Super Stoner Saturday Sessions: A Summer Social Experiment

On a Saturday in Brighton you may have been one of the lucky ones to know what was going on and got a chance to attend. A lot of you would have been unfortunate and probably did not even know about it but  Brighton Cannabis Club took it upon them to try someth6tag-1229615409-1047694021402979189_1229615409ing new in Britain. They decided to hire a venue and open it up to cannabis consumers to consume freely, where prohibition would be unenforced. A community gathering of like-minded individuals shared the experience of being able to consume without fear of persecution or prosecution. This happened on a Saturday, once a month to see what would happen during the summer of 2015.

Would the police intervene? Would the people living in the residential area not approve? We didn’t know but we decided to continue on with and see what would happen.

Our first session started in May and we also invited Cherry Haze Medibles along to run a stall for the day. Invites had been sent out to the existing club members, cannabis reform activists and members of the cannabis industry. We were not sure how many people would turn up at first. Was a consumption venue an attractive idea to the cannabis community?

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The doors opened at 3pm and people started flowing in and we were taken by surprise at the interest we had received for something that had not been widely publicized. Not before long the venue was almost full and every seat was taken! For us it showed that there was demand for a cannabis club in Brighton and the need for more around the country. People had traveled from neighboring counties and cities to travel. Just to be able to consume freely at a venue that did not believe in prohibition. We decided to continue on and organise another session. We called these the “Super Stoner Saturday Sessions”.

 

People had already heard about our first session and the word was spreading, somewhere you could toke freely and meet people who enjoy cannabis as much as you do. We all want the same thing, the end of cannabis prohibition. We decided to start things a little earlier this time, and open the doors at 2pm. We also organised for a local chef to cater Jamaican food the event. We didn’t know if people would be interested in coming back, or whether the demand was there but all we could do is try and find out.6tag-1229615409-1072444981350132441_1229615409

It didn’t take us long to find out but the answer was quite obviously yes. People were turning up before the doors were even supposed to open and not before long, about 3pm the venue was full. More and more people turning up wanting to enjoy a different experience from the regular events you go to. A cannabis friendly social gathering in a private location away from the public.

After this we went and held a 3rd session towards the end of summer, the club decided that we had to take a stand and stick two fingers up to prohibition. We held two successful events without the need for council/police involvement and the open consumption of cannabis. For us the cannabis social club model felt alive and kicking in the heart of Brighton.

People had travelled from Scotland and Leeds just to be a part of the experience. A lady came all the way from Cornwall to buy some medibles from Cherry Haze to help alleviate a medical condition. She could not find the quality of medicine that some very ill patients need in this country and needed to meet people who might be able to help. They do not get the support they need from the NHS and have to look for alternative medicines to combat there illnesses. The same happened again, by 3pm the venue was packed full of people!

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By the end of summer we had increased our number of club members from 50 to 110. Brighton Cannabis Club is a growing revolution and we want you all to be a part of it.
We believe the Cannabis Social club model is the way forward and our sessions are a proven testament to that it works in the UK. The Spanish went ahead with there model and we are going to do the same. So please help us and join the growing revolution!

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(UKCSC) Large Crowds Celebrate Green Pride: Brighton Cannabis Club

Green Pride saw its second annual gathering in Preston Park on July 4th 2015 and saw approximately 1,500 cannabis enthusiasts coming out and celebrating the fine weather and some fine herbs. No Police Intervention at Green Pride – See you next year (2016)!

Patients feel like they are accepted into society more than anywhere else amongst the cannabis community that does not judge them and makes them feel more human.

Prior to Green Pride Brighton Cannabis Club member and UKCSC President Greg de Hoedt had a short conversation about the event with BBC Sussex’s Mark Carter which you can listen to above. He highlighted the attendance of many medicinal cannabis consumers that were coming out to show their support for the change to cannabis laws.

Rob Green PrideSpeaking with Rob Davidson, Chairman of Brighton Cannabis Club at Preston Park just before 4.20pm he said, “The people of Brighton want cannabis to be accepted and normalised within society, and this proves it” and waves his arm over to the some 1,500 people sitting proud for cannabis.

Green Pride 2015 was a huge success, for its second year running it managed to increase the numbers from 100 attendees in 2014, to over 1,500 in 2015. This shows a big margin of increase in attendees and shows that the people want real change in Brighton.

And it’s not just Brighton cannabis consumers that came out to part take in a little bit of passing to the left. New clubs have already been inspired to form from Nottingham, Tottenham and Leeds after travelling down to see if the grass really is greener on the south east coast.

Green Pride 2015 brought out cannabis fans from many parts of the UK who prefer cannabis to alcohol or tobacco. I use cannabis as medicine for fibromyalgia, autism and spinal injuries, if it wasn’t for that I would be on Tramadol and other heavy opiates which are damaging to my body and cost the tax payer money.  – Edison Carter

With minimal police presence the event continued on for 7 hours with 0 arrests and the substance consumed freely. Mr Davidson commented on the tolerant approach from the police and community support officers.

At the start of the event a patrol vehicle pulled up and two female CPSO’s greeted those there ready to set up for the day just asking what organisation are going to be attending and the number of people we expected.

The purpose of the protest is to show how criminalising cannabis consumers is a waste of time and it seems as if the police/council in Brighton must agree with us too. – Rob Davidson

The amount of civil disobedience was not taken lightly. There were some pretty large joints rolled for communal purposes passed around large social circles which had everyone smiling. A lot of people were vaporising and sharing their different toker technology, and it stood out this year just how much the Brits have taken to vaping both of the herb and e-juices.

Samson AKA Black The Ripper came down and plastered everyone with his Dank of England Tees that were flying off the gazebo shelf. His presence was truely appreciated by the BCC team and always have a good time when he comes along puffin tuff as per usual.

European Hash Oil competition medalist Team 10 Extracts also decided to make his way to the coast with the most (dank) and we look forward to seeing him at one of our future Super Stoner Saturday Sessions in teh coming months which have been growing in popularity.

We caught up with Stacks of T10 after the day had wound down and he had this to say about it;

I hope to see more events like this rising towards the future. Great environment, super friendly crowd and even the police had a smile on their faces. Big respect goes out to the BCC for hosting and bringing legalisation a step closer. Let’s free the plant people!

Since Green Pride, Brighton Cannabis Club have held yet another very popular session and will continue to bring to the members what they want – the right to consume and a safe social environment in which to do so.

Brighton is a very progressive city, their Green Council proposed a model to regulate the sale of cannabis, the Cannabis Social Clubs however, are sliding in under the radar and doing what has needed to be done since the last coffeeshops closed over a decade ago.

Keep up to date with all things Brighton Cannabis Club with their website, facebook, twitter and instagram.

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