recognise that its conduct has rendered it unfit to govern.  It is far more than simply pursuing policies that you may disagree with, it is a culture that is systemic within Conservative government: secrecy, cover-up, hypocrisy, arrogance and an authoritarian, intolerant attitude to the people it is supposed to serve. It is corruption.

It’s been said many times but never has it been more accurate. Government exists to serve the people and not vice versa. This truth is simply incompatible with our present government and with the Conservative Party in its present form.

I remain a Tory.  My principles are of individual liberty, individual responsibility, free markets, justice and small government.  These will never change.  However, this government must fall at all costs and if that means putting Jeremy Corbyn into Downing Street, then that is what I shall vote for

Written by Peter Reynolds

April 28, 2018 at 11:39 am