After the successful online government petition to legalize the production and use of cannabis, the UK parliament has to now meet and discuss the topic on the 12th of this month. After speaking with UK activist groups, the message going around is; anyone living in the UK should contact their own local MP and ask them if they will be at the parliament debate. The Tory government would like nothing better than a sparsely attended debate.
It will take you a few minutes but the difference could be life changing. Sick and elderly patients can really benefit from the non toxic plant. Increased sleep and appetite are the bed rock of recovery and unlike toxic pharmaceutical drugs, the only side effect of cannabis is a bliss like euphoria.
Take the time to call or email your MP because the drug war has failed. We tried putting everyone in jail and still cannabis use increased. If we remove the black market, then we can make sure that young people don’t have as ready a supply and we can also improve the quality of pot.
Be the difference, contact one of the organizations below or directly with your local MP. We live in a democracy, it is high time we started using the system instead of being used by the system!!!
United Patients Alliance
Teeside cannabis club
UK cannabis social clubs
A petition to legalize the growing and consumption of cannabis has topped 200,000 signatures in the UK. The Conservatives, lead by David Cameron has decided to pretend that all the new science we now have on the plant, didn’t happen. The same old tired arguments are rolled out. Cannabis is vicious, cannabis is evil, cannabis will make your brain fry itself!
The problem with this old tactic is, we clearly know that cannabis is healthy for you. The US government even finally admitted that cannabis kills cancer cells. One in every two people will get cancer so there are billions of lives at stake. Cameron is a politician bought and paid for by pharmaceutical companies. Big pharma will have a huge portion of their business replaced by cannabis when people stop pumping toxic pills into their bodies and instead choose home grown natural pot. The scare tactics stopped working when the internet spread actual science to the public. We are now just as informed as governments. Colorado has not seen society collapse after it legalized cannabis 20 months ago. Crime went down, health has gone up and they now have more taxes to put into education. Look at more and more American states scramble to adopt cannabis.
The UK government wants you to think they know best. However, when their former top scientist, professor Nutt came out and told them, and then the public, that alcohol and tobacco are far more dangerous to society than cannabis, they fired him. An elected government put their ideology and financial backer’s interests ahead of what is best for the people. We should never get used to this dirty way of doing business. They have acted treasonously. When a government doesn’t follow scientific evidence, you have to wonder, who are they listening to?
The UK has never had a moment like this before. We have evidence from America and Holland that legalization does no harm to society, we have scientists and doctors backing up claims that cannabis is healthy for you and we have a public that is starting to unite around the idea that cannabis is healthy for you. We need more people to get involved. Join your local cannabis club, join Clear, Norml or Encod. All these groups are a vital component of change. The government hope that we will get tired of campaigning for cannabis legalization. When you see first hand the help cannabis gives to sick and injured people, looking away is not an option.
We have mighty marijuana momentum, so lets make sure our politicians can’t ignore this subject. Stay united and focused on ending the cruelty of cannabis prohibition.
In politics, sometimes they float an idea before publicly adopting it. Police commissioner Ron Hogg was that ballon. Last week he announced that his force would not be pursuing individuals for growing and using an amazing health supplement(cannabis). How did the public react? They didn’t care. A few of the hysterical conservative types threw a bit of a fit but most had nothing to add or were supportive.
Now the fun really starts. Cannabis is a big part of English society. This has been hidden from view but the changes in the way police deal with this issue means that normal, peaceful human beings can get on with their lives without some uptight official judging them with the force of law. There are organizations and individuals that have been working hard for this moment. Norml, encod and community groups like Teeside cannabis club have taken the fight to the authorities and guess what, they have won! It is now up to the cannabis community to finish off the job. Get involved in cannabis activist groups or go along to events to show your support. The summer of 2015 will go down in English history as the year that saw an end to the nonsense of police trying stop people healing themselves with a God given herb!
We have had a very interesting week for cannabis prohibition in the UK. First we had a bombshell. Durham police commissioner Hogg announced that cannabis was no longer a priority for his force. They would not be wasting any more time or tax payers money on small growers or people in possession of cannabis. Usually police commissioners wait until they have left their job of influence to declare, the war on drugs has failed. Commissioner Hogg is one of those rare, high minded officials with a genuine sense of duty to the community. Prohibition clearly doesn’t work and it is rotting society from the youth up. Police and government have been criminally wrong on cannabis. It is an incredible medicine and a potential game changer for the wider society.
After the positive pot headlines it was only a matter of hours before the Conservative hatchet machine went to work. A picture of Durham police commissioner Hogg with some cannabis activists was published by the far right wing Daily Mail newspaper. The headline; police commissioner works with convicted criminal Ziggy Mustafa Spliff. We got to see the Daily Mail misinform and uphold the interests of its wealthy, conservative owners. Big Pharmaceutical business interests are threatened by cannabis, so the daily mail has to attack on their behalf. Ziggy was arrested for possession of cannabis and he did intend to supply the plant to people, but there is one huge piece of information that the paper left out. He was supplying the herb to sick people and using the plant to treat his own medical condition.
Ziggy’s father died of cancer. He went through a 5 year battle with him and during that time, learnt how to produce cannabis oil which helped manage his father’s illness. After the funeral, a grieving son told his friends that he would establish a cannabis club to treat sick people. Today Teeside cannabis club is working hard to give support and information to the local community. The time and effort that they put into making their community a better place is impressive. Providing cannabis to sick people is not an easy task. Besides the police threat, at times you are giving comfort to someone who is in the last moments of life. Sharing this end journey with a stranger, risking jail, harassment and emotional pain is an act of love and compassion. Ziggy’s real name is Michael Fisher. He is 30 years old and is a modern English hero. When the dust settles on prohibition, when the whole of society understand the medical benefit of the plant, we will finally and clearly understand the reasons Ziggy was arrested. He is a care giver and thankfully he is not the only one. Brave activists are fighting against the ignorance of prohibition. The dailymail tried to do a hatchet job on the character of both commissioner Hogg and Michael Fisher, but instead they have merely highlighted a couple of our proud movement’s greatest sons.
To continue the momentum we are ending this week with news that an online petition seeking a parliament debate on cannabis has reached its target number of signatories. Over 100,000 people signed the petition in a matter of days. We must understand that our collective power is expressed when we organize and take action. Our planet and species cannot survive if we continue down the path of greedy capitalism, we must find a new balance. Support your local cannabis clubs, get involved in local activism and stand up for people like Ziggy and Ron Hogg.
If you are in the UK, here are some ways you can get involved:
UK cannabis petition
Teeside cannabis club
Uk medical cannabis petition