A CLEAR Plan For The Regulation Of Cannabis In Britain – Public Consultation

CLEAR invites comment, suggestions and proposals towards a revised version of its CLEAR Plan for the Regulation of Cannabis in Britain (here).

The background to this consultation was set out at the beginning of July 2012 (here)

How To Respond

Please submit responses by the end of Friday, September 21st 2012 to the dedicated email address: planconsult@clear-uk.org.

There are 12 questions requiring response.  The reason for this is to enable us to sort and incorporate responses in coherent threads.  There is, of course, a final question to add any further information in free form.


Do you agree with the objectives of the plan.  How would you change or add to them?


Do you believe there is further research necessary to inform the development of the plan?  If so, please describe?


How would you alter the specification of the Cannabis Inspectorate or otherwise manage the regulation process?


Do you agree with the model described for medicinal use?  Particularly, is the use of existing pharmacies or a dispensary system similar to some US states more appropriate?


Do you agree with the model described for retail sale?  Particularly, in order to achieve legal regulation, would it be more effective to propose a stricter model with fewer outlets and limits on purchases?


Can you envisage a realistic proposal for consumption of cannabis in public premises?  Consider the smoking ban, the possibility of using vapourisers, is there likely to be a successful business model?


Do you agree that domestic licensing is a sensible proposal?  This has been the most controversial part of the  CLEAR plan 1.0.  We recognise the human rights arguments, that you do not need a licence to brew beer, make wine or grow any other plant.  Please suggest any other form of control or regulation of domestic cultivation.  If you believe domestic cultivation should be unrestricted, how should the concerns of non-users be addressed?


Do you agree with the model described for commercial cultivation? Can you suggest other proposals which would highlight the opportunities for new businesses and employment which a regulated market would offer?


Do you agree with the model described for managing the importation of cannabis?


Should the proposal for cannabis clubs be expanded or given more priority?  Are there are any changes or additional proposals you would like included?


Please provide any proposed regulations or control over advertising and promotion?


Is there anything you would wish to add concerning regulation of the consumption of cannabis?  Please consider the impact of the proposed drug driving legislation.

Additional Comments

Please add any further comments, suggestions or proposals including links to references or evidence in respect of your response.


UKCIA is a cannabis law reform site dedicated to ending the prohibition of cannabis. As an illegal drug, cannabis is not a controlled substance - it varies greatly in strength and purity, it's sold by unaccountable people from unknown venues with no over sight by the authorities. There is no recourse to the law for users and the most vulnerable are therefore placed at the greatest risk. There can be no measures such as age limits on sales and no way to properly monitor or study the trade, let alone introduce proper regulation. Cannabis must be legalised, as an illegal substance it is very dangerous to the users and society at large.