|Ideology||Legalisation of cannabis|
Drug policy reform
Cannabis Law Reform (CLEAR), formerly the Legalise Cannabis Alliance, is a United Kingdom lobby group which campaigns to end the prohibition of cannabis. The group was founded in 1997 and reformed as CLEAR in 2011. It campaigned in a number of elections until it was statutorily de-registered by the Electoral Commission in November 2013.
The Legalise Cannabis Alliance (LCA) campaigned for the legalisation of cannabis for all purposes, including medicinal use, as biomass, hemp-based products, and recreational drug use. They fielded candidates in elections to the House of Commons and to local government
The party had origins in a pressure group formed in Norwich. It was registered as a political party in March 1999 after Howard Marks had stood as a legalise cannabis candidate in four different constituencies in the 1997 general election: Norwich North, Norwich South, Southampton Test and Neath
The first official LCA candidate in a parliamentary election was former mayor of Carlisle Colin Paisley in the November 1999 by election in the Kensington and Chelsea constituency. He took 141 (0.7%) of the votes. The second was Derrick Large in the May 2000 Romsey byelection, who took 417 (1.1%) of the votes.
In the 2005 general election the LCA stood 18 candidates in 21 constituencies. This was eight more than in the 2001 general election, but included only six that had been contested in that previous election. In all these six constituencies the LCA suffered a fall in its share of the vote, and the average share across 21 constituencies was well down from that across the previous 13. Their best results were in Orkney and Shetland, Worthing East and Shoreham and Leigh. The LCA also stood in seven Welsh constituencies. As well as calling for the legalisation of cannabis, the manifesto in Wales included campaigning against GM food, for lower fuel tax for haulage and transport firms, and support for recycling and renewable energy.
|Election||Constituency or constituencies||Candidate or candidates||Votes||Share (%)||Change|
|1999 Kensington and Chelsea by-election||Kensington and Chelsea||Colin Paisley||141||0.7||N/A|
|2000 Romsey by-election||Romsey||Derrick Large||417||1.1||N/A|
|2001 general election||Braintree||Michael Nolan||774||1.5||N/A|
|Calder Valley||Philip Lockwood||672||1.4||N/A|
|Chelmsford West||Herb Philbin||693||0.9||N/A|
|East Worthing and Shoreham||Chris Baldwin||920||2.1||N/A|
|Edinburgh South||Margaret Hendry||535||1.4||N/A|
|Kingston upon Hull North||Carl Wagner||478||1.7||N/A|
|Milton Keynes South West||Patman Denning||500||1.1||N/A|
|North East Fife||Leslie Von Goetz||420||1.2||N/A|
|Norwich South||Alun Buffry||620||1.5||N/A|
|Penrith and the Border||Mark Gibson||870||2.0||N/A|
|2005 general election||Canterbury||Rocky van de Benderskum||326||0.7||N/A|
|Carmarthen East and Dinefwr||Sid James Whitworth||343||0.7||N/A|
|Carmarthen West and Pembrokeshire South||Alex Daszak||343||0.6||N/A|
|East Surrey||Winston Matthews||410||0.8||N/A|
|East Worthing and Shoreham||Chris Baldwin||677||1.5||-0.6|
|Great Yarmouth||Michael Skipper||389||0.9||N/A|
|Kingston upon Hull East||Carl Wagner||182||0.6||N/A|
|Kingston upon Hull North||Carl Wagner||179||0.6||-1.1|
|Norwich South||Don Barnard||219||0.5||-1.0|
|Orkney and Shetland||Paul Cruickshank||311||1.8||N/A|
|Penrith and the Border||Mark Gibson||549||1.2||-0.8|
|South Dorset||Vic Hamilton||282||0.6||N/A|
|Swansea West||Steve Pank||218||0.7||N/A|
|Vale of Clwyd||Jeff Ditchfield||286||0.9||N/A|
|Worthing West||Chris Baldwin||550||1.2||N/A|
|Ynys Mon||Tim Evans||232||0.7||N/A|
|2012 Corby by-election||Corby||Peter Reynolds||137||0.4||N/A|
The members of the Legalise Cannabis Alliance voted to re-register to contest elections in February 2011. Proposals for a new identity and constitution were put to a referendum of the membership and passed in separate two votes. The party re-registered with the Electoral Commission under its new name of CLEAR Cannabis Law Reform.
As of 2014, the party states on their website: "We are not presently registered with the Electoral Commission as we are not currently intending to contest any elections.