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Promoting ‘Growing Your Own’ Has No Place In The Campaign For Medicinal Cannabis.

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“I’s my rights innit?  I can grow me own medicine carn’I?  I’m too sick to work. I can save the NHS millions. Le’s have anuvver spliff.”

Face it, this is exactly how too many people in Britain see medicinal cannabis users. It’s not true. It’s not fair. It’s unjust. Almost everything about it is wrong. The one thing that’s right – is that it’s a stereotype some people keep on reinforcing.

So we have to educate and inform those who have the power to change the law. We also have to adjust our aims and our expectations to be realistic in the eyes of those we need to persuade. It’s a big enough leap to convince people that cannabis can be a safe and effective medicine. In 2015, in the UK, the idea that we are going to convince politicians and medical policymakers that we “grow our own medicine” is fantasy. It is not going to happen.

Of course, many people have to grow their own at present because they have no choice.  Particularly now that NICE have recommended against Sativex there is, for most people, no other option.

Effective campaigning is about focus, ruthless focus on a precise target. For medicinal cannabis, wider issues of human rights, individuality, ecology, lifestyle,  – these are irrelevant. Do those some other time. Real and effective campaigning is like a job interview. You behave and dress in a way you believe will win you credit with your your prospective employer. That’s what we must do if we want to persuade people and change minds.

So the image of medicinal cannabis users we present is crucial. When government ministers see that we are ordinary, decent, hardworking people with families, careers, homes, pets, elderly relatives that we care about  – and all we are trying to do is improve our health – that’s what makes the difference.

Norman Baker and Lara Smith.

Norman Baker and Lara Smith.

Believe me, I have seen it with my own eyes. When we first met Norman Baker last year, he was far from convinced about medicinal cannabis. He was pretty dubious about it in fact, as are many. He said initially there was only “limited evidence”. Only when he met some people and listened to their stories did he become open to considering the evidence that we offered. I swear, I actually watched his mind changing, particularly as he listened to Lara Smith explain how she copes with constant pain and bringing up three young children.

Later, Norman told me that when he spoke to Theresa May about it, she simply didn’t understand.  She couldn’t conceive that these scumbag potheads and druggies have anything to do with the consumption of a therapeutic and beneficial plant.

It is a step too far to try and include GYO in the campaign for medicinal cannabis. We are simply laughed at. No one suggests growing opium poppies or willow trees or deadly nightshade to use as medicine. It undermines all the effort to provide good scientific evidence and a responsible, coherent argument. GYO cannot provide the standards of quality, consistency, safety (free from mould, fertiliser and pesticide residues, etc) that other medicines have to comply with.

Don’t get me wrong.  I’m all for GYO but I’m a weirdo, one of those eccentrics who also grows his own tomatoes, potatoes and other vegetables.  Most people prefer to buy them in Sainsbury’s and that’s exactly how it will be when cannabis is finally legalised.  Most people will prefer it in a nice plastic tray with a film wrapper and a label telling them exactly what they are getting.

GYO must wait for wider decriminalisation or legalisation.  Bringing it into the argument for permitting medicinal use is the cannabis campaign shooting itself in the foot – yet again!

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Written by Peter Reynolds

July 5, 2015 at 2:01 pm

11 Responses

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  1. “So the image of medicinal cannabis users we present is crucial. When government ministers see that we are ordinary, decent, hardworking people with families, careers”

    Aye Peter, because people who need cannabis medically are all Capable of working hard and having careers. You sir are an idiot.

    Neil Deakin

    July 6, 2015 at 12:20 am

    • Most people are Neil. That’s a fact that I know from first hand knowledge of working with medicinal cannabis users every day. I’ll refrain from returning the abuse. The amount of it that is spat out by people advocating medicinal cannabis might just have something to do with the reason that our argument is not yet won. Think on that before you abuse someone else.

      Peter Reynolds

      July 15, 2015 at 9:29 am

    • You hard working Deakin. Your job consists of running a group with Jason Birch and Kevin Braid where you sell a chemical concoction you call cannabis oil selling on behalf of Jeff Ditchfield.

      Jason

      May 21, 2016 at 3:29 am

      • Jason, instead of continuing to harras people in the canna community and accusing everyone of being a scammer why don’t you actually get off your arse and make good oil, get it tested and sell it for a fare price? Do you object to people having access to oil?

        Neil

        August 20, 2016 at 5:31 pm

      • Jason, instead of continuing to harras people in the canna community and accusing everyone of being a scammer why don’t you actually get off your arse and make good oil, get it tested and sell it for a fare price? Do you object to people having access to oil?

        Neil Deakin

        August 20, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    • To be expected from Jeff Ditchfields scamming partner. Of course along with Kevin Braid and Jason Birch aka Max Canon. Are you still knocking out his crystal cbd/trim/isopropyl concoction for 35€? Or 3,000€ in Mazarron? How is his ex partner Jacob Gershoney? What hsppened to the €45,000 he had from the Israelis? Where is Madrid Universitys 35;000€ he collected in their name?

      Matthew Thomas Maloney

      June 22, 2016 at 2:50 am

      • I wait patiently for the day when karma catches up with Jeff Ditchfield. He really is the lowest of the low. A sort of Radovan Karadzic of the cannabis world, a pathological liar and malevolent conman.

        Peter Reynolds

        June 22, 2016 at 5:59 am

      • Are you referring to me Matthew? I’m not anyone’s ‘scamming’ partner.

        Neil Deakin

        August 20, 2016 at 5:34 pm

  2. So are we to pretend that people aren’t able to grow cannabis for themselves because they don’t know how to do it properly? Give us a break.

    Major Morris

    July 6, 2015 at 9:54 pm

  3. What a load of shite.

    Lee

    September 29, 2016 at 1:38 pm

  4. Neil Deakin the cannabis oil seller for Jason Birch and Jeff ‘scammer’ Ditchfield is currently posting videos 3 years old of Mr. Eacups as he has exposed their abscence of laboratory reports! Anyone with a brain can see these three clowns are scurrying like rats to cover their scamming!

    Matthew Thomas Maloney

    March 11, 2017 at 12:31 am


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