Peter Reynolds

The life and times of Peter Reynolds

The LCA Leadership Election

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The ballot papers have been mailed to members today.  The candidates are Stuart Warwick and myself.  Voting closes a week today.  The result will be announced shortly afterwards.

Peter Reynolds

Dear LCA member,

I am seeking election as leader of the Legalise Cannabis Alliance.

I have been campaigning for an end to the prohibition of cannabis for more than 30 years.

If elected, I can promise you radical change in the way that LCA goes about its business. We will launch a new campaign based around the theme: REFORM, REGULATE and REALISE.

That is REFORM the law to end prohibition, REGULATE production and supply based on facts and evidence and REALISE the huge benefits of the plant both as medicine and as a £10 billion net contribution to the economy.

This will be a tightly focused campaign aiming for the urgent availability of cannabis for those who need it as medicine and a properly regulated supply chain for the millions of British citizens who use it recreationally. That means we will take the business out of the hands of criminals, allow commercial growers to produce the plant under properly regulated conditions and permit small scale personal cultivation of up to six plants.

We will advocate sales of cannabis through licensed outlets such as tobacconists and/or coffee shops to adults only. It would remain a criminal offence to supply cannabis to under 18s. We accept that cannabis should be taxed, partly to cover the costs of the regulatory system and a health advisory service but also so that the entire country will benefit from bringing this huge market out of the black economy. Based on research by the Independent Drug Monitoring Unit and the Transform Drug Policy Foundation we estimate that with reductions in law enforcement costs and new tax revenue, there will be a net contribution of approx £10 billion to the UK exchequer.

We will not be diverted by peripheral issues such as the many uses for industrial hemp, although we will be glad to see progress in that area. We will run a campaign focused on achieving practical change, not promoting a philosophy. That means that our main concern will be to educate and influence MPs and get our message across in the media. MPs are the only people who can change the law and it is through the media that we can influence voter opinion so we will deal with them on their terms, in Westminster, in newspapers and television studios. We will bring a new professionalism to this issue and demand the attention and respect that our proposals deserve.

The prohibition of cannabis is unjust, undemocratic and immoral. Most cannabis users are reasonable, responsible and respectable people and I will demand our right to be heard and treated fairly.

I shall stand for parliament in every by-election and in the next general election on this single issue. Being realistic, we do not expect to win a seat but we will put cannabis back on the political agenda and we will be taken seriously. No longer will we allow the Daily Mail or other media to publish lies and propaganda uinchallenged. No longer will we allow prohibitionists like Debra Bell and Peter Hitchens to misinform and promote scare stories without any balance.

I want to transform the LCA into a professional, effective campaign that will achieve results. I believe that I am the right man for this job. Please vote for me. Vote to REFORM, REGULATE and REALISE.

My website at http://www.peter-reynolds.co.uk contains a wealth of information about cannabis and many articles that I have written on the subject. If you want more detailed information about me and what I stand for, that is the place to look.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Peter Reynolds

Stuart Warwick

Dear Member,

As one of the candidates seeking election for leadership of the LCA, I’ve been asked to write a short letter outlining my plans for the direction and actions I’d like to see the LCA take.

As Leader I would not seek to limit our campaign to the medical and recreational issues only (although I believe this should be our focus) but use the plethora of other applications that cannabis has in industry to gain support from as wide a demographic as possible.

I intend to campaign for legalisation, regulation & taxation.

Legalisation, done properly would remove the cannabis market from the hands of criminals and terrorists and open it up to legitimate businesses & entrepreneurs, giving the substantial profit back to society.

Regulation will help prevent dangerous contamination, ensure good quality and be more effective at keeping it out of the hands of children.

Taxation to put some of the profit back into the country – everyone benefits.

I think licensed outlets and growers is what we should be aiming to achieve. Licensing should cover not only the supply of cannabis but should also cover growing set-ups to ensure electrical and fire safety as this is a known hazard with some badly fitted installations. This would allow local growers to provide more variety in outlets, allowing users to clearly identify the strain that suits their needs the best.

Licenses should be available to cover a wide range of grow sizes to encourage both local and national business opportunities.

I think fact-based policy is a must, with genuinely unbiased research. To base policy purely on knee jerk emotional and moral arguments while ignoring scientific research is unjust and unproductive.

We know there are people in power who understand this but are forced to repeat the same prohibition mantra.

We need to let people know that if they decide to make a stand against prohibition we will be there to back them up. They will not want to make a move unless they know that when they do, they are not left hanging, We just have to give them the nod and be ready when they do.

By standing for elections, I hope to challenge not only my local MP’s and the other candidates but also policy on a national level. As leader of the LCA I hope to unite all of the voices in our community to achieve just that.

I have 2 sites that I have used to promote my ideas so far. Feel free to visit them, although there are some very early attempts on there, so quality isn’t always great, sorry.

http://www.youtube.com/user/NovictimNocrime08

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hunar-for-Prime-Minister/238421977309

Thanks for your time – , this wasn’t as easy to write as I thought it would be!

Regards

Stuart Warwick.

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  1. Best of luck, Peter.

    I’m sure Stuart is an all-right guy too, btw. So, as my Dad used to say, may the best man win.

    keeptonyblairforpm

    February 7, 2011 at 8:37 pm

  2. Stuart?

    No, he’s a dreadful bloke. He eats little girls for breakfast, kicks dogs, bogarts the joint and picks his nose and scratches his arse.

    Mind you, my life would be a lot quieter and less pressured if he was elected…hmmmm…

    Peter Reynolds

    February 7, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    • So he’s just like any other potential MP then. . . No? I really just wanted to wish both of you every possible success. Go on make my dreams come true.

      Peta

      February 7, 2011 at 9:21 pm

  3. Looking forward to some real progress!

    Personally, I know I wouldnt get seriously involved in politics before getting a hair-cut, removing my lip piercings, getting a new suit and maybe even hitting a few elocution lessons.

    Like it or not, the public expect political candidates to be well mannered, highly educated, successful, attractive, friendly, hard-working individuals. Although much of this is just public relations and marketting, it’s important.

    Also, a politician needs to use social networks in a way that shows they’re real people too, with social lives, other interests, not just a political jack-in-the box, waiting to be given a chance to pop up and recite a load of party policy.

    It’s interesting to note the value the public also put on politicians having a stable happy family life.

    I’m looking forward to the LCA moving back into politics. I believe the last election showed the country they don’t have to stick to the their standard options but should be bold and vote for who they really believe in. (Which happened to be none of them particularly!)

    I’m looking forward to the LCA having a real positive impact, but I still think ‘Alliance’ is a bad word in a party name (as is cannabis for that matter).

    Elliot Haughin

    February 7, 2011 at 11:11 pm

  4. Couldnt agree with you more on the name of the party as soon as it comes on the news people will switch off thinking stoners are at it again.

    Maybe a name with Regulate in it will attract more positive attention. I can remember an election edition of newsnight where they visited the less well known parties and the LCA was named alongside the monster raving looney party!

    Peter has my support i agree that the emphasis should be placed more on the medicinal and recreational side of the plant. Industry is an argument the greens have been on at for years, focusing on the recreational and medicinal uses of the plant will hopefully make the message more direct less complicated.

    neil

    February 8, 2011 at 12:36 am

  5. Dont completley agree with you on the appearance, i think people are fed up with the slick hair, suit and the cowardly rubbish that spills from their mouths.

    People at the election wanted change but i think it ran deeper than a change in party. People want people running the country again.

    In short id trust Stuart abd Peter more than if i saw say George Osbourne or Nick Clegg!

    neil

    February 8, 2011 at 12:45 am

    • Well, I realise that you would trust Stuart or Peter more than any of the current mps in leadership, but that doesn’t get the LCA anywhere. Preaching to the choir is a major concern here, and general appearance goes a long way to being more widely and generally accepted.

      I remember the episode of newsnight which featured the the LCA, rebranding and renaming could drastically help improve the media’s representation of the party. There are other parties who want a major drugs reform, namely the green party. These are taken seriously as political parties but this because they have a solid manifesto, political candidates who are both professional and approachable.

      Funding could also make a big difference. In order to be a success the LCA needs to get it’s message to the the public right across the country. Whilst there are plenty of people willing to spend time volunteering/offering their skills, there’s still a general reluctance amongst cannabis users to give money to a cause.

      The LCA needs to become one political power endorsed by a united cannabis community. right now the uks cannabis community is anything but united.

      Elliot Haughin

      February 8, 2011 at 6:10 am

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  7. R is a good letter. It’s got teeth. Single letter parties are the future. The T-party have maxed their exposure in the US off the back of their monosyllabic pun appeal. If we set up parties and claim all the other letters which make words, copyright them, secure the future rights..
    The ‘Ay Party
    The Bee Party
    The See Party
    ..
    ..
    The OUR (R) Party. Also stands for all the other R words
    or the AH! Party. As in. “ah, i get it, prohibition is bollox”
    ..
    I like the E Party too!

    Julian

    February 8, 2011 at 11:26 am

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  9. Best of luck Peter, I have my fingers crossed for you.

    Nick

    February 8, 2011 at 1:47 pm

  10. In view of the difference in approach of the two candidates with regard to whether to focus on the other hemp issues, it is a pity that those involved in the wider industries of clothing, building, food, etc. have utterly failed to unite and lobby to promote this bountiful plant, which could make such a difference to our economy, and from which they earn their living.

    A similar failure has been achieved by ecologists and aid organisations, who should be advancing hemp as a solution to hunger (hence poverty) and an answer to soil erosion and desertification (towards the same end).

    If you stopped the average man in the street and asked what they know about the hemp plant, they would stare blankly at you, or say: “Hemp? Ain’t that cannabis?”

    If these elements were lobbied more effectively, it would mean, together with the cannabis cause, a 3-pronged attack on the status quo.

    The Green Party has failed to adopt these separate issues and promote solutions, so I don’t imagine that those involved in them are suddenly going to wake up and get their heads together.

    They are probably waiting for the government to legalise cannabis.

    pjmcneill

    February 8, 2011 at 4:21 pm

  11. Quote Peter: “we will put cannabis back on the political agenda and we will be taken seriously. No longer will we allow the Daily Mail or other media to publish lies and propaganda uinchallenged. No longer will we allow prohibitionists like Debra Bell and Peter Hitchens to misinform and promote scare stories without any balance.”

    Now that’s just what I want to see Peter, lets get the TRUTH out there finally! You just inspired me to join LCA, something I have long resisted. Push the paypal monthly subscription method, it could do wonders for membership numbers @just £2 per month surely!

    Lee Gramson

    February 9, 2011 at 10:11 am

  12. im behind you pete do your best my friend and maybe you can be the man that gets the majority of this country what we want.

    william grewsome

    May 4, 2011 at 8:47 am


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