Peter Reynolds

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New LCA

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I take on the leadership of the LCA as a serious responsibility.  I shall do my best to represent the interests of the six million regular users of cannabis in Britain.  The government should now move urgently to permit the medicinal use of cannabis. It is not only unjust to deny such relief to those in suffering, it is deeply cruel.  Ministers should be ashamed at their treatment of the sick and disabled. I shall also be campaigning to bring the multi-billion pound cannabis market into a system of proper regulation where children and the vulnerable can be protected and quality and safety are assured.  Prohibition is a failed policy which causes far more harm than cannabis ever has.  It also deprives the nation of billions in tax revenue and in wasted law enforcement costs.

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  1. If I didn’t like women………..

    Nick

    February 21, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    • I’m behind you 100% and hope that this is the beginning of a serious push for changes to the law regarding cannabis. Has you thought of putting a question to the PM on youtube Peter?

      http://www.youtube.com/worldview

      windy miller

      February 22, 2011 at 12:18 am

  2. Good luck Peter,
    I look forward to seeing you and David Nutt on C4 News and Question Time etc to give those politicians a verbal lashing for being so stuborn on cannabis reformation.

    FTW

    Greg

    Greg Hughes

    February 21, 2011 at 3:22 pm

  3. lookin Sharp mate

    Ed

    February 21, 2011 at 3:24 pm

  4. What a handsome beast lol .., good face for the “new” lca.

    Good luck Peter great words.., lets hope the b**rds dont grind you down ;)

    jimbob

    February 21, 2011 at 3:29 pm

  5. Great photo peter. You really look the part. Now lets make the difference.

    Mark

    mark Robbins

    February 21, 2011 at 3:38 pm

  6. love the photo – im getting ever closer to leaving that mainstream party….

    Rory

    February 21, 2011 at 4:09 pm

  7. Looking sharp Peter. I just got a letter from my constituency MP in reply to an email I sent him over drug policy. As per usual completely ignores my points goes on about how drugs ruin lives and how legalisation is never going to be on the government’s table as they believe it will not work yet somehow their policy of prohibition will work. This must change I have every faith in you.

    Stephen

    February 21, 2011 at 4:23 pm

  8. Nice one.

    I really am hopeful this is going to be the development I’ve wanted to see for years with the LCA, now just sort the website out and you’re away!

    Don’t take this as negative criticism but I am very much in two minds as to whether the idea of standing in elections is a good idea though. I do understand the thinking, but it runs the risk of apparently proving there’s no support for your ideas, simply because people probably won’t vote for you even if they do in fact support you. Elections are not about single issues.

    See my latest blog

    http://ukcia.org/wordpress/?p=651

    Derek

    February 21, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    • I think describing cannabis as a single issue is misleading to the mindset at first until they understand that the only single issue is the legality of cannabinoid production.
      Its all the issues that stem(cells)of this plants use that are really important.
      But then im preaching to the converted alrealy.

      John Ellis

      February 21, 2011 at 4:57 pm

  9. Peter the perfect suit :D

    http://www.overstock.com/Clothing-Shoes/Armani-Mens-Three-button-Hemp-Suit/1559536/product.html

    Dont need to wish you luck I know youl do what is required to make the changes needed.

    John Ellis

    February 21, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    • Pure Genius Mate :)

      Cupid Stunt

      February 21, 2011 at 6:16 pm

  10. way to go peter!!! very smart representation.

    dave

    February 21, 2011 at 4:58 pm

  11. Now get in that tv studio you ;) LOL

    On the note about whether or not it is worth standing in elections, the answer has to be a resounding YES YES YES wherever we can find the candidates.

    Also if people are serious about wanting change then for the election if their is a candidate fielded for reforming cannabis laws then it is ones duty to vote for them and veto whatever party they was going to vote for, tory labour or lib dem.. its voting for more of the same, and I would find it hard to believe that someone for the end of prohibition would actually vote against any candidate the newlca fields.

    The mind boggles.

    L Catt

    February 21, 2011 at 7:27 pm

  12. Good luck (good look!) Peter – I really feel something positive for a change, and reckon that everybody else here is feeling exactly the same!

