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Cannabis Trade Association Scam

PWR exposes Reynolds’ latest scam

Author: Kevin John Braid

Following the Psychoactive Substances Act (PSA), which banned the main revenue stream of headshops throughout the UK who were selling so-called legal highs, many were looking for new products that didn’t fall foul of the law.

Enter CBD, a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that has therapeutic benefits and acts as an anti-psychotic. Like most products, you can get quality versions, but there are snake oil salesmen who sell rip off products to vulnerable patients.

Last year, the Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) announced that CBD is a medicine and therefore not legal to sell until it has been approved. This didn’t stop the sale, since vendors started selling it not for consumption, and since it doesn’t get you high, it is not covered by the PSA.

Unfortunately, industries like this attract snake oil salesmen and conmen, so enter Peter Reynolds, the scourge of the cannabis law reform movement, who saw this as an opportunity to cash in on the CBD trade, as well as some of his usual grassing activities.

Last November a Limited Company was registered in England and Wales that has Reynolds’ paw prints all over it. The official company name is Hemp Trades Association UK Ltd, which is acting as a front for the Cannabis Trade Association, which has a cheap looking website making outlandish claims they are the only ones who have a relationship with the MHRA. They even have the audacity to claim to be a  “responsible, caring and professional organisation working to foster the development of a legal, ethical and regulated Cannabis industry.”

The idea that any organisation associated with the convicted fraudster, Peter Reynolds, could be in any way caring, responsible, or ethical is beyond outer space.

It is also not legal for them to register what is effectively a Trade Union as a UK Ltd company.

So what does this new organisation have that nobody else can offer? Not much, apart from a website that is trying to scam money from businesses and uses bullying tactics to scare people into signing up, by threatening to report them to the authorities if they do not do so. It should come as no surprise that an organisation that Reynolds is behind should be up to his familiar trademark of making outlandish and untrue claims, trying to scam money out of people, and of course threatening people with the authorities if they stand up to their bullying trademarks.

Threatening email from the Cannabis Trade Association.
Threatening email sent to legitimate CBD suppliers trying to extort money from them with the threat of reporting them to the authorities.

To make matters worse they are endorsing companies that are selling shit quality CBD oil. So it doesn’t matter if you are a scammer, send Reynolds and his cronies £1,500 and they’ll publically endorse you on a website with lots of fancy buzzwords and inaccurate claims. I’d personally pay not to be endorsed by any group associated with Peter Reynolds, it’s akin to Fred West endorsing your new Baby Sitting service.

The UK cannabis trade is a flourishing industry with some players who have been in the game for over twenty years. It’s also a friendly industry, where all the key players know each other. Unsurprisingly, especially with the news that the Cannabis Trade Association is associated with the conman and grass Peter Reynolds, not many people were prepared to send them cash, even though they know Reynolds still needs it to pay off his legal bill to Chris Bovey, after his failed libel action against him.

In typical Reynolds style, companies that refuse to sign up to his little scam are receiving threatening emails with a carrot and stick approach that tells them what they are doing is illegal, falsely claims that they are the only organisation that can get them a green light from regulatory bodies such as the MHRA and the Food Standards Agency, and then goes on to infer they would be reported to the authorities, unless they part with their cash and sign up to the Cannabis Trade Association scam.

Peter Reynolds’ new partner in crime, now the entire CLEAR Executive have resigned (with even his most loyal supporter, Derek Williams, abandoning him) is a guy called Mike Harlington. Peter has taught him well and he has been involved in threatening and grassing up UK cannabis companies and activists.

Here is a screenshot where Mike Harlington right away asks for who supplied the oil, so he could grass them up to the authorities.

Mike Harlington, Cannabis Trade Association
Mike Harlington tries to find the source of an oil supplier so he can report them to the police.

When Reynolds originally took over the old Legalise Cannabis Alliance, he stole their cash for dodgy personal expenses and rebranded it as CLEAR. That little scam has obviously dried up since Reynolds made CLEAR toxic, which is no doubt why he’s using Mike Harlington and the Cannabis Trade Association as a front to scam businesses out of money, using his usual techniques of false claims and threatening to report them to the authorities.

Be warned folks, the Cannabis Trade Association is a scam, they have no legitimacy. Do not send them your hard earned money and do not give in to Reynolds’ familiar bullying tactics of making threats to grass you up, or fall for the snake oil salesmen lies published on the CTA’s website.

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2 comments

  1. 3 recent resignations in the company behind the CTA – only director left is Mike Harrington!!!
    addresses of 3 ex directors are there if anyone happens to want to write and dig up the dirt…

    https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/10472540/persons-with-significant-control
    https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/09788174/officers

    HEMP TRADES ASSOCIATION UK LTD

    Company number 10472540

    People for HEMP TRADES ASSOCIATION UK LTD (10472540)

    Officers
    Persons with significant control

    1 active person with significant control / 0 active statements
    Groglo Horticultural Research & Development Company Ltd Active

    Correspondence address
    Bridge House, 41, Cameron Ferriby & Co, Wincolmlee, Hull, United Kingdom

    Notified on
    10 November 2016

    Governing law
    England

    Legal form
    Limited Company

    Place registered
    England

    Registration number
    09788174

    Nature of control
    Ownership of voting rights – 75% or more
    Right to appoint and remove directors

    Incorporated in
    England

    ====================

    GROGLO HORTICULTURAL RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT COMPANY LTD

    Company number 09788174
    People for GROGLO HORTICULTURAL RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT COMPANY LTD (09788174)

    Officers
    Persons with significant control

    Current officers
    4 officers / 3 resignations
    HARLINGTON, Michael Colin Peter

    Correspondence address
    High Fen Farm, Fourth Drove, Gosberton Clough, Spalding, England, PE11 4JZ

    Role Active
    Director

    Date of birth
    January 1971

    Appointed on
    18 November 2015

    Nationality
    Uk

    Country of residence
    England

    Occupation
    Electrical Engineer

    LAMBERT-DOWELL, Christopher David

    Correspondence address
    1 Green Lane, Selby, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom, YO8 9AN

    Role Resigned
    Secretary

    Appointed on
    22 September 2015

    Resigned on
    8 March 2017

    FULLER, Michael Paul, Professor

    Correspondence address
    High Fen Farm, Fourth Drove, Gosberton Clough, Spalding, England, PE11 4JZ

    Role Resigned
    Director

    Date of birth
    February 1954

    Appointed on
    11 January 2016

    Resigned on
    16 February 2017

    Nationality
    British

    Country of residence
    England

    Occupation
    University Professor

    LAMBERT-DOWELL, Christopher David

    Correspondence address
    1 Green Lane, Selby, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom, YO8 9AN

    Role Resigned
    Director

    Date of birth
    July 1964

    Appointed on
    22 September 2015

    Resigned on
    8 March 2017

    Nationality
    British

    Country of residence
    England

    Occupation
    Finance Director

  2. Thank you for exposing this well dodgy company. A few businesses have been threatened to be reported to the authorities by Mike Harlington unless they sign up to their shady scam. Harlington is another Peter Reynolds, thanks for keeping an eye out on another scammer.

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