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Hope Springs From Colorado And Washington

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After a long night watching the election results come in, my heart bursting with joy at the news from Colorado and Washington, it was time to take the dogs for a walk.

On top of the hill, way over in the west I can definitely see hope shining out.

There was time for just a few tears, then back to work…

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November 7, 2012 at 1:12 pm

WANTED. DEAD OR ALIVE.

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For gross violation of all the ethics of friendship.

For deserting his friends and mates and running off to the US of A.

For flagrantly, negligently and with smug aforethought, glorifying in his experience of Colorado’s finest farms, dispensaries and marijuana with no thought whatsoever for the misery and dereliction of his chums…

Left behind…

In Blighty.

THIS MAN MUST BE CAUGHT!

Written by Peter Reynolds

May 9, 2011 at 11:17 pm

Super High Me

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April 25, 2011 at 7:56 am

The Inane Incompetence Of A Prohibitionist Politician

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On the back foot all the way through, desperately trying to dig himself out of a hole, eventually breathing a sigh of relief as he thinks he’s blagged his way through it.

The utter hypocrisy, lack of sincerity, evident embarrassment at the idea he has to support but he doesn’t know why.

In fact, Stephen Harper, prime minister of Canada, your stumbling, faltering, clumsy words are as eloquent as it is possible to be AGAINST prohibition!

Written by Peter Reynolds

April 15, 2011 at 10:30 pm

Clearing The Smoke: The Science Of Cannabis

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This excellent new documentary from MontanaPBS features Dr Lester Grinspoon, Dr. Igor Grant, Director of the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research and Dr. Eric Voth,  Drug Policy Advisor to Presidents Reagan, Bush Senior, Clinton and Bush Junior.

You can watch the film here.

Written by Peter Reynolds

March 4, 2011 at 12:43 pm

ISMOKE Magazine Issue 2

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The second edition of ISMOKE magazine is now available here.  It promises to be even better than the first.

The contents are:

  • Lead Editorial – Nuff Said
  • Cannabis Is A Wonderful Thing – Peter Reynolds
  • Cannabis In The News
  • Meet The Sprayer – Nuff Said
  • An Interview With Jason Reed – Nuff Said
  • Bud Porn – THCDUDEUK
  • Strain Reviews – The Cannablog
  • When There’s A Wall, There’s A Way – Clark French
  • Twisted Logic, You Know It Makes Sense – Jason Reed
  • Marijuana Myths: The Dangers Of Smoking Cannabis – Cure Ukay
  • The New Legalise Cannabis Alliance – Peter Reynolds
  • Recreational Or Medical: A Distinction Without A Difference – Alun Buffry
  • UKCIA – Derek Williams
  • Your Pictures
  • My Sacrament – Jakub Carter (FRANKDONTKNOWJACK)
  • Around The World – Cannabis College Amsterdam
  • Stateside: Nuff Said Reaches Out To Farmer Tom
  • Blogs You Should Read – Nuff Said
  • Cannabis Strains – Rags (THCTALK)
  • ISMOKE Reviews – Nuff Said
  • How To Do Your Bit For The Cannabis Campaign – Nuff Said
  • ISMOKE Competition
  • My Story – Luke Bunce
  • Visitor Map On ISMOKEHerb

Don’t Let Cameron Get Away With His Untruths About Cannabis. Write A Letter!

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Call Cameron To Account

Following the example of my comrade-in-arms, Jason “HomeGrown Outlaw” Reed, here is another letter writing campaign.

Yesterday, on YouTube, David Cameron gave a shockingly inaccurate and misleading answer to a question about cannabis.  You can read the full story and watch the video here.

I have written to Mr Cameron asking that he meet me as the leader of the LCA so that I can prove to him how wrong he is.  Now what is needed is for hundreds, preferably thousands of us, to write to Mr Cameron asking him to arrange that meeting.

What I would suggest is that you print out a copy of my letter and then attach it to a letter of your own.

You can download and print my letter here.

I suggest your letter goes something like this:

(Please copy, paste and edit to make it a little more personal. Better still, make it a hand-written note clipped to the copy of my letter.  That is the sort of thing that will make most impact. Don’t forget your reply address.)

Dear Mr Cameron,

I was very concerned by what you said recently on YouTube about marijuana.  The leader of the LCA has written to you asking for a meeting (copy attached).  He represents my interests so will you please arrange to see him?

Yours etc

Mr Cameron’s address is:

David Cameron MP
Prime Minister
10 Downing Street
London
SW1A 2AA

If you want to take it one step further, send a copy to your MP too.

(Find out who you MP is at www.parliament.uk. Please copy, paste and edit to make it a little more personal. Better still, make it a hand-written note clipped to the copy of my letter. That is the sort of thing that will make most impact. Don’t forget your reply address.)

