Clear — Cannabis Law Reform
“To end the prohibition of cannabis” — http://www.clear-uk.org
That is the first stated aim and objective of CLEAR, a United Kingdom organization that is working hard to bring about the realization of that goal. The following are the rest, quoted directly from the CLEAR website:
“To promote as a matter of urgency and compassion the prescription of medicinal cannabis by doctors. To introduce a system of regulation for the production and supply of cannabis based on facts and evidence. To encourage the production and use of industrial hemp. To educate and inform about the uses and benefits of cannabis.”
CLEAR, like all of the causes working for Cannabis law reform, has their work cut out for them, and like the other causes, they are proving worthy of the challenge. Their website has a slideshow of banners on the homepage showcasing their strong stance in support of legal Cannabis, pointing out the often ludicrous and hypocritical perspective of anti-Cannabis groups, businesses and governments.
Clear offers up-to-date news that isn’t as U.S.- centric as what Americans are used to, yet similar themes recur. One can read about hemp in Russia and Irish politicians in support of Cannabis. One sentence that really points out the populist nature of CLEAR’s approach to educating people about Cannabis cultivation is in regards to medicinal usage: “Before pharmaceutical companies can patent and control all aspects of the plant we aim to explain how easy it is to grow, how safe to use and inexpensive and natural are its benefits.” CLEAR makes education about the medicinal aspect of Cannabis a priority in their overarching goal of ending the prohibition of Cannabis in the U.K.