Does Jeremy Browne agree with his leader Nick Clegg?

By Des Humphrey

Home Office Minister, Jeremy Brown has rejected the recent findings of the HACS committee and its call for a Royal Commission to examine UK drugs policy.

In the Telegraph on 10th December 2012 he incorrectly states that cannabis is 6 to 7 times stronger than it was a few years ago and smoking cannabis today is the equivalent of people going from drinking a pint of beer to drinking a pint of neat vodka.

I’m tempted to ask Mr Browne who his dealer is, since I would love to get my hands on such cannabis, however, joking aside, such cannabis really doesn’t exist and it certainly isn’t found today on the streets of Britain. If anything, cannabis supplied on the criminal black market is sub-standard compared to what one could buy 20 years ago.

In the Telegraph, Jeremy Browne, who is a Liberal Democrat, is quoted as saying “It is not true to say we are making no progress on drugs”, yet a few days later the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, writes in The Sun “We are losing the war on drugs on an industrial scale.”

Liberal Democrat Home Office Minister Jeremy Browne

Jeremy Brown MP says progress is being made on the war on drugs, while his leader, Nick Clegg, says it is lost on an industrial scale.

Jeremy Brown and Nick Clegg cannot both be right,  so I have written to him to ask if he stands by his words or if he now agrees with his party leader, Nick Clegg, along with senior judges, police officers, intelligence officials, scientists, etc.,

I have informed Mr Brown his assertion cannabis is 6 – 7 times stronger than it was a few years ago is simply not true and I’ve pointed him in the direction of Dr Ben Goldacre’s book where he makes a sealed case that cannabis has not become a super strength monster of its former self.

I will keep you informed of any reply I receive from the Home Office Minister Jeremy Browne. I’m sure cannabis consumers throughout the UK will be most interested to have clarification from the Liberal Democrat MP if he stands by his remarks in the Telegraph and thinks Nick Clegg is wrong. Or does he now agree with the Deputy Prime Minister that the war on drugs is being lost on an industrial scale?


Cannabis campaigner Des Humphrey NORML UKDes Humphrey is a medicinal cannabis consumer, activist and Executive Director of NORML UK.

Posted in News and tagged , , , .


  1. dont you just love to see morons like this make complete fools of themselves? It would be even funnier if it wasnt for the fact ignorant morons like this help run this country. Surly there is something in law that states we,as a democratic people can have idiots like this removed from office?

  2. Pingback: Christmas Is A Time For Sharing… Your Love Of Weed

  3. Just sent him an email asking for his sources and references. Sent him a few PubMed articles proving the medicinal qualities of the cannabis plant too. I’m not expecting to hear anything back but hopefully, if enough people follow suit, we can educate the ignorant.

  4. Home affairs select committee confirmed that cannabis should not have
    been upgraded to class B and should still be a class C drug

    10th 2012 the house of commons home affairs committee report ( drugs
    breaking the cycle ) paragraph 126 we remain however, of the view
    expressed by our predecessors’ report,namely that cannabis be
    reclassified from class b to c, and therefore regret the decision taken
    by the government in 2008

    I dont think the changes went through parliament if you look up parliament UK drugs reclassification
    bill 2007. 2008 it is still at the first stage if protocol was
    not was not followed she has made a complete hash of the
    reclassification of cannabis and cannabis is still a class (c) substance
    i contacted both the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee and Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee
    both were not aware of the change.their is a private members bill
    sponsored by Christopher Chope an mp who stole thousands of pounds of
    tax payers cash to put a roof on his house and recover his settee
    Brown and Jacqui smith are both guilty of maladministration and their actions
    have created criminal records for thousands of our people at a cost of billions

  5. Where does Jeremy Brown get his information from and why does he think the HACS committee overlooked this ‘incontrovertible’ information he seems to have. Surely he is implying the committee did not do a thorough job in their investigations/deliberations. When he talks about cannabis does he mean herbal marijuana or hashish? Quality hashish from 20 years ago was probably 6 or 7 times stronger than modern day ‘skunk’ weed. I used to pay £15 for 3.5 grammes of hashish 20 years ago – if I still wanted to buy cannabis today I would pay £25-£30 for 3.5 grammes of weed. The modern day weed would invariably be wet, contaminated, un-cured and unfit for consumption whereas the hashish of 20 years ago would have been produced in somewhere like Morocco or Afghanistan by people who were experts in cannabis cultivation and preparation. A legal market in the good old safe stuff might greatly dent the illegal market in the ‘killer’ modern stuff.

    Most people I know who still buy cannabis have never seen quality hashish or weed and would simply not know what to look for. Also people still smoke cannabis and worse still they almost always smoke it mixed with tobacco (which makes it very addictive and very bad for the user’s health). Legalisation could promote safer and healthier methods of ingestion such as tablets, tinctures or food products. If people must consume the raw product then one of the many types of vaporiser is a much safer option. These issues are still not discussed but would form an important part of developing a legal regulated system of control or under the current system we could a least ban the sale of smoking papers, pipes and other less safe paraphernalia. I am agreeing with those people who cite a health problem but I propose a better way of reducing the harm than just carrying on with the status quo.

    To cut a long story short – there seems to be some disagreement here about what the state of cannabis production is and what should be done to control it. In light of the disagreement I think a royal commission is needed. If there is a fear that commission’s findings may disagree with Jeremy Brown or David Cameron then I think they should be allowed to present their evidence as part of any hearings that take place. If the facts are as incontrovertible as Mr Brown and Cameron portray then I am sure the commission will agree with there views but may be able to offer better solutions to what is a serious problem in our society

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *