Cannabis psychotic illness evidence

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Dear Department of Health and Social Care,

Further to your spokesman’s assertion that cannabis “poses serious risk of psychotic illness and harm to unborn babies… and is extremely addictive”, I would like to request the following information:

1. The number of babies born to mothers who use cannabis regularly whose congenital abnormalities can be DIRECTLY traced back to their mother’s cannabis use.
2. The number of people with no previous history of psychotic illness subsequently diagnosed with mental health issues after using cannabis - in other words whose mental illness can be said to be categorically caused by their cannabis use.
3. The number of people who’ve sought - or are seeking - assistance for their “cannabis addiction”.

If you believe so vehemently that cannabis is dangerous and has no medical benefits - something you cannot now claim in all honesty after granting a temporary licence to Charlotte Caldwell - why has the Home Office granted a medical grow licence to GW Pharma to produce medical cannabis on the the BritIsh Sugar site in Wissington, Norfolk…? In 2016, the U.K. exported more than 95 tonnes of cannabis, making us the largest exporter of cannabis in the world. I would like to request a full list of countries to which we export, and would like an explanation as to why you will grow it for export, whilst denying its benefits to your own citizens. If it has no medical use, and is as dangerous as your spokesman has claimed, then why are you allowing a pharmaceutical company to grow it for export…? What are the government’s links to GW Pharmaceuticals…? Is is not true that GW Pharma is owned by British Sugar the managing director of which is Paul Kenward, the husband of Victoria Atkins, the Minister for Drugs.

Care to explain why I, and the thousands of others who would benefit hugely from being able to legally access medicinal cannabis, are bein denied that access, whilst the husband of a government minister makes millions from our misery - how can that not be viewed as anything other than the absolute epitome of hypocrisy…?

The Billy Caldwell case means that you can no longer continue to deny the myriad and far-reaching benefits of cannabis; the British Medical Journal and Royal College of Physicians, two of the most respected medical organisations in the country, have been demanding its legalisation for years - if it’s “addictive, dangerous and has no medical benefits” why are two of our foremost medical organisations demanding it be legalised…?

I trust that you will respond to me in a prompt and timely manner

Yours faithfully,

Kirsty Eccles

Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear Ms Eccles

Please find attached the Department of Health and Social Care's response
to your recent FOI request (our ref: FOI-1158574  ) 

Yours sincerely,

 Dorothy Crowe 

Freedom of Information team
Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear Department of Health and Social Care,

You use scare tactics and spread propaganda by stating that cannabis “poses serious risk of psychotic illness and harm to unborn babies… and is extremely addictive”.

Yet when pressed, you failed to provide a shred of evidence to back up your lies, because there is no evidence.

Pathetic!

Yours faithfully,

Kirsty Eccles

Dear Department of Health and Social Care,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Department of Health and Social Care's handling of my FOI request 'Cannabis psychotic illness evidence'.

Further to your spokesman’s assertion that cannabis “poses serious risk of psychotic illness and harm to unborn babies… and is extremely addictive”, I would like to request the following information:

1. The number of babies born to mothers who use cannabis regularly whose congenital abnormalities can be DIRECTLY traced back to their mother’s cannabis use.
2. The number of people with no previous history of psychotic illness subsequently diagnosed with mental health issues after using cannabis - in other words whose mental illness can be said to be categorically caused by their cannabis use.

You put out a statement “cannabis poses serious risk of psychotic illness and harm to unborn babies… and is extremely addictive”

Yet when requested, you refuse to provide the evidence your statement is based upon.

Please provide me with the evidence I requested or I shall pass this FIle to the ICO who will take a pretty dim view if you have deliberately missled the public by lying.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/c...

Yours faithfully,

Kirsty Eccles

Dear Department of Health and Social Care,
You are late responding.....

Yours faithfully,

Kirsty Eccles

FreedomofInformation, Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear Ms Eccles
Please find attached our response to FOI 1158574, which according to our system was sent to you on 31 January (exactly 20 working days after receiving your request).
Your sincerely
Dorothy Crowe

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Dear FreedomofInformation,

Caught out spreading propaganda and lies.

Shame on you!

Yours sincerely,

Kirsty Eccles

Dear FreedomofInformation,

Today I have passed this file to the ICO https://ico.org.uk who have formed me that they will publish their findings on their website which I shall publish as a press release.

Yours sincerely,

Kirsty Eccles

FreedomofInformation, Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear Ms Eccles,

Your requested internal review of FOI-1158574 is now complete. Please see the attached letter for the outcome.

Yours sincerely,

Charlene Carter
Freedom of Information Casework Manager
Department of Health and Social Care
39 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0EU

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Dear FreedomofInformation,

You simply cannot make statements such as cannabis “poses serious risk of psychotic illness and harm to unborn babies… and is extremely addictive”.

You made this statement without a shred of evidence and thrrefore I requested the following information... To which you refused because such evidence does not exist and therefore your statement was based on Lies!

1. The number of babies born to mothers who use cannabis regularly whose congenital abnormalities can be DIRECTLY traced back to their mother’s cannabis use.
2. The number of people with no previous history of psychotic illness subsequently diagnosed with mental health issues after using cannabis - in other words whose mental illness can be said to be categorically caused by their cannabis use.
3. The number of people who’ve sought - or are seeking - assistance for their “cannabis addiction”.

The country are familiar with your anti cannabis propaganda campaign and I have expised you for what you are.
Liars! I shall still pass this file to the ICO today and publish their findings in a nationwide press release.

Yours sincerely,

Kirsty Eccles

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