I was delighted to see that Derbyshire Times running a story about the outrage that was displayed by local residents when the paper posted an article about a recent crack down on cannabis in the Derbyshire area and how this was a waste of taxpayers money.
Here are some of the comments from Derbyshire time readers.
Deb Williams said: “I think Matlock Police should concentrate on fighting the Heroin that’s being pushed through our streets daily. Get to the clock tower most days or the bottom of Stoneway where these people hang out. Children from the schools have to walk past this.”
Tanya Spencer said: “Maybe the police should try going undercover to Matlock’s pubs on a Friday and Saturday night . As trust me, from what I’ve seen recently it’s disgusting – Mcat heads everywhere. ”
Andrew Ochi Haynes said: “ Why don’t the police find something more important to do? What a waste of time and money.”
Melissa Dawson said: “Matlock is rife with Mcat and heroin – cannabis is the least of their worries.”
Cilla Roberts said: “What a waste of taxpayers money.”
Billy Spencer said: “There’s drug problems in Matlock but I’d be surprised if any of them were caused by cannabis. Take powders off the street before going after cannabis.”
This is great to see, and i hope that we will see similar articles in the future about the reaction of people to stupid and out dated cannabis laws.
see the original article here. http://www.derbyshiretimes.co.uk/news/grassroots/cannabis-campaign-branded-a-waste-of-time-and-money-1-5692961
“ALOR STAR: A 51 year old driver and his assistant were among three people sentenced to death by the High Court today after they were found guilty of trafficking in cannabis six years ago”
It is a sorry state of affairs that in a world where science and reason are supposedly the means to which we base our society and policy on that people are still being given the death penalty for victim-less crimes like the trafficking of cannabis. Unfortunately this is the world we still live in today, we forget in our fight to end the prohibition of cannabis that there are plenty of places in the world which do actually have much much laws regarding cannabis then we do. it is easy to look at our neighboring countries in the EU and see that we are fairly behind when it comes to cannabis law reform in the UK, we have no medical cannabis program unless you count sativex ( which i don’t as most people who want it cannot get it due to PCT’s refusing to prescribe it ) and certainly recreational cannabis is looked upon as a crime and “bad” thing in many national newspapers. It is however true that we live in a place where no matter how much cannabis someone trafficked they would not get the death penalty. The same cannot be said for much of the world and it is a sad state of affairs when three people are put to death in Malaysia for trafficking a substance which is scientifically safer then legal commodities like alcohol, tobacco and caffeine.
I would like to see what Peter Hitchens makes of this, he may argue that cannabis is not a crime in the UK and that effectively there is no war on drugs. Hitchens argues for a more totalitarian rule and harsher penalties for people involved with the cannabis industry in an attempt to defend the current laws, which are so clearly a failure when looking at things objectively. He argues that we still have problems because the law is not tough enough on those caught with cannabis. It is interesting then that in a place like Malaysia where such harsh penalties are in place, that cannabis related crime still exists. This seems to go against what hitchens is arguing about as if the death penalty is not enough to stop people form wanting to use cannabis then this is proof that Hitchens is wrong when he thinks that harsher penalties will solve the problem. People will always want to use cannabis like they have done for thousands of years, there maybe some negative side effects from cannabis which need to be addressed but putting civil penalties will only worsen the problem and drive it underground.
It is a sad story to report on and my thoughts go out to the people effected and their families.
They are all Victims of prohibition. without stupid laws based in fear and lies these people would not have their lives taken from them.
A fantastic article about how cannabis can be used as a preventative medicine for diabetes was published in the independent today (15/5/13). It is great to see more positive cannabis stories in the press especially regarding cannabis being used as a medicine.
“Smoking cannabis may prevent the development of diabetes, one of the most rapidly rising chronic disorders in the world.
If the link is proved, it could lead to the development of treatments based on the active ingredient of cannabis, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), without its intoxicating effects.
Researchers have found that regular users of the drug had lower levels of the hormone insulin after fasting – a signal that they are protected against diabetes. They also had reduced insulin resistance. Cannabis is widely smoked in the United States with over 17 million current users of whom more than four million smoke it on a daily basis. In the UK latest figures show 2.3 million people used cannabis in the last year, but the numbers have declined in the last decade.
Two US states have recently legalised its recreational use and 19 others have legalised it for medical purposes by patients with one of several conditions including multiple sclerosis and cancer. THC has already been approved to treat the side effects of chemotherapy, nausea in cancer patients, anorexia associated with AIDS and other conditions.
The study involved almost 5,000 patients who answered a questionnaire about their drug use and were part of the National Health and Nutrition Survey between 2005 and 2010. The results showed almost 2,000 had used cannabis at some point in their lives and more than one in 10 (579) were current users. Only those who had used cannabis within the past month showed evidence of protection against diabetes, suggesting that the effects wear off in time. Current users of the drug had 16 per cent lower fasting insulin than those who had never used the drug.
