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Peter Reynolds

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Whose Money Is UCL Wasting On Pointless Cannabis Research?

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white-female-inhaling-marijuana-pipe_4800The Times reports “Stone me: cannabis users don’t like hard work”

The Independent says “Getting high on cannabis makes you less likely to work hard for money, study says”

The mendacious Daily Mail claims: “How just one cannabis joint harms your will to work: Fears long-term drug use could harm motivation even when not high”

Utterly pointless research. Such results can be determined by common sense and experience.

UCL has a habit of frittering money away on pointless research into cannabis.

First of all we had the reckless overdosing  of Jon Snow for the Channel 4 Drugs Live programme, equivalent to asking a teetotaller to drink a bottle of scotch in 10 minutes – set up purely for sensationalism and tabloid headlines. Results?  Cannabis was shown to be very safe for 95% of people – as if we didn’t know that already.

Currently Prof Val Curran is studying whether cannabis can be used to treat cannabis dependency.  Yes, seriously, Sativex, the cannabis oil mouthspray, is being trialled to see if it can help people give up smoking cannabis!!  Not that cannabis dependency is anything like a serious problem anyway.  Fewer regular users of cannabis become dependent on it than regular users of coffee become dependent on caffeine.  Incredibly the University of Sydney is also conducting an identical trial.

Now we have this absurd study on motivation.  Why do people use cannabis?  To relax of course, so hardly surprising they become less motivated, that is the point! And the study showed that motivation returns to normal levels after smoking!  You really couldn’t make it up that so-called scientists waste their time on this sort of nonsense.

What we need is some constructive research on the therapeutic benefits of cannabis. In the 34 US states that permit medicinal use, expenditure on dangerous and addictive pharmaceutical painkillers has plummeted by hundreds of millions of dollars.

Now that would be something sensible to look into.  But maybe it doesn’t suit the agenda of whoever provides UCL with money to conduct its frivolous and pointless studies?

Listen to me interviewed on Talk Radio about this latest study.

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Written by Peter Reynolds

September 2, 2016 at 10:07 am

Cannabis Saves Lives And Cannabis Prohibition Ruins Lives Every Day. All the Media Can Worry About Is Djokovic’s Nose.

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“Someone is getting high, can you smell it?”

The BBC, The Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, The Guardian, Al Jazeera, countless international publications, blogs and websites have published this ridiculous story.

Apparently, Novak Djokovic felt “dizzy” because he could smell cannabis during his Rogers Cup semi-final win over Jérémy Chardy in Montreal.  Now let’s be clear, the smell of cannabis comes from terpenes, not from cannabinoids.  It cannot get you high or dizzy.

I’m pleased that Novak recognises the delightful smell of weed.  More and more sportspeople are using it as an aid to recovery.  NFL and rugby players are advised to use it to protect against the dangers of concussion or brain injury.  Stimulating the endocannabinoid system helps to promote healing and growth. Not long before cannabis is ruled out of sport as a performance enhancer, not just because of blind prejudice against a safer recreational drug.

But it is sickening that so much coverage is given to this when across the world there are so many more important stories about the almost miraculous,  life saving, therapeutic effects of cannabis.  Similarly, there are important but tragic stories of people being incarcerated for growing the plant or treating their illness with it.  There are disgusting stories of corruption in governments, parliaments and bureaucracies where lies and misinformation about cannabis are promoted, mainly to protect vested interests in the alcohol and law enforcement industries.

All the media is interested in is this sort of trivial nonsense, unless of course it’s some mythological scare story about mental illness or deranged axe murderers.  A free press is a valuable and essential part of our pretence at democracy. We also need freedom from the lies, misinformation and corrupt agendas of press barons and editors.

When Will They Ever Learn?

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Steve Jobs

The man, the genius, the inspiration that the whole world is feting and eulogising; it turns out he’s just another one of those dirty, disgusting, scumbag drug users.

The estate of Albert Hoffman, inventor of LSD, with exquisite timing, has released correspondence with Steve Jobs, a keen advocate for and user of psychedelic drugs.

David Cameron and Theresa May would have him sent to jail like Casey Hardison for 20 years.

Barack Obama would have him renditioned to wherever he wanted him and subjected to special interrogation techniques.

The Daily Mail and these days, to its eternal shame, even The Independent would have him ostracised, demonised, castigated and excluded.

I know who I think is smart and I know who I know is stupid.

A great man and a great example.  The contrast between his intelligence and the ruling oligarchy is startling.

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October 6, 2011 at 9:08 pm

Politicians’ Negligent Response To The Drugs Debate

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Shamefully Slandered

The Independent in its leader today, says “It is depressing how stale and weary have been the responses” to Bob Ainsworth’s initiative on drug policy reform.  See here.  As with all the media it has failed dismally to point out that he was supported by Peter Lilley, former deputy leader of the Tory party,  Tom Brake from the LibDems and Paul Flynn from Labour.

The BBC, with appalling inaccuracy, stated that  “all three main parties at Westminster remain opposed to legalisation”.  See here. In fact the LibDems’ published policy is “In the longer term, seeking to put the supply of cannabis on a legal, regulated basis”.  It matters little though because almost never has any political party been more irrelevant.   The LibDems now command less respect than the Monster Raving Loonies.