    Er, don’t look TOO relaxed, though…

    pjmcneill

    February 21, 2011 at 9:14 pm

  13. At last, a hippy in a suit, very well done sir, you are exactly what this movement has needed for a very long time. Thank you, much respect due.
    GOOD LUCK!
    Got good vibes about this.

    Noodle

    February 21, 2011 at 10:04 pm

  14. Best of luck over the next few years Peter, I will be following your movements closely and hoping that we can get mainstream representation.

    The facts are on our side, now it’s just proper representation.

    Sam

    February 21, 2011 at 11:20 pm

  15. I’m behind you 100% and hope that this is the beginning of a serious push for changes to the law regarding cannabis. Has you thought of putting a question to the PM on youtube Peter?

    http://www.youtube.com/worldview

    windy miller

    February 22, 2011 at 12:37 am

  16. Good Luck Peter

    TheHerbalTerrorist

    February 22, 2011 at 4:39 am

  17. does it matter if its six million or four million? Its still lives being destroyed by the state. Its still grossly wasted economic revenue stream. Its still kids being able to obtain it easier than alcohol. Its still prohibition of a plant that has 1001 uses. ITS STILL WRONG

    whether you like it or not. The world is changing its attitude toward cannabis. none more so than america. The people have decided and the pressure on governments to reform is increasing daily.

    pease puddin

    Dump_pharma

    February 22, 2011 at 7:18 am

  18. Well done Peter, you now have a pet troll,what are you gonna call it, we could do a Blue Peter type competition to name it.
    This has nothing to do with people’s different view points.
    It is more to do how they put them across.
    No need to be rude.
    Time will tell, as will the results.
    If going by prop 19 result in California. it lost, just,
    55% voted NO but 45% did vote in favour of it.
    And somebody has to represent the views of them.
    Don’t let the bastards grind you down.
    I will never vote for a main stream party again.

    Greg Hughes

    February 22, 2011 at 10:01 am

    • Yes “IFasin” is a regular troll, aka “David” or “Ian King”. I’ve met him actually. We had a coffee at Cafe Nero in Weymouth and he’s not so bad, just a bit sad!

      Peter Reynolds

      February 22, 2011 at 1:18 pm

  19. Excellent words Peter and at last somebody I can relate to! Lets hope we now bury the ‘old hippy’ LCA image for good and move things forward.

    Wishing you the very best of luck.

    Lee Gramson

    February 22, 2011 at 10:38 am

  20. Beer can be brewed by anyone and costs pence a pint, but how many actually do it?

    When cannabis use is legal there will be a commercial trade and that is what needs to be taxed, controlled, regulated etc. Home growing will always be a small niche passtime, few will do it once they can pop out and buy a decent product from a local shop and be sure of what they’re buying. As with booze, they will be willing to pay quite a bit for it as well, even if they can grow for near enough free.

    Derek

    February 22, 2011 at 12:01 pm

  21. @Derek,
    You know, I sill cant get my head around the fact that I can (and do) make 30 bottles of red wine at a time in my home and that’s OK, and yet I had to endure 6 police officers crawling all over my house for a few cannabis plants!! Its an upside down, topsy-turvey Law is it not?

    Home growing for many is about much, much more than just supply, it becomes an absorbing hobby just like any other hobby, as a read around any grow forum will tell you :-)

    So I can produce as much as I like of the drug that kills thousands but I cant produce the safer alternative for myself!! hard o get your head round though isnt it!!

    Lee Gramson

    February 22, 2011 at 12:27 pm

  22. @ Lee. I struggle with that myself. I’ve brewed beer and grown weed. Both fascinating hobbies in their own right. I down with neil from the young ones “sow the seed, grow the seed, eat the seed”

    I remember when the term “homegrown” in this country meant the weed would be bunk much like homebrew lager from boots. Now it means Connoisseur quality. Skunk used to mean quality “sensimilla” now it means cash cropped hydro wet dealer weed.

    Hydro, now theres a whole kettle of health related fish right there. WTF is in those chemical salt ferts. I bet none of the canna ones conform to EU regs. Gimme organic nuggs anyday.

