Police ‘decriminalising cannabis’ as prosecutions fall away, says Lamb

A substantial fall in the number of prosecutions and cautions for possessing the drug show that the police are in effect ‘starting to decriminalise’ cannabis, says Lib Dem MP Norman Lamb. Figures from the Ministry of Justice, released in response to a parliamentary question from Lamb, show that last year only 15,120 people in England and Wales were prosecuted for possession of cannabis, a fall of 19% since 2015. Police issued cautions to 6,524 people in 2017 – 34% fewer than two years before. Lamb, who has called for a…

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South Australia set to take ‘crazy’ step back with punitive cannabis laws

The South Australian government has been accused of ignoring the evidence as it seeks to introduce harsher penalties for cannabis possession, with a quadrupling of fines and prison sentences to be implemented. SA’s attorney general, Vickie Chapman, has used a 2012 murder in which a 17-year-old from Adelaide affected by alcohol, ecstasy and cannabis shot and killed a teenager as justification of the need to introduce tougher cannabis penalties. Chapman said the crime had prompted “everyone to sit up and reappraise the significance of cannabis and the dangers of using…

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“We can’t wait – we need a situation where growing at home is decriminalised”

The conversation is raging. Not only for medical cannabis either, recreational cannabis has been flung into the spot light after Lord William Hague took to The Telegraph newspaper and declared that the war on cannabis has been “comprehensively and irreversibly lost”. This lead to a media storm that has lasted more than ten days. On Wednesday  the 20th of June at 9am in the midst of this frenzy, Greg de Hoedt Chairman and founder of the UK Cannabis Social Clubs was invited to speak on BBC 2’s Victoria Derbyshire show…

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Record Breaking Numbers At London Hyde Park 420 Gathering 2018

By Greg de Hoedt Hyde Park, London on April the 20th is an event like nothing else the city has seen, and it has almost doubled in size since last year. Approximately 18,000 cannabis enthusiasts amassed in the Queen’s back garden one day prior to her majesty’s birthday, where the 41-gun salute is due to take place the following day. It was probably the hottest day of the year in the UK so far, and for those looking to reinvigorate their skin with a bit of sun, there was surely…

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Leeds Council Lose Court Battle To Shut Down Friday’s 420 Hyde Park Cannabis Protest

Wednesday 18th April 2018, Leeds Cannabis Social Club were summoned to a county court hearing after the groundskeeper of Hyde Park filed to have an injunction put on the club in order to prevent them from holding an annual 420 protest and celebration. Each year, hundreds of cannabis enthusiasts congregate in Hyde Park, Leeds, otherwise known as Woodhouse Moor, to light up a joint at 4:20pm as a protest against current drug policy. It is a movement that has spread from American Cannabis Culture and has permeated Britain over the…

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