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Peter Reynolds

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Delegate Forcibly Removed From CTA Conference For Asking A Question

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Directors of the Hemp Trade Association Ltd: Guy Coxall, Molytor; Phil Culbertson, Love CBD; Tom Whettem, Canabidol; Simon Dusher, CBD Life; Jas Nottay, Loveburgh (obscured); Mike Harlington; Chris Lambert-Dowell

A lone woman attending the CTA conference was, according to a witness “walked out by the bouncer” reportedly for asking a question which the directors found uncomfortable.  To compound this further example of bullying under Mike Harlington’s leadership, the directors are now trying to cover up what happened.

Before publishing this article I asked the directors for an explanation.  They maintain that “no questions were asked of them, so this claim has been dismissed as it factually incorrect. They are also unable to comment on the delegate being removed due to it breaching data protection laws”.

The conference took place at the National Conference Centre, Birmingham on Friday, 19th October 2018.  Attendance was reported at about 70 or 80 delegates. It was opened by Mike Harlington, who remains chairman despite considerable evidence of wrongdoing and widespread concern amongst members.  He was supported in his opening address by all the directors of the Hemp Trade Association Ltd (HTA) who stood on the stage behind him.

Notable by his absence was Tom Rowland, director of CBD Oils UK Ltd, owners of the UK brand leader Love Hemp, which now has its products on sale through Ocado, Holland & Barrett and Sainsbury’s.  It transpires that Tom has resigned as a director of HTA and Love Hemp has terminated its membership. Love Hemp was the very first CBD company to join the CTA.

Reports are reaching me of many members now terminating their membership but being told they must continue paying subscriptions for 12 months.  This demand is unenforceable.

I also have further reports within the last few days of HTA members being instructed not to buy or sell product from non-members.  This is unlawful and in breach of competition law.

It seems then that HTA’s conduct is getting even worse but nothing can be more shocking than the forcible removal from the conference of a female delegate merely for asking a question.  I received the email reproduced below and the incident has been confirmed by two independent sources who were in the conference hall at the time.

I have spoken to the lady concerned who has asked me to withhold both her and her company’s name.  She is of Eastern European origin but is now a British citizen running a UK business involved in extraction services. Particularly as a lone female, her treatment was really disgraceful and she describes being manhandled out of the conference hall by a man “not of natural size”.  She was understandably distressed and was helped to the station to return to London by another delegate.

 

From: XXXX XXXXXXXXX
Sent: 21 October 2018 23:25
To: Mike Harlington mike@cannabistrades.uk

Bcc: peter@peter-reynolds.co.uk
Subject: full refund + compensation demand (CTA conference)

 

Hello,

I bought a ticket to your public conference (£55, full day entrance and lunch included). Also I got a reminder 2 days before conference to attend (see below).

On Friday morning 19th October I took a train from London to Birmingham what cost £88 +  tax what cost £8.25.

After first speech there were questions round where I asked publicly a question along the lines “What will happen to companies who comply to law, Home Office, MHRA etc and have GMP etc, but do not want to join CTA?”

After that question I was forced to leave (you brought a big security guy who physically pushed me out) the public conference for what I paid fully. When I asked my money back because I was forced to leave for no other reason beside asking honest question then you said that it is not refundable. Also you added that you choose by face who can enter to their conference.

If you did not want that I come to your conference then you should have not sold me the ticket and send me the invitation reminder.

But asking money for full day ticket + lunch and then throwing a person out because she asked a fair and honest question is a scam.

I demand to get a refund of £55, plus compensation of transportation tickets £88 x 2 (for train tickets) + £8.25 x 2(for taxi) + £2.40 x 2 (tube) = £197.30

My hourly rate is £400 x 8 hours = £3.200 as I wasted the whole day for this CTA event.

In total £3.452,30

Also I want to remind you that you still owe me £250 addition to £3.452,30

You owe me in total £3.702,30.

After one week not payment this amount starts running interest for every additionally delayed day.

If you try to deny that incident then there were enough people who saw the incident and are willing to confirm it.

Regards
XXXX XXXXXXXX

Mob/Whatsapp: XXXXXXXXXXXX
www.XXXXXXXXXX.com

 

 

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Written by Peter Reynolds

October 24, 2018 at 2:11 pm

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’.

 

 

 

Written by Peter Reynolds

October 16, 2018 at 2:48 pm