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.

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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

tottenham compassion club

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.

Wake and Bake Chemdawg Special + ISMOKE Competition details

Hello and welcome to a Monday double feature on the ISMOKE Channel.

First up, we have our weekly wake and bake video featuring host Tyler Green who is focusing on the igrade cut of Chemdawg for this episode:

Next up, It’s competition time!

To celebrate the launch of our latest bud facts video all about White Widow we are teaming up with Ali Bongo Cannabis Seeds this week to give you a chance to win some seeds!

This is our White Widow seeds giveaway in partnership with Ali Bongo Cannabis Seeds who have very kindly put up 3x packs of 20 feminised Dutch Passion seeds to coincide with our latest bud facts video, all about White Widow:

Enter the competition via our Facebook page here.

You can also buy these seeds via this link:

That’s it for today’s content. Subscribe to ISMOKE for more cannabis content across the web!

Austerity Cuts or Cannabis?

This week on ISMOKE we’ll be continuing on from a theme we began laying out last week in this article, about how Prohibition is affecting the health and life opportunities of not just cannabis consumers but also their families and the wider community.

Each passing year has seen the UK deepening Austerity’s vicious cuts to vital services and as a direct result the worsening of the nation’s mental health.

We’re already seeing the disastrous results that this draconian policy of austerity is having on the youth as the number of young people arriving in A&E with psychiatric problems has doubled since 2009.

It is equal parts tragic and ironic that a by product of Austerity is poverty which is costing the UK government £78 billion a year in pressure on hospitals, social services and lost tax revenue

Austerity is making the poor poorer in the UK which now has 30% of children living in poverty with half of all single parent households now being poor, and with an estimated 1.9 million more children projected to be in poverty at Christmas 2030 than Christmas 2015 it seems this crisis will only get worse.

Meanwhile, the thousand riches families have doubled their wealth during this finical crisis. But don’t worry, we’re all in this together!


“The lower the income a family has, the weaker the brain connections a child has, the researchers found. This means that a child’s degree of poverty is directly connected with the way their brain functions”

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Poverty physically damages the brain lowering IQ by weakening the connections between the Hippocampus and Amygdala, areas of the brain associated with learning, memory, stress regulation and emotions, causes premature ageing, depression and other mental health issues, it also effects employment opportunities and contributes to an early death.

This is especially damaging in children whose young brains are still developing.

Cannabinoids promote embryonic and adult Hippocampus neurogenesis and produce anxiolytic and antidepressant like effects helping to combat the damage done by austerity derived poverty.

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“Poverty wastes peoples’ potential, depriving our society of the skills and talents of those who have valuable contributions to make. This drags down the productivity of our economy, hinders economic growth, and reduces tax revenue.” – Julia Unwin, Chief Executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation

How can we survive this rising tide of poverty before we all drown in this sea of forced austerity?

Well, a legal Cannabis marketplace would generate billions and negate the need for the most vulnerable in our society to continue to suffer the consequences of a fiscal collapse caused by banksters and their cronies.

Colorado’s current population is 5.7 million and it has raised $500milion in cannabis sales since 2014. The UK has a population of 65.5 million, over ten times larger.

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Colorado has less than a million consumers. The UK has an estimated four million consumers which is about 6% of its population – and they’re just the ones who are open enough to admit to their consumption.

It’s therefore certain that the UK could easily generate billions of pounds a year in recreational sales alone (we Brits do enjoy a good smoke). In addition to this consumers could come out about their consumption without fear of recrimination from their employer, stigmatisation from family and peers or fears of persecution and incarceration by their government .

Then there are the thousands of industrial and commercial applications of cannabis, which with Graphene at the heart of a technological revolution, would revitalise and reinvigorate this country’s failing economy. This could help by putting millions back to work rebuilding infrastructure with technology like Hempcrete, Hemp oil based plastics like Hemplyne and a return to Hemp paper and textiles, with which we could also drastically reduce deforestation and global warming.

Prohibition perpetuates racism as well; you’re six times more likely to be stopped and searched in the UK if you’re Black and this is utterly unacceptable in the 21st century.

