Full disclosure of licences issued for UK cannabis cultivation reported by INCB

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Dear Home Office,

In its 2017 report on narcotic drugs, the INCB reports that according to the UK government in 2015 the UK harvested 117 hectares of medical cannabis amounting to 95,000 Kg, that the UK exported 2.1 tons and holds stocks of 93.1 tons.
Paras 98 and 99 http://www.incb.org/documents/Narcotic-D...

In an answer to a written question in Parliament on 1st March 2018, Home Office minster Nick Hurd MP said "No licences for pharmaceutical companies to grow and process medicinal cannabis for exportation to other countries have been issued."
http://www.parliament.uk/business/public...

Please provide full details of licences issued and to which organisations or individuals which account for the production, stocks and exports as reported by the INCB and explain how Mr Hurd's answer is consistent with the facts reported.

Yours faithfully,

Peter Reynolds

FOI Requests, Home Office

Dear Mr. Reynolds,

 

 

Thank you for contacting the Home Office with your request.

 

This has been assigned to a caseworker (case ref 47628). We will aim to
send you a full response by 06/04/2018 which is twenty working days from
the date we received your request.

 

If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

 

Thank you,

 

N McKenzie

FOI Requests

Home Office

 

 

 

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FOI Responses, Home Office

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Please find attached our response to your Freedom of Information request.

 

 

Home Office

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Dear Home Office,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Home Office's handling of my FOI request 'Full disclosure of licences issued for UK cannabis cultivation reported by INCB'.

I cannot see any way in which it would prejudice anyone's commercial interest. I consider this to be a flimsy excuse which is overwhelmed by the public interest that this information should be on the public record. Furthermore, with the security precautions required for such a licence, any attempt at crime woud be foolhardy and also utterly stupid. It would be much easier either to import or produce your own cannabis. The sort of criminal enterprise that would be required to raid a commercial cannabis production facility in the UK would be on a grand scale, incredibly risky and with sentences probably higher than for production of cannabis.

Clearly, disclosure of the information around these licences could, in any case, be limited to redact any specific information which should legitimately be kept confidential.

I consider it is outrageous that any attempt should be made to keep this information secret. It goes directly to the question of the massive public demand for legal access to cannabis for medical use and the total denial of this by government. This policy is itself irrational and against the public interest and the refusal to disclose the information requested is a political cover-up.

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

Yours faithfully,

Peter Reynolds

FOI Requests, Home Office

Mr. Reynolds,

Thank you for contacting the Home Office with your request.

This Internal Review has been assigned to a caseworker (case ref 47628). We will aim to send you a full response by 01/05/2018 which is twenty working days from the date we received your request.

If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you,

P. Zebedee
FOI Requests
Home Office

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Dear FOI Requests,

Your internal review is now over a fortnight late and you have not even bothered to inform me of the delay.

When can I expect to receive your response?

Yours sincerely,

Peter Reynolds

Dear FOI Requests,

Your internal review is now more than three weeks overdue. You have not advised me of any delay and you have ignored my reminder of seven days ago.

If your response is not received within seven days, I shall be referring this to the Information Commissioner.

Yours sincerely,

Peter Reynolds

FOI Responses, Home Office

Dear Mr Reynolds

We apologise for the delay. Your request is being considered and unfortunately this is taking more time than anticipated.
We hope to now send you a response by 15 June 2018 or earlier.

Kind regards
Information Rights Team
Home Office
2 Marsham Street
London SW1P 4DF

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