Dear (insert name),

I was very concerned by what David Cameron said recently on YouTube about marijuana.  The leader of the LCA has written to him asking for a meeting (copy attached). He represents my interests so please, will you ask Mr Cameron to see him?

Yours etc

Your MP’s address is:

(insert name) MP
House Of Commons
London
SW1A 0AA

Written by Peter Reynolds

February 26, 2011 at 6:50 pm

Mr Cameron, It’s You Who Needs Education About Cannabis!

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See the interview here.  The relevant part starts at 10:45.

Al Jazeera: This was incidentally, the second most popular question because viewers would submit questions and then members of the public would vote.

Why is marijuana illegal when alcohol and tobacco are more addictive and dangerous to our health, but we manage to control them?  Wouldn’t education about drugs from a younger age be better?

Cameron: Well there’s one bit of that question I agree with which I think education about drugs is vital and we should make sure that education programmes are there in our schools and we should make sure that they work. But I don’t really accept the rest of the question. I think if you actually look at the sort of marijuana that is on sale today, it is actually incredibly damaging, very, very toxic and leads to, in many cases, huge mental health problems.  But I think the more fundamental reason for not making these drugs legal is that to make them legal would make them even more prevalent and would increase use levels even more than they are now. So I don’t think it is the right answer.  I think a combination of education, also treatment programmes for drug addicts, I think those are the two most important planks of a proper anti-drug policy.

Al Jazeera: What about the argument that it could be used as medicinal properties?  That was another question we actually had, a person saying it’s got proven medicinal properties.  If used properly and regulated properly it could actually be quite helpful.

Cameron: That is a matter for the science and medical authorities to determine and they are free to make independent determinations about that.  But the question here about whether illegal drugs should be made legal, my answer is no.

Dear Mr Cameron,

I am writing about your answer to the question about marijuana during the recent Al Jazeera World View YouTube interview.

I am the recently elected leader of the LCA.  I represent the interests of at least two million regular users of cannabis and perhaps as many as 10 million occasional users in Britain.  This is a huge proportion of the population and on their behalf I am requesting a meeting with you.

We were dismayed, shocked even, at your answer to the question.  With respect, clearly it is you who are in great need of education about cannabis. The information you gave was inaccurate and false.  While we must all respect different opinions, your answer was factually wrong and you must correct it.

Cannabis is not “incredibly damaging”, nor “very, very toxic”. It is a myth that there is anything significantly different about the cannabis on sale today and the idea that it causes “in many cases, huge mental health problems” has been comprehensively disproved many times over by scientists all over the world.

I can provide you with scientific information which proves that these ideas are false.  Recently we have been pursuing various newspapers through the Press Complaints Commission for publishing the same inaccuracies. I am seriously alarmed when I see the prime minster of my country distributing such untruths.

Two key facts:

The Therapeutic Ratio of cannabis (ED50:LD50) is 1:40000  (Alcohol = 1:10, Paracetamol = 1:30). Even potatoes are more toxic than cannabis.

Professor Glyn Lewis of the University of Bristol reviewed all published research on cannabis and psychosis in 2009 and concluded that 96% of people have no risk whatsoever and in the remaining 4% the risk is “statistically tiny”.

Your suggestion that legalising drugs increases use is also not supported by the evidence.  In both Holland and Portugal where cannabis use is not prosecuted, consumption is much lower than in Britain.

Finally, on medicinal use it is simply not true that the scientific and medical authorities are free to make independent determinations.  The Home Office stamps on any medicinal cannabis use even when prescribed by a doctor.  People from other European countries can bring medicinal cannabis to Britain and use it legally under the Schengen agreement but you can’t if you’re British.  Here, sick and disabled people are being prosecuted every day for use of a medicine which is scientifically and medically proven. Surely you cannot be unaware of this?  It is a cruel and evil policy which shames our nation.

So please, Mr Cameron, will you meet with me in order that I may show you the evidence and the facts about cannabis?   Remember, this was the second most popular question you were asked on Friday and I represent the interests of millions of British citizens.  Please make time for me in your diary.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

 

Peter Reynolds

The Union: The Business Behind Getting High

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Written by Peter Reynolds

February 20, 2011 at 6:34 pm

The Politics Of Cannabis

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Originally Published In ISMOKE Magazine Issue 1

Cannabis is a political issue.  Make no mistake about it.  The scientific, moral, medical and health arguments have all been won.  What we need to do now is find a way to make change happen.

It’s in the prohibitionists’ interests to keep debating all the ins and outs and going through the evidence because it diverts from the imperative for change. We have to keep repeating the truth.  We have to cut through their deception and scaremongering but above all, we have to demand action.

