Sunday, 21 July 2019

Two arrested at Green Pride cannabis event in Brighton

Please try to understand for future reports: it is not cannabis or drugs that are legal or illegal, it is the possession, cultivation or supply by certain people that is a so-called criminal offence.

The law is directed at people; it is meant (unreasonably and unsuccessfully to limit people's choices, even in their own homes; it is meant to give an advantage to the pharmaceutical companies and others; it leaves the control of supply and quality in the hands of “criminals" that are also untaxed.

There are an estimated 300,000 people growing cannabis in the UK, anything from 3 to 6 million users, and just 150,000 police.

The war on cannabis consumers is expensive, ineffective and in fact, lost. Remember the problems that came with alcohol prohibition in the US.

Our successive prohibitionist, heartless and tyrannical governments have created those problems here: gang culture, lack of respect for law, poor quality and its bad impact on health and lack of good access to clean cannabis for people in medical or other need or desire.

And whilst the UK Government stubbornly refuses to admit to the medicinal value of the plant, certain spouses of major politicians are profiting from their shares in British Sugar who are now the biggest producers and exporters of "medical cannabis" and GW Pharmaceuticals that produce and market their expensive extracts.

The law is an ass and the people at Green Pride demonstrate that."

Two arrested at Green Pride cannabis event in Brighton

Two arrested at Green Pride cannabis event in Brighton

Emily Walker Chief reporter

The Argus

Sunday 21 Jul 2019
HUNDREDS of campaigners brazenly took drugs in front of police - but only two were arrested.

Medicinal and recreational cannabis users took part in the Green Pride event at Preston Park on Saturday.

Whilst stalls sold CBD products made from legal strains of the plant - many of the attendees took pot luck by happily sparking up in front of police.

As the pungent smell of cannabis smoke floated over the park it was clear many people were not keeping off the grass as groups made a joint effort to discuss the benefits of the drug.

The event was held to campaign for legalisation of cannabis both for medicinal and recreational purposes.

One woman who lives in the North Laine area of Brighton but declined to be named told how her late husband had used cannabis whilst dying from lung cancer.

She said: “He had chemotherapy and had been told it was terminal. I researched everything and came across cannabis oil.

“It alleviated his symptoms and meant he was able to enjoy the last weeks of his life.

“We were able to go out and do things together.

“I do smoke cannabis now and grow a couple of plants at home.

“I’m not smoking today because this is about getting the important messages across.

“But cannabis is no where near as dangerous as alcohol or many prescription drugs like Tramadol. “

Alex McDonald, 29, recently moved from Sheffield to Brighton and invited his friends to join him at the event.

“For me I use it both medically and recreationally.

“It’s a lifestyle choice rather than a necessity.

“But from a street level it is much more dangerous. It is being advertised with names like bubblegum to younger and younger children.

“I think it should be legalised so you know exactly what you are getting.

Charlotte Robey, 49, vouched for capsules of cannabis oil removing all symptoms of the menopause.

Dominic Clarke, 27, of Sheffield said: “I am a diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic, but since taking cannabis I have not taken any medication.

“The evidence I have from personal experienced, is that I was diagnosed before I started smoking it. Now since smoking it, cannabis has brought me back down to a base level.”

Shannon Lousie, 19, was smoking a large strong smelling roll-up which she happily admitted contained illegal cannabis. She was happily puffing away alongside a large group of friends when four PCSOs approached them - giving them leaflets warning that cannabis is illegal and would not be tolerated at the event.

However they were not searched or arrested.

Shannon said: “I have been smoking it since I was 13 or 14. I don’t smoke a lot, just in the evening to chill out.

“Everyone is smoking here and no one is causing any trouble.”

Another woman who did not wish to be named because of ongoing legal matters said she used cannabis to treat her 21-year-old daughter’s epilepsy.

She said: “She has epilepsy which means she has fit.. She has been given so many different pharmaceutical treatments and cannabis has had more of an affect than any of them.

“I have been campaigning to my MP and her neurologist. “

Sussex Police said they made two arrests during the event and around 30 interventions where drugs were confiscated - but added that the event caused “minimal disruption”.

Chief Inspector Chris Veale said: “We were able to actively engage with a number of groups, clubs and individuals associated with Green Pride, many of whom had travelled from across the UK.

“This enabled us to set the tone early and give people the opportunity to make the right decision based on the information provided. We made it clear that we would facilitate lawful protest, however we were also there to safeguard the public, particularly young people and children and to enforce the law, and most people responded positively to our engagement.

“There was a calm community feel throughout the day, and the vast majority of those in attendance were well mannered and good spirited. The peaceful crowd was reflected by the low level of law enforcement.”

One man was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply cannabis and one man was arrested on suspicion of possession of cannabis and are in custody.

Police made around 30 interventions where cannabis was seized from people and dealt with by various ways including community resolutions.

Five teenagers were referred to the youth outreach service and their parents contacted.

Thursday, 18 July 2019


It is a Juror's RIGHT AND DUTY to vote NOT GUILTY in any case
where they feel or think the law is UNJUST or being UNJUSTLY APPLIED, irrespective of the evidence or what the Judge says - particularly relevant in cases against the possession or cultivation of cannabis for own use in one's own Private home or religion or belief or its practice.


The Rights of Jurors: more info and fliers

UK authorities smash through Human Rights to arrest Gibson couple for growing cannabis to treat MS

In January this year Carlisle police ignored the Human Right to a Private Life entering the home of Lezley and Mark Gibson to arrest them for growing their own medicine.

Lezley, who suffers terrifying symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis and finds relief from the plant, has recently been able to get it on prescription, costing her over £1000 a month as opposed to tens of pounds cost of growing her own.

This is not the first time that the couple have appeared in court on cannabis related charges. Lezley was busted in the late 1990's but found not guilty based upon the then usable defence of medical necessity. The couple also appeared in court and were given suspended prison sentences in 2007 for supplying free cannabis-laced chocolate to other MS sufferers.

This time Mark and Lezley were growing just ten plants for their own use, in private, at home.

Meanwhile the husbands of Prime Minister Theresa May and Drugs Minister Victoria Atkins continue to reap in the profits from their shares in the businesses that grow and export massive amounts of plant material for "medicinal use" whilst simultaneously the Government denies that the plant has any medicinal value and continues to authorise the arrest of thousands of people in urgent need of this natural and remarkably safe plant.

Surely the Misuse of Drugs Act was not meant to punish people for growing plants that they find beneficial.

Surely the law ought to protecting our Right to a Private Life and our Right to choose and to practice our own beliefs, so long as there is no harm to others, their Rights, or public health.

Once again, it appears that in the UK there is one law for some and another law for others. Another sad day for British Justice

Carlisle couple accused of cultivating cannabis plants at home appear in court (Mark and Lezley Gibson)

MS Sufferer Cleared Of Cannabis Charge 2000


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Theresa May’s Husband Set To Profit From New Cannabis Medicine After Government Relaxes Ban

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