Murray Mittleman, of the Cardiovascular Epidemiology Research Unit at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre in Boston, and lead author of the study published in The American Journal of Medicine, said previous studies had shown lower rates of obesity and diabetes in marijuana users.
Two previous surveys had also shown that although cannabis users consume more calories they have a lower body mass index. The mechanisms underlying this paradox are unknown, the authors say. Joseph Alpert, professor of medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, and editor in chief of the journal, said: “These are remarkable observations that are supported by basic science experiments that came to similar conclusions.
“We desperately need a great deal more basic and clinical research into the short and long term effects of marijuana in a variety of clinical settings such as cancer diabetes and frailty of the elderly.”
Almost one in 20 adults in the UK has diabetes, of which 2.6 million are diagnosed and 500,000 are undiagnosed. Rates are rising in this country and around the world, driven by Western lifestyles, and the number of cases is expected to exceed 4 million in the UK by 2025. The illness increases the risk of heart failure, kidney failure, and death – and is one of the biggest health challenges facing the UK”
Arjans Haze, Cannabis Strain Review.
Strain: Arjan’s haze, Green house seeds, Sativa Dominant.
Appearance: nice green tones across the buds and the remaining leaf. Lots of trichomes even over the leaves with a fair amount of amber ones upon closer inspection with the microscope. A few burnt bits here and there. Quite nice looking golden brown hairs that burst out of the end of calyxes.
Aroma/Flavour: more on the lemon side of citrus and very hazy. The spiciness in the haze is very pleasant. The taste is not very hazy but is nice none the less, more lemon and citrus with a little bit of green plant and mint. Over all a winner.
Effects: nice day time medication as it is good for fatigue as I felt a little more with it and able to function. Definitely good for pain, although it doesn’t take it away the severity has gone down.
Comments: nice strain worth trying.
The case for cannabis as a Treatment for cancer has been further strengthened by Stoner movie star Tommy Chong. The co star of the beloved Cheech and Chong movies is now 99% cancer free, the guardian reported that.
“Tommy Chong, the veteran star of the dope-fuelled Cheech and Chong films, says he has beaten prostate cancer with a combination of cannabis use and a special diet.
Chong, 74, was diagnosed with cancer in June last year following a three-year period in which he said he had been drug free. He now says he is 99% free of the disease after a Canadian doctor helped him change his diet to include a variety of special supplements, as well as hemp oil. He then sat for a number of sessions with a practitioner named Adam Dreamhealer, described as a “world-renowned healer”.
“That’s right, I kicked cancer’s ass!” Chong wrote on the website CelebStoner.com. “So the magic plant does cure cancer with the right diet and supplements. I’m due for another blood test, MRI, etc, but I feel the best I’ve felt in years. And now for a celebration joint of the finest Kush …”
Together with collaborator Cheech Marin, Chong starred in eight films between 1971 and 1985, including the pair’s classic debut Up in Smoke. During that period the duo also released eight albums, three of which hit the US top 10. The duo split in the mid-80s, but began touring together again in 2008.”
I am writing this blog post in a effort to persuade some more like minded people to come to the Norml – UK AGM at the Malcom x center in bristol on the 18th and 19th of may.
We have some great speakers, including ex heads of police, ex MI6 agents and the most famous Hash smuggler in the world Howard marks.
It promises to be a great day and there if you are interested in getting more involved in activism and campaigning for change this is the event for you. Each person that attends will have the chance to network with people at the forefront of the fight to change cannabis laws in the UK.
You can find out more about the event and how to purchase tickets on the Norml UK website here, http://norml-uk.org/events/norml-uk-agm-bristol-18-19-may-2013/
Connoisseur Genetics – Rainbow Jones medical cannabis strain review.
Strain: Rainbow Jones – Granddaddy purple x Casey Jones. I/S Hybrid.
Appearance: Stunning looking dense bud structures, quite a dark coloured with dark greens and purple hues, especially when you turn the bud in the light. Sh sparkles due to a coating of trichomes all over, some small wispy brown hairs and a few trichome coated leaves.
Aroma/Flavour, the smell is amazing, definitely more on the GDP side with a deep pungent purple scent. She is quite floral too with the hints of sweet scent of wild flowers and herbs. Tastes delicious very deep and earthy and an almost lavender floral taste.
Effects. More body orientated indica dominant in effects as well as aroma/flavour. A few times I have found it hasn’t helped me in social situations and has left me feeling more anxious(which is because it was harvested a few days too early rather then being the strain itself ), however this effect slowed down and eventually stopped after a long cure in the glass jar.
Comments. Another must try strain from the talented boys at CSG – you can check the seeds out on potseeds.co.uk here http://www.potseeds.co.uk/products/138/848/connoisseur_genetics_rainbow_jones/