    Dump_pharma

    February 22, 2011 at 6:41 pm

  23. Good luck mate. The moral quagmire on this currently just gets thicker. The alternatives to getting mashed or stoned on a Friday night never seem to appear in the moralists’ rants, let alone alternatives to living in pain.

    allcoppedout

    February 23, 2011 at 1:22 am

    • You will see them suggest alternatives. Instead of getting drunk, why do you NEED to get off your face at all to enjoy yourself? That’s the classic, ignoring that need is the wrong word, and that its none of their concern if people want to get stoned, even if they get too stoned! Also they try to reframe the argument, like cannabis users cannot enjoy anything without weed.

      With the medical cannabis issue, almost all prohibitionists will tell you to take prescription drugs and kill yourself in the process. This is nothing less than pure malice.

      Sam

      February 23, 2011 at 8:17 am

  24. Are there any plans to try and recruit some celebrity candidates for some constituencies ?

    Professor Nutt, Howard ‘Mr Nice’ Marks, George Michael, Paris Hilton, etc…

    I’m sure that between us we could name several hundred (if not thousand) more potential candidates, and for some, the publicity would be just as beneficial to them as to the cause.

    Astfgl

    February 23, 2011 at 9:48 pm

  25. I can only say that your post in the LCA forum about TheLondon Evening Standard, was excellent the letters you have sent have to send some sort of shudder down the spines of those editors who are nothing more than puppets for the prohibitionist regime, things are not only changing in the middle east, I believe there is a real wave of change happening right here right now in the UK.. and this http://www.lca-uk.org/lcaforum/viewtopic.php?f=93&t=18247 is just the beginning.

    Bravo Peter seriously impressed.

    L Catt

    February 24, 2011 at 2:10 am

    • I could not agree more L Catt.

      Peta

      February 24, 2011 at 11:59 pm

  26. Peter, just some constructive criticism mucker..

    would reply on the LCA but cannot log in and life is too short to re-register etc LOL..

    Peter as much as I admire your zeal and your intellect, you cannot claim to represent all the cannabis users in the UK, you can only claim to represent those who join the LCA, you can however use a different terminology, instead of saying you “Represent” the 6 million cannabis users here in the uk, swap the word for “Support”.

    Last thing I want to see is you falling before you got up the first rung of the ladder, the media, local and national would have a field day with the claim of representing ALL of us, give them no room for manoeuvre.

    Hopefully when the new website is up and running the membership will rocket into the hundreds of thousands, I will be doing my bit to promote and encourage membership of the LCA.. I believe the new LCA will appeal to almost every cannabis user and hopefully they will feel a part of the movement for change so much so they join the LCA or whatever it will be called.

    Support the 6 million cannabis users not claim to represent them as that is just asking for it imho.

    Anyway, hope your day is a good one, St Davids Day tomorrow and will raise a glass or two in your honour.

    Diolch yn fawr.

    L Catt

    February 28, 2011 at 10:59 am

    • Thank you Lucky. I don’t claim to represent all cannabis users in the UK but as the only elected representative of cannabis users, I can and do claim to represent the interests of all cannabis users.

      Peter Reynolds

      February 28, 2011 at 11:29 am

  27. It still does not work peter, the stick you are getting from trolls on the LCA site is nothing compared to what the prohibitionist lobby will throw your way.. “support” is so less controversial and gives them (media et al) little room to criticize.

    There are cannabis users out here who obviously have no idea on how to put all their petty simplistic squabbling to one side and unite, maybe these people are commercial growers and any success you have will seriously put a dent in their income, there is also the possibility that they are not tokers at all but prohibitionists..

    All I know that your terminology “represent the interests of all cannabis users” is like sticking huge target on your head which will only encourage the opposition to fire at, “support and will fight for the interests of the vast majority of cannabis users” is a lot more powerful, cannot be misconstrued or used as a weapon against you. Not all cannabis users are nice people, not all cannabis users want prohibition to end.. so the vast majority would work and also give an opportunity to say about the minority criminals who sell adulterated weed etc etc, which would imho give the new lca even more credibility as a political party.. admit to their being bad apples in the barrel and only the end of prohibition will put an end to these scoundrels.

    Am waffling some, but hope you can see where I am coming from :)

    l catt

    February 28, 2011 at 1:58 pm

  28. New LCA « Peter Reynolds…

    Here at World Spinner we are debating the same thing……

    World Spinner

    March 18, 2011 at 3:18 am


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