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Request for Information on Agreements Between GW Pharmaceuticals (now Jazz Pharmaceuticals) and the UK Government

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Dear Home Office,

on 10/11/23 I sent you the email below:

"Dear Sir/Madam,

I trust this finds you well.

It has come to my attention, through publicly available information, that there may be an existing agreement between GW Pharmaceuticals (now Jazz Pharmaceuticals) and the British Government. The nature of this agreement, including the possibility of a public-private partnership (PPP), appears not to be in the public domain.

I am writing to request transparent details on any agreements, including potential Public-Private Partnerships, between GW Pharmaceuticals (Jazz Pharmaceuticals) and the UK Government regarding the cultivation and research of cannabis. This request encompasses information on goals, terms, conditions, and expected public benefits.

I would also request to know who the political/public and private finance managers are of any agreement or PPP that is in place.

The timeframe for this information is 01/11/1997 to 31/12/2007

Thank you for your attention to this matter."

I have yet to receive any acknowledgment that you've received this email, but I did send it to 12 government departments, and 10 did confirm receipt.

Considering the nature of the information I'm seeking, please can we continue this FOI chain through WhatDoTheyKnow so that there's transparency with responses.

Yours faithfully,

Cefyn Jones

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Dear Cefyn Jones,

Thank you for contacting the Home Office. We have searched our records and confirm we did not receive your FOI request below. We will therefore log it as a new request received today.

You should shortly receive an acknowledgement email with your case ref.

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N McKenzie
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Dear Cefyn Jones,

Thank you for contacting the Home Office with your request.

This has been assigned to a caseworker (case ref FOI2023/05877). We will
aim to send you a full response by 28th December which is twenty working
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Home Office

Dear Home Office,

Thank you for your response, the original email I refered to was sent from [email address]

My apologies for not indicating that.

Yours faithfully,

Cefyn Jones

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Dear Home Office,

Thank you for your response.

Your response indicated that providing the information I asked for in my original request would exceed the cost limit.

I have therefore reduced my request in scope, as follows:

According to The Medicinalization of Cannabis (P. 36), Dr Geoffrey Guy met the Chief Inspector of the Home Office Drugs Inspectorate (HODI), Mr Alan MacFarlane, to discuss obtaining a license to grow cannabis with the intent to engage in government funded R&D in medicinal cannabis. The meeting took place around about 18/12/97.

https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/20...

On P. 37, Dr Guy, who is being quoted in the document, stated that Mr MacFarlane rang him in January '98 to say: ‘We’ll do this, but we don’t know how we’re going to do it: could you put a proposal in?’

This of course happened as a result of Dr Guy and others attending a meeting at Parliament on 11/12/97 where a government spokesman (Paul Boateng) said: ‘Her Majesty’s Government has no will to reschedule cannabis, however, we would like the research to be done'

Dr Guy states on P. 37 that he supplied the Home Office with a 22-point plan to regulate and control cannabis a few weeks after Mr MacFarlane's request in January 1998. In July of that year, GW Pharmaceuticals was awarded a license to grow cannabis, as well as a place on Porton Down.

On the basis of this, I would like to request all correspondence, files and documents from the Home Office from 01/11/97 to 01/08/98, that show communications between Dr Geoffrey Guy and Mr Alan MacFarlane.

I would also like to request a copy of the 22-point plan, submitted by Dr Geoffrey Guy to Mr Macfarlane and/or the Home Office directly, between 01/01/98 and 01/03/98.

I believe that the narrowed timeframe, and the specific mention of the information I'm looking for should remove any issues with Sect 12 (2) of the FOIA.

Yours faithfully,

Cefyn Jones

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Dear Cefyn Jones,

Please email us the FOI reference number of the case you referring to so that we can allocate it the appropriate business unit.

Regards,

Marcin Hucherko
Home Office

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