“Quietly, Cannabis Has In Effect Been Decriminalised In Britain”


    Is that headline familiar?

    You may remember that CLEAR published something very similar two months ago: Effectively, Growing Your Own Has Been Decriminalised.

    We were attacked, ridiculed, abused and insulted.  The crazy stoner fraternity threw all its toys out of its prams and played the poor downtrodden victim game as it does so well.  Release, formerly every cannabis users favourite source of legal advice, came out with a timid and equivocal response and reassured those of the treat “cannabis like carrots” mindset that they could indeed continue to regard themselves as victims.

    So who is it that seems to agree with our assessment?  It’s The Economist, a publication with a long and honourable record of intelligent analysis and enlightened views on drugs policy.

    Read the article here: Quietly, Cannabis Has In Effect Been Decriminalised In Britain and remember, you heard it here first!

    • http://www.facebook.com/belelly Stephen Crielly

      Hi Peter, I had a very interesting conversation this afternoon with one of my close friends who works for a driving agency ‘Driving Hire’ who recruit drivers for the central belt here in Scotland. His latest work is for a company called ‘Heat Seekers’. Their role is to drive around the streets in a car, Ford Galaxy, average speed 10-15mph, with a thermal heat seeking device which detects heat from any house showing above 10 degrees. They then send this information to the local authority in that area? However, as we are having warm weather just now their machine becomes usless in this type of enviroment. A few  points of interst I found out was 1. They only carry out this work during the winter as it is easy to detect ( this current work stops in the 3rd week of April). 2. They cannot detect any thermal heat through glass, for some reason glass distorts their image? 3. The device itself cost £32,000 and if there was any theft of this device they do not call the local police, no what I was told was they call Special Branch. Scarry stuff.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002512306217 Çannabis Trüth

      Rubbish! of course Cannabis hasn’t been decriminalised – more people are just choosing to ignore the law for a whole host of reasons. Just because you ignore a law doesn’t mean the law is nullified or altered. That is a very naive  and dangerous ignorance.  If anything judges are having a bit of a crack down to try and discourage the growth of home growing.
      As long as doors are being put through and people are being arrested and cautioned for possession or cultivation of Cannabis it is still very much criminalised. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/cureuk Cure Ukay

      One of my friends who is a medical grower, has a respectable job and is very discreet about his medical need or use was busted last week. As he has an old tent and some old lights in the shed also they now want to do him for a factory size grow, despite only finding seedlings. Is that really decriminalisation? He is going to loose his respectable job and find it hard to get another one. He can’t do the same job anymore due to the travel restrictions he will have placed on him. Lets face it The Economist are looking at it from a completely one sided situation. This post make Peter Hitchens claim “There never was a war on cannabis” look credible.

    • http://www.peter-reynolds.co.uk Peter Reynolds

      Of course it isn’t actually decriminalised yet but as the Economist points out and as CLEAR did two months ago, that is what is happening.  There’s a difference between taking something literally and a bit of intelligent analysis and interpretation. That’s exactly what the Economist does so well.

    • http://www.facebook.com/cureuk Cure Ukay

      Those businesses in Birmingham have been going for years though…Why didn’t the economist pick up on it then? How many cannabis based shops or brands do you use or own? Or know exist? Or what they do for the community?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002512306217 Çannabis Trüth

      ~ even if left open to interpretation, this is still a pretty stupid statement coming from a Cannabis law reform group. It is inviting apathy and breeding a damaging rumour. 
      “More people are ignoring the ignorant law” would have been a better and more constructive observation in my opinion.

    • http://www.peter-reynolds.co.uk Peter Reynolds

      Dear me! Why are we so passionately attached all of a sudden to literalism?  In my experience, cannabis helps to give people insight and understanding of subtlety. On the other hand, even though I’m a Welsh, I understand English very well.  It says “in effect”, or did you miss that?

      The truth about cannabis is clear and to advance our cause we need positive communicators and the courage to push the issue on.  Whinging doesn’t work.

    • Anonymous

      One thing that must been remembered about the police….
      They are a for-profit, target driven, performance advancement organisation.

      Cannabis is the easy to solve crime that boosts an individual officer’s chance
      of promotion/more money.

      Their choice is:
      Do some “real investigation” into real crime, which is slow and
      Or “follow my nose” (literally).

      We need a change in perspective. For a crime to have been committed there MUST
      be a victim!

      Simples!…. Or not, no money in sense!

    • The Impostor

       People who have never been busted always say stuff like that. I exhale in your face

    • The Impostor

       Before the drugs debate went wonky, there used to be a disintction between depenalization (reduced penalties), decriminalization (of possession only) and legalization (regulated market, like alcohol). In Britain, cannabis has been depenalized. The Economist should get its jargon right.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Fletcher/100000316553120 Mark Fletcher

      its all double standards by the government we are supposed to be part of EUROPE why different laws for the UK when its tolerated in the main land, cigarettes are legal and cost the tax payers millions if not billions for diseases related to smoking alcohol cost as much for the same and more CANNABIS dose not give you cancer it cures some formes  of the disease ,if it was legal the tax alone may help the country out of recession. i personally suffer from arthritis, sciatica,and struggle  day to day with pain i have been to court twice and been fined for growing my own plant FOR MY OWN USE the drugs and they are drugs i get from the doctor dont cure or help the problems they cause other problems oh yes i do work full time and have a family but people with no amount of knowledge about A PLANT want it criminalised when it helps people with genuin problems 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joshua-Riding/100000026569298 Joshua Riding

      why is winston in jail then fucking LIARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!