420 protests UK April 2019

420 protests UK April 2019

By Chris Bovey

It’s that time of year again, the big 420 protests that fall on the 20th April every year.

Thousands have turned up at London’s Hyde Park, more than usual because of the nice weather and it’s fallen on a Saturday during the Easter holiday weekend, making it the biggest 420 events ever held in the UK with an estimated turnout of 30,000.

420 is, of course, a place for people to convene, have fun and openly break a stupid law by sparking up a joint or vaping some weed or eating a space cake in public. There’s not much the authorities can do about this, as there are too many of them, so apart from the token warnings that a few unlucky sods will get from the police. The organisers always clean up afterwards and a splendid time is guaranteed for all.

In some parts of the world, 420 is now just a fun festival. The job is done, recreational weed is now legal in Canada, one of the richest countries in the world and in much of the USA. They don’t need to protest in those places, they won, the law is changed.

Change is happening all around the world. If countries have not fully legalised, our preferred option, many have decriminalised cannabis, like Spain, Portugal, Czech Republic and much of Latin America.

Luxembourg is set to be the first country in Europe to officially legalise cannabis, as it’s not technically legal in The Netherlands, just tolerated. New Zealand is to hold a referendum on legalising cannabis, which polls suggest is almost certain to pass; the Kiwis do have the highest percentage of marijuana consumers per head of population than any other country.

420 logo image with cannabis leaves.

2019’s 420 protests were the largest Britain has ever seen thanks to the lovely weather.

Not so lucky in the UK, people are celebrating 420 cannabis culture, as well as protesting against these ludicrous and cruel laws.

Cannabis is still very much illegal in the UK, despite some botched changes to the law last year by the Tories to give the illusion medical cannabis was being legalised in the UK, due to bad media publicity concerning kids with rare forms of epilepsy.

As we like to remind people here at Feed The Birds, the only people allowed to grow or produce medical cannabis are those with dodgy connections to the highest echelons of the Conservative Party, including the husbands of both Theresa May and her Drugs Minister, Victoria Atkins. They’re part of a huge 45-acre grow-op in Norfolk England with thousands of plants, making the UK the world’s largest exporter of legal pot.

To legally cash in on cannabis in Great Britain you have to have a Home Office license, which is controlled by the Tories who only grant them to their own kind.

If you are someone like Harry Martin who got caught with a mere 16 plants you could end yourself up in front of a moron like Magistrate Stephen Ewins who will hand down a sentence, as well as lecture you with his own ignorance about cannabis with silly and untrue claims that cannabis will lead you to lose your friends, family and job.

So that’s another 420 over, people will go home happy and continue to consume cannabis despite the law. A few will get caught, the smart ones will refuse the cautions or guilty pleas and opt for Crown Court trials, which cost a fortune, they simply do not have the resources for thousands of minor weed cases in Crown Courts. That’s why they always pressure you into making a guilty plea in a Magistrates Court where wankers like Magistrate Stephen Ewins can get a hard-on by dishing out fines and unpaid work orders, as well as offering his ill-informed views on cannabis.

We know there are a few million regular cannabis consumers in the UK, if they all turned up at a police station with a doobie instead of having a smoke in a park, it would very soon be legalised over here. Next year’s 420 in the UK would be a celebration of our wonderful cannabis culture and we wouldn’t need to protest about unjust laws criminalising people from consuming a medicinally therapeutic and safe plant.

Chris Bovey, writer and musician.

Chris Bovey is a businessman, writer, artist, musician and practical joker. He lives in Devon with his partner, two children and cat. You can follow him on Facebook or Twitter @ADHD_BadBoy.

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