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NEW Home For Cannabis Cure UK

January 24, 2012

Thank you all for the support so far throughout 2011 and into 2012. The news has continued to be exciting and the level of activism is continuing to build up.

This year is most certainly one that is going to be memorable for our community and culture!

Everyone working towards CannabisCureUK would like to invite you over to our new home

We have stepped up our game and are working on plans to keep expanding our mission to spread the truth about cannabis, the science and policy that has left us in the situation we are now in, with growing severity.

Please come and visit, comment on and subscribe to CCUK, we would love to hear form you.

BREAKING NEWS: Cannabis Science, Inc: Cannabis Oil Shrinks “One Of The Worst” Cancers

January 11, 2012

View this story on our New Website 

COLORADO’S pioneering biotech company Cannabis Science, Inc have released graphic photos of a patient, suffering with what their physician described as “the worst case of squamous cell carcinoma cancer” he had ever seen, being healed by cannabis oil administered at home.

From Skin “Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) are the second most common form of skin cancer and are very small usually when they are first noticed. It is an uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells arising in the squamous cells, which compose most of the skin’s upper layers (the epidermis). SCCs often look like scaly red patches, open sores, or warts; they may crust or bleed. SCC is mainly caused by cumulative UV exposure over the course of a lifetime. It can become disfiguring and sometimes deadly if allowed to grow. An estimated 700,000 cases of SCC are diagnosed each year in the US, resulting in approximately 2,500 deaths.”

Cannabis After Radiot-Therapy Session

The first pictures released by Cannabis Science, Inc. show a tumour protruding the skull with two sinus-like holes in the top. Cannabis extract was then applied in and around the holes and to all of the surrounding tissue on the scalp whilst the patient was undergoing radiotherapy treatment which can be seen in the second photos. This kind of extract which contains cannabinoids such as THC and CBD is more commonly referred to as “hash oil” or “concentrate” in the fledging regulated cannabis industry in Colorado, most particularly, Denver. Colorado made it legal for patients with qualifying conditions, after citizens used ballot initiatives and petitions, to use Cannabis to treat their symptoms. MS, chronic pain and nausea are all qualifying conditions, not just life threatening ones.

Claims of cannabis’ ability to shrink tumours have been made for many years, but within the last decade the anecdotal evidence has stacked up to the point that pharmaceutical companies have started taking these claims more seriously. GW Pharmaceuticals, who are set to go global in 2012 with their cannabis tincture spray Sativex, are currently Phase III trialling their oromucosal mouth spray for cancer pain in both the UK and the US. It is already prescribed to a select number of MS suffers in parts of the UK and in continental Europe in countries such as Italy, Germany, Sweden and even Czech Republic this year.

What is visible in the next set of photos is what has been described as the cannabis oil being drawn out of the wound and, in the words of Cannabis Science, Inc., “killing the cancer cells from these lesions”. If this is “killing” the cancer cells then surely this must be an indication that the anecdotal claims and evidence that we have seen more of in the press so recently and many times in 2011, shows that cannabis does cure cancer.

Cannabis oil killing cancer

Back in 1974, researchers at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond inadvertently found the THC slowed the growth of cancer cells in mice with cancer of the lung, breast and a virus-induced leukemia. Their funding ended since the original goal was to determine its harmful effects to the immune system. In 2000 Guzman and his research team in Madrid, Spain demonstrated that injected THC could shrink or destroy brain cell tumors (Glioma) in rats. The 1974 studies were never published and in recent years there has been little coverage in the U.S. about Guzman’s work.

In 2006 a Canadian man by the name of Rick Simpson dropped the film Run From The Cure on the cannabis world with claims and a full video guide of how to make a cure for cancer from whole plant cannabis extract. Since then he has become a modern icon for the movement and his video has been used to help reach hundreds of thousands, if not millions, who need help to treat not only cancer but diseases affecting every part of the human system. He is now on the run as a fugitive from the DEA of America.

