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The War on Drugs: The Price We Pay for Propaganda

This is your brain on drugs - NOT!

This week I am taking a look at how reefer madness, propaganda and successive disastrous anti-drug campaigns have created the opportunity for political prohibitionists around the world to break up families, destroy lives, incarcerate vast numbers of people and even murder people in this failed “war on drugs”.

Born out of the Nixon and Regan “Just say No” school of drug policy DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) an anti-drug campaign was launched in 1983 in Los Angeles, California.

It has since grown nationally and internationally and has subsequently been instrumental in the escalation of the global war on drugs, creating the situation we’re in now where supposedly democratic countries can incarcerate and kill vast numbers of their own citizens.

The vast majority of those locked up are disproportionately poor, ethnic minorities predominantly dealers with the so called “low hanging fruit”those often just caught in possession such as the novice and naive youth, the intellectually challenged and those with mental health conditions making up the rest of the caged consumers.

The program which is a strong proponent of the now debunked theories and the reefer madness ideologies of the gateway theory, cannabis is addictive and causes Schizophrenia claims to “provide students from kindergarten (Infants) through to high (secondary) school with the skills necessary to recognise and resist pressures to experiment with drugs and to avoid gangs and violence”.

In reality the approach of DARE and other similar organisations actually replace any opportunity to teach kids truths about drugs that could serve them well for the rest of their lives instead it merely provides a brief respite from the mundanity of the syllabus, much like the drugs themselves, which as a result of prohibition are rife in schools across the world.

The program is used in nearly 80% of the school districts in America and in 54 other countries around the world (including the UK) teaching some 36,000,000 students each year.

The program started in Britain back in 1995 and has received consistent criticism and since it launched it has been indoctrinating children as young as 5 in this backward, antiquated and deeply detrimental world view under the name of “Life skills Education”

Unfortunately by attempting to overly emphasise and sensationalise the potential hazards and dangers of so called hard illegal drug abuse, DARE actually inadvertently conveys the impression that alcohol, tobacco, and prescription drugs are innocuous because of their legality and in contrast to the propaganda that they’ve been fed about even soft drugs like cannabis and magic mushrooms.

Even the US Department of Education prohibits schools from spending its funding on D.A.R.E because the program is deemed to be completely ineffective in reducing alcohol and drug use.

DARE itself claims that the fact that the majority of the public like the idea of the anti-drug campaign is enough evidence of the efficacy of the program itself, and that to “test” it would require many years and millions of dollars – it’s a decision that no politician has yet dared make.

This antiquated ideology is, unfortunately, re-emerging in the East and is epitomised by the Philippino president Rodrigo Duterte whose drug policies are currently excusing a genocide on the many island nation after he reignited his own Nation’s War on drugs in full force.

Duterte’s war on drugs has now claimed the lives of 13,000+ people deemed to be drug consumers or dealers.

War on drugs

Incredibility among all of this bloodshed and rampant corruption The Philippines voted just 24hrs after voting to reinstate the death penalty for certain drugs charges to give its citizens lawful access to medical cannabis for a condition such as Epilepsy, Cancer, and MS.

But all is not well for regular cannabis consumers in The Philippines, as it is likely the war on drugs will still affect them:

“If you just smoke it like a cigarette, I will not allow it, ever. It remains to be a prohibited item and there’s always a threat of being arrested. If you choose to fight the law enforcement agency, you die. “Medicinal marijuana, yes, because it is really an ingredient of modern medicine now. There are drugs right now being developed or already in the market that (have) marijuana as a component.” – President Durete

It is worth noting that Filipino president Duterte has some striking similarities with another recently appointed US president Donald J Trump who, with the help of Jeff Sessions seems poised to reignite the war on drugs in the home of the failed policy.

back in May Jeff Sessions reversed his predecessor’s initiative to end excessive, racist and socially destructive mandatory minimum sentences, claiming, without evidence, that Holder’s sentencing changes had led to America’s sudden 10.8% increase in murders in 2015. This plus the reversal of the plan to end privatised, for profit prison seems to point towards a stepping up of the drug war in the states in coming years.

