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