Glasgow cannabis enthusiasts celebrate 'green' on city green
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Coinciding with Easter Sunday,Cannabis Social Club's annual event was held on , under sunny blue skies, and overlooking the river . Despite attempting to revoke permission for the gathering at the last minute, police were happy for it to go-ahead with approximately a dozen officers attending in high-visibility vests.
Thereported five arrests were made for minor offences, likely smoking and possession of small quantities of cannabis. Taking a less-sensational — and more accurate — line of reporting, the Monday edition of Glasgow's stated five were referred to the who is responsible for deciding if charges should be brought.
Official figures provided by the police were that 150 attended. With people coming and going, Wikinews reporters estimated upwards of 200 attended, compared to nearly 700 who had signed up for the event on Facebook. Hemp goods were advertised and on sale at the event, and some attendees were seen drinking cannabis-themed .
"I was searched and charged under the(which is a lot of bollocks)" one attendee noted online, adding "not fair to happen on a brilliant day like it was, other than that I had a great day!" A second said they were openly smoking and ignored by police, who "were only really focusing on people who looked particularly young".
Cannabis seeds were openly and legally sold at the event and a UK.supplier brought a motortrike towing an advertising trailer. Actually growing cannabis is, however, illegal in the
With the event openly advocating the legalisation of cannabis, speakers put their arguments for this to a receptive crowd. Retired police officer James Duffy, of, spoke of the failed alcohol prohibition policy; stressing such policies needlessly bring people into contact with criminal elements. Highlighting other countries where legalisation has been implemented, he pointed out such led to lower crime, and lower drug use overall.
One speaker, who produced a bottle of cannabis oil he had received through the post, asserted this cured his prostate cancer. Others highlighted the current use ofby the , with a cost in-excess of £150 for a single bottle of patented spray — as-compared to the oil shown to the crowd, with a manufacturing cost of approximately £10.
- "Glasgow Green pro-cannabis event attracts hundreds of protesters openly smoking in the park" — , April 21, 2014
- "Five reported to the fiscal after cannabis rally" — , April 21, 2014
- UKCSC Scotland, of which the Glasgow Cannabis Social Club is part