Recently another Asian nation has been hinting at adopting this monstrous and draconian approach to this failed policy.

Head of Indonesia’s narcotics agency Commissioner General Budi Waseso, recently remarked that “The market that existed in the Philippines is moving to Indonesia, the impact of President Duterte’s actions is an exodus to Indonesia, including the substance.” Indonesian president Joko Widodohaswho was recently quoted at a press conference as saying”I have told you, just be firm, especially with foreign drug dealers who enter the country and resist [arrest]. Gun them down. Give no mercy,” sparking fears that they may be the next country to adopt this vile human rights abuse as official government policy. 

What the prohibitionist and promulgators of propaganda cannot seem to understand is that humans enjoy altering their consciousness by taking drugs and have done for millennia, be it through smoking a cigarette, drinking alcohol, consuming cannabis, eating magic mushrooms or taking LSD.

They fail to grasp that it is impossible to prohibit a behaviour out of existence. This is epitomised by the temperance movement, which attempted to deal with the “moral decay” caused by rampant alcoholism in the United States by prohibiting it. Readers of history will be aware that this drastically increased the negative effects that the drug had while minimising any potential benefits it could bring to society much like the situation we currently have with Cannabis.

The damage is somewhat negated by legalising alcohol, taxing it and using the funds on education and rehab schemes rather than criminalising all alcohol uses to “protect” the comparative few that abuse the drug. Tobacco, as well, is a greatly destructive drug, yet isn’t prohibited, it is simply taxed higher each year in the UK attempt to deter its use.

Governments around the world are perpetuating this policy of manslaughter by proxy by failing to address this failed antiquated global policy.

The results are in and prohibition doesn’t work – it causes more dependency issues, more violence, more suffering, perpetuates racial, class and economic divides, and disproportionally incarcerates minorities, the poor and society’s most vulnerable.

There is some silver lining – Even the United Nations (UN) and the World Health Organisations (WHO) is now advocating for the abolition of prohibition and the global decriminalisation of all drugs. And at least the topic is being openly talked about by activists and charities in the UK and worldwide as we fight towards a brighter future. By discussing the failures of drug prohibition you are actively helping to bridge the gulf between the stereotypes cast by propaganda and the real lives of the multitude of cannabis consumers.

Simpa Carter
DCCC

Product Earth 2017: UK Hemp, Cannabis and Alternative Lifestyle Expo & Festival

This weekend saw the third annual Product Earth 2017, the UK’s only Hemp and alternative lifestyle exhibition take place in Birmingham.

Product Earth is a two-day expo that brings together an ecliptic mix of exhibitors, knowledgeable speakers, diverse organisations and businesses and members of the wider cannabis community to celebrate and promote all the benefits and applications that cannabis and its derivable technologies can achieve.

This years event had to be moved from its previous location in Peterborough down to London and then subsequently found home in Britain’s second largest city, Birmingham.

5 Reasons You should Attend the Next Cannabis Event in Your Area

Here are 5 Reasons to attend the next cannabis event that comes to town

So just when is the next cannabis event? Well, we have attended dozens of cannabis events over the past year, with events now taking place in multiple locations across the country pretty much every weekend.

Of course, we see more events taking place in the Spring/Summer due to better weather conditions (although in Britain the sunshine is far from a certain bet, regardless of the month!)

Some are private events for club members, but many are public events designed to raise cannabis awareness, meet the general public and celebrate cannabis in a relatively safe environment.

We are confident that we will eventually see cannabis legalisation here in the UK, but we need your help along the way.

With that in mind, here are 5 reasons you should attend the next cannabis event in your area:

Next cannabis event
The UK Cannabis Community is strong, we need to make these events as massive as possible

1. Good networking and opportunities – meet your local club and maybe even sample some great cannabis strains and extracts

2. Raise cannabis awareness – share your knowledge, or learn more about cannabis

3. The more people that attend the more media coverage we will get – with articles in mainstream media, the events will attract even more people. This is the circle of growth we need!

Tyler Green at Jerk & Fire 420 BBQ
Tyler Green at Jerk & Fire 420 BBQ

4. Meet both Medical and recreational cannabis users and discuss the benefits of cannabis in all its forms – herbal or extract.

