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“The Case for Legalising Medicinal Cannabis” Ronnie Cowan MP 


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The Case for Legalising Medicinal Cannabis I was a child in the 1960s and maybe because of that my perspective of cannabis is one of a leafy plant that when the leaves are dried can be smoked to get high. All sorts of hippy connotations spring to mind. Peace, love and transcendental meditation. In-fact the cannabis plant is a form of the hemp plant and there are many variations available. People have been smoking cannabis recreationally for centuries and for many years people have been smoking cannabis to relieve pain associated with a range of illnesses including Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and certain cancers. This has blurred the lines between recreational and medicinal use. I want to concentrate on medicinal cannabis. Today throughout the United Kingdom people purchase cannabis based products, oils, sprays and tablets to help alleviate pain. They can be delivered to your door and consumed in the privacy of your own home. There is a legal cannabis-derived prescription drug called Sativex but it is prohibitively expensive and was found to be ‘not sufficiently effective’ by NICE. As a result the drug, administered as a spray under the tongue, isn’t available in England and Scotland on the NHS. But because cannabis is registered as a class B drug under the misuse of drugs

act 1971 in the United Kingdom, people buying it or using it are breaking the law and are liable to be prosecuted. The result is that they purchase and consume a product that is not regulated for safety or effectiveness. The outcome can’t be predicted and the cost is entirely at the seller’s discretion. Medicinal cannabis is legal in parts of USA, Canada, France, Germany, and many other countries. The laws and application of these laws vary but the premise is the same, medicinal cannabis provides effective help for people who are suffering. Making it legal is a humane thing to do. In the United Kingdom there have been some high profile cases where legal cannabis has been sought via permission from the Home Office. Cases including Billy Caldwell and Alfie Dingley. In both these cases young children were suffering seizures which were damaging them. The quantity and severity of these seizures were dramatically decreased through the use of cannabis-derived products. Both families had sought and found such products outside the United Kingdom but could not get access to effective products legally in the United Kingdom. There are thousands of Billy’s and Alfie’s. Each with families struggling to find the correct medicines to ease

Ronnie Cowan MP

the pain of their loved ones, while knowing that a change in the law would accommodate their needs. If we were to legalise cannabis for medicinal purposes it would be assessed for quality and effectiveness, it would be designed or tailored to specific illnesses, it would be regulated and taxed. I am not asking for the law to permit people to grow their own weed just as I don’t advocate people having their own gin production facility in their kitchen. I am asking for a legally regulated business that produces medicine in laboratories from the cannabinoids extracted from commercially grown plants. Each product could be designed for a specific illness and the distribution, prescription and use would be monitored and controlled. The UK Government still maintains there is no therapeutic value attached to medicinal cannabis and yet it grants a licence to British Sugar to grow it and provide the raw product to pharmaceutical companies. The UK Government can no longer continue to ride two horses either it’s effective in which case it must be legalised or it’s not in which case we shouldn’t be growing it and selling it to pharmaceutical companies.

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Key pieces for Spring Here’s what you really need to know about the key trends for Spring 2018 - they are super wearable! This season, the quickest and easiest way to upgrade your look is to incorporate at least one of the following items into your wardrobe. Easy! First up - The Trench Coat - I love

a good trench coat, it’s such a versatile piece of clothing, a stylish and lightweight cover up which is suitable for all circumstances - and this Spring brings us a huge selection to

choose from. There’s plenty of classic styles, but there’s also lots of hybrid styles as well - a mix of fabrics, textures, lengths and more. This really is a purchase you won’t regret.

Pencil Skirts - again, like the trench, the pencil skirt is a clothes classic. Hailing from the 1950’s when femininity was at its peak, the modern pencil skirt is still sexy, but it has a slightly different cut this time round. Sitting higher on the waist and not as body hugging, these skirts are more practical to walk in and come in a wonderful array of fabrics, making them the perfect wardrobe staple. Additionally, they can be worn with every kind of shoe from trainers and kitten heels to stilettos.

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The teen STYLE Files

The colour Lilac - there will be no getting away from this pretty pastel. There’s a shade that will suit almost every complexion and as an added bonus, lilac has a magically softening effect when worn close to the face. A pretty blouse or a slightly oversized sweater with a cute turtle neck is perhaps the best way of wearing Lilac and this colour works incredibly well with grey, black, beige and navy as well as with another spring trend - dark indigo denim. So, there will be no problem finding something to wear with your new pastel purchase. Bum bags/cross body bags - nothing groundbreaking I know but these bags are fabulous. No more lugging around huge tote bags, wasting time rummaging around desperately trying to find your purse in a veritable riptide of old receipts and sweetie wrappers. These compact bags allow you to to be super functional, hands free and on trend. There’s a style for every occasion, sporty to luxe, and you’ll be totally spoiled for choice. At the start I mentioned that any one of these items would work in upgrading your Spring wardrobe, (and that’s true) however, investing in all four key items would result in an amazing top to toe Spring look, and as an added bonus, all the individual items can be easily mixed and matched for ultimate wearability.

