Sunny Green Pride in Brighton attracts largest crowds ever
By Chris Bovey
Brighton’s annual Green Pride Protestival attracted the largest number of people since the event’s conception five years ago.
Roughly five-thousand people turned up to Preston Park to protest against the UK’s draconian cannabis laws and to openly flout the law by consuming cannabis, despite the presence of the local police.
The weather was perfect, sunny skies without a drop of rain, as people from all walks of life chilled on the grass.
A number of stalls and gazebos were pitched up selling a range of products from drinks, cannabis cosmetics, hemp clothing from THTC, CBD products, including a delicious refreshing vegan CBD ice-cream provided by Bud Buddies, which proved to be one of the most popular pitches in the hot sun.
There was some police presence who clearly had a low-key approach, although a few cannabis warnings were handed out and a number of people ended up in custody for failing a roadside drug test after being stopped driving away from the event.
Rob Davidson, Chairman of the Brighton Cannabis Club which organised the event said it was inspired by the Seattle Hemp Fest and Vancouver 420.
“Cannabis has become decriminalised and legalised in these cities over the last five years, in part due to the efforts of the organisers of those protests, we hope to achieve the same here in the UK,
“Green Pride also aims to make a difference in the UK and open up the debate around changing cannabis laws. It started in 2014 with a small number of protesters, about 100 and has grown hugely since then,” said Mr Davidson.
Jeff Ditchfield, founder of Bud Buddies who opened the first cannabis club ever in the UK back in 2002 and has since devoted his life fighting cannabis prohibition and assisting seriously ill people said: “It was great to see so many people out in force to demonstrate against the UK’s cannabis laws.”
The Green Pride event started at roughly around midday on Saturday 21st July and finished up at around 7 pm, with volunteers picking up all the rubbish leaving the park clean, despite fake news in Brighton’s local newspaper, the Argus stating the contrary.
Darren Rigby, a London based photographer, who specialises in capturing scenes at UK cannabis protests, including the annual Hyde Park 420 and the Cardiff Global Marijuana March that takes place every May.
Here are some of the day’s events in pictures from Darren.