Prohibition also reaffirms classism which has long since been one of the main ways which our rulers have sought to divide us. Just look at the social cleansing program that a group of Liverpool’s housing landlords are attempting to enact, they together with police, fire, council and housing chiefs have launched a joint campaign called “Use it? Lose it!” and will distribute posters and leaflets across the region to highlight the crackdown.

This is a classic classist attack on social housing as by going after the most popular illegal drug in cannabis they can evict tenants easily, allowing landlords to sell off their homes for multi million pound gentrifying property development projects.

Targeting tenants who are in their own homes is a new low. Let’s be honest – they are harming no one, quietly consuming cannabis, which is a far safer drug than tobacco which kills 6 million people annually – yet tenants can consume this on their property.

This attack on their drug of choice incentives them to use other illegal drugs, ones that don’t have the oh so sweet but oh so telling smell which will not warrant them a visit from their local constabulary to be made homeless and by extension probably unemployed too.

Let’s be clear – it’s an attack on the poor, as it’s only poor cannabis consumers who’re being targeted and victimised here. No individuals who can afford to own their own homes are being targeted and would not be threatened with homelessness in this way. It is one of the more insidious incarnations of state violence inflicted on the most vulnerable in our society.

Prohibition causes the state and its enforcers to become the enemy of the cannabis consumers and their wider community by being a threat to their liberty and freedom leading to successive generations seeing the police not as their protector but as their persecutor simply for consuming the wrong drug.

Cannabis has NEVER killed anyone, unlike prohibition which by criminalising Cannabinoids has detrimentally and negatively affected the health and shortened the life expectancy of countless people.

This cannot be allowed to continue with cancer now being more common than getting married here in the UK something needs to be done to combat this epidemic, and legalising cannabis could go a long way towards doing that.

In summary, it’s a simple choice between cuts or Cannabis!

By Simpa Carter

Brighton Cannabis Social Club : Green Pride 2017

Green Pride 2017 took place last weekend in Preston Park, Brighton. And what an event it was! Thousands of cannabis users attended the event in a fitting celebration of UK cannabis culture.

People attended this year’s Green Pride from far and wide, and we spoke to people that had travelled all the way down from the North West to be a part of this year’s event.

Held by Brighton Cannabis Social Club, Green Pride, now in its fourth year, attracts a growing number of people which currently amasses a few thousand annually but is expected to keep growing with the full backing of the cannabis community.

Attendee numbers at Green Pride this year were approximately 3-4000 throughout the day, which was a great turnout!

Green Pride 2017
Green Pride 2017

Stalls and vendors attended Green Pride to offer their wares, and there was plenty to chose from, from your everyday head shop supplies to The Neutralizer, an award-winning brand set to take the odour elimination market by storm. (Look out for an ISMOKE review of The Neutralizer very soon.)

There were some speakers on the day, shortly before 4:20 including Greg de Hoedt (UKCSC) and Jonathan Liebling (UPA). There was also live music in more than one area of the park, as well as food that could be purchased from caterers.

The Neutralizer Stall

We saw lots of the usual faces from the activist community showing support for the event, and also a lot of new people attending their first cannabis event, which was great.

Most of the cannabis clubs and activists we knew were in attendance at this event and plenty brought stalls to raise awareness. (Too many to list!)

Hampshire Cannabis Community stall

Hopefully event attendees and those looking to get more involved in the cannabis community left with new energy, ideas and inspiration – it is events like this which help energise the community and grow our numbers and impact as we fight for cannabis legalisation in the UK.


Of course, the police must be mentioned, as they did try and impose themselves, particularly early on in the day at the event. But, as expected, by about 2-3pm the crowd was big enough that we could all consume in relative safety, and the numbers just kept growing, in a true display of cannabis spirit.

Look at this 40gram beast of a bat which was passed around at 4:20pm (while the police looked on disapprovingly)

Jammin holding the 40g batton

I have nothing but love for the UK cannabis community especially the people making these events happen, so we will support them any way we can. Subscribe to ISMOKE to be kept up-to-date with UK cannabis events and more!

Somebody gave me a cannabis seed

See you next year, Green Pride!

This is the event when we left, close to 6pm, still in full swing

By Tyler Green
@Hightylergreen (Twitter)

Review: Darwen Cannabis Club’s first public event

Cannabis activism is sweeping the nation, with Cannabis Clubs being set up in hundreds of towns and cities across the U.K. We went to one tucked away in the North West of England.