5. Fight for cannabis legalisation – it should be a human right to consume cannabis, and people all across the country are denied safe and legal access to a medicine that has so many benefits. If you attend these events and bring friends, you are helping the UK cannabis legalisation fight.

If that’s not enough reasons to attend your next local cannabis event, I don’t know what is!

Any reasons we’ve missed off this list? You can tweet us @ismokeamg and join the conversation!

Jerk & Fire Brighton 2017

On Sunday 27th August Jerk and Fire took place at East Brighton Park. This event was a HIGHLight over the bank holiday weekend, drawing attendees from as far north as the Midlands to enjoy a day of cannabis celebration!

Jerk & Fire 2017

What a day for the weather – We saw an almost cloudless sky throughout the Jerk & Fire event and temperatures of high 20’s meant we had no danger of being interrupted by the sometimes unpredictable British rain! Sunblock was needed instead of umbrellas, which made a nice change! 

The event was organised and promoted by instagram user @Nugs_of_beauty, who also organised last year’s event. 

We saw a lot of the same faces, and some new ones, as we returned to Brighton for our second event this year, following the success of Green Pride 2017.

 

One thing I have noticed at the events this year is an upturn in the number of stalls being set up – it is now common to see a diverse range of stalls at most events, compared to when we started attending these get-togethers when we’d only see the occasional stall except at the bigger events.


Event attendees probably ranged in the few hundreds, with a couple of hundred revelers spotted just before 4:20, which is generally the peak time for these events. 

There were food options, head shop stalls, edibles, clothing and more, meaning the public who attended the event had some cool things to look at and buy.

 We attended Jerk and Fire 2017 as guests rather than as vendors – we have promo material across several of the stalls which is great as it allowed me to walk around snapping photos and interacting with the community.


I love cannabis events in Brighton! It seems like a great place to hold these sorts of events, as it has a thriving canna community and a seemingly more relaxed approach to cannabis policing (although recently the Green Pride event didn’t suggest this as they tried to crack down early on in the day).   

I didn’t see a single police officer at Jerk and Fire, and as usual, there was no drama. We had a lovely, relaxed day with a few joints and dabs, good music in a great atmosphere. 

We look forward to Jerk & Fire 2018!

Watch our video filmed at the event below:

Click here to read about last year’s Jerk & Fire event.

 

 

Durham City Cannabis Club – All Out August Event Write-Up

 

Durham City Cannabis club’s last outdoor, public protest-ival events “All Out August” took place at the weekend. This was the last in the clubs current series of protest events to highlight that mass public consumption of cannabis doesn’t lead to antisocial behaviour.

All Out August kicked off at high noon in the usual location of Hemp Gardens with glorious sunshine and the majority of the stalls set up with others arriving later as the afternoon unfolded.

There was as always live music with the sound system once again kindly being provided by a friend of the club for the All Out August event.

This allowed for musical performances from “Dave the dealer” himself, Keith Hudson who once again entertained the gathered crowds with his lyrical stories, as well as local busking legend Danny Buzzin who delighted the masses with his unique styling and original versions of classic hits.

All Out August

The Festival of the Future (and How Cannabis Can Help)

cannabis can help

This week in ISMOKE Magazine I want to tackle the broader subject of drug prohibition at festivals and how cannabis can help future post-prohibition events.

But it’s not as simple as using cannabis to solve the problems of prohibition. Although cannabis can help we must look to end the war on all drugs to stop people dying and to work towards a better future.

Recently I made my annual pilgrimage to Winchester to attend this year’s BoomTown Fair.

Before the festivities could commence, I got caught up in one of the worst queues I have ever experienced. It was a queue that left some revellers waiting with no access to water or toilets for up to 10 hours.

Standing in this unprecedented, disorganised and frankly inhumane queue gave me more than ample time to postulate on what a post prohibition festival could possibly look like and how it would compare with the current culture which is created by the UK’s antiquated and draconian drug laws and the climate of fear that is intentionally created by intimidatingly dressed security personal with mannerisms and characteristics more akin to a guard dog than event security.

photo: MSS Security

Both the queue and the securities demeanour are a direct result of the incredibly invasive and meticulous nature of the searches that would be deemed disproportionate and excessive in most airports, let alone music festivals, and could be reduced massively if not avoided altogether.