The Most Dangerous Man In Britain

The responses of our political leaders are not just depressing, they are grossly irresponsible and negligent.  James “Broken Britain” Brokenshire is the most dangerous man in Britain and will be responsible for far more death, misery and degradation in our country than any terrorist.  As The Independent says, “such is the hysteria about drugs in Britain that there is no political space for a reasoned debate by those in authority.”  The evidence that the war on drugs is an expensive failure is overwhelming but politicians prefer to waste money and lives rather than grasp this nettle.

The cowardly hypocrites, Cameron and his poodle, sit back while they allow Brokenshire, a preppy-faced apologist for gangsters to oppress, pillage and brutalise our fellow citizens.

Brokenshire is doing all he can to break Britain and British society.

He is a criminal of the first order.

Climate Change Jolly In Cancun

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Cancun Conference

My blogger-in-arms, Tory Ardvaark, calls it a “cocaine and hooker-fest” and he’s probably right.  Johann Hari,  my colleague on The Independent, says that the “next crash will be ecological – and nature doesn’t do bailouts”.  See here.

So, who has the more incisive angle on the gathering next week in Mexico’s top holiday resort?  It’s a strange choice of venue and does raise questions as to the real reason that so many will be flying there on government expenses.  As destinations go it must be a CO2 hotspot.  Maybe it’s even got it’s own hole in the ozone layer to match the nasal damage that so many visitors will be suffering?  Hopefully, condoms will protect them from any other consequences of their debauchery.   As for the conference though, it will probably be a waste of time, just like Copenhagen.

That idiot, Professor Phil Jones, at UEA’s Climate Change unit has got an awful lot to answer for.  His absurd and dishonest behaviour has discredited climate change science.   I think that while it would be stupid to ignore the idea of man-made climate change, it would be equally unwise to listen unquestioningly to those corrupt scientists who are mainly concerned with securing next year’s research grant.  Both extremes of the argument are as unreliable as each other.

Thankfully during my lifetime and my childrens’ we won’t see catastrophic effects from climate change, even if the scientists prove to be right.  Hopefully, by the time my grandchildren are around, science will have got its act together a little more  – what  shall we say – scientifically?   Of course, it may be too late by then.

The only thing that is certain is that Tory Ardvaark is right.  They’re going to have a hell of a good time down Mehico way and the drug dealers and pimps will be coining it.

“The Only Thing Drug Gangs Fear Is Legalisation”. The Independent 26th August 2010

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Superb piece in The Independent today

Superbly argued!  Thank you to Johann Hari.  Thank you to The Independent for giving the space for this to be heard.

Violence Breeds Violence.  The Only Thing Drug Gangs Fear Is Legalisation.

28,000 deaths in Mexico in four years because of drug laws!

It could be the same in the UK.   Our new drug strategy is in preparation but the only people applauding the disgraceful sham that is our drug strategy consultation are drug dealers and criminals.  James Brokenshire of the Home Office, the man intent on breaking British society,  is so backward in his thinking that he makes Alan Johnson look progressive.   He is blind to the evidence and the facts, to what is happening in Mexico and elsewhere

There is blood on the hands of cowardly politicians in the UK too.  They have shirked this issue, avoided grasping this nettle for too long.  Brokenshire can only have been offered as a lamb for sacrifice here – surely?  His arguments are too ridiculous, his distortion of science too crass. He is bound to fail if he persists but he will cause death, misery and degradation for thousands.  He personally will be responsible for a massive increase in street crime – inevitable if he tightens prohibition.  He will not have committed the crimes himself but he will have negligently and recklessly ignored proven current best practice.  His attitudes fly in the face of all logic, research and science.

The government is riding roughshod over the massive outcry for drug law reform on the Your Freedom website.  Surely, even if public opinion, morality, logic, science, history or common sense won’t convince them, Baroness Meacher’s claim of £19 billion per annum of waste will stir them to action!

Surely, if nothing else, the cash will make the government see sense!

…And He Can Walk On Water

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Or so Peter Mandelson would have us believe!  Congratulations to him.  If he can do it so can I.  I can reprise him too.  My first ever published article in the national press (The Independent) toyed with my confrontation with the man himself at the junction of Ledbury Road and Westbourne Grove.  It must have been about 1994.  I think around the time of his mortgage scandal. I was gently cycling southwards and as I crossed over this dishevelled, unshaven and grumpy looking character loped along the Westbourne Grove pavement and wanted to cross.  The look he gave me when I didn’t give way was enough to freeze the blood of any parliamentary minion and only then did I realise who he was

My abiding memory is of his crumpled shorts – so crumpled.  As if they’d been screwed up tight in his fist before beng worn.

And at the instant I think to myself “hasn’t he aged?”, I know the same must be true of me.  He has done so with dignity and now looks more the statesman than the aggressive spin doctor.

All hail Peter!  You’re back.  And in fine fettle!

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October 3, 2008 at 5:49 pm