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The Hempire News - October 02

Plans for our cafe are advancing. We've found a few suitable locations, have a much strengthened business idea and are looking to open sometime in Spring 2003. Our plans were put on hold in the summer following a meeting at Scotland Yard with two very senior policemen. They made it abundantly clear that a cannabis cafe would be breaking a law they intended to uphold.

We raised the example of a massage parlour. Now I'm sure some massage parlours do give massages. And I'm equally sure many others offer a completely different range of services. The police seem to tolerate this illegal activity for a simple reason. It is better to have it take place in establishments rather than on the street. Surely the same would be true of cannabis cafes?

Not according to the gentlemen we met. Not only do they not tolerate massage parlours ("we investigate every complaint we get") but they certainly wouldn't tolerate a cafe. Nor were they swayed by any of the, surely overwhelming, arguments in favour of one. Nor were they interested in having any further meetings.

Unsuitably chastised we wandered off to lick our wounds and it's taken until now to find a way forward. I hope you'll understand if we don't say exactly what that is yet but I can promise you we are going ahead.
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We've actually done a lot of work to the site in the past few weeks. Most important of all has been an index of all news stories relating to cannabis in the UK. This is a resource we hope you'll be able to use to get the latest information about cannabis, to view opinions about reclassification, to get facts from the latest studies and so on. The battle now is to redress the lies from the War on Drugs. And this can only be achieved with incontrovertible facts. Hopefully our indexes will help you find those.

They come under five different categories; Reclassification, Cannabis Cafes, Opinions & Editorials, Political Views and Miscellaneous News. All can be found here . In addition, there are links to major studies and reports and latest newspaper reports, all within the Cannabis menu (above).
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We also update our news section as often as we can. Latest stories include:

A cannabis cafe in Blackburn, The Real Jerk, has had to close its doors. Not through police action but because of over-popularity. Apparently their take-away business was being compromised by too many people wanting to hang out and smoke. David Wilson has promised to reopen a "bigger and better" place soon.


Sweden has demanded an end to Dutch coffeeshops and the US has threatened to impose effective trade sanctions if Canada liberalises it's laws. What they haven't explained is why they think they have the right to interfere in another nation's sovereign decisions.


Finally, a celebration in honour of 30 years of Dutch coffeeshops will be held in Haarlem on the 29th November 2002. Wernard Bruining, he who opened the first coffeeshop in Holland, will be guest of honour and the party should be well worth attending. As if we needed another excuse to go to Holland.