This is it folks, that creaking sound you hear is the dam finally breaking on cannabis prohibition in the UK. Three more police forces have publicly stated, that they don’t care about marijuana growers or consumers. Surrey, Derbyshire and Dorset have all called an end to the ridiculous war on cannabis. There are still many details to be discussed, but the message is clearly, oops, we got it way wrong on cannabis. Enjoy the moment, because after the beginning, we really need to talk about a minimum standard of hygiene and safety in the growing of the herb, but that is a problem for another day. Get yourselves ready for a very fun, confusing, historic moment in English and European history!!!
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We need to talk about Sweden. It has many fine points, but tolerance to cannabis is not one of them. Just ask Snoop Dogg, he was arrested there on Saturday night and forced to give a urine sample. He was in the country for a concert but after being pulled over and arrested, he has vowed never to return. The Swedes, we presume with the best of intentions have become the most conservative country in Europe when it comes to the herb. In spite of the positive science headlines on the plant, the Swedes haven’t altered their stance. Their next door neighbor Denmark has the highest rate of citizens who have tried cannabis in Europe and their society hasn’t shown any ill-effects.
Instead of having a sensible approach to cannabis, Sweden has shown itself to be very intolerant. Worse, when it comes to Snoop Dogg, it seems they racially profiled that G and pulled his car over. After providing a urine sample(which proved negative of any drugs), they let him go. In an emotional video, Snoop told the Swedish authorities to go fuck themselves.
It isn’t just Snoop that is effected by this zero tolerance to cannabis. Younger people who want to use cannabis can’t, but they can get their hands quite easily on synthetic cannabis. Spice as it is often called is lethally dangerous for your health. Have a look at some of the youtube videos of a bad spice trip. People go from happy to deranged in about six seconds. Spice is the price society pays for Swedish superiority. I am glad the Swedish government believe only it knows best, but if a Swedish person wants to smoke cannabis either for health or social reasons, then they have a perfect right to. Cannabis is much healthier for you than alcohol. It can grow brain cells and repair damage on a cellular level. The once mighty Swedes, are showing themselves up to be a little backward.
Snoop Dogg is an acquired taste, but the science on cannabis cannot be disputed. The plant has serious medicinal value. For that reason alone, Sweden needs to change its mind on the herb. Secondly, cannabis is a natural, healthy alternative to alcohol. The rest of Europe is slowly easing into the idea of legalization. Sweden needs to follow them for the safety of young smokers and the well being of sick and older people. We are at the point of no return, let’s finally let cannabis back into European society.
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:
As the great Bill Shakespeare would say, a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Yesterday came the announcement that police wouldn’t enforce the prohibition of cannabis in the north of England any more. So when the police say you can grow and possess small amounts of the plant, guess what, that means it is legal. This is the bear minimum our tax funded officials could do. Thanks to the internet, the public are a different animal than they were even ten years ago. We have access to the same information as the police and authorities. Reefer madness propaganda has been disproven time and again and the public are now wondering what our elected officials are up to? Have they forgotten that they work for the public? Have they forgotten that the money we pay in taxes should be spent as wisely as possible. Colorado has had no negative effects after legalizing cannabis. The crime rate is down and public satisfaction is up. Our taxes are being wasted by the system. Prohibition has never worked and more importantly, cannabis is healthy for you. There is now a need for the cannabis community to come together. The system has enjoyed crushing individuals that call for legalization but as the police are no longer enforcing the caveman laws on prohibition, it is time for the 40 million European cannabis consumers to stand up and call time on the wasteful war on cannabis. We don’t have the money to pay for America’s prohibition and society can’t afford to hand cannabis revenue to hardened criminals. Set up you own cannabis social club, register it with Encod.org and lets put an end to the foolish question of cannabis legalization.
If you are a pot smoker in the northern English counties of Durham and Darlington then get ready. Crime commissioner Ron Hogg has announced a new deal with cannabis users. Police are no longer searching for small scale grow operations or possessions. Unless there is a complaint or growers are being too stupid for their own good, then the cops will leave them alone.
Isn’t that nice? Look how benevolent our overlords are being. They are now allowing us to do something we were determined to do anyway. This is classic politics. We have leaders that are pretending to lead society. All of a sudden they are now in favor of cannabis. Yesterday the plant was evil, tomorrow it will be taxed. The people in power are busy looking like they are in control. In reality, they don’t know what is happening. They are used to seeing cannabis consumers as dirty little hippies. Science now proves that hippies were making a healthy choice with cannabis. Police and their gin soaked christmas party mayhem are the real offense to society. You don’t have gangs of pot users roaming the streets looking to fight any other animals they encounter.
As is always the case, our Northern English crime fighters are only going half way with their new liberal attitude to the completely safe and healthy plant. If they catch you with some pot, you can enroll in a program to make you realize the errors of your lifestyle choice. Yes, instead of jail, you get to listen to an over weight, middle aged moron tell you how you have made bad life choices. Alcohol is a danger to society, cannabis is not. Not only can cannabis cure some cancers and other serious illnesses but it is a perfectly healthy alternative to alcohol. Eventually, even those slow minded folks in the police will have to admit that cannabis is a positive addition to society. Until then we must leave them with the illusion that their “crime fighting” work against non violent, peaceful cannabis consumers is serving the public.
We have all been shocked by the violence in Paris recently. Extremists using religion to get their barbaric kicks is not something that benefits mankind. We must not forget that Western powers are daily slaughtering innocent people in Middle Eastern countries so for the sake of peace all violence must stop. That being said, and this being a pot activist website, how does terrorism and cannabis collide? Arnold Plickert, the vice-president of the German police union has recently said that police should not have to deal with cannabis possession cases. Police have real work to do, like helping to protect the public from serious crime and terrorism. As the new year rumbles along, we are getting new scientific knowledge of cannabis and guess what, cannabis is proving to be an incredibly healthy plant for humans.
Germans are known to be practical people, Arnold Plickert has said out loud what most European police think privately. Cannabis is not a threat to society, and its prohibition is a distraction from real police work. This is going to be a big year for cannabis legalization, America has paved the way for Europe to now play catch up. Colorado has had a year of legal cannabis and there are no negative effects on society. Drug cartels are losing money, conservative Christians have more sinners to pray for and all is right with the world (of cannabis, at least in Colorado). We need more Arnold Plickerts speaking up. The madness of cannabis prohibition has to stop. Alcohol is an incredibly dangerous drug when compared to marijuana so it is time to drop the theatrics. Society got it wrong on cannabis, it is important if we are to call ourselves civilized, that we recognize our mistakes and move to correct them as quickly as possible. For European cannabis legalization Germany is key. We need them to come out with some common sense to dispel the nonsense surrounding the cannabis debate. 2015 is going to be huge for the movement. American gains will be expanded and meek European leadership can be emboldened by positive scientific data. It is up to each of us to be as informed as possible and to get vocal.
Cannabis serves the interests of the law enforcement industry far better by staying illegal. They get easy crime fighting statistics and keep exerting control over the population. Medical marijuana saves lives, jailing people who use cannabis destroys lives.