Friday, 20 July 2012

The War on Cannabis Users is an Expensive Failure

I have lived through over 40 years of seeing and reading about people being busted for growing or selling and of course it has an effect on some people - they have to find a new source or grow for themselves - but in terms of overall availability I have seen no change and in that 40 years the Government have spent many BILLIONS of pounds, hundreds of billions fighting their "war."

A war has two sides; in this case there is just one side - "them"

"They" are invaders, invaders of our Rights and our lifestyle.

Indeed a costly and for me pointless war, but like so many wars it appears they will fight to the death - the death of the people they claim to be fighting for.

And what is the war about - it seems to be about stopping people from growing a versatile and beneficial plant that poses no danger at all to the vast majority of users - and if it was about THC then the Government should allow the more widespread and license free cultivation of low-THC plants that we generally call "hemp".

"Cowardice asks the question - is it safe? Expediency asks the question - is it politic? Vanity asks the question - is it popular? But conscience asks the question - is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular; but one must take it because it is right." [Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr].

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Winston Matthews is a political prisoner

I think by now we all realise that Winston Matthews is not locked up just because he broke a bad law, but because he made such noise about it being a bad law.

Winston is apolitical prisoner and his incarceration brings shame on UK justice, UK courts and the UK Government.

His probation officer saying that he ' she has been asked to keep an eye on Winston is first a breach of confidence and secondly, well that is part of the job of being a probation officer.

The "joke" is: if Winston does all his time without probation he will be as "free" as the rest of us - free to break the law and free to get locked up despite harming nobody - he will be able to move about, go abroad, seek employment where he chooses, live with whom he can - he will have greater freedom than if he is released sooner on probation and risks re-arrest.

I believe NORML UK, ENCOD and other groups and activists should start to make more noise that Winston is a political prisoner