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Checks & Mustard

These are two of the key trends which dominated designer Spring/Summer 2018 runways. From folksy ginghams to traditional plaids and bright checks, these patterns are making a convincing case for being Spring’s “it print”. Meanwhile, mustard tones are already infiltrating high street stores so don’t be scared of experimenting with this versatile shade!

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Ronnie Ford, whose career began as a teacher in Gourock, is an artist of international renown, with his work especially popular in the Far East and featured in many leading contemporary art collections. When Ronnie and Carol, his wife, moved into their new home they decided to replace the bespoke handcrafted kitchen. ‘We prefer a more modern and functional space, full of light, so we decided to move on and contact the team at Affordable Luxuries. The kitchen was designed by David, who is also an ex-student of mine from Gourock High School with Tom project managing the entire installation. They really did design and install our ideal kitchen,’ said Ronnie. The brief for the Affordable Luxuries team was to design a modern contemporary kitchen dining space

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along with the utility room which would provide practical storage solutions. Carol’s love of porcelain and cookery books meant that the kitchen design had to include plenty of storage space, while the overall look was to be one of openness and light which Ronnie and Carol could fill with their favourite pieces. They chose the Pronorm Y-Line range in gloss super white with glass wall panels in gloss super white with light grey wood. For the worktops Affordable Luxuries recommended the Consentino Silestone 30mm quartz range in Alumino Nube, for its aluminium/silver tones with the most subtle mirror sparkle through it. The sink is a Blanco Andano one-and-a-half bowl in stainless steel, paired with a Blanco Menu rinse tap with a pull out hand spray.


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A busy 1st quarter and the next looks busier It’s hard to believe that it’s almost Easter already, and while I know the saying goes “time flies when you’re having fun”, I truly believe the saying should also go “time flies when you’re getting on with the day job”. This year, a lot of work has passed through the Scottish Parliament: including the ban on electric dog shock collars, the Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Act and the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act. In Parliament I have spoken on debates, including on Scottish Income Tax, the Continuity Bill and on migration. I also spoke in a Member’s Debate about EU LEADER funding, which both Gourock Golf Club and Ardgowan Distillery in Inverclyde have benefitted from.

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Spring must be around the corner! If you read my column in the last edition of Clyde Life, you may recall the opening paragraphs were about how cold the winter had been and how unusual it was to see 4”/10cm of snow here at Cardwell Garden Centre in Gourock. Just a few weeks after that article was published, the aptly named ‘Beast from the East’ arrived in Scotland and promptly dumped 12”/30cm of snow on Cardwell! Drifts of well over 2 feet saw both my 8 year old nephew, Sam, and my dog have great fun for a few days. If I am honest, I quite enjoy the snow as well. However, this amount of snow causes massive problems from a pragmatic perspective. We saw the travel network across Scotland grind to a halt and

even witnessed a shortage of basics foods, such as bread and milk, in supermarkets and convenience stores. Even Cardwell closed for a day, and that does not happen very often. Most of the issues Scotland faced during that week were exacerbated by us simply not being accustomed to this extreme weather. Personally, I have never seen snow that deep here, and certainly not the relentless blizzards we experienced. Much like the rest of us, the plants in our garden are not used to the cold, eastern winds and the sheer weight of the snow lying on branches and foliage. Even some of the mature trees around Gourock have been damaged. There is not a lot we gardeners can do during this weather and the advice is to leave things alone until a

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thaw. Only then can you assess your plants and trees for damage. Most mature trees and shrubs will have suffered only minor damage and will recover naturally once the spring and summer growing season gets underway. It is the same for lawns, they are quite weather resistant and can quickly recover under the right conditions, but avoid walking on the lawn when the soil is drenched. Some hedges, particularly box, will take longer to recover their shape and some TLC and trimming will be required. Other hedges like privet, leylandii and laurel will quickly recover within a year. A lot of our customers at Cardwell have asked us what to do about spring flowering bulbs which they have planted prior to the ice and snow. Most bulbs, or corms, will be absolutely fine and will grow as normal once the soil warms up. The soil, and even the snow itself, acts as insulation for the bulb. If they do not flower this year, they should return to normal next year.

and greenhouses that should be tackled soon. As for spring and summer bedding plants, any you purchase now should be kept frost free and protected from cold winds. Remember, April can still be a frosty month and even May can have cold nights. As I write this article in mid March, the next cold snap is due to strike over the coming weekend. The Met Office is predicting less disruptive weather this time, with more cold weather and wind than snow. By the time you read this you will know if they are right, or not. I hope they are right and spring comes soon. By Kieran Gallagher Cardwell Garden Centre

