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BY SARAH CHALK
I guess we all have a good idea about what we would call our “ideal job” and I’m sure that some of you reading this would totally agree that working in a cannabis café would be pretty ideal. I mean, imagine being able to go to work every day, smoke some damn fine cannabis, meet some really interesting people, and be part of a great community? Well this is my story……….
Back in the spring of 2002, life was hectic for me. I was just a normal housewife, with a great hubby and four fantastic sons and my days were filled with the normal day to day things that any other housewife experienced. It was a Thursday morning, and I was browsing my local paper, when I came across an article. It was about this guy who had opened a head shop in the town centre. He was quoted as saying that he wanted to open a Dutch style cannabis café at the rear of the shop, but couldn’t do that because of the draconian laws surrounding cannabis in this country. I remember saying to Keith, my husband, what a great idea I thought it was, and so I More >
By Derek Williams I’m not an anarchist, but I’ll be honest I’m one of these people who have very little respect left for politicians. It wasn’t always so, for most of my life from late teens to late 40?s I was always a member of a mainstream political party, I was one of those people who would trudge around streets stuffing leaflets through letter boxes and I believed, deeply and sincerely in the democratic process. But over the past 10 or 15 years, my faith in the system has been seriously undermined by the type of people we’ve been stupid enough to elect to office. One such person is Anne Milton, the Minister in charge of the Dept of Health. She is willing to toe the party line and to write the most ignorant rubbish in defence of it.
What all this is about is my request to the government that they run a campaign aimed at cannabis users to encourage safer methods of use. The most obvious advice they could give to cannabis users is not to smoke with tobacco, I am asking them to run something similar to TokePure. Now it’s important to understand what I’m asking for, I am More >
Many people in the UK believe the same as do – that cannabis is a benevolent herb, unjustly demonised by our press and Government. But the majority do nothing about it, hoping that one day the laws surrounding cannabis will change.
But we need as many people as possible to stand up and fight for our right to use cannabis, and to grow it for personal use. If you take a look at the United States, where they have a full-fledged medical system, you’ll see that they had to fight hard to gain that right. It took activists countless hours of protest and going to court to persuade people that cannabis had medicinal benefits. Now over there, it is widely accepted, yet here the majority of our doctors, politicians and other people in positions of influence view it is having “no medicinal properties in its herbal form”. This is rubbish.
So how can you get involved?
Social media is a great tool – sites like facebook and twitter give you a platform to reach a lot of people. This blog and ISMOKE Magazine wouldn’t be what they are today without a big help from my relentless campaigning through the aforementioned social media sites. More >
et·y·mol·o·gyNoun/?et??mäl?j?/ The origin of a word and the historical development of its meaning.
I stumbled across these on Wikipedia while doing research for my article “The Many Uses of Hemp Part 2″. They’re worth a read, so I’ve reposted them here.Cannabis (etymology) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The plant name cannabis is from Greek ???????? (kánnabis), via Latin cannabis, originally a Scythian or Thracian word, also loaned into Persian as kanab. English hemp (Old English hænep) may be an early loan (predating Grimm’s Law) from the same Scythian source.
The earlier etymology is unclear.
Semitic etymologist Sula Benet has indicated the origin, Hebrew ?????????? (qannabbôs)kaneh bosm: Benet, aka Sara Benetowa of the Institute of Anthropological Sciences in Warsaw is quoted as saying:
The astonishing resemblance between the Semitic ‘kanbos’ and the Scythian ‘cannabis’ lead me to suppose that the Scythian word was of Semitic origin. These etymological discussions run parallel to arguments drawn from history. The Iranian Scythians were probably related to the Medes, who were neighbors of the Semites and could easily have assimilated the word for hemp. The Semites could also have spread the word during their migrations through Asia Minor. Benet — in Book of Grass
The word ‘gan-zi-gun-nu’ is referenced from stone tablets (dating 700BC) that indicate a connection with eastern and near-eastern terms for the plant, (‘gan-zi’->’ganja’,'gun-nu’->’qaneh’). This More >
This is the time of the month when I begin working on ISMOKE Magazine, writing, designing and receiving work from my featured authors to put in the next issue.