In a post prohibition paradigm, you could have a drugs limit in much the same way you currently do with alcohol now so allowing individuals certain amounts for personal consumption and providing the facilities to test them. while selling strictly controlled, tested and regulated ones on site giving the consumer educational material to help them minimise any potential risks.

Given the inevitability of the decriminalisation and eventual legalisation of all drugs globally it is now possible to ponder the future of music festivals and how they’ll evolve once the guests can truly feel safe and welcomed into the community and can count on the same protection as alcohol consumers who cause a disproportionate number of incidents at festivals but do not face the same stigma and prejudice.

The festivals of the future will be organised with visitors safety in mind rather than the current focus on attempting to enforce a failed and archaic drugs policy that does far more harm than good.

The attempts to prohibit guests consuming some drugs while the event organisers make massive profits off of the sale of another, namely alcohol to pay for, among other things those security guards is a painful irony that desperately needs addressing.

Alcohol is one of the most destructive, addictive and disease inducing drugs on the planet, recent research links alcohol to causing several cancers and kills more than all illegal drugs combined killing some 8,000 people a year contrast that with all illegal drugs they kill just 3000 a year, the majority of which are Heroin and other opioid drugs.

Cannabis, however, has never killed a single person and the death rates of traditional psychedelics such as Psilocybin containing mushrooms, LSD, Mescaline and DMT as well as MDMA are incredibly low.

These substances are also being researched to see how effective they are in treating a variety of conditions and disorders including depression, PTSD, cluster headaches, anxiety disorders as well as various addictions including alcoholism.

Alcohol is related to the majority of domestic violence assaults 58%, Violent assaults resulting in injury 55% and a significant fraction of the serious sexual assaults – a fifth although this category is tragically far too often under reported by victims and this picture will remain skewed until this taboo is tackled.

Read more: http://www.ias.org.uk/Alcohol-knowledge-centre/Crime-and-social-impacts/Factsheets/Alcohol-related-crime-in-the-UK-what-do-we-know.aspx

The issue of sexual assaults at festivals has become such an issue in Sweden that there is even a planned woman-only festival happening in 2018.

Post-prohibition there would be less alcohol used on site as all festival punters over the age of 18 would have legal access to a plethora of safer substances stringently regulated and tightly controlled.

These drugs would be produced under the strictest of conditions to ensure purity and quality.

They’d be produced in a clean, sterile environment with the end product being made up to the highest of standards to ensure consistency and predictable effects, the benefits of a regulated market.

Regulated sales would massively reduce the risk of adulterants and contamination that are too often the cause of drug associated deaths. The miss-selling of drugs and would help eradicate the sale of drugs to minors as ID would be requisite for the purchase of previously illegal drugs.

A similar policy of refusing to sell at a bar for being too intoxicated could be drafted to deal with the excessive use of some substances and help to avoid poly-drug consumption which can often be problematic. A dealer won’t refuse to sell you drugs because you’re too intoxicated already but a licensed vendor would.

We have already seen what can be done if you treat festival attendees with the respect and dignity they deserve:

A drug testing system was set up by the Loop at multiple music festivals starting with Secret Garden Party in 2016.

“It’s really exciting that police are prioritising health and safety over criminal justice at festivals.” – Fiona Measham – co-founder of The Loop.

Photo: Volteface

This past year at Boomtown saw the groups busiest event yet as over eleven-hundred samples were tested in just three days, a five fold increase since the organisation’s inception and a testament to the great work the loop is doing in earning the trust of the drug consumers community. It is a vital component to rebuilding the shattered relationship between society and authorities such as the police and councils, who, for successive generations have been on opposite sides in a political war – the war on drugs.

“We were open for three days and tested 1,132 samples – our most ever [at one event] – and at one point were testing more than one sample a minute.” said Fiona Measham in a recent Vice article.

