Cannabis To Be Consumed Legally In Public Next to Parliament

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Press Release

Hpocrisy Protest BannerNORML UK, the national organisation for cannabis law reform, will be holding a static demonstration close to the Houses of Parliament on the 9th October 2013, commencing around midday. 

The purpose will be to protest the discriminatory laws whereby a medical cannabis patient from Europe is legally entitled to consume their herbal cannabis medicine in the UK, but a UK citizen is not.

The attendees, from both the UK and the Netherlands, will comprise of patients from the Netherlands legally smoking their cannabis in a public space. There will also be UK medical cannabis patients who consume cannabis illegally. NORML will be making the necessary distinction with large banners, which tell the story of each group of patients. Under the Schengen agreement, herbal Bedrocan BV cannabis can be legally consumed in the UK by a Dutch national with a prescription but not by a British patient with a similar condition.

Under current UK law, British patients may only be prescribed Sativex, a whole plant extract of cannabis in the form of a tincture spray, which is too costly for many patients and local authorities.

Joanne Moss, Deputy Director of NORML UK, said: “Cannabis is known to have a therapeutic effect on many medical conditions, including multiple sclerosis, a fact which even Prince Charles has recognised. Every day we see news stories of people who have serious medical conditions being prosecuted for growing their own medicine because they cannot access it via their doctors. Decisions regarding medical treatment should be made between a patient and their doctor, not by a government which recognises Sativex, a whole plant extract from cannabis, as having medical application but not the plant it is extracted from. This is hypocrisy.”

Exact times and assembly points will be announced on the NORML UK website and social media. More information about the issues surrounding medical cannabis, with testimonies from medical cannabis patients, can be found on NORML UK’s website at


Alan currently earns his living working as a self employed electrician in Surrey and has been a recreational user of cannabis for over 20 years. Having studied Spanish and Psychology at Surrey University-Roehampton and Criminology and Sociology at Brighton University, he has an intense desire to actively engage with policy makers, politicians, policy enforcement officers and effect change of the legislation by challenging the current state of UK drug policy. With an extensive background in Sales and Business, Alan has a range of useful skills, knowledge and experience to bring to the UKCSC. Despite having only recently become an activist he has quickly established himself within the cannabis activist community and taken on leading roles to help further the movement. “My main goals will be to increase public awareness through any and all available media, to open up and encourage this debate across all political, social and economic platforms and to network and unite all organisations and individuals with the same common goal, to legalise cannabis for all of its many uses.”

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  • James Marshall

    Can’t wait, hoping to meet yet more great people.

  • Peter Lunk

    Yup I will be attending with my prescription and schengen papers ;)
    Peter Lunk

  • Sandy Forbes

    this is great I use it for medical reasons , wish they would have a protest up here in Scotland as well as there are a lot of people up here use it for medical ,,

  • Kirsty Harris

    One rule for one, and one rule for the rest of us… lets just make it legal! Then maybe the government will chill the feck out!… That is all!