ISMOKE Magazine is undergoing some great changes over the next few issues, and will become a more structured, more professional and more consistent publication which will keep readers coming back for more.
So I’m all ears… Is there something you’ve been waiting to see in the mag, but haven’t seen yet? Or do you have an excellent idea for an article, either that you would like to see written or would like to write yourself? Each month will have a dedicated readers section where the best articles that are submitted get published.
The aim is to make as many people as possible listen to our cause. Cannabis shouldn’t be illegal, and the current system clearly creates a lot more problems than cannabis ever could. For this reason, an assessment of current drug laws are needed, with medicinal and recreational access to cannabis un-restricted to adults in the UK. It is inevitable that this will happen eventually, but a shame that prohibitionists still cling on to bullshit psychosis studies and say that cannabis doesn’t More >
Now as you’re probably aware, I’m working on a new section in ISMOKE Magazine where readers write in and have their letters to ISMOKE published in the magazine. This is a great opportunity to get your questions, views, opinions or suggestions in the Magazine. The letter of the month will also be featured on ISMOKEHERB, giving you even more stoner fame!
Please write your letters to firstname.lastname@example.org – starting with Dear ISMOKE, then writing whatever is on your mind.
Your support, as always is much appreciated. Without all the helpful stoners and readers ISMOKE Magazine wouldn’t even exist!
I look forward to hearing from you,
ISMOKEHERB and ISMOKE Magazine Noted as New Voice for Cannabis Users Nationwide
At an undisclosed location, UK (11th April 2011) – ISMOKEHERB is a cannabis blog created by Nuff Said. The blog focuses on the state of current cannabis laws in the UK, taking a particularly strong standpoint on the medicinal benefits of the drug which is currently scheduled Class-B in Britain. “It was created to help educate the masses about the benefits of cannabis” stated Nuff Said, owner of the blog. “I believe we’ve got a genuine case to get the laws surrounding cannabis changed, especially in light of its medical uses. I know people who couldn’t live without it, but are forced to become criminals just buying their medicine.” ISMOKEHERB was created in August 2010, and has since developed into a hub for the British cannabis community, being featured on several other cannabis websites for example the old Legalise Cannabis Alliance site, UKCIA.org, The Cannabis Cures Podcast and HailMaryJane.com.
ISMOKE Magazine developed from ISMOKEHERB, and embodies a significant part of the pro-cannabis movement in each issue. With articles from prolific authors such as Peter Reynolds, Jason Reed A.K.A HomeGrownOutlaw, Cure Ukay and Clark French(and of course Nuff himself), plus a host More >
You may be following the Write To Jeremy Kyle campaign that I started back on 13th March. I was happy to see when I opened my inbox this morning that Peter had emailed me a response that he had got from the show for his letter.
Peter’s letter said:
I am the leader of Cannabis Law Reform (CLEAR). We are Britain’s newest political party.
Our aims and objectives are: To end the prohibition of cannabis. To promote as a matter of urgency and compassion the prescription of medicinal cannabis by doctors. To introduce a system of regulation for the production and supply of cannabis based on facts and evidence. To encourage the production and use of industrial hemp. To educate and inform about the uses and benefits of cannabis. It seriously concerns me the way that you treat cannabis users on your show. I would welcome the opportunity to put our case to you in person.
His response came from the supervising producer of The Jeremy Kyle show:
Thank you for taking the time to email The Jeremy Kyle Show. We appreciate all feedback from our viewers.
As you will have seen on the show, Jeremy does have strong views on the More >
You may remember from a recent blog post that I started a ‘Write To Jeremy Kyle Campaign’ in order to express the views of the cannabis community on Jeremy Kyle’s ignorant attitude towards cannabis. I recently received a response to the letter that I sent to Jeremy Kyle (see post here: http://www.ismokeherb.co.uk/cannabis/jeremykyle)
To whom it may concern:
Thank you for your email to the show, the content of which I have noted. We do a full past history with all guests but this is confidential information and not talked about on the show.
Not exactly the response from the man himself that I wanted, but I suppose I should have expected as much. Neither does the response even mention cannabis, the subject of my letter. I do thank Kate for taking the time to respond to me, however, I’m sure she is just doing her job!