There is a certain hypocrisy about the media jumping on sensationalising tragic drug related deaths that rarely but still do occur at festivals. as it is never remarked upon that a lot of the individuals that unfortunately lost their lives had drunk a great deal before taking other substances – this itself is a very dangerous practice and is far too often glanced over and ignored in the media in favour of demonising what ever drug is that months current pariah.

This greatly increases the risk to the consumer. Education would help to reduce potentially dangerous multi-drug use and limit the need for medical intervention at festivals and hopefully stop these unnecessary deaths from ever happening.

It is worth noting that one of the deadliest festivals is glorified and celebrated annually by the media while it totally ignores the staggering death toll while it continues to exaggerate the potential risks of music festivals.

The Isle of Man TT race weekend festival has seen 146 deaths since its inaugural race in 1907.

The festival has continued for decades despite the rising death toll, which is higher than all of the UK’s music festivals combined.

The organisers have sought each year through technological developments, industry advance and along with advances in health and safety regulations to reduce the risk of death and injury through the event continues still with the ever-present risk of death.

Surely the same should be done to reduce any potential risks and dangers to guests at music festivals as they will continue to consume drugs regardless of the law. So why not minimise any potential risks and maximise the benefits that drugs can bring to society by legalising and regulating them?

How cannabis can help

How cannabis can help
Photo: Hindu Asian Times

Cannabis can help us reduce our carbon footprint. One of the most exciting benefits of the end of prohibition is the ability to finally utilise cannabis derived technologies to massively reduce the carbon foot print of the average festival and help to tackle climate change in a big way.

Cannabis can help replace non-bio-degradable plastics and materials with hemp-based ones. At festivals, for example, we could replace all the current petroleum-based plastics with hemp oil plastics, so all of the beer cups, coffee cup tops, straws, cutlery and all food containers that previously have been made from environmentally detrimental materials could be produced from locally grown hemp. This hemp has the added benefit of detoxifying the soil during its cultivation process, sequestering large amounts of carbon from the atmosphere and helping to remove heavy metals from the soil. It could greatly reduce the number of plastics being produced for single-use that then remain for thousands of years without breaking down.

This would save hundreds of tons of plastic from ending up in land fills unable to decompose or broken up into increasingly smaller pieces in water ways and oceans around the world, unlike hemp plastics which when buried or discarded into the sea degrade completely within a year.

Every piece of plastic ever made is still here clogging up the arteries of the earth.

All of those cardboard, paper, napkins, boxes, and programs? Yeah – cannabis can help with that. They could be produced with hemp, along with all of the plastics and the clothing, lanyards and merchandise for the festival – all of this could be made from Cannabis/hemp grown on-site.

Cannabis can help even more: After prohibition ends businesses would be allowed to sell the resinous cannabis flower to be made into various preparations and extracts and sold at the festival. This would create a cottage industry in much the same way you have with local Cider, Beer/Ale, meats, cheeses and other locally sourced foods, and cannabis can help local businesses boom both from sales and increased tourism.

The festival could provide a full spectrum of varieties to cater for all tastes and tolerances by cultivating low, mid and high-level THC strains which would include CBD and other beneficial cannabinoids.

It would increase potential profits, meaning a higher amount of tax being paid helping to stimulate the local economy and remove any money from criminal elements.

cannabis can help
Photo: Everfest

By controlling the supply and the sale of cannabis at their events the organisers could also ensure quality meaning there is no risk of mould, pesticides or other chemical exposure – all of which can cause health issues when consumed.

It would also allow for there to be a real focus on harm reduction and education about the dangers of mixing cannabis with tobacco, some 85% of UK consumers mix their cannabis with tobacco, a drug which kills around 79,000 people per year in the UK alone.

Cannabis has never killed anybody!

Imagine fields of green and solar panels around the site perimeter that could charge Graphene batteries, batteries that can now be produced from the waste hemp bast material that would already be being produced on site to generate all the festivals electricity – they could even stand to make a profit selling the supply back to the grid for the rest of the year.

Hemp Graphene is a superconductor that is a superior energy conductor to carbon Graphene that can be produced for a fraction of the cost:

“Obviously, hemp can’t do all the things Graphene can” said David Miltin, one of the technology’s inventors. “But for energy storage, it works just as well. And it costs a fraction of the price $500 to $1,000 a tonne.”  Read more.