 For the full story goto:

Cannabis IS Safer than Tobacco: Science Reveals (Again…)

January 11, 2012

On Tuesday, 10th of January 2011 a study – one of the most substantial of its kind, has been released by researchers at the University of Alabama, California and San Francisco in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Dr. Stefan Kertesz

The Federally funded study “Association Between Marijuana Exposure and Pulmonary Function Over 20 Years” which took place over a 20-year time period”

has concluded that smoking cannabis once a week or even more does not harm the lungs, The Associated Press wrote.

The study mimics smaller ones carried out previously similar to that of Dr. Donald Tashkin, a medical professional whose name may and should ring a bell with some cannabis truth enthusiasts. Although he did not take part in the study he said “It’s not clear why that is so, but it’s possible that the main active ingredient in marijuana, a

chemical known as THC, makes the difference. THC causes the “high” that users feel. It also helps fight inflammation and may counteract the effects of more irritating chemicals in the drug” as an answer to why cannabis does not carry the same problems seen in tobacco users.

Dr. Donald Tashkin, is a marijuana researcher, professor of medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles has studied the effect of cannabis on lung cancer. Here is an interview conducted by Dr. Bob Malamede of Colorado Springs University. Tashkin reveals that there is even some indication of evidence in reduced cancer rates in those who use cannabis over those who smoke neither tobacco or cannabis.

Unlike cigarette smokers, marijuana users tend to breathe in deeply when they inhale a joint, which some researchers think might strengthen lung tissue. But the common lung function tests used in the study require the same kind of deep breathing that marijuana smokers are used to, so their good test results might partly reflect lots of practice, said Kertesz, a drug abuse researcher and preventative medicine specialist at the Alabama university.

One of the co-authors, Dr. Stefan Kertesz, suggested that there may be another reason for the better than expected results, the possibility that the nature of smoking cannabis and the method of inhaling deeply may have an accidentally beneficial side-effect.

The breathing test that was used in the experiment, a common one, uses similar lung function to that of cannabis smoking something that provides as a good practice. Bongs and water-pipes are much the desired and preferred item among many a toker/average patient.

While cannabis is Federally illegal the study was Federally funded, the analysis was paid for by the National Association of Drug Abuse. It will be interesting to see if it maintains its position on the harmfulness of smoking cannabis.

Smoking Cannabis Concentrates.

America has 16 states that have made exemptions in their state laws to allow patients with qualifying medial problems from being interfered with by the police. The main form of ingestion by over a million patients now is smoked and California was the first to sign into legislation Proposition 215 in 1996. One might imagine there would be reports by now of more significant lung damage being caused if this study is to be ignored.

In Britain and Europe cannabis is usually mixed with tobacco when smoked but in America the cannabis culture and medical community particularly alike have adopted combusting it pure, simply because tobacco is more harmful. It is the sad case in Europe that even those who do not smoke cigarettes fill half of their spliff with part of a cigarette or rolling tobacco, a harm problem inflicted by prohibition for many who do not have enough access to the cannabis they would like or require so it is cut with the more toxic and addictive legal substitute.

“Overall, about 37 percent reported at least occasional marijuana use,and most users also reported having smoked cigarettes; 17 percent of participants said they’d smoked cigarettes but not marijuana. Those results are similar to national estimates.”

With statistics like this it is surprising that The National Association on Drug Abuse aren’t calling for the two to be swapped if there is to be a smoked drug at all.

AP writes, “The study randomly enrolled 5,115 men and women aged 18 through 30 in four cities: Birmingham, Chicago, Oakland, Calif., and Minneapolis. Roughly equal numbers of blacks and whites took part, but no other minorities.”

However, the findings did suggest a slight decline in lung function in cannabis smokers but not enough evidence really to suggest anything significantly damaging. The analysis did note that this may be down to there not being enough heavier users in the test group.

The authors of the study did not recommend that smoking cannabis should be stopped but recommended “caution and moderation when marijuana use is considered.”

When comparing the typical American cannabis usage to that of a cigarette smoker’s daily habit Kertesz says tobacco users smoke an average of 9 cigarettes a day as apposed to the 3 or so joints a month of those using the still Federally illicit substance.

Analysts from NADA highlighted that tobacco use does lead to worse scores than even toking cannabis daily and that is why the choice of hippies, and rappers alike came out looking less demonic than the governments of around the world have made even them to be. Just as they have cannabis.

