30 May BBC Encourages Kids In One Direction – Towards Alcohol

BBC EastEnders, 29th May 2014

BBC EastEnders, 29th May 2014

Safer Recreational Drug Use By Adults

Safer Recreational Drug Use By Adults

After the furore about two 21 year old pop stars smoking some weed in a country where it’s perfectly legal, this is how the BBC treats children.

If there was a pipe with a small amount of cannabis left on the table it would be regarded as child abuse. Indeed, parents have had their children taken away from them for less. Yet here is the BBC during last night’s EastEnders placing the most dangerous, harmful and addictive drug of all right in front of children: a table groaning with booze, glasses laid out ready for use, no adults in sight and then broadcasting it early evening to millions of people throughout the country.

Meanwhile the BBC remains institutionally prejudiced against cannabis and cannabis users. It constantly broadcasts inaccurate, biased, distorted misinformation about the plant, is completely out of touch with the worldwide boom in its medicinal use and simply ignores the news and information needs of 5% of the population that chooses to use cannabis regularly.

All this on the day when the latest figures of the catastrophic damage caused by alcohol are released. The BBC, balanced and impartial as it most certainly isn’t, is supporting a dangerous, failed government policy that causes far more harm than it prevents and is promoting the use of really dangerous drugs by children.

Musicians have used cannabis since before any of us were alive. The world leading British music of the last 60 years has been fuelled and stimulated by cannabis. Anyone who’s ever listened to the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and all the bands that followed them is listening to cannabis-inspired art.

If One Direction was to warn children against any psychoactive drug use but point out that once they’re older cannabis is by far a safer, more sensible, intelligent and healthier choice, then they would be doing some real good.

The hypocrisy and dishonesty of ministers, politicians and the media about cannabis and alcohol is breathtaking. The BBC doesn’t even have the Daily Mail’s excuse that its supporting a major advertiser. Its message is nothing but government-sponsored propaganda that actually causes harm to children.

I managed to get just a touch of redress today on BBC Radio Tees. While their leading news story was about Middlesborough suffering the highest rate of hospital admissions due to alcohol, what did they want to talk about? One Direction and cannabis. Listen here how I put them straight.