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Wednesday thousands of people gathered together at London’s landmark park, Hyde Park to celebrate the cannabis date 420.
There the cannabis enthusiasts dodged the Police sniffer dogs in a act of a mass civil disobedience.
The police dogs were kept on the go by the thousands of people who flowed into Hyde Park to celebrate the annual cannabis picnic for 420. Also 20 people had been arrested for a range of different drug offences and a dozen more that had been issued with marijuana warnings.
The Metropolitan police had employed the retrievers by entrance of the royal park's Marble Arch which were just a few hundred yards away from where the crowd which grew in the thousands smoked spliffs and ate marijuana edibles in the act of mass civil disobedience.
Every year this picnic is held on or around April 20th and defied its midweek schedule by drawing in more than 5.000 people. When the clock struck 4:20 the crowd cheer and light up their joints and an extra thick cloud of smoke went up in the air.
For the cannabis enthusiasts it was a real moment of togetherness and it must’ve felt like Christmas for the drug sniffing doggies who had all been rewarded with treats for every suspect they greeted at the police check in point which had been set up to snare the unsuspecting stoners.
At the end of the day an 27 year old lady had been arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a class A substance, 10 people had been arrested for having possession of cannabis and then 12 more were issued with cannabis related warnings , according to the met
The organisers of the event had claimed that they had negotiated a safe conduct zone, where smoking cannabis discreetly would be more or less tolerated before the event had taken place but despite this there arrests and warnings had taken place.
The Police liaison officers which were patrolling the picnic had denied any such arrangement but had conceded that there would be a proportionate response to the protest. One police officer said “We will be leaning more towards cannabis warnings,” and but obviously if we see a high level of criminality – people dealing, smoking bongs – then we will act. There are children around in the park.” and her colleague interjected “Cannabis is still illegal,”
By 4pm and just before the climax of the event the crowds milled around together. Picnickers just lounged in clumps or stood and passing joints and vaporisers, and portable sound systems were playing drum 'n' bass and reggae music. Hawkers sold some cannabis themed tee shirts and some drummers beat out a cool rhythm.
One of those drummers called Ant Hatcher who was with the group Original African Indianz didn’t seem to care whether or not the cannabis was legalised and said “Whether it is or not, it’s always going to be here and people love it,” he said.
“I smoke herb and I mix it with peppermint sometimes. I’m a naturalist, I believe that nature heals. I don’t believe in pharmaceuticals. The herb is a healer. I don’t just smoke it, I eat it as well and I eat the seeds, I drink the powder. I use the oil, I put it on my skin, use it on my hair.”
He then pulled his trouser leg up and said “My socks are made out of cannabis – these are hemp socks!”
Then next to a bright green cannabis club sign flag sat Rob Davidson who said he was there with his mates to “to celebrate our love of cannabis, and take a stand against unjust prohibition laws”.
Davidson who is the chairman of the club has described the local organisation that attempted to find a community as a lead solution to cannabis prohibition said “We don’t want a capitalist takeover of weed,” he said. “We hold private events, which are ticketed, friendly events. We don’t sell or distribute cannabis at the events, but we allow people to come and smoke.”
Stuart Harper, of Normal UK which is a self-styled political wing of the cannabis movement seemed really upbeat about it and said “There’s millions flooding in at the moment,” he said. “There are rich Mexicans and rich Americans over here with millions in investment capital. In the next 18 months there’s going to be a big shift.”
A Slovakian who was at his very first 420 protest said “If they would legalise it I would like to immediately start a business,” he said. “There are thousands of people who are into weed and you can find here people from each area of life.”
Another cannabis enthusiast called Bryannie Laura, 24 from Bedford had said that cannabis needs to be legalised for the good of mankind “I think it’s really important that we legalise cannabis for its medicinal purposes,” she said. “Some of the stuff that’s happened in America is life changing. It can cure cancer”.
“It’s time for change, it’s time to legalise it. It grows in the ground. It’s like magic mushrooms: it makes no sense. I mean, it’s a natural thing”.
“Look at the number of people smoking. It’s going to happen, you can’t squash it. It’s a movement. And the government would make a lot more money if they legalised it – everyone can be a winner.”
On the way out of the event, and by the pelican crossing over park lane a dude with a white goatee and a American accent looked over with a grin and said “Nothing ever changes,” he sighed.
When asked what do you mean by that? He said “You know what that’s about right?” he said. “I was out there in ’78, doing the exact same thing. Nearly got arrested.” But that was decades ago, don’t you think it can be changed?
He laughed. “No.”
It seems England will be the last place to jump on the legalisation bandwagon and we wouldn’t be shocked to see that the whole of America will have cannabis completely legalised and England will still be taking steps backwards instead of forwards.
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