01 Sep The Truth Will Out

By Stickybud

I have done my share of writing letters, but it is difficult to see how they can have much of an effect against prejudice, vested interest and an eyes-closed, fingers-in-ears, loud-whistling mentality.

That is not to detract from Peter Reynolds’ outstanding and prolific efforts to address the inaccuracies and downright lies disseminated every day in our newspapers and broadcast media: his skills at tirelessly addressing these insidious untruths, through letters and debate, have raised not only his profile, but that of CLEAR’s, and put the perpetrators on notice that there are intelligent, informed people ‘out there’ who will challenge their black arts.

His position as leader of the main cannabis anti-prohibition organisation in Britain has also enabled him to establish links with other like-minded bodies, and individuals – such as Professor Les Iversen and Professor David Nutt – towards legitimising the Tree Of Life.

This might make some of us feel relatively powerless; or possibly just content to belong to (or otherwise support) CLEAR, and let Peter, Derek Williams and others get on with the stuff they do best.

But all of us can still perform some valuable budget activism.

A few years ago, it occurred to me that nothing would really change until enough of the public at large learned enough about cannabis, particularly its astonishing healing capability, to make a loud enough noise for the politicians to hear. Let’s face it, it’s all about votes at the end of the day.

The Daily Mail, the BBC and the government have millions of pounds and professional propagandists at their disposal, to keep the population ‘thinking’ their way: I remember Peter saying that CLEAR runs on about £10k per annum; but I think that figure is matched, per pound, by members and supporters, presumably dispersed representatively all over the country. Information spreads like mice breed, so think of the value in arousing a few people’s interest, then pointing them towards a relevant website, book or video.

I realised that, with a small amount of money, time and effort, I could do something myself to start this process. So I ordered some small (21mm x 39mm), self-adhesive labels, and printed my own stickers. Because I only have a black-and-white laser printer, I bought bright green labels, to make them stand out, and to fit in with the ‘green’ image we want to project. If you are using an inkjet printer, it might be advisable to buy bigger labels: I don’t think the resolution is as good as a laser’s (it might be an idea to experiment first, using different templates, with plain paper). I use a steel ruler and a scalpel to cut the sheets of stickers into convenient strips.

I felt that the best place to start discovering fascinating yet shocking information about cannabis and its prohibition would be on Jack Herer’s site, with ‘The Emperor Wears No Clothes’, so my first stickers read:

The Truth About Cannabis/Hemp/Marijuana / The Emperor Wears No Clothes / www.etc.

After I had watched ‘Run From The Cure’ for the first time, I made some saying:

Cannabis Cures Cancer / Run From The Cure / www.phoenixtears….

In light of CLEAR’s recent concerns about cancer-curing claims, you might want to put something like ‘Does Cannabis Cure Cancer?’, along with the relevant information.

I have now printed some with the CLEAR logo and name; with ‘The truth about cannabis is’ above, and the web address below.

I also bought some thin card and printed the following:

A Canadian man, Rick Simpson, claims to be curing people of cancer (including ‘terminal’ cancer), using oil extracted from the Hemp plant.

The British Media are not reporting this.

Go to: www.phoenixtears….

For further information about the Hemp plant, go to: www.jackherer….

Notice, no mention of cannabis there. Cancer is a disease that strikes fear into every adult, and there are few families who haven’t been touched by the suffering and despair it brings.

I cut these postcard-size, as I had considered placing them on ‘for sale’ boards in supermarkets, but thought better of it. Instead, I put strips of double-sided tape on the back, leaving the paper backing in place until I was ready to stick them in suitable places.

Some Saturdays, when I visit the town centre where I live, I walk up a ramp from the car park and pass two of these cards, stuck opposite each other on the windows either side of the door to a long-closed restaurant. I put them there four years ago, and they are still intact. Even the highlighter that I used on various parts of it is still visible. The young people that sometimes hang around there have left them alone. I think I would expect that.

Good places to put stickers are where people have to look, such as on parking ticket machines, bus timetable holders (don’t obscure any information, as that is counterproductive), petrol pumps, postboxes and nameplates. I have even stuck one or two on the door of my local chinese medicine shop. It is, of course, necessary to exercise caution, as it’s possibly a criminal damage offence.

A less stressful way of educating the masses is to ask your local library to order books for you. I did it years ago with ‘The Emperor’, and recently with ‘Marijuana: Gateway To Health’ by Clint Werner. I had bought this from Amazon, and saw it as a fairly comprehensive guide to what we know about the herb so far, although Clint doesn’t seem to fully understand the Sativex issue.

Bear in mind that not everybody has (or wants) access to the internet; and that there are avid readers in every town who swoop on new additions to the library – maybe the two go together. I imagine that people who don’t use cannabis wouldn’t necessarily experience the same reservations that some of us might, in discussing it with (other) non-users.

My library acquired the book in two weeks, and now it is available for potentially tens of thousands of people to read: I bet the date-stamp page is filling up nicely.

They charged me two quid for the service, but I consider it money well-spent. If that is a considerable amount to you, why not get your friends to chip in – they’ll be able to read it too!

Unfortunately, I was unable to put ‘What If Cannabis Cured Cancer?’ on their DVD shelf: they seemed reluctant to order it from the US. But that doesn’t mean it will be the same story in your area – give it a try! I am considering buying another copy, and donating it to the library.

Without having to make a big fuss, we have the potential to spread the word in practically every area of the country. OK, so it’s not a national hoarding campaign but is, nonetheless, good value, and potentially very effective.

Veritas per furtim.