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Cannabis prohibition and terrorism

cannabis prohibition and terrorism

“The illegal sale of Cannabis in the UK contributes to global terrorism”. That’s a sentence I’ve heard many times in my life, spoken with no to little real evidence ever being provided to back it up.

But how true is this statement?

If you happen to of followed the rather remarkable life of Dennis Howard Marks (Mr Nice), then you’ll probably be aware of the term Nordle.

Nordle was the code word Howard used to use when smuggling Hashish from Afghanistan to Shannon Airport in Ireland then routeing it on to Milford, Wales with the help of James (Jim) McCann of the IRA back in the 1970’s.

Police shut down Dank of England shop – Black the Ripper films the whole thing

Police appear to have shut down the Dank of England pop-up shop/smoke session at the weekend.

This event was held by rapper and cannabis advocate Ital Samson, also known as Black The Ripper.

Is the Trump administration about to jeopardise the 7-billion-dollar recreational cannabis industry?

  • Spokesman for White House Sean Spicer talks about a new crackdown on recreational cannabis
  • Trump pledged to respect states’ rights on marijuana during his campaign. This may signal a reversal on that promise.
  • Seven US States have legalised cannabis for recreational use
  • Cannabis is still illegal under Federal Law

Sean Spicer, Donald Trump’s Press Secretary, finally revealed the new President’s intention for recreational cannabis, and it’s not good.

Spicer seems to have hinted that the Trump administration will be aiming to crack down on the 8 States whose citizens democratically voted to legalise cannabis for recreational use.

First Conviction in Camden Bong Ban

Bongs in Camden
  • Police say that conviction ‘sets precedent’ for more police raids
  • Conviction comes after officers warned shops they are now ready to raid their businesses and take them to court if they do not clear their shelves of items with known links to drug use
  • Police said court ruling gives them “confidence” to push on with operation

Police in Camden Town have vowed to push on with an operation to make the area a bong-free zone after a shopkeeper was convicted on 1st February of selling thousands of items of drug paraphernalia. This Camden Bong Ban precedent could spell trouble for head shops in the area and beyond…

German Politicians Vote to Legalise Medicinal Cannabis for “Seriously Ill”

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On Thursday, 19th Jan, Germany began its journey towards legalising medicinal cannabis.

Germany’s lower house of parliament passed the bill legalising the production, sale and use of medicinal cannabis.

Locked Up For Cannabis : Gary Youds

Gary Youds from Liverpool, was recently sentenced to nine months in prison after his venue The Chillin’ Rooms was raided and cannabis seized back in 2015. #FreeGaryYouds

The arbitrary nature of the UK’s approach to cannabis is highlighted painfully by the fact that across the pond in the US, and in several European countries their approach to the drug both medicinally and recreationally is improving and an ever increasing rate.

Yet here we continue to see people arrested for victimless crimes as they attempt to provide safe access for cannabis users.

Cannabis in Copenhagen : City Pushes for Cannabis Trials in Denmark

cannabis in copenhagen - cannabis trials in denmark

Due to a rise of drug-related gang activity in the Danish capital cannabis trials in Denmark might just be due to get a green light with a proposal for legal cannabis in Copenhagen.

Local politicians in the Danish capital are considering the possibility of legalising cannabis. The first step in this process is to launch cannabis trials in Denmark, specifically Copenhagen.

This is far from a done deal, but does seem to follow the trend of other progressive European Nations that have either relaxed, or are looking to address their current cannabis laws.

Ireland’s Massive Medical Cannabis Win

ireland medical cannabis

Medical cannabis just got another big win, and this time with a country much closer to home at the centre of the latest worldwide development.

The government in Ireland has not opposed a proposed private members bill for medical cannabis. 

The Tide Effect : Is UK Cannabis Legalisation Inevitable?

Cannabis Legalisation

Cannabis legalisation has been a hot topic for all the major news outlets yet again this week, after a new publication launched yesterday by Volteface and The Adam Smith Institute.

In the aptly named Tide Effect, author Boris Starling argues that cannabis legalisation and regulation is now inevitable due to a tidal shift in perception and the amount of countries re-visiting their cannabis laws. He argues that we should look to the market-based approach currently seen in some US states for ideas on how to approach UK Cannabis legalisation and regulation.

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ITV News Cannabis Poll Shows Overwhelming Majority Want Cannabis Legalised in the UK

This story is ongoing and is subject to change.

A poll conducted by ITV News today is showing an overwhelming majority of people in the UK want to see cannabis legalised.

“Cannabis should be legalised to bring the UK up to speed with a growing number of Western countries and end the “embarrassment” of domestic drugs policy, MPs have said.

Lib Dem former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg and former health minister Norman Lamb have joined Labour and Tory figures to back a new report which claims legalisation of the class B drug could net the Treasury more than £1 billion a year in tax revenue.”

