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Warrior Women: The mothers fighting to legalise cannabis to save their children

Few things in this world could ever match up to a mother’s love, and I am in no doubt that prohibition isn’t one of them.

This week on ISMOKE we meet the warrior women – the mothers of mercy desperately fighting to treat their children using cannabis and cannabis-derived medicinal products.

Too often these women who are not only having to fight against the odds, but their doctors, the law and even the very services that have been established to help heal and treat their offspring’s ailments and to protect their health.

We attended the Cardiff Global Cannabis March 2017

On Saturday 6th May we attended the Cardiff Global Cannabis March 2017. The event attracted hundreds of protesters who marched through Cardiff City to protest for our right to consume cannabis.

Attracting people from across the UK, the Cardiff Global Cannabis March was organised by Cardiff Cannabis Social Club, and last week saw the 7th annual event which has been running since 2010.

420 up North : Durham celebrates first official 420 event in style

  • Hundreds of people turned up for the first official Durham Cannabis Club 420 event
  • The successful event was a collaboration effort by Wear Valley Cannabis club, Durham City Cannabis Club, Tyneside Cannabis club and Durham Cannabis collective
  • There were speakers, stalls and cannabis information available for event attendees
  • There was no police presence
  • Professor Mike Barnes and Trev Coleman gave speeches on the importance of medicinal cannabis

While the national media’s attention may have been exclusively focused on London’s Hyde Park 420 event, which attracted thousands of cannabis enthusiasts and campaigners, hundreds of people attended another 420 event (yes, there are other 420 events outside London).

Tucked away behind the city’s cricket club, next to an idyllic canal, the cannabis clubs of the North East gathered on 420, the world-famous day where everyone stops to take a toke and chill.

Forthcoming UK cannabis events – add these dates to your diary!

The event numbers for 420 this year were huge! Well over 10,000 people attended throughout the day.

When people gather in groups of that size they are completely unpoliceable – despite there being lots of police at the event, attendees were in relative safety in numbers, as it wouldn’t make sense to arrest someone for something everybody in the immediate vicinity is doing.

Over ten thousand attend Hyde Park, London for annual 420 event

This Thursday was 20th April, a date which has become synonymous with cannabis culture over the past few decades.

Rolling a joint, Hyde Park, London

For as long as I’ve lived in London, each year, on 20th April, thousands of people attend Hyde Park for a massive smoke out / celebration / protest.

People attending 420 celebrations in Hyde Park, London

This year was no exception, and also saw the introduction of several other 420 events across the country – we will be reporting on Durham’s event soon.

TTCC Awareness attended the event and gave out CBD caps

The protest was large in London, attracting a lot of people. We struggle to estimate numbers, but there were in excess of ten thousand attending the event on a Thursday in London.  We saw people beatboxing, rap battling, folk singing, painting, juggling and much more as we walked through the crowd. One status we saw mentioned a figure of 15,000 attendees.

We saw people beatboxing, rap battling, folk singing, painting, juggling and much more as we walked through the crowd.

A still from our highlights video shows a section of the crowd gathered around a beatboxer

We arrived just after 12:15, while things were still relatively quiet, with groups of people spread across Speaker’s Corner. By about 3-3:30 the place was packed.

Some people brought their own chairs to the event

We saw lots of people we recognised, but mostly for brief moments, as there were just so many people out protesting and celebrating cannabis.

I have never seen a gathering like this anywhere else, it was like stepping into a different world. The closest thing I can think of is a 3-day festival I once attended, which had that similar unreal feel to it – and that festival happened to be located in the middle of a forest in the Midlands, not Hyde Park, London.

A couple enjoying a smoke at 420 protests in Hyde Park, London

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the media’s attempt to paint a negative light on the event was picked up and suddenly we saw some angry people the following day over the rubbish that was left behind after the event.

What wasn’t stated was that at a certain time the police pushed people off the field, panicking people into a rush to leave.

Police ‘stood guard’ over the event, doing nothing for most of the day. We believe this is a waste of resources!

Greg de Hoedt, Chairman of the UK Cannabis Social Clubs movement stated in a Facebook post yesterday:

Each year we speak with both the Royal Parks and the Met Police about 420 in Hyde Park London.

The Police say they would rather get everyone out of the park as quickly as possible rather than allowing us to get everyone to clean up. They do this by standing in a line and moving across the field in and wall at 5pm while people are still smoking their 4:20pm joints.

As you can imagine everyone gets up in a rush and a panic and leaves not taking all or any of their shit, despite the fact that hundreds of black bags have been distributed.

Still there’s lots of spin opportunity for the papers who can easily snap a photo before people have cleaned up that were there to clean up after 15k people sessioned in one space.

Not hard to put your crap in a bag as you go though the day either! The clean up wouldn’t be so big after 

There were also far too many people packed in tight proximity there to keep track of rubbish without designated bins – we saw zero bins on the day (besides what some of the CSC’s brought to take home their rubbish). Perhaps London should have spent slightly less on unnecessary police for the day in favour of some bins and cleaning staff.

This photo doesn’t quite capture how big the crowds were

We enjoyed the day and plan to attend the next 420 celebrations. It’s also worth stating that there are also lots of cannabis events happening all across the country this summer and indeed all year – keep an eye on social media (or our events page here) and make sure you attend local events to show your support for the legalisation movement.

Finally we want to wish a big thanks to everybody who attended 420 protest / celebrations across the country for getting out there and showing the Government that you believe in our rights to consume cannabis. Now, let’s keep up this energy!

Now, let’s keep up this energy!

420 Hyde Park London 2017
Smoking a rather large joint

You can watch our highlights video from 420 Hyde Park 2017 below

You can also view our complete photo album from 420 2017, Hyde Park, London via Facebook here

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.

History Made: Canada to legalise cannabis in 2018

  • Canada is set to fully legalise cannabis, including for recreational use.
  • Cannabis will become a federally controlled, legal, substance on ‘Canada Day,’ July 1 2018
  • Minimum age for purchase will be 18, as with alcohol
  • Canadians will be allowed to grow four plants per household.

There is some glorious news coming out of Canada this week! The North American state is set to take a historic step and legalise cannabis for recreational use, on a federal level, next year.

From the 1st July 2018, which is also Canada Day, cannabis will be available for legal purchase for everyone, over the age of 18, in Canada. This includes tourists, which could make Canada the new mecca of cannabis!

Remedy Barcelona Cannabis Club Review

Remedy Barcelona

Remedy is the Barcelona cannabis club that we interviewed last year for ISMOKE Magazine.

Located in the La Rambla area, we headed to Remedy Barcelona to check it out for ourselves when we travelled to Spain for Spannabis earlier this month.

Since we interviewed The Remedy club for ISMOKE, a lot has changed. They are now offering 40 cannabis strains (at the time we attended), plus extracts and other forms of cannabis (edibles, vape carts etc).

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.

Clark French and Norman Baker talk Cannabis [Video]

In this video, Clark French speaks to Norman Baker about medical cannabis, the law and much more.

Were it not for Norman Baker, the truth on the UK‘s failing drug policy would never have been published. Conservatives tried to sweep it under the carpet, but thanks to Norman, the truth is out there.

We attended Spannabis 2017 [ISMOKE Report]

Spannabis 2017

Last weekend ISMOKE travelled to Spain for Spannabis 2017 in Barcelona.

Hailed as the world’s largest Cannabis Expo, Spannabis was a chance for exhibitors and cannabis connoisseurs to come together over a weekend to show off their wares to the European cannabis market and to celebrate cannabis.

Israel makes move to “decriminalise cannabis”

Israel officially decriminalises cannabis
  • Israel’s cabinet passed a bill on Sunday decriminalising cannabis use in the country.
  • Cannabis still can’t be used in public, but incarceration will only be used if a person is caught reoffending 4 times.
  • However, country’s Green party say this is not enough – not true decriminalisation
  • In some ways laws have become more strict for first-time offenders.

Israel’s cabinet approved a proposal calling for the decriminalisation of the use of cannabis on Sunday 5 March.

The proposal, drafted by Public Security and Justice ministers, prevents first, second, or even third-time offenders caught with cannabis in public. Under new laws, they will instead face a fine, rather than jail time.

Washington House Votes Unanimously to Fully Legalise Hemp

Washington votes to legalise hemp

In the US, the Washington State House of Representatives has given approval to legislation that would explicitly legalise hemp, voting to pass the bill 98-0.

House Bill 2064 would exclude “industrial hemp from the definitions of “controlled substance” and “marijuana” for purposes of the uniform controlled substances act.”

If passed by the senate, this would make hemp legal in the same was as any other agricultural commodity e.g. corn or tomatoes, meaning that anybody would be free to grow hemp crops without registering with Washington State.

Marijuana and industrial hemp are seen differently by the US Government, and industrial hemp has already been given a small window of legal status in the US under the 2014 Farm Bill (Sec. 7606) which states:

“…an institution of higher education…or a state department of agriculture may grow or cultivate industrial hemp if…the industrial hemp is grown or cultivated for purposes of research conducted under an agricultural pilot program or other agricultural or academic research…”

The farm bill also established a statutory definition of “industrial hemp” as the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentration of not more than 0.3% on a dry weight basis.

Under this new bill, prospective hemp growers in Washington would no longer need to register for a license to do so.

Before this bill is enacted it must first be passed to the Senate before going to the Washington state Governor Jay Inslee.

We will keep you updated with any developments.

Click here to read House Bill 2064.

Scientists in the UK are finally warning of the dangers of mixing cannabis with tobacco

The dangers of mixing cannabis and tobacco

The UK needs to catch up with rest of the world on cannabis laws to make it safer for consumers.

• Researchers say that the UK needs to take steps to reduce harm from cannabis use
• Cannabis combined with tobacco, mainly used by Europeans, poses the most serious health risks

Following a new study, scientists are now calling for the UK Government to take a serious look at how they can make cannabis even safer than it already is.

We Attended The London Smoking Club February Session

Last weekend it was the monthly London Smoking Club member’s session held at a secret venue in the City.

Attracting cannabis aficionados from all over the country, this month’s event was a thoroughly enjoyable day of smoking, dabbing and talking about cannabis.