In the US, they’ve gone way, way past the silly and irrelevant arguments about cannabis being dangerous or harmful. We like to think that we’re smarter, a more mature democracy but so many Brits are still suckers for a Daily Mail scare story. The propaganda and bigotry still prevails here.  In America they simply accept that if you abuse or misuse something it may cause you harm. They rarely even mention the psychosis theory.  Even after Congresswoman Giffords’ shooting and the stories of Jared Loughner’s marijuana use, his friends were quick to step forward and say he’d stopped some time ago and actually seemed worse and more unstable without self-medicating on cannabis.  More importantly than that, the US media reported what his friends said rather than hushing it up because it wasn’t sensational enough.

Peter Hitchens, the Mail On Sunday columnist wrote a disgusting rant about the shooting, blaming it all on cannabis and having nothing to do with the truth at all. Now the US media are ridiculing him about Britain’s Reefer Madness.  He really is an example of the very worst in journalism.  The truth means nothing to him.  He is a liar and a mendacious frightener of the vulnerable, the elderly, of children and their parents.  You will be interested to know that the Legalise Cannabis Alliance has drawn a line in the sand.  We will no longer let such nonsense go unchallenged.  A formal complaint is being made in the LCA’s name to the Press Complaints Commission.  It will be the first of many.  We will no longer allow the British media to distribute lies without calling them to account.

The War On Prohibition Can Be Won!

Prohibition is fundamentally immoral.  It is nothing less than the unjustified oppression of a section of society.  It is as pernicious and evil as racism, sexism, homophobia or any other form of prejudice. It says that, irrespective of facts, evidence, science or justice, just because we disagree with you, we will make your activity illegal. We will criminalise you, imprison you, ruin your career, endanger your family, smear you with unjustified innuendo and suspicion. We will cause you far more harm than the activity you choose ever will.

It is pretty well accepted now, worldwide, that Nixon’s war on drugs can never be won.  It makes Vietnam or Afghanistan look like a little skirmish in some backwater.  It has been responsible for far more death, misery and destruction than any war since Nixon first declared it.  There are still those who cling to its ambitions, like our favourite preppy, baby face minister James Brokenshire   But he is rather like one of those Japanese soldiers, found on some remote Pacific island, thirty years after his Emperor surrendered – still dangerous, still committed to his cause but hopelessly out of touch, in need of re-education, a very, very sad case.

The war on prohibition is now in full flow and this is a campaign that can and must be won.  It is a war that has right and justice and common sense on its side.  It is time that we marshall our forces, determine our strategy, plan our tactics and hold fast to our courage as we advance on the enemy.  I believe that this year or next marijuana will be legalised in at least one state in America.  Once the dam is broken, progress will begin to roll out all over the world.

I believe that the Legalise Cannabis Alliance is the standard around which we should rally.  We are responsible, respectable, reasonable citizens and we need to unite to fight the war on prohibition.

What is vital is that the LCA communicates its messages effectively to the right people. It seems to me that one of, if not the most important audience is members of parliament. They, after all, are the only people who can actually change the law. We therefore have to play their game by their rules.

In the documentary “In Pot We Trust”, Aaron of the Marijuana Policy Project says that one man in short hair and a suit, lobbying congressmen can achieve more than hundreds marching in the street.  I think he’s right.

The LCA must re-launch its campaign.  We must overhaul our image, update the logo and the website.  We must become conscious of our communications, control and deliver our messages with ruthless effect, use all the spin doctor tricks and techniques, just as any other political party or pressure group.

I will put on a suit and tie for the LCA because that’s what is needed to make progress with politicians, through the media and, most importantly, with the great God of public opinion.

I think we also have to consider our name.  Not throw it out for the sake of something new but recognise that “Legalise” is a word that frightens people.  They think it means an uncontrolled free for all, whereas what we argue for is fact and evidence based regulation.  We also need to consider the word cannabis.  People are frightened to have it on their Facebook profile and concerned that it may come up in a Google search when they’re applying for a new job.  We have to consider these things.  I would argue that instead of saying “Legalise Cannabis”, we might say “End Prohibition”.

So we do need to become much more professional about our communications and image. Anything put out in our name needs to be “on message” in every sense of the phrase – look, feel, content, style, etc. Each target audience needs to be addressed on its terms. We need an analysis and a plan for each individual MP and constituency. We need a rota of pro-active media communications. We need to enlist the help of celebrities who support our cause.  This needs to be done consistently and repeatedly. We need a team of people all over the country working together with a plan to succeed.

I also believe that we should re-register as a political party and field candidates in every byelection.  In fact, I would propose that we field the same candidate in every byelection and we build.the campaign and awareness over time.  I don’t expect us to win a seat in parliament but I do expect us to start being taken seriously. I want to see us on Newsnight and on Question Time.  When Debra Bell is asked for a quote or is interviewed about a cannabis story, I want us to be quoted as well and to be on the other side of the TV sofa facing down her mischief and misinformation.

Cannabis is a political issue.  If we get our act together and get serious about the war on prohibition, get serious about achieving results, explain the facts, expose the lies, then we can prevail. We can see the truth revealed.  We can win!

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