Arm yourself with the truth delivered by science and take it to the
debating ground whenever cannabis’ cancer causing or lung damaging
properties are claimed. This is the only way to challange the
non-believers and those adamant on spouting and repeating utter reefer

Association Between Marijuana Exposure and Pulmonary Function Over 20 Years

  1. Mark J. Pletcher, MD, MPH;
  2. Eric Vittinghoff, PhD;
  3. Ravi Kalhan, MD, MS;
  4. Joshua Richman, MD, PhD;
  5. Monika Safford, MD;
  6. Stephen Sidney, MD, MPH;
  7. Feng Lin, MS;
  8. Stefan Kertesz, MD
  1. Author Affiliations: Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics (Drs Pletcher and Vittinghoff and Mr Lin) and Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine (Dr Pletcher), University of California, San Francisco; Asthma-COPD Program, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois (Dr Kalhan); Department of Surgery (Dr Richman) and Division of Preventive Medicine (Drs Safford and Kertesz), University of Alabama at Birmingham; Center for Surgical, Medical and Acute Care Research and Transitions, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Birmingham (Drs Richman and Kertesz); and Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente of Northern California, Oakland (Dr Sidney).


Context Marijuana smoke contains many of the same constituents as tobacco smoke, but whether it has similar adverse effects on pulmonary function is unclear.

Objective To analyze associations between marijuana (both current and lifetime exposure) and pulmonary function.

Design, Setting, and Participants The Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) study, a longitudinal study collecting repeated measurements of pulmonary function and smoking over 20 years (March 26, 1985-August 19, 2006) in a cohort of 5115 men and women in 4 US cities. Mixed linear modeling was used to account for individual age-based trajectories of pulmonary function and other covariates including tobacco use, which was analyzed in parallel as a positive control. Lifetime exposure to marijuana joints was expressed in joint-years, with 1 joint-year of exposure equivalent to smoking 365 joints or filled pipe bowls.

Main Outcome Measures Forced expiratory volume in the first second of expiration (FEV1) and forced vital capacity (FVC).

Results Marijuana exposure was nearly as common as tobacco exposure but was mostly light (median, 2-3 episodes per month). Tobacco exposure, both current and lifetime, was linearly associated with lower FEV1 and FVC. In contrast, the association between marijuana exposure and pulmonary function was nonlinear (P < .001): at low levels of exposure, FEV1 increased by 13 mL/joint-year (95% CI, 6.4 to 20; P < .001) and FVC by 20 mL/joint-year (95% CI, 12 to 27; P < .001), but at higher levels of exposure, these associations leveled or even reversed. The slope for FEV1 was −2.2 mL/joint-year (95% CI, −4.6 to 0.3; P = .08) at more than 10 joint-years and −3.2 mL per marijuana smoking episode/mo (95% CI, −5.8 to −0.6; P = .02) at more than 20 episodes/mo. With very heavy marijuana use, the net association with FEV1 was not significantly different from baseline, and the net association with FVC remained significantly greater than baseline (eg, at 20 joint-years, 76 mL [95% CI, 34 to 117]; P < .001).

Conclusion Occasional and low cumulative marijuana use was not associated with adverse effects on pulmonary function.

Will This help the UK media think more carefully or look harder about their reporting on cannabis. In “Should I Smoke Dope” Nicki Taylor is told by a Dr that cannabis causes irreparable holes in the lungs. This Dr has been used in several TV cannabis exposés. This kind of misinformation must stop!


GW: Pharmaceutical Cannabis To Go Global In 2012

January 10, 2012

BRITISH GW Pharmaceuticals are set to make their global footprint in 2012 as they move into Australia, Africa, The Middle East, Asia (not China or Japan) while expanding their business in the areas they have already been able to make an impact in – much of Europe and North America.