But we’re not done yet. Cannabis can help even more! The remaining sticks and stems of the cannabis and hemp plants grown on-site could be mixed powdered lime stone to produce Hempcrete which could be used to build the on-site facilities and improve the infrastructure.

By cultivating cannabis on-site you can, in just a few years, revitalise large amounts of previously disused and often too toxic land into highly nutritious soil that can be used to cultivate food, other crops or possibly even to create a nature reservation to help promote local biodiversity once the festival has moved on

This is no pipe dream, this is the future. It is now the time for evidence based drugs policies and to finally stop criminalising all drug consumers, instead welcoming them back into society with open loving arms.

Humans like to take drugs and we have done so for thousands of years. The trouble tends to arise for some people when the individual is caught in possession of a banned substance or becomes dependant on a drug. Sometimes, because of fear of the stigma and risk of incarceration people may not seek the help they may need to get their usage under control and can instead end up spiralling into self-destructive patterns that lead to avoidable consequences had they only had access to adequate care and support.

At the end of the day, the only rational move here is to repeal this disastrous drugs policy to ensure that tomorrow doesn’t bring with it more deaths, more misery and more lives ruined by drug prohibition.

Cannabis can help. Prohibition kills people. Spread the word!

Simpa
DCCC

This weekend will see Durham City Cannabis club’s last in their summer series of protestival events: All Out August.

If you are local and want to find out how cannabis can help you or would like to be more involved with the community while raising some cannabis awareness please drop by this public event!

August 19th 12 pm – 6 pm Hemp Gardens Durham City DH1 3DA

Chile was the First Country in Latin America to Start Selling Cannabis in Pharmacies

Cannabis in pharmacies

From May this year, a pilot program was launched in Chile to start selling cannabis in Pharmacies.

In Chile recreational use of cannabis is still illegal. However, currently, possessing no more than a quarter of an ounce is decriminalised – some may say they’ve always been a cannabis-friendly country. A citizen may even grow weed if they can prove that it is being cultivated exclusively for personal consumption and in the short term. Buying, selling, and transporting cannabis remains illegal. It is also illegal to consume cannabis in public. But now you’ll be able to buy your medical cannabis in pharmacies across Chile.

Chile Medical Cannabis Status Timeline

On the medical front, Chile is much more proactive. Chile has been planting and cultivating cannabis for medical purposes since 2014. In December 2015 Chilean President Michelle Brachelet signed a measure legalising the use of medical cannabis. The measure moved marijuana from the list of hard drugs and re-categorizes it as a soft drug, on the same list as alcohol. The measure also permits Cannabis in pharmacies.

Moving forward to 2016, Chile opened the largest medical marijuana farm in Latin America. The projected harvest between March and May of 2016 was approximately 1.66 tons of cannabis – enough to roll approximately 30 million joints. The harvest will go to treat 4,000 patients for free. Some of the harvest will also be dedicated for use by universities and laboratories to test marijuana-based therapies for medicinal purposes. Specifically, the research will test the efficacy of cannabis in treating cancer, chronic pain, and epilepsy.

The Chilean Congress is also debating a bill that will allow citizens to grow their own plants. It has been approved by congress in July but still needs to be approved by the health commission and the Senate.

Chile Became the First Country to Sell Medical Cannabis in Pharmacies

Chile also became the first Latin American country to sell cannabis-based medicines in pharmacies. The pilot program, which was launched back in May in the Chilean capital city of Santiago, will make the T100 and TC100 chronic pain relief medicines available. The product is produced in Canada and exported to Chile.

The program is a partnership between Chile’s Alef Biotechnology and Canada’s Tilray and is conducted under the supervision of Chile’s National Health Institute.

The president of Alef Biotechnology Roberto Roizman said that they will evaluate the viability of the program after six months. The evaluation will determine if the product can be produced in Chile and exported.

The cost of the treatment will cost $310 and last for about a month.

