Summer time has slipped from our briefly worn sandals. There were public smoke outs, festivals and fun, but now that September has sobered up our hopes for an endless summer, it is time to take stock of where we have come from, and where are we going.
We had senior law enforcement officials declaring that they no longer were interested in pursuing small cannabis growers and consumers. It is nice that they thought we were waiting for their permission, but seeing as cannabis is the only known non toxic cancer fighting substance on the planet, we are going to keep on using it regardless. One in every two people will get cancer so when the scientific news broke that cannabis kills cancer cells, you might have thought that was the end of the prohibition debate. With this new information the UK government did two things. It declared that cannabis was still a dangerous, evil, naughty drug with no medical properties and it also granted a license to their buddies at GW Pharmaceutical to grow cannabis and sell it as medicine.
Nice move from the government, right? Out of one side of their mouth they told us that the dirty hippies are completely deluded if they think cannabis is medicine and then with the smiling, lobbyist lipsticked other side they have awarded GW Pharmaceutical a medical cannabis growing license. GW Pharmaceutical is now worth one and a half billion on the stock market. Their main product, Sativex is just cannabis in a bottle. It costs a fortune and is one of the only cannabis products freely available to the public.
If you haven’t spotted it yet, the UK government is full of nonsense on cannabis. GW knows there is a potential 100 billion euro business in Europe and they have paid off the Tories for exclusive access to this market. GW’s cannabis is grown in clean, sterile conditions. These conditions are quite easy to design and implement for your grow, so GW really needs cannabis prohibition to continue or else they will lose their monopoly.
Don’t forget that while this little game is going on sick people are suffering. From MS to chronic pain to cancer, we have a simple solution to human suffering but our governments are blocking it.
We sat down with Teeside Cannabis Club’s top guy, John Holliday, to get his take on the situation. John has had a dramatic summer with DailyMail attacks and public policy victories.
“Once Labour Police and Crime Commissioner for Durham Constabulary Ron Hogg announced that his officers wouldn’t enforce prohibition on low level production and consumption of cannabis, we new the game had changed. We have often had ex police and former officials come out and support cannabis reform, but Ron Hogg, and then other senior officials came out to support change while they were still in a position to do something. From this stunning public endorsement for change we rolled onto the successful petition to allow the sale, use and production of pot in the UK. On October 12th, there will be a commons debate on the subject. This is where we need the publics help. We have placed cannabis on the table and now the public has to have it nailed down. We encourage everyone to communicate with THEIR local Member of Parliament. Cannabis is not a hippie question, it is a health one. Besides its anti-cancer properties it alleviates the pain and discomfort from a wide range of medical issues. One in two people will get cancer so cannabis prohibition is directly threatening everyone’s health”.
There are many other activist groups calling for a similar strategy. If you care about this issue, we need your help. Send an email or call your local MP and start talking to them about the health benefits of having cannabis freely available for sick people. Prohibition only works for drug dealers and monopolists. Colorado legalized pot last year. Health and happiness increased and pharmaceutical drug sales went down. Colorado has made so much money from the herb that they will have to start giving citizens back some of their taxes. We each have a personal journey to travel, but it is in our organized actions that we will collectively help manifest change in our beleaguered, old world.
Below are a list of UK groups you can contact. The cannabis debate is now in parliament, if we put enough pressure on our local members of parliament, this might be the first pain free christmas that some patients have experienced in a while!!