Geoffry Guy - GW Pharmaceuticals Executive Chairman

GW Pharmaceuticals this year are starting three Phase IIa trials on patients with diabetes, metabolic diseases and, in the first quarter of 2012, ulcerative colitis.
This means that they are just working with patients to figure out the prescription dose that they will then proceed to give to all the patients in Phase IIb, where they will then determine if the drug has been as effective at this prescribed dose. Phase III trials for cancer pain are currently being recruited for with use of Sativex also. On Executive Chairman Geoffry Guy says;

“We have embarked on a substantial Phase III programme for Sativex in cancer pain, a major market opportunity…”

This means a larger scale trial and how the drug compares to the current ‘golden standard’ treatment. When GW scientists proclaim that a drug with no side effects or addiction is rarely seen in pharmaceutical drugs you can imagine that these trials will probably pass with flying colours.
The British Government also agree that there is a major market opportunity for Sativex. This is why they were granted a marketing authorization before The National Institute of Heath and Clinical Excellence (NICE) have even approved it or the Home Office have taken advice from its advisory council, the ACMD, on how to reschedule cannabis. This process is underway, cannabis medicine is being delivered to patients – but at a large financial cost to the NHS and to very few patients that it is intended for and who desperately need it. Reporting on’s financial section;

GW has delivered another robust set of financial results, with substantially increased revenues yielding a profit for the period and a strong cash position. With Sativex now launched in the UK and Spain, an increasing number of additional European approvals and launches for Sativex now expected and the recent agreement with Novartis to commercialise Sativex across a broad region of the world, Sativex should provide GW with a platform for significant growth in the coming years.

Sativex sales were predominantly lifted by its launch in the UK, Germany, Spain and Denmark during 2011 but it has also been approved in Czech Republic, Italy, with Sweden and Austria expected in the coming months.
A post on in November 2011 read:

In the twelve months to end September, GW posted a pre-tax profit of £2.5 million, below last year’s £4.6 million profit, but ahead of expectations for 2011.’
Revenues reached £29.6 million, in line with revenues of £30.7 million in 2010, as Sativex sales jumped 59 percent to £4.4 million, while milestone income amounted to £5.3 million compared to £11.2 million a year earlier. The group’s cash position has increased from £25.2 million at the end of 2010 to £28.3 million.

Packaging for an emerging new market? Or swapping our cannabis for your cannabis?

Other names in the Big Pharma family such as Novartis and Bayer are being contracted for distribution rights over the cannabis product and GW have now admitted beyond all doubt that Sativex is cannabis, delivered in doses similar to a mild smoked joint. [I will be releasing a story chaining the evidence together to hopefully make this an indisputable fact. Black and white. Side by side. Sativex is Cannabis and you can make it yourself.]
A cannabis withdrawal drug is about to be trialled in Australia, shockingly that drug is Sativex, so we have the situation where a pharmaceutical company is ready to supply the Big Pharma companies – with world-wide levels of distribution – with cannabis, to replace cannabis. Their cannabis, not our cannabis… GW are a global organization with a legal profit of over £2million (before tax – boo hoo poor them) for growing 300 metric tonnes of cannabis in wet weight (thats 30 metric tonnes dried/smokable/extractable).

Beyond Europe, we look forward to working with Novartis to commercialise Sativex in a number of key emerging markets.

As for a major market opportunity for Sativex in cancer I wonder how the patient would feel when they had their house raided, were arrested, traumatized, treated like a criminal and potentially a terrorist, detained in poor condition (remember this is a cancer patient), forced to defend themselves in silence in front of a Judge biased with Western Patriarchal and Political prejudices and then faces 14 years in prison. Surely growing 300 metric tonnes of cannabis isn’t cause for a medical defence?

Well it is if you are Geoffry Guy…

Stay tuned and subscribed for more top UK Cannabis News and exposure of the GW Pharm monopoly.

UK Cannabis Truth & Awareness Posters

December 31, 2011

Take it to your Local Head Shop!

Download & Share. Print & Distribute. Educate & Raise Awareness.

There is no need to feel worried or anxious about sharing information – especially when you can do it anonymously! One of the main things that stops people getting involved with real life activism is not knowing where to start – this is it, and it requires very little effort, money or time. Knowing you have made an impact and a difference is the pay back in the short-term but the long-term reward is the achievement when all of this collective work pays off!