Read more: http://www.itv.com/news/2016-11-21/legalise-cannabis-to-end-embarrassment-of-domestic-drugs-policy-mps-argue/

When I cast my vote this morning it was around 83% wanting to see cannabis legalised. When last checked it was at 92%:

ITV News Cannabis Poll
ITV News Cannabis Poll Results

Political timing may not be great, but the mood is certainly changing and cannabis perceptions are shifting away from the negative propaganda we saw sprouted time and time again by the Nation’s tabloids.

I think I’ve seen more cannabis news from main news outlets in the last two months than I had seen in the previous 6, and more positive stories than I have encountered in all my years of activism are coming from UK news sources almost daily at the moment.

Hopefully this ITV News Cannabis Poll will be widely publicised by ITV News to their millions of viewers, further showing the failures of cannabis prohibition in the UK.

Also launching today, Volteface’s The Tide Effect. This publication takes a look at several aspects of cannabis legalisation and puts across a great case. I’ve read the report and I’m attending the launch event this evening, with plans to write about the publication in more detail this week. Watch this space!

You can view the news article and cast your vote here: http://www.itv.com/news/2016-11-21/legalise-cannabis-to-end-embarrassment-of-domestic-drugs-policy-mps-argue/

 

 

Green Europe: Cannabis Laws in Germany And Poland Under Review

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Green Europe Cannabis Laws

Europe is currently experiencing a period of change as more countries, led by Germany and Poland, begin to look at their cannabis laws. 

The European Union has a policy of leaving domestic drug laws up to its members’ countries. As a result, they are free to change their cannabis laws without EU intervention. 

America is Going Green! Here’s What You Need To Know about US Cannabis Laws

US Cannabis Laws 2016

As the political dust begins to settle after an election that transcended the US to be one of the craziest parts of an already crazy year (Brexit, anyone?), we can stand back and take a look at the positives to come out of all this, which are some shiny new US Cannabis Laws in 8 states.

Alongside (although also somewhat overshadowed by) the US Presidential election, there were ballots for cannabis laws to change (either medically or recreatinally) in 9 states. 8 of the 9 bills passed, making Tuesday an extraordinary day for cannabis reform.

California Will Legalise Recreational Cannabis with Prop 64

They’ve done it! 33 million more Americans will have access to recreational cannabis as it looks certain Prop 64 will pass.

This bill lets adults over 21 legally use cannabis recreationally from 2018, and looks set to pass with a 55% majority!

The ballot measure had been supported by Snoop Dogg, Shailene Woodley and other celebrities.

This is great news for the cannabis campaign and we will keep you updated. It is still a developing news story.

Read more:

http://www.thewrap.com/prop-64-win-makes-california-populous-state-ok-recreational-marijuana-use/ 

http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/trailguide/la-na-election-day-2016-proposition-64-marijuana-1478281845-htmlstory.html

 

We Attended the UKCSC First AGM : Report

UKCSC First AGM

Last Sunday was the UKCSC first AGM held in Leicester.

This was a chance for cannabis social clubs to come together for the first event of its kind held in the UK, showing just how far we are progressing with our idea of a legitimate cannabis social clubs movement.

The talks were mainly focused on the efforts of cannabis social clubs, laws surrounding cannabis and the future of the cannabis scene here in the UK.

Vice Documentary : How Weed Laws Are Failing the UK

High Society is a new VICE documentary series about drugs in the UK. This episode takes a look at how current cannabis laws are failing the UK.

The presenter meets figures such as Lee Harris (candidate for Cannabis is safer than Alcohol and owner of London’s oldest head shop), Greg de Hoedt (president of the United Kingdom Cannabis Social Clubs) and Black The Ripper (UK Rapper and cannabis advocate).

This 20-minute episode on the UK cannabis scene doesn’t have enough time to go into much detail, but you get a sense from watching the documentary that UK perception is changing, with the documentary pointing out quite rightly that more than half of both people and MPs want to see legal access to cannabis in one form or another.

Several positive topics are covered including the April 20th celebrations in Hyde Park, Medical and recreational cannabis. In one scene the presenter meets Greg who tells him how he quit cannabis whilst at uni only to find it was an effective medicine for his Crohn’s Disease.

Ital Samson aka Black The Ripper has gained a lot of attention for his various videos featuring cannabis consumption in public places, and he features in the documentary, as does Lee Harris who ran for mayor for Cannabis is Safer than Alcohol to make a statement.

I felt this episode could have gone into more detail on all of the topics covered, but being limited to 20 minutes it did a good job to cover several key areas.

Some of the negative sections included a scene about a granny growing cannabis in Birmingham, (not itself a bad thing, but it was presented as tied to gangs and with hijacked electricity – not painting a good picture!), and another about some of the gangs who go around stealing cannabis crops. I feel that these scenes, in particular, should have been highlighted to be problems caused by prohibition, but perhaps this shows the disparity in perception of the UK cannabis campaign from the outside.

After all, the law puts us all in the same boat, does it not?

Watch the documentary How Weed Laws Are Failing the UK and read the youtube description below: