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The ‘Arthur Scargill’ Approach To Cannabis Law Reform Doesn’t Work.

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Arthur Scargill addressing mining industry workers in London.

“Anything less than 100% capitulation on the part of the authorities is unacceptable!

Stand together in solidarity brothers. We’ll fight them in the parks, in the streets, we will never surrender!

We’ll smoke cannabis where we want, when we want and we don’t give a damn who it upsets – ‘cos it’s our rights brothers, it’s our rights!

We’ll show ’em, If we keep defying them, keep showing we don’t care what they think, keep on smoking – WE WILL PREVAIL!”

It’s the hopeless, hapless politics of the school playground.  It doesn’t work.  It’s about defiance, civil disobedience, selfishness and bull-headed obstinacy, always with a simmering undercurrent of aggression and violence. The ‘angry stoner’ is becoming a cliche that is causing immense damage to our campaign.

Progress will be made and is actually being made in small steps by patient negotiation, compromise and hard work.  That’s real work that’s often boring, tedious and has none of the appeal of marching in the streets or sitting round in the park with your mates getting stoned.  This is what has created reform, firstly for medical marijuana in California, now 19 other US states and most recently  a genuine revolution in in Colorado, Washington and Uruguay.  These developments have been achieved despite the demos, not because of them.  Exactly the same is happening in Britain.

Legally prescribed, legally dispensed, legally imported medicinal cannabis is now in Britain.  The greatest progress in the cannabis campaign since the Dangerous Drugs Act 1925 was enacted.

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Written by Peter Reynolds

September 15, 2013 at 9:24 am

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  1. There is a simple answer to the “great cannabis debate”..
    Cannabis prohibition was based upon lies and racist positions from 1937 in the US..being pushed by the Hurst Corporation using yellow journalism..and again re-enforced in 1971 by American bullying http://loopylettuce.wordpress.com/2010/01/27/enemy-of-marijuana-richard-nixon/ and the rest has been nothing more than a financial windfall for the prohibitionists and the “fascist leaning governments” who have used cannabis use and production as a tool against the people.
    This is simply wrong…
    Cannabis patients and those that support the industry are not criminals
    The true criminals are those that have lined their pockets upon the suffering of the sick and dying and the incarceration of generations of peaceful people who simply choose the least toxic method of pain management and wellness.
    To support prohibition is to support drug cartels .. the true criminals.

    Rick Rosio

    September 15, 2013 at 1:10 pm


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