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Another Pathetic And Embarrassing Display From The Stoners.

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Exactly The Wrong Way To Represent Cannabis Law Reform.

Exactly The Wrong Way To Represent Cannabis Law Reform.

As Demotix, the photojournalism website, captioned their gallery: “A small group of protestors gathered outside the BBC, calling for Ganja or cannabis to be legalised in the UK.”

See the photographs here.

How long will it take these idiots to learn that their behaviour sets back the cause of cannabis law reform?

Gratuitous lawbreaking, scruffy turnout, signs that look like they were made at playschool and an embarrassingly small attendance even on the weekend that The Observer publishes a survey showing that 52% of the UK population supports legalisation in Colorado and Washington.

Such irresponsible events have never had any positive impact and when they are as shabby, poorly attended and badly organised as this all they do is bring the whole cannabis campaign into disrepute.

Is there nobody associated with the organisers of these disastrous demos that can talk some sense into them?  Or is it really just about the same excitement as naughty children feel when they are being deliberately out of line?  That’s how the public sees it.

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Written by Peter Reynolds

October 5, 2014 at 8:12 am

21 Responses

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  1. I totally agree!

    Robin Henry

    October 5, 2014 at 5:55 pm

  2. I believe marijuana should be legalized absolutely! However it is people like these who bring the work that people like myself do to try to get it legalized to a grinding halt. They make all smoker look bad!

    Robin Henry

    October 5, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    • I agree, they just look like idiots. Legalizing must be taken seriously.

      annette annets

      October 6, 2014 at 4:11 pm

  3. Goes to show that stoners are not all alike.There will always be the show people,in all walks of life.

    Ådne Aschehoug Aadnesen

    October 6, 2014 at 8:55 am

  4. These folk are free to demonstrate their belief like this if they want. I fail to see what’s to be gained by singling them out like this. Get back to the real world FFS.

    Eric Foley

    October 6, 2014 at 11:57 am

    • Sure they’re free to protest as they wish but those of us who campaign against prohibition are also free to explain how self-defeating and counterproductive is their behaviour. This sort of conduct brings the whole cannabis campaign into disrepute, strengthens rather than opposes prohibition and, most importantly, increases pain and suffering in those who need cannabis as medicine.

      Don’t expect me to keep quiet about these fools. I genuinely believe that many of them prefer prohibition to reform. It allows them to remain as outlaws, renegades, rebels, alternatives and that, in their tiny tribal minds, is what they enjoy.

      Peter Reynolds

      October 6, 2014 at 12:18 pm

      • Could you explain how exactly this is counter productive ? There were massive protests in Denver and Washington + Canada before it was legalised. We live in society where people will no longer call the police on people that smoke, but just laugh and say they smell weed. I still see you have done nothing apart from complain, at least it’s nice to see people out there as opposed to you who tries to monopolise clear into the only cannabis law reform group. You think your way seems to be the only way forward. Cannabis laws are not going to change down as much as we try, that’s the governments decision and they’ll change it when they want to, not us.

        Chris Roach

        October 6, 2014 at 2:01 pm

      • Speak to people in CO and WA. They’ll tell you they succeeded despite, not because of, protests which were a hindrance not a help. Mind you, at least they had the virtue of being well attended, not like the embarrassing, poorly organised cock ups we’ve had in the UK.

        You obviously live in a different society Chris. Crimestopper’s very ‘successful’ scratch ‘n’ sniff campaign proves you wrong.

        As for the rest of your comment, CLEAR, with its policies that very ‘clearly’ differentiate us from the stoners now has more followers than all other UK drug policy reform groups put together.

        The people have spoken.