There is pushback, however, as some pharmacies are refusing to sell the medical marijuana products. They are citing security concerns, increased paperwork, and opposition from customers. So far, only 50 of 1,200 pharmacies are registered. One pharmacy owner, Marcelo Trujillo, says he sees no need to compete with those already selling weed in the neighbourhood.

If you do decide to get your cannabis in pharmacies in Chile, do not expect to be able to vape it. While vaporising is the best way to get all of the active cannabinoids, using a vape pen remains illegal in Chile.

Chile’s example is being copied by other countries. Uruguay followed suit in July of this year but took their legalization a step further and completely legalized recreational marijuana. All it takes is a simple visit to the pharmacy.

Keep in mind, however, that if you want to smoke pot recreationally, you are going to have to register with the government and have your fingerprint scanned every time you buy. The intention is to regulate the sale of the drug to prevent overindulgence.

Uruguay, a small South American nation that is known for its low crime rates is the first industrialised nation in the world to legalize the consumption of cannabis for recreational use nationwide, high standard of living and political stability.

Argentina is not Far Behind

Argentina is yet another South American nation that joined the cannabis club. Back in March of this year, Argentina’s senate gave final legislative approval to a bill that legalized the use of cannabis oil and other derivatives for medical purposes. The regulatory framework was established for the state to begin prescribing the medicine and distributing it to patients.

The legislation also creates a medical marijuana research program at the country’s health ministry. Patients who join the program must be guaranteed free access to cannabis oil and other derivatives.

As more and more industrialized nations look towards the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana, little by little misconceptions about marijuana are breaking and it is paving the framework for other countries to do the same. Canada has upcoming legislation taking effect in July of 2018 that will legalize recreational cannabis nationwide. United States lawmakers are now calling for the reclassification of marijuana to a lower schedule, which will decriminalize the drug and allow for more medical testing.

About the Author

Michael is a marketing and creative content specialist at GotVape.com with a primary focus on customer satisfaction. Technology and fitness combined with healthy lifestyle obsession are his main talking points

 

 

 

How Can We Protect Medical Cannabis Consumers in the UK?

This is an accompanying post to our YouTube video We need to protect medical cannabis consumers in the UK, which you can watch below or by clicking here.

At present, medical cannabis consumers in the UK are subjected to the same laws as any cannabis consumer- that means that if you are using herbal cannabis to treat your condition, you’re a criminal in the eyes of our Government.

The answer to this question is clear – we need to legalise cannabis and regulate access urgently for medical cannabis patients. We need our doctors to be able to prescribe cannabis to patients who would benefit.

Cannabis Oil Scammers: How Prohibition Protects Fraudsters and Thieves

Let’s take a look at how as a direct result of prohibition the UK cannabis scene is littered with cannabis oil scammers, confidence men, criminals, thieves and other nefarious individuals out to make themselves rich off of the backs of patients and consumers.

Unfortunately, it happens daily under prohibition. People in the community can be seen discussing it at length via Social Media – talking about times that they have been conned and that they know or suspect someone in the community of wrong doing and being involved for all the wrong reasons. We’re not just talking about cannabis oil scammers here, but all sorts of unscrupulous behaviours which we will discuss in detail below.

You know, the sort of behaviour that leads far too frequently to online Witch Hunts that devolve into immature behaviour that frankly reflects poorly on the community as a whole.

White Widow Seeds Competition Winners

Over the past two weeks we have been running a cannabis seeds giveaway in partnership with Ali Bongo Cannabis Seeds to promote our White Widow Bud Facts Video. Keep reading to find out our White Widow Seeds Competition winners!

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Make sure you follow ISMOKE for your chance to win in our next giveaway open to all our fans age 18+ (excluding countries where prizes may be illegal).

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Hampshire Cannabis Community Cannabis Awareness Picnic 2017

Over the weekend Hampshire Cannabis Community threw their annual beach get together on Eastney Beach, Hampshire.

The Hampshire Cannabis Community Cannabis awareness Picnic 2017, now in its 5th year, was held so cannabis consumers from across the country could come together and raise awareness, spreading the good message that cannabis must be legalised for all adults in the UK.

This was our second time attending the event, which grew this year with multiple tents and stalls, despite the windy weather, as people travelled from across the country to attend.