Take a picture of them up and send them in to me so I can share them on this page. If you have a campaign poster that is professional and gets the message across please get them sent in so they can be added for other activists to download and share, print and distribute, educate and raise awareness in their home towns, cities and villages up and down the UK.






UK Cannabis Social Clubs List (UKCSC)

December 31, 2011

2011 saw an explosion in the UK cannabis movement.

Last Updated: 9 Jan 11

This has been down to refusing to keep the subject a taboo any more. We are here and we are proud of what we are, all with the common love of cannabis for whatever purpose but even more importantly we are here to BRING AN END TO THE UNJUST PROHIBITION OF CANNABIS!

UKCSC (Strain: Cannatonic - Grown in West Midlands)

If you have not yet connected with any of the newly established CSCs (Cannabis Social Clubs) please find the one that you fall into. Currently these are just an online presence but as 2012 unfolds I will be releasing information that will help us progress to the next phase. All things have to start somewhere and this is the fruit of a collaboration of work by people all over the UK. If there is no group already in your area why not Grow Your Own Cannabis Community and plant the seed that could start something to make a change! We are all in this together but no one is going to do it for you.

So, in alphabetical order until there are too many to sift through – here is a list of all currently active UK Cannabis Social Clubs. This will be updated as new groups establish themselves and eventually as they grow and the phases are rolled out an interactive map will be introduced to help people physically see us grow on the map of of our little islands. This is a serious strategy to make a change via presence in the UK, we can only be heard if we make ourselves a presence. By creating a network for activists and enthusiasts people can be helped on all levels, politically, medically and socially – everyone’s message can be spread.

Abingdon & Oxford Cannabis Community

Barnsley Cannabis Community

Berkshire Cannabis Community

Birmingham Cannabis Club

Bristol Cannabis Community

Buckinghamshire Cannabis Collective

Derbyshire Cannabis Collective

Devon Cannabis Club (The)

East Surrey Cannabis Club

Essex Cannabis Club

Forrest of Dean Cannabis Community

Hampshire Cannabis Community

Hertfordshire Cannabis Club

Hull Cannabis Club

Isle of Wight Cannabis Community

Kent Cannabis Consortium (The)

Lanarkshire Cannabis Club

Lancashire Cannabis Club

London Cannabis Club

Merseyside Cannabis Club

Newport Cannabis Club

North Yorkshire Cannabis Community

Sheffield Cannabis Club

Sussex Cannabis Collective

Tyne & Wear Cannabis Club

Welsh Cannabis Club

West Midlands Cannabis Community

West Yorkshire Cannabis Collective

There are 92 counties in the UK so ideally we would like to see at least one for each of them (no duplicates please) but already we have “East Surrey” and “West Yorkshire” to show that bigger counties will find more support in localizing the group slightly more. It will also help when future phases roll out and we bring this into the real world.

Thank you for the tremendous support in making this community and movement happen! You are the movement and you are the community, keep it fresh and keep it up to date – your freedom and happiness relies on your motivation!

Please promote YOUR LOCAL cannabis news stories, we must look at what is happening in our area. Please see the posters page for photos to add to your page for people to share and share the link to the page too. Find the Cannabis Support Network UK and if you need help or have anything to offer PLEASE do not hesitate to leave a message on the page, we are providing an open network for everyone in the cannabis community. Safety in numbers.

Cannabis Truth: Save & Share. Print & Distribute. Raise Awareness.

Grow Your Own Cannabis Community!

December 24, 2011

Get connected. Get collective.

The truth is out there now, and it is ever increasing in its social presence. It is down to us to make it even more widespread. Raising more awareness is where the cannabis community needs to start focusing their efforts. Who do we need to make more aware? Everyone! You may be involved with some level of activism already or you may not even realise that there is a community. For those of you that are reading this who consider themselves ‘awake’ to the cannabis situation I’d like you to think back to that moment when you realised…there’s more to this than just smoking weed. People claim that it was reading “The Emperor Wears No Clothes” by Jack Herer that opened their eyes, or watching The Union: The Business Behind Getting High a documentary that took a good look at behind the scenes of the illegal cannabis trade in Canada and the USA. It may have been as simple as seeing a comment on a Facebook story about the injustice behind cannabis arrests or seeing a story about the medicinal benefits of cannabis making life better for someone with a certain illness. There is no need to be ashamed of being a cannabis user or supporter so lets give people the chance to show their green side and pave the way forward to changing the stigma of cannabis users to a more neutral one.