        And we are achieving real, tangible results with our responsible, well organised, professional approach, engaging with government instead of behaving like naughty children:

        http://www.clear-uk.org/the-inside-story-on-what-could-be-the-biggest-ever-shift-in-uk-drugs-policy/

        http://www.clear-uk.org/liberal-democrats-give-the-green-light-to-medicinal-cannabis/

        Peter Reynolds

        October 6, 2014 at 2:13 pm

      • I understand their frustration and why they demonstrated but I think demonstrations will be quickly dismissed by the anti cannabis lobby, the danger being too many children see the protest and naturally are curious. I respect their efforts but it will be viewed in the wrong light, if cannabis was to be regulated it would be highly unlikely that you could use in public, the anti cannabis lobby will not want it used in public and cannabis users should accept this because of the amount of children that would be exposed to cannabis Petitions and medical reports and recommendations are the way forward and of course voting Cameron out who is quite clear that UK drug policy is working, for who?

        Derek Pritchard

        October 7, 2014 at 9:02 am

      • I don’t see why you all fail to work together? one time you did and you had a far better response by doing so, all this tittle tattle is counterproductive behaviour. Working together is a far stronger approach. put personal differences aside and spend more time working towards the cause.

        James GreenLabs

        October 8, 2014 at 6:50 pm

      • You seem to exist in a parallel universe James! There has never been a time when all those involved in the cannabis campaign have worked together and there has never been a better response to the campaign than what has happened in the past year or so. There isn’t some fantasy ‘yesteryear’ when everything was better.

        Neither is this about personal differences. Sure I’ve been subject to the most terrible personal attacks but that’s because the muppets concerned don’t know any better. It’s about what tactics work effectively. These embarrassing displays of childish rebellion achieve nothing, in fact they cause damage to the campaign. The tactics that CLEAR uses are producing more progress than ever before. We now have the drugs minister supporting our policy on medicinal cannabis and the Liberal Democrats adopting an overall drugs strategy which is virtually exactly the same as ours.

        Peter Reynolds

        October 13, 2014 at 12:06 pm

  5. She got paid to represent people, the government agency paid her to wear and redicule normal people. We riot the government they forgot its about us, not about their jobs as representatives; they are not doing their jobs, kick those bitches out. Its time we take charge, wtf ppl get it moving.

    joe

    October 6, 2014 at 5:28 pm

  6. I am proud that I was there even when the weather was quite terrible.
    And the way we represented ourself is the best. We went there and showed that we are not criminals!
    We had and have great time without harming anyone, even ourself.

    Klecska Márton

    October 6, 2014 at 8:51 pm

  7. Unfortunately a lot of people will ignore any demonstration or protest, criticise the cannabis users medical or otherwise then down a bottle of wine or two telling themselves how good they are they don’t take drugs. .

    Derek Pritchard

    October 7, 2014 at 8:49 am

  8. Interesting story on the front page of Daily Mail today-any comment on that Peter? You seem to love that rag when they are slagging off the police.

    jaded48

    October 7, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    • I’ve been flat out working on it since late last night, on the radio twice and published three articles and made two formal complaints to IPSO and OFCOM.

      Actually the Daily Telegraph’s coverage is much, much worse than the Mail.

      And don’t forget, I am a big supporter of the police, very tough job. That’s why we need to be very tough on the bad apples – which we’re not.

      Peter Reynolds

      October 7, 2014 at 4:53 pm

      • Not sure i’ve noticed your support!

        jaded48

        October 7, 2014 at 6:14 pm

  9. Sorry but Peter is right here. This lot look liek a bunch fo f**tards, act like foools and generally give no credibility to the cause. In fact in keeping with some other common narratives equally as ridiculous, “This is what a dope smoker looks like”.

    So far from what I have seen, Peter and Clear have put a better front and argument to the legalisation than anyone.

    Perhaps you shoudl listen to him?

    Trevor

    October 13, 2014 at 5:05 pm

  10. Are you a political entity Peter?

    Andrew

    October 21, 2014 at 9:06 am

  11. ho hum, that is what prolonged recreational use of cannabis leads to. I find that people who use cannabis recreationally think it has ‘no problems’ because other people pick up the slack for their dysfunctional and destructive lives.

    Caracatus

    February 25, 2015 at 11:16 am

    • I’m very glad to see you’re enjoying reading my website. Please click on some ads!

      Peter Reynolds

      February 25, 2015 at 11:42 am


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