Daffodils at Cardwell that stated to grow just before the cold snap have mostly recovered and many have even flowered. Snowdrops, as well, have flowered generously and provided a much needed burst of colour to an otherwise bleak landscape. In the garden centre itself, we have an abundance of colourful plants that are able to withstand the cold nights and winds. Potted spring flowering bulbs and the old favourite primula are proving very popular. Seeds, seed potatoes and onion sets are best bought now in preparation for planting and there is plenty of preparation of borders, planters

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Picnic Power! Be it a can of Irn-Bru and a packet of crisps or a wicker hamper full of delights, food always tastes better eaten out of doors Never underestimate the power of a picnic; they are great fun no matter how old you are. There is something special about a picnic which is ageless. Don’t believe us? Then suggest one to your kids and watch the reaction, or think back to the picnics of your youth.

Where to eat your picnic For a teddy bear’s picnic look no further than taking your toddler into the garden and spreading out a rug but for the rest of us the Clyde area has a spectacular amount of scenery to explore.

They were brilliant weren’t they? The secret is simplicity: have everything ready to eat from the minute it is unwrapped or opened and go for smaller portions. Cut sandwiches and traybake cakes into fingers or two-bite-sized; likewise pick mini sausage rolls, pasties and pork pies, hard-boiled eggs already peeled, samosas and bhajis. Think buffet finger-food but more robust to reduce waste from spills, greedy family dogs and over-excited kids grabbing one of everything but only taking a single bite; no one frowns at second, seventh or ninth helpings on a picnic. The cool-bag from the weekly shop and old ice cream tubs are fine. Don’t bother with paper plates or napkins – a new J-cloth will double for both and can be rinsed out and put to work once home again. When it comes to picnics for grown-ups, don’t try too hard! It should re-visit our childhood; so think comfort or nursery food with a twist. How about gourmet mustard or chutney on the sarnies, flasks of tomato soup but with a slug of Worcestershire sauce or even vodka if not driving; oxtail or Bovril with sherry? Make sandwiches with sourdough or artisan bread, but stick to the smaller-but-lots portions rule. Complete the treats by tracking down a bag of pandrops, soor plooms or flying saucers and watch people smile. If you were bereft at the demise of Callard & Bowser hunt down Champion and Reeves’ nougat and butterscotch. At posh events - think outdoor opera and drama - just go for it! You can cheat by hiding said supermarket cool bag and tubs in a wicker hamper or basket and score some shabby chic-style points by replacing the J-cloths with matching checked tea towels and drinking out of jamjars or mason jars. Go for a more sophisticated mix of the finger food rule because who wants to be bothered with plates and cutlery.

Lunderston Bay is the nearest, award-winning, sandy beach to Glasgow; eating a picnic with sand in the sandwiches is an essential part of being a kid. Be urban explorers and take the Heritage Inverclyde Coastal Trail or explore the Greenock Town Trail; there are plenty of spots for a picnic along the way. Muirshiel was made for picnics, as were Greenock Cut, Castle Semple, Locherwood, and Dalry Moor. Work up an appetite by walking or cycling or just sit back and enjoy the Gourock Highlands Games at Battery Park on Sunday May 13.

Mini champagne and wine bottles, premixed cans or individual Perrier bottles with (non-plastic) straws look far cooler than plastic glasses. And remember that these are all Scottish picnics and there should always be Irn-Bru.

By Joanne Simms

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Smoked Haddock Mac ‘n’ Cheese Step one – Something fishy this way comes Poach The smoked haddock in your ½ pint of milk. Once cooked remove fish from the milk and leave to cool and set the milk aside.

Step two – Water water everywhere, so lets all have a drink Bring a pot of water to the boil and add salt (remember good pasta boiling water should be as salty as the sea!) Add pasta and cook to taste.

and beat vigorously whilst adding the remaining milk. Add the cheese and stir until melted and thick.

Step four – Sir Mixalot Flake the smoked haddock into your sauce and add your cooked pasta, mix well and bake in oven until the top is nice and crispy.

Step five – Buon appetito!

Step three – Roux don’t know who your messing with! Grate all your cheddar and parmesan. Dissolve the butter in a pan and add the flour, stir until the mixture forms a smooth paste and leaves the base and sides of the pan clean. Cook for two minutes to cook out the taste of the flour. Pour in roughly 1/5 of the poaching milk and bring to the boil without stirring, then stir until the mixture blends

Ingredients • 2 fillets of undyed smoked haddock • 1/2Pint of milk • 40 grams of plain flour • 40 grams of unsalted butter • 250 grams of Mature cheddar (we use Damn fine cheddar from Dumfries) • 50 grams of Parmesan • 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard • 160 grams Macaroni

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A lifestyle magazine for Inverclyde and West renfrewshire