We arrived around 1pm, with the event scheduled to kick off around then. Although the weather was a bit windy on the beach, the sun shone for a lot of the afternoon and the hours flew by.

The event took place close to the Isle of Wight, which could be seen from the Beach. I was tempted to try and swim there, but was advised against it. Maybe I’ll do it one day!

The local Portsmouth news also came down to report on the day, and you can read their article here. They quoted me talking about cannabis:

Tyler Green, 28, who runs cannabis-themed media channel iSmoke, travelled from London to attend.

He said: ‘I have been consuming cannabis for about a decade.

‘I use cannabis to reach a high state of consciousness.’

As well as a new crowd of diverse cannabis consumers, attendees included regular faces and it was good to catch up with Smoke Loud UK, Mark from Dab Rigs, Nannies Gourmet Edibles, Basingstoke Dank, Greg from UKCSC and more.

Overall, we had a great day and it was good to see another successful cannabis event. We will always support the good work of Hampshire Cannabis Community and these events show some of the hard work they put in to raise awareness in their local area.

We will always support the good work of Hampshire Cannabis Community and these events show some of the hard work they put in to raise awareness in their local area.

Thanks for a successful Cannabis Awareness Picnic 2017, and we look forward to attending and reporting on the next event.


More from Hampshire Cannabis Community

Read previous features about Hampshire Cannabis Community:

We Went Down To Hampshire Cannabis Community Beach BBQ in Portsmouth

Hampshire Cannabis Community


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I also discuss the Cannabis Awareness Picnic 2017 in this week’s Wake and Bake video, which you can watch below:

Cannabis Consumers Come from All Walks of Life

When you think of a cannabis consumer, what sort of person comes to mind?

Far from the stoner stereotype, cannabis consumers come from all walks of life.

That’s the theme I wanted to explore in today’s video for the ISMOKE YouTube Channel.

We attended the Basingstoke Cannabis Awareness Event 2017

Last weekend we attended a Cannabis awareness BBQ held in the Basingstoke Lime Pits.

This event was a chance for vendors and cannabis consumers to come together to celebrate the benefits of this wonderful plant, and saw people attend from across the country.

Around 30 stalls were in attendance, featuring everything from head shop supplies to food, and plenty of cannabis awareness information.

Held by Basingstoke Dank, Basingstoke Cannabis Club and more, the Basingstoke Canna collab BBQ protest packed the Lime Pits with stalls and all-weather marquees – which was perfect as it decided to rain throughout the day.

We didn’t let the weather stop us, however, with more and more guests arriving throughout the day to join the celebrations.

Towards the end of the afternoon, they held medical talks via the UPA tent, and UKCSC, Tottenham Compassion Club and UPA all gave talks to attendees.

There was a raffle held at 4:20 with some amazing prizes up for grabs including items from all of the attending vendors.

Overall we had a great day. I remember last year’s event very well, and this year saw even more people descend on Basingstoke for the day, showing the power of the cannabis community in the local area and beyond.

The police attended briefly but were not there to cause trouble. No arrests were made and in terms of the events we have attended in the South this year, this was one of the more relaxed, with edibles chefs able to showcase lots of delicious goodies!

I look forward to more Basingstoke events in the future.

You can view our full photo album from the event via our Facebook Page.

Durham City Cannabis Club : July High

Last weekend saw Durham City Cannabis club’s third solo event take place on the disused bowling green in the heart of Durham city, a location that from this point forth I’m going to refer to as “Hemp Gardens”.

That’s because we, Durham City Cannabis Club are working with Durham City MP Roberta Blackman Woods and will be putting together a community action plan to the local council to take control of the derelict ground and take responsibility for the upkeep and development of the otherwise disused green, because as austerity worsens they simply cannot afford to maintain the property properly any longer.

Cannabis Heroes : Tottenham Compassion Club

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One of our reporters has launched a video series all about UK cannabis heroes.

In this new video series produced for Medical Marijuana UK, Miles Casey explores some of the UK cannabis heroes putting themselves on the line for patients.

Miles recently attended one of the TTCC awareness events where he got the footage for this video.