This is a basic guide for those of you out there that want to step up their game and do their part for the cause, and, if you insert a little bit of joy, passion, and initiative into it, you will be able to start something new that could, and I hope will, last long into the future and play a significant role in changing the laws that punish normal people for at the most basic level just possessing a tiny amount of plant matter. The aim of these groups is to make a network in the UK whereby we can strengthen our movement politically, actively, and socially taking into consideration the public that we are trying to convince not to see us as monsters. When we build this net if we fall again it will not be so hard a landing and easier to find our way back to the stash again.

Before you jump the bong and make a duplicate group check the list of already running groups here.

1) Establish your cannabis group. 

  • Come up with a name. This has got to sound good when you say it, read nicely, and shouldn’t be too wordy. It also has to say what it is for example Sussex Cannabis Collective, London Cannabis Club, Wales Social Cannabis Club or Berkshire Cannabis Community; all groups which have been established in the later part of 2011 that look set and steady on growing through 2012 and into the greener clearer future. Let us not forget Kent Cannabis Consortium holding it up over on the east coast!
  • Create a Facebook page as a group or organisation titled with your new group name. I am sure by now you are all well aware of the advantages of Facebook’s sharing and liking facilities so put them to good use and keep track of the figures as they grow.
  • Start a Twitter account. There is a huge cannabis community on the short status social network that has been a great asset in sharing news stories and updates quick with a really large number of people that can help share your stories and tweets more by Retweeting your tweets. Posting pictures of local buds is a good way to get interactive with people and you can use the # key at the front of a word like #weed (known as a hashtag) and anyone following the word #weed will see your tweet in their feed. Probably one of the easiest networks to use, requires very little effort and can yield a great response if you give it the little effort it requires.
  • Get a logo. Image is very important in this day and age. If your logo is shoddy or a doesn’t represent what it is meant to be representing (a local cannabis club) then it isn’t going to be effective in making people want to look a bit further if they see it. This is not to say that it has to be complicated. Most of the groups that have set themselves up are going about by using their coat of arms (if applicable) and then adding a cannabis leaf and the text with the name of the group. Something simple is usually quite effective, especially when social media sites make avatars so small. If you aren’t handy on a graphics program there are lots of people that are and would be able to knock something up reasonably fast.

2)  Set out your aims/identity.

People are going to want to know something about your group so it’s probably going to be a good idea if you put together a little paragraph or two to let people know what your aims are.

  • To create a network and community. This already exists and it is just a case of bringing people together so they know they belong. This shows us we are here and outsiders that we are here and we don’t think anything is wrong with what we do or love.
  • To make people more aware about cannabis and more importantly the TRUTH about cannabis and the TRUTH about prohibition.
  • To be an interactive body that can raise and gain an awareness of the cannabis events in the area. This includes political stories, police raids that have been taking place, reports of contaminated weed around or anything that cannabis consumers should be made known about. When we have no regulation it is important we provide as much help to our fellow herbalists as possible.

3) Making it bigger.

The idea behind this is to grow, to see the numbers or shares and likes go up through the tens, the hundreds, the thousands and then into the multiples and beyond. This is how we know we are reaching more people and it really is quite simple and self serving once you have got a bit of the ground work laid down.

  • Don’t continue to do this on your own as it starts to take off. It could become a drag if you feel like you are the only one to be doing anything. The best way to sort this out is to keep your eye out for people that say they want to help or upgrade someone’s page abilities that have been posting frequently or post good stories. Even that little bit of a confidence boost could spur them on more and make the whole thing step up a notch!
  • Post the latest news stories about cannabis in your area. This is easy all you have to do is set up alerts on the news tab in Google search and when the stories come through you can post them on your page. Local newpapers, national newspapers, radio and anything else is good content and the more of it relevant to your group’s area the better. This is all about localizing the movement.
  • Find out about your MP’s cannabis opinion and political stance (often they will conflict) and keep your members up to date with any correspondences you have with them. Knowing your enemy is good but not knowing that you might have an ally is much worse.
  • Build a rapport with your fan-base and community. Ask them questions in your status’ about the strains they smoke on, ask what the price is in their particular locality or what their stories about local police interactions are. Be creative but make your page a fun place for people to be bothered about coming back to.