Darwen Cannabis Club (DCC), one of the newer clubs to establish this year, held their first event two week ago on the Summer Solstice – the longest day of the year; ideal for a cannabis meet.

Located in Lancashire, between Blackburn and Bolton, Darwen was treated to a glorious day of sunshine, ideal for a cannabis event outside. Held in a sunlit glade in Sunnyhurst Woods, local Darweners and national cannabis activists gathered to meet up for the first time in what will surely become a regular event.



As far as first events go, the day went as smoothly as you could hope for. No major incidents, no police presence, no litter left behind; and everyone seemed to have a great time.

Only the club’s core-members and a handful of adventurous stoners made the walk up to Darwen Tower – a local landmark atop of the Lancashire hills, bequeathed with a picturesque view, which can range all the way down to Blackpool beach. Unfortunately, the view was masqueraded behind the heinous Grey of the Northern skies.

There was a fantastic variety of strains on offer that locals would not get to experience outside the event. Range of strain not just great for recreational users. It is essential for medicinal patients; different illnesses need different cannabinoid rations. With several medical patients in attendance, this turned out to be a God-send for them – something that the club is extremely grateful to have achieved.

One of the primary reasons the club was established was to find & help patients in Darwen that may not be aware of how cannabis may be able to help their particular illness/disease. Education about medication is a great motto the club likes to live by. Knowledge is power, and DCC are utilising their collective wealth of knowledge on cannabis to best help them provide a source of information to the Darwen public.

While DCC are taking a medicinal focus to their approach in cannabis activism, recreational users are welcomed and encouraged to attend. Unity in the community is essential for success. Some of the strains that were sampled were on another level to the local variety – seriously knock out stuff!

Money Maker had to be the cannabis strain highlight. A heavy Indica mix of Master Kush and Hindu Kush and Skunk #1, MM is definitely a strain to be smoked at night, NOT on a walk up a hill!

New canna-allegiances were forged in smoke, strengthening the national movement in our collective efforts to legalise cannabis. Cannabis events serve as a fantastic way to meet people from within the community that you’d never know outside of cannabis. But these friendships go beyond that, conversations are not restricted exclusively to cannabis and why it should be legal. It does help to have a common interest to get started though!

The always energetic Dr Denz came down to film for his ever-growing YouTube channel.

Dr Denz said: “DCC’s first event, it was a beautiful walk, really impressed me!

Speaking about the event, Denz told ISMOKE: “I knew it were only goin’ to be a small un’. For an event in the middle of a Wednesday, a lot more people than I thought! I got to meet a proper great bunch of people which is always a plus.

“I’m always on the hunt for great strains, something you don’t see often. Finally got a good Gorilla Glue #4 which I’m buzzed about.

“To be truthful, there weren’t that many strains about, but the stuff that was there was great!

“I didn’t get too try the Pop’s Baked Goods edibles, gutted! Definitely make sure I get some next time.

“Definitely be coming to the next one, so long as I get me car workin’!”

White Rhino UK, quickly establishing themselves as a future key player in cannabis clothing, came down to support the club’s first event. While the numbers of people there were perhaps smaller than events they’re used to going to, the founder, X, said:

“The welcome and support we received when we arrived was amazing!

“The entire event from start to finish was well organised, safe and non-intrusive to the general public. We can’t wait to attend the next one!”

While the event was pretty basic, it was the first time the club held a public meeting. This is something the club is already working on for their next meeting, which is sure to have more entertainment, food & medibles, speakers, and even a Cannabis Oil making demonstration!

Speaking about the event a DCC spokesman said: “The club learnt a lot from holding our first event. More planning is needed for the next one, certainly. But as the Chairman of Durham City Cannabis Club told me, it’s all a learning curve!

“We know what needs to be done to expand on the great work we put in for this one, the next one will definitely be bigger and better.

“The movement is finally developing and growing in the North West and we fully intended to ride this wave! We’ve already made contact with other NW clubs, and clubs from across the country, so we might even see you guys at the next national event!”

DCC have already organised it so that they will be holding weekly meetings for cannabis enthusiasts and those interested in learning more about the medicinal side of cannabis.

