Met To End Lambeth Cannabis Scheme 

Met To End Lambeth Cannabis Scheme 
Posted by CN Staff on July 25, 2002 at 11:14:38 PT
By Sarah Left
Source: Guardian Unlimited
Anyone hoping to spend their summer relaxing in Lambeth, south London, by smoking cannabis in a public park is advised to act quickly: from next week cannabis users will once again face arrest for smoking the drug in the open.The Metropolitan police launched a public information campaign today in Lambeth to warn that a pilot scheme on cannabis will come to an end next Thursday, as police are once again given the power to arrest anyone caught smoking the drug. 
Cannabis smokers in the borough will lose the year-long assurance that they faced nothing worse than confiscation of their stash and a verbal warning for public consumption. The drug never ceased to be illegal during a pilot scheme begun last July, however police officers did not have the power to arrest those with a small amount of cannabis, even if they blew smoke into a police officer's face. From August 1 arrest will be at the police officers' discretion if aggravating factors are present or if the someone under the age of 17 is caught in possession of the drug. "The pilot scheme on the whole was successful, but we need to change a few things," a spokeswoman for the Met explained. "We will on the whole seize and warn as before, but if there are aggravating factors we'll nick you."The acting borough commander, Brian Moore, said: "The aim of this campaign is to clearly explain to everyone in Lambeth that cannabis is illegal and will remain illegal."The Met listed aggravating factors as public disorder in association with cannabis smoking, and openly smoking cannabis in a public place. The latter includes consuming cannabis while driving, blowing smoke in a police officer's face, or openly displaying cannabis in a public place.The pilot scheme was launched last July by Lambeth commander Brian Paddick. It allowed overworked officers to caution those is possession of small amounts of cannabis and concentrate on tackling those possessing harder drugs such as crack and heroin.The status of the drug has caused some confusion lately, particularly after the home secretary, David Blunkett, announced earlier this month that he intends to reclassify cannabis as a class C drug, putting it on a par with steroids and anti-depressants. However those changes are unlikely to take effect before next year. Special Report: Drugs in Britain:,2759,178206,00.htmlSource: Guardian Unlimited, The (UK)Author: Sarah LeftPublished: Thursday, July 25, 2002 Copyright: 2002 Guardian Newspapers LimitedContact: letters Articles:Cannabis Trial Stubbed Out Users Relax with New Law To Let Pot Smokers Off Lightly
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Comment #10 posted by p4me on July 26, 2002 at 08:02:37 PT
The Friday 7/26 edition of pot-tv read this article and at the bottom it cited cannabisnews as the link on the download webpage. They have a way of commenting on pot-tv but they do not match the commentary here. The link to the article of the DEA calling on all Nevada police forces to fight back the forces of sanity was also linked from pot-tv to here. Maybe we should give the link to Friday's show where you can find the list of subjects and the two Cnews links:,2
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Comment #9 posted by The GCW on July 25, 2002 at 19:02:04 PT
openly displaying cannabis in a public place.
Can You imagine a plant actually showing itself in public on its own? Exposing plants in public should be treated worse than exposing genitles in public...Tulips = 2 years; roses=life; exposing cannabis gets the death sentence.freedom fighter, These polls mean nothing, yet they have been consistant in Our favor lately...
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Comment #8 posted by freedom fighter on July 25, 2002 at 18:02:57 PT
Another update!
Another update 58.3%  YES!
41.7%  no....Total votes: 871Of course, polls means NUTHING!:)ff
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on July 25, 2002 at 16:43:12 PT
You're welcome! 
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Comment #6 posted by mayan on July 25, 2002 at 16:22:50 PT
Another Poll Update...
As it stands now -
Yes - 57.6% 
 No - 42.4% Total Votes: 817Thanks FoM!!!
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Comment #5 posted by John Tyler on July 25, 2002 at 13:48:32 PT
Poll update
7/25/2002 4:47 PMShould possession of small amounts of marijuana be legalized nationwide? YES 53.8% NO 46.2% Total Votes: 684 
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on July 25, 2002 at 12:58:45 PT
POLL: Should Marijuana Be Legalized
Should possession of small amounts of marijuana be legalized nationwide? The White House's drug czar has urged Nevada residents to reject a state ballot initiative legalizing possession of up to 3 ounces of marijuana, saying the measure would lead to more drug use. Should possession of small amounts of marijuana be legalized nationwide? Current Result: 51.9% -- Yes 48.1% -- No Total Votes: 626 
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Comment #3 posted by VitaminT on July 25, 2002 at 11:51:41 PT
Hey folks!
Here's another source for at least the audio from yesterdays Wolf Blitzer and Cross Fire in case you missed it.
Audio of Stroup and Zeese
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Comment #2 posted by ekim on July 25, 2002 at 11:39:54 PT
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Date: Wed, 24 Jul 2002 15:52:28 EDT
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Comment #1 posted by Windminstrel on July 25, 2002 at 11:17:16 PT
not a big deal, really
What's the problem here? No public smoking? In most places in the US it's not legal to drink in public either. Not a serious setback for legalization imnho
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