OCT 1998: WARNING!! THIS IS AN HISTORIC SITE! Please write to [email protected] for Scottish Cannabis Information thePulse, iN2SouND and all you see in this Domain were an early creation in the history of the web. We have not touched it for over 6 years. Many pages have not been touched since 1995. We will leave these pages as they are for ever.



News Graphic

June 1996 Cannabis News

DROUGHT NIGHTMARE FOR MEDICAL USERS
1st June NATURAL BORN HEMPSTER WOODY ARRESTED
6th June CALIFORNIANS WILL VOTE ON MEDICAL CANNABIS IN NOVEMBER
18th June IMPRISONED AUTHOR DENIED APPEAL
22nd June GRAEME STEEL TIES THE KNOT


hemp!

DROUGHT NIGHTMARE FOR MEDICAL USERS

The whole of the Britain has been suffering from the worst cannabis drought in living memory. All sorts of conspiracy theories are going around. There have even been a couple of news stories about the drought, in the Aberdeen and Edinburgh evening papers. But whatever the reason behind the lack of cannabis, there’s no doubt that people are being harmed.
Scottish medical cannabis usrs have been especially hard-hit. Many MS patients have phoned LCC Scotland to tell us that their tremors have returned; some can't write, and one can't walk any more. Another medical user who emailed us from Aberdeen, has had to return to powerful synthetic drugs such as Diazepam, Baclofen, Amytriptoline and 2 to 3 times his normal dose of Temgesic. With cannabis he only has to take a handful and feels normal, without it he was taking 42 pills a day, and feeling in a haze.
And there is evidence that young drug users are turning to heroin instead of cannabis. Glasgow drugs education group Enhance told us that at first there was reluctance to take smack, but after a month of the drought, kids began smoking it to come down off E. Enhance think that maybe a 1000 new heroin addiction cases could be caused in Glasgow by the drought. In addition street violence in Glasgow has apparantly increased, because instead of the calming influence of cannabis, people are jellied and drunk instead.
Research has shown that when cannabis is more easily available people take it instead of more dangerous drugs. Some states of the USA decriminalised cannabis in 1978: emergency hospital admissions due to other drugs fell after the change in the law. The reverse is true too, when cannabisis not available people will take other more dangerous drugs. If the government want to reduce the harm caused by drugs then the answer is clear: they should make cannabis more easily available.
Many small-time independent cannabis-only dealers were busted early this year in central Scotland. LCC Scotland assume that this was due to organised gangs phoning the new police crimestopper lines, so they could monopolise the market. One drought theory is that the gangs then witheld the supply of cannabis in order to raise the price, or worse, in order to sell more profitable, and more dangerous, drugs instead. However the drought is UK-wide and since no one gang controls such a large area, we believe that the drought must have been caused by events outside Britain. Possibly it was a combination of fields going up in smoke in Morocco and Interpol success on the mainland.
hemp!
June 1st

NATURAL BORN HEMPSTER WOODY ARRESTED

Cheers star Woody Harrelson was arrested in Kentucky for planting industrial hemp, in an act of civil disobedience. He was charged with cultivation of fewer than five marijuana plants after he openly planted four seeds of industrial hemp in full view of Sheriff William Kilburn in Lee County. It was the first step in a long running campaign for Harrelson, who intends to plant seeds in other states, and then challenge federal law in court. Unlike the UK, in the US no distinction is made between industrial hemp, which is not psychoactive, and marijuana.
As well as a Hollywood actor, Harrelson is part owner of The Hempstead Company, one of the largest hemp clothing companies in the US. He believes that it is time for all of us to stand up for environmentally friendly, rural economic development. “I planted industrial hemp and got arrested because someone must test the law. If the people lead the leaders will follow.”
In a press release four days later, Harrelson attacked the status quo: “Our government currently subsidizes nuclear, petroleum, mining, pesticide and other destructive industries to the tune of billions of dollars every year. For example, our government pays half a billion dollars annually to build roads into our national forest so the timber industry has access to clearcut 500 year old trees. Each year, more than 30 million acres of trees, 70% of which come from virgin forests, are chipped to make pulp which could just as easily come from hemp. At the same time, it continues to thwart the development of a domestic hemp industry.”
Industrial hemp is currently grown in many countries across the globe, including France, UK, Canada, Australia, China, Hungary, and the Ukraine. None of the countries that allow industrial hemp production have experienced any problems relating to the crop. Hemp needs no pesticides, unlike other sources of industrial fibre, and is easy to grow. There is a worldwide fibre shortage, and US hemp campaigners claim that hemp can help meet fibre needs while also revitalizing struggling rural economies.
hemp!
June 6th

CALIFORNIANS WILL VOTE ON MEDICAL CANNABIS IN NOVEMBER

California's Medical Marijuana Initiative has officially qualified for the November 5th general election. The ballot will allow California voters the opportunity to legalise marijuana for medical use. Campaigners needed to gather 463 000 signatures in 120 days to qualify the ballot - they actually gathered 775,000 signatures. The Californian parliament has twice passed bills legalising medical cannabis, in 1994 and 1995 but both were vetoed by Californian Governor Pete Wilson. A yes vote in this public ballot cannot be vetoed, and with opinion polls showing around 70% of the electorate in favour of medical cannabis, campaigners are confident that legal medical cannabis will soon be a reality in California.
The initiative, known as Proposition 215, states that "patients or defined caregivers, who possess or cultivate marijuana for medical treatment recommended by a physician, are exempt from general provisions of law which otherwise prohibit possession or cultivation of marijuana." It also provides that "physicians shall not be punished or denied any right or privilege for recommending marijuana to a patient for medical purposes." The measure will not legalise or otherwise change existing law against use, sale, or possession of marijuana for recreational use. It will prevent the criminal prosecution of those patients who have a legitimate medical need to use marijuana. Long-time activist and Cannabis Buyers Club founder Dennis Peron is running the campaign. "This whole issue is more about compassion than marijuana. I think it's time to let doctor's decide, not politicians," he said.
hemp!
18th June

IMPRISONED AUTHOR DENIED APPEAL

Mick Marlow, who is serving a one-year jail sentence for writing a cannabis grow book, has been denied permission to appeal against the sentence, and thus cannot receive Legal Aid. His family and friends had hoped that with the outrage his sentence provoked he would have been bailed pending appeal by now. His wife Angie is distraught that he’s still in prison. His book, 'Tricameral Sensimilla' was due to be republished in Amsterdam this week, but there have been some hitches.
Marlow can still appeal without legal aid, but it will cost him around five thousand pounds, and the appeal must be registered within a week. Mick and Angie hope that a kindly benefactor will guarantee this sum, so that they can register the appeal, and allow them time to raise the money by donations. Money will be gratefully received at by Angie Marlow, Keeper's Cottage, Flaxley, Newnham, Glos. GL14 1JR
hemp!
22nd June

GRAEME STEEL TIES THE KNOT

Graeme and Lynne, his girlfriend of 11 years, were married at a ceremony at his fathers tower in the Borders on midsummers day. The wedding was attended by family, close friends, and some unwelcome gatecrashers from The Sun. The bride was dressed in ivory-white like a sprite from A Midsummer Nights Dream, and a jazz band played.
The following day the couple hosted a jungle night at their home. Friends, ex-POWs and cannabis activists enjoyed a great party which continued all weekend. Top Scottish jungle DJ, KMC played a great set, as did DJ's from Selkirk's Headrush club.
hemp!


Client Side Active Map - Use Text links below if not using HTML 3.0 compatible browser


© 1996 LCCS ~ ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Space provided by IN2SOUND