These local meets will be held at Sunbird Records, a local independent rock venue, which is also a label, and even wood-fire pizzas! (a seriously cool venue for a cannabis club!)

DCC’s Executive-Vice Chancellor, Nathan Johnson told us why he thought the day went: “By 2 o’clock we had 15 people which already exceeded my expectations. By the end of the day we saw about 40 different faces.

“It was great overall, couldn’t have asked for anything more. The sunset was disappointing, but luckily we smoked a big fat blunt!”

DCC’s Chairman to the Green, Adam Douglas added:

“People from across the region attended, with new friendships and networks formed as people shared their stories.

“The committee realised quickly that this event could grow into a really popular gathering with a little more attention paid to planning, with particular attention paid to logistics surrounding what is a great site, hampered by some small accessibility issues.

“We do realise more work needs to be done to bring the medical use community out in greater numbers.

“Our ultimate objective is to liberate the plant so all can use it, so that means we need to destigmatise cannabis use, which means ever increasing numbers in a show of unity.”

If you’re interested in following what Darwen Cannabis club are up to, they can be contacted on their official Facebook or Instagram pages.



Durham City Cannabis Club – June Bloom 2017

Last weekend saw Durham City Cannabis Club hosting their latest and largest outdoor public protestival event yet, June Bloom.

Last weekend’s event was the most recent in DCCC’s Campaign to put on monthly protest events to demonstrate that mass social consumption doesn’t lead to anti-social behaviour while standing to highlight the urgent need for Cannabis law reform. Each day prohibition continues here in the UK millions of Cannabis consumers will remain subject to arbitrary police persecution, cultural condemnation and media demonisation

The day started with a cloudy morning which hastily cleared, with the sun rather serendipitously coming out just as the first few stalls began setting up their gazebos, banners and tables.

As the event got underway, the weather continued its upward trajectory, turning into a rather beautiful sunny day, which helped to attract the passing public and enticed in more than just a few with an estimated total attendance over the whole day of 400 – 500 people!

I’m confident in saying this has been their most successful event to date.

Well.. until July High!

There were people in attendance who had travelled from as far as Glasgow, Manchester, Kent, Birmingham and London, to name but a few, who all enjoyed taking advantage of all the assembled stalls that were set up for DCCC’s second solo event June Bloom.

There were head shops from South to North, with East London Headshop, Fat Tones Shop and The Loft head shop, as well as local online store Dab That Slab attending their first such event!

Clothing stalls from Blue Cheese Clothing, Smoke Loud UK, White Rhino Clothing, 7th Circle apparel as well as local artists HeART & Peace also attended offering their wares to the gathered public.

7th circle apparel was in attendance at the event

This was also the first event which saw commercial food stalls, The Street Diner fed the hungry hoard. We’re excited about this, because it now opens up the event to all sorts of potential food vendors for the future.

Following an hour delay with generator trouble and confusion, the music got going, with the sound once again kindly and rather generously being provided by a club supporter and friend.

Dave the dealer himself, Keith Hudson once again joined us with his unique musical stylings even demonstrating “Stoner engineering” perfectly by crafting a mic stand out of a metal pole and a broom!

Unfortunately, a few of the other musicians had to pull out last minute, so there was more plug and play sets to entertain the gathered masses between speakers and shopping at the stalls.

DCCC were lucky enough to be joined by such great speakers as the founder of Bud Buddies, Jeff Ditchfield, who spoke of the great work bud buddies are doing sustaining kids that otherwise wouldnt have a chance, Author of Boy in 7 Billion, Callie Blackwell, spoke about her story fighting to save her sons Deryn’s life TWICE with Cannabis.

Feed the birds representative and Teesside Cannabis club blogger Trev Coleman once again joined us, bringing with him his expertise and offering help and advice to all about the myriad of medicinal and industrial applications for the Cannabis plant. He spoke about the potential for a true Northern powerhouse built on Hemp and Cannabis technology!

Unfortunately, Greg De Hoedt showed up fashionably late.. after the event but we still nevertheless had a chance to sit down and chat.