4) Generate new media. Content is important.

Eventually you should get to the point where things are starting to circulate. There is only going to be so much content that we can share though and if we want to get people in the know we can’t simply rely on commenting on mainstream media stories. Not everyone is into Facebook or Twitter, or can put that they like cannabis on their page because of work and the unjust stigma we are trying to change. But they might like to read news stories about cannabis every now and then. If you can be the source that they get their news stories from, you are providing the resource for positive change, not only in your area but for the country.

  • Start a blog for your group. There are lots of blogging sites so if you can’t get on with one you will be sure to get on with another. This blog is written in WordPress and the Clear UK website is also based on that platform which makes it a good choice because you can like and follow other blogs which will help strengthen our community more and possibly reach into a new audience on WordPress.
  • Once a week is not much to have to do and it can be a basic post just linking all or some of the cannabis news stories that have been published with a comment about each under the link or a comment about the overall week. Not only does this serve to get information out to a wider audience but it creates a record and archive for us to be able to see where we have progressed from.
  • There are plenty more ways to generate media. Strain reviews from community members might make it interactive if you can let them submit things too. A YouTube account has been a very effective way at getting the word out, especially about personal opinions or just uploading a clip you saw on Police, Camera, Action from your town.

5) Real world interaction.

So we have managed to establish our new cannabis social group on the internet and we are pleased that the likes, shares and comments are coming in. All the while we are reaching an online audience with success, the tokers in your town that don’t care about the internet are being ignored. We need to reach out to them as well, so maybe getting out of your house/comfort zone every now and again if you are able to and putting up posters/flyers and writing to your local papers would go some way to aid this part of the campaign.

  • Putting up posters and handing out flyers. Pick your places – is there a University in your town or city? There might be multiple ones. Clubbing together with a couple of members to get some printed up and meeting to hand out flyers at the campus can go a long way. It can also act as a good team building event and you never know what handy person you might bump into while you are on your activism mission.
  • Put up a notice in your local shops if you feel cheeky enough. The local community board at your village hall might have the open space to post something up. If you face hurdles or denials use them as an excuse to draw attention to the situation. Write to your councilor and tell them you think it is unfair that you cannot put a flyer up on a community board about a community group in your local community. Basics, and it doesn’t have to go into depth.
  • Organize a local meeting. If you are feeling brave and up to it, and you feel like you have enough support in the area you are trying to represent or make a representation for, get together with a group and organize an event at a town or village hall/meeting place. Church hall space? What is wrong with appealing to local groups in our outer community that should be supporting the end of prohibition? Surely the Church cannot support Vietnamese gangs’ human trafficking and child slavery in their town so we should get them to get behind us. The Sheffield Quakers for example have said they support the cause.
  • Bring the Cannabis Truth Road Show to your town!

Sanj Chowdhary, head of the MP’s campaign at Clear – Cannabis Law Reform has written up this fantastic blog on the Clear site to tell you more ways that you can become active in the real world and within your immediate local community. If people can start implementing the democratic processes we have in the UK we might have a speedier chance of getting things changed for all of us for the better than if we are just talking about it too!

Despite these things seeming like a big challenge when you break them down, take them easy, and realise the bigger picture that we do (unfortunately) have time to grow this movement before prohibition ends (and it is only going to end when we grow this movement) it can be done, and with little stress or time stolen away from your usual Facebook refreshing habits. It might not be you that is ready or able to do this task but you might know the person that does want to, or feels that they are ready – well, you might just even know someone that you think is up for the task and has the skills it needs to be done successfully. Share this guide and see if we can start something, it would be good to see a network rise up in 2012 that will help pave the way for the future and the campaigns that we plan on implementing in the near future.