"So long as we have enough people in this country willing to fight for their rights we'll be called a democracy."
"There are 100,000 marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz and swing, result from marijuana usage."
Federal Bureau of Narcotics Chief Harry J. Anslinger
"Distrust all men in whom the impulse to punish is powerful."
In time, we will be London's best cannabis cafe. First, we must change the law.
Britain wants, needs and deserves cannabis cafes, but regretfully, a lot of people fear them. This fear, generated by successive Governments - and others who should know better, means overt law-breaking will not be tolerated. A fact brave individuals in Stockport, Bournemouth and Worthing have learnt to their cost.
Politicians will not lead change until they believe it will win them more votes than they'll lose. The courage of their convictions is diluted by the fear of being labelled 'soft on drugs'. Moreover, without public support any gains made now could be undone by the election of a right-wing Government. It happened in Italy, Switzerland and Denmark. It nearly happened in Holland and it could easily happen here.
Therefore, our approach must be to change public attitudes. This is not as daunting a task as may first appear. All we need do is show our approach is the best way to reduce the harm drugs cause both individuals and society alike. And this site has been established to do exactly that.
Partly this comes through explaining more about cannabis cafes
. Partly it comes through demystifying cannabis
. We want you to get involved
in the debate so we've got a whole area of the site dedicated to that. We also have a news service, updated daily with cannabis related stories from around the globe. You can discuss any issue relating to cannabis on our forums
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We hope you find the information here useful enough to act upon. The only reason the law remains the same is because not enough of us have demanded change.