For the first time, the police attended one of the events, some five hours after it had begun. They did not attend en mass, nor to arrest anyone for openly consuming Cannabis, In fact the word Cannabis wasn’t mentioned once. It was actively avoided – instead they attended for minor reasons, stating that they were there to inquire about the stickers that the club has been giving away at their events which had apparently been stuck up in the city and to tell me that I did not have permission to host the event and that we would need permission in the future.

The officers left as quickly as they arrived, I would imagine rather surprised at the professionalism and courtesy afforded them by the representatives they spoke with.

I informed them that the site would be left cleaner than found as with all our events and that I would welcome the opportunity to sit down and discuss this matter further with themselves, I await an email from the police department.

Following their departure, the raffle was drawn, and 10 lucky people went home with Prizes from Royal Queens Seeds, Seedsman, Dab That Slap headshop, Fat tones, East London, Het Ballonnetje coffeeshop, Bomb seeds, Kannabia seeds, Aztech headshop, High Grade London, London Seeds Bank and more.

I would like to finish by thanking each and every one of you who has thus far supported the club and myself in all our endeavours,

We remain as always committed to obtaining legalisation of Cannabis in the UK!

The next event from Durham City Cannabis Club is DCCC presents July High on July 22nd I hope to see you all there!

Click here for the July High Event Page


Mexico has legalised medical cannabis!

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto issued a decree this week, legalising medical cannabis across the country.

Cannabis has been illegal in Mexico since 1920, but decriminalised since 2009.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto

The case of Mexico is an excellent one for the worldwide anti-prohibition movement, as the Mexican President was once extremely opposed to drug legalisation.

However, his opinions clearly changed, and he told the 2016 United Nations General Assembly Special Sessions in April 2016. “We must move beyond prohibition to effective prevention.”

Peña Nieto tried to pass a cannabis bill last year but was defeated in Congress.

Although this Medical Cannabis bill passed back in November, the decree was finally issued this week, bringing the law into effect.

The new law eliminates the criminalisation of the medicinal use of cannabis, THC, CBD, and all cannabis derivatives, as well as legalising the production and distribution of cannabis for medicinal and therapeutic uses.

However, like any progress, it is fraught with challenges – currently only up to 1% THC is considered permitted and Mexico’s Ministry of Health will be required to study the medicinal and therapeutic effects of cannabis before creating the framework for a medical infrastructure.

We’ll be keeping an eye on Mexico for further developments!

Psychoactive Substances Act – One Year On

One year ago, the Psychoactive Substances Act came into force after months of legal wrangling, set-backs, and delays. The law has been widely ridiculed by policy experts, scientists, and even the police, but despite this the Home Office still consider it a success. Their aim was to shut down headshops and appease the Daily Mail, and they succeeded on both of those fronts; the increased strength, availability, and subsequent potential for harm of many of the substances outlawed by the Act is therefore irrelevant. The countless deaths merely collateral damage.

Most of the public discourse surrounding the PSA in the year since its inception has focussed, perhaps unsurprisingly, on ‘Spice,’ the generic name given to Synthetic Cannabinoid Receptor Agonists, or SCRAs. Spice use has become ever more visible in the last year, particularly amongst the homeless population of the UK. Countless ill-conceived news reports have painted users as ‘zombies,’ due to the almost catatonic state that their drug use can cause them to enter.

Eurostar to Amsterdam just became a reality

Cannabis enthusiasts rejoice! From this Christmas, you’ll be able to get the Eurostar from St Pancras station in London to Amsterdam, with trips straight to Rotterdam soon after.

Initially, there will be two trains a day and the journey from St Pancras International to Amsterdam city centre will take just under four hours.

We attended Durham City Cannabis Club’s Springtime Session

This weekend in the north-east of England saw Durham City Cannabis club hosting their first solo event, The DCCC Springtime session.

The event took place in the heart of Durham city beneath the shadows cast by the trilogy of prohibitive power structures: the prison, the courthouse and the police station that tower over the disused bowling green – deliberately chosen as the site from which DCCC plan to lead a revolution.

London Coffeeshop raided by police twice in two weeks

One of London’s underground coffeeshop’s has been stormed by police again today, just under one week after police raided the property around 6 pm last Friday 12th May.

Our sources tell us that the police have again raided The Den coffeeshop today, shortly before a session was due to take place this evening.