(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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Brighton Cannabis Club: Green Pride 2015

Brighton Cannabis Club New Cover Green Pride V1 CISTA GREEN-01Brighton Cannabis Club is bringing back Green Pride for its second year and is inviting everyone to come along to chill for the day.

“In 2014 we saw over 100 people turn up for the first protestival and the club had only been running for a few months.”

The Cannabis Social Club movement started in Spain and has spread across Europe. The does not like being left behind and it’s time that people “come out” and celebrate and protest civilly and peacefully. The “protestival is a bid to raise awareness to the public of the need for cannabis social clubs and a regulated market.

“This year we want the crowds to be bigger, the music to be louder and the skies to be hazier!”
We have invited the cannabis community to spread their organization’s message to the people of Brighton, with a long list of organisations coming to spread the word against cannabis prohibition. United we stand strong!”

Organisations coming to Green Pride 2015
United Kingdom Cannabis Social Clubs
NORML UK
United Patients Alliance
The Cannabis Quilt UK
NORML UK Women’s Alliance
CISTA
SACC Students Against Cannabis Criminalization

Green-Pride-bEV“Green Pride was a pleasure to attend. Well behaved people attract little attention, and even with plenty of cannabis logo’s about. We were bright and polite”, said Winston Matthews the long term cannabis activist of last years first annual event.  Winston was part of the original Worthing Coffeeshop crew that were open in the early 2000’s along with Chris Baldwin and a good many few others.

“We lost 2 people who attended last year, that cannot attend this year, as they are no longer with us. Sam Dyer and Mike Cutler. These two men, whose use was well broadcast by the media, will be missed, and I hope we find the time to have a couple of mins silence for them”, ­ Winston added.

The club was officially formed with a committee in April of 2014 and has since then started to bring about change to create a real cannabis club to Brighton. Working together with local businesses to bring discounts in local stores to members, including discounts on cannabis related products and merchandise. Members also have access to private toke friendly events based in and around the city and the chance to shape the way the club is run and what it could become.

With over 50 current private members Brighton Cannabis Club has been devoted to increasing the national and local network of people proud to consume cannabis and is dedicated to bringing law reform to the United Kingdom. By joining Brighton Cannabis Club you are showing your support towards the creation of a local cannabis club and the move away from an unregulated market.

Do you think the future of Brighton cannabis Club’s protestival could end up as big as something like Cannabis Liberation Day in the Netherlands, which took place just last weekend. Around 200 people turned up to the first 420 protest in Vancouver in 1995, the next one in 1996 around 500 turned up. Now there event reguarly reaches the 10’s of thousands.

Cannabis Liberation Day only started in 2009 and this is what it looks like now – a full on live stage with reggae artists like Natty! Last year over 100 people turned up to our first Green Pride in Preston Park and only 300 said they were going on Facebook. So far 2.9k of you awesome people have said there coming this year so we have the potentional to set a record for the biggest cannabis protest Brighton has ever seen!

UKCSC are going to be there with their Cannabis Conversation Couch filming for YouTube so you can have your say about the way things are with cannabis in the UK or talk about your club or the green you grow! We’ll see you there.

Please help us start something that lasts for years to come, join us for our annual gathering of cannabis consumers in Brighton the best city on the south coast!

So come join in for a day of music, cannabis, pride and unity and unite against prohibition!

Join the event page here, and don’ forget to tell your friends by giving it a share on Facebook or inviting a few people along.

– Brighton Cannabis Club

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(VICE) This Is How Your Vote Could Affect the Legalisation of Weed in the UK

I took the train up with the Brighton Cannabis Club, one of the largest and most active organisations of its kind in the UK, with 38 paid up members and many more involved informally. The group, which launched officially in January of 2014, offers a number of benefits to its members, including access to secret toke-friendly venues around the city and discounts on all kinds of marijuana merchandise.
Rob Davidson - 420 2015

“We want to establish the club as its own brand in the city, building a network of tokers and working with local head shops to unify and develop the community,” he said as we passed through East Croydon. “It’s about normalising cannabis in the city and, importantly, educating the public, who are often misinformed.”

Read more on the VICE website here.

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(Argus) Club Calls For The Legalisation of Cannabis

WALK through The Lanes on a Saturday afternoon and you may see someone casually lighting up a cannabis ‘joint’.

Members of the Brighton Cannabis Club flout the law in public as part of their bid to make the drug legal.

Chairman Rob Davidson agreed to speak to The Argus about the organisation, which was launched in January.

They already have 40 members and the club is still growing.

Mr Davidson said the club was set up so cannabis consumers and enthusiasts could meet and work towards reform.

The group claims the cost of prohibiting the possession, cultivation and supply of cannabis is a waste of taxpayers’ money and police time.

Mr Davison said: “If prohibition didn’t work for alcohol why should it work for cannabis? “People are persecuted for using cannabis. It is a human rights issue. There is a stigma attached to its usage – it is defined by its illegality.

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