Maybe more letters to the show are needed! Please email Jeremy Kyle with your views on his attitude towards cannabis:
A brilliant letter by a medical user, good friend, ISMOKE Magazine Featured Author, Cannabis Blog Writer and well-known activist; none other than Mr. Jason Reed A.K.A Homegrownoutlaw, as part of the Write To Jeremy Kyle ISMOKE Campaign. Please take part and write a letter yourself in an attempt to inform Jeremy that his views on cannabis are at the very best misinformed and very outdated.
Dear Jeremy Kyle Show,
I write to address a contentious issue.
My name is Jason Reed, I have recently appeared on the BBC regarding my medicinal use of cannabis. Please view the clip here with Professor Nutt speaking after me:
I confess, I am not a viewer of the Jeremy Kyle show, but I often get to read, hear; and engage in the backlash that inevitably comes with Jeremy’s flippant comments on cannabis.
I would like to bring to your attention the very real and hellacious plight that comes from being a UK medicinal cannabis user. I, like many others, believed all I had previously come to know of cannabis from newspaper headlines and such. Being disabled since the age of 8, and with a legacy of prescribed medications that – at times – have turned me blind, numb and More >
This is part three of the story but, in a way, it’s just the beginning.
The story is our prime minister, David Cameron, the leader of our country and his recent interview about cannabis. It was on Al Jazeera in association with YouTube and is one of a series of interviews with world leaders. You can watch the video and read the previous parts here:
So I wrote to Mr Cameron asking for a meeting about several factual inaccuracies in his answers. I know that many of you wrote in support.
There are four crucial issues involved:
Mr Cameron said that cannabis is:
2. “very, very toxic”
3. “and leads to, in many cases, huge mental health problems”
And then, with regard to medicinal cannabis, he said:
4. “That is a matter for the science and medical authorities to determine and they are free to make independent determinations about that.”
Now these are all inaccurate and false statements. Mr Cameron is, at the very least, misinformed. Clearly, there is an absolute obligation on him to correct these errors and to do so immediately.
When I hadn’t received a More >
Peter Reynolds, the newly elected leader of the Legalise Cannabis Alliance has written a letter to David Cameron in response to his answers during the recent Al Jazeera World View YouTube interview.
He has also invited you to write a letter to Mr Cameron, and the post about it can be found here: http://peterreynolds.wordpress.com/2011/02/26/dont-let-cameron-get-away-with-his-untruths-about-cannabis-write-a-letter/
Below is my letter to the Daily Mail in response to stories involving a biased view on cannabis. Please write to them at email@example.com to share your views on the subject.
Dear Daily Mail,
I find it hard to describe some of the approaches that you take when it comes to stories involving cannabis, for example http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-1347546/Arizona-shooting-Jared-Loughners-smile-says-fear-little-packets-madness.html – where a serious event is blamed on on the fact that a crazed man happened to be a cannabis smoker – ignoring key other factors which are much more likely to be the cause of his actions.
Cannabis is not ‘the little packets of madness’ that you suggest it is, on the contrary it is, if anything, a safer alternative to alcohol. As a daily smoker, I find my self in better health that people who choose to drink – cannabis does not stop me partaking in any activity which I would otherwise have participated in if I was not ‘stoned’. I, like many regular smokers, find that it actually enhances my life, creating inspiration (see my blog) and making boring little things in life seem better.
I have also done my research, and know for a fact that cannabis is nowhere near as bad as More >
I recently came across an article about how nine former administrators of the DEA are attempting to get Barak Obama to sue California if they legalise cannabis for recreational purposes. What a joke. I am reminded vividly of the recent South Park 2-part episodes “200” an “201”, in which Tom Cruise and a bunch of other celebrities threaten to sue the whole town of South Park after Stan calls Tom Cruise a “fudge-packer”. If successful, it will be a sad day for protester against cannabis prohibition world-wide. I have posted the article below:
As California voters gear up for a November 2 vote on Proposition 19, a ballot measure that would legalise the growth, possession and distribution of marijuana, nine former administrators of the Drug Enforcement Administration have issued a preemptive call to the White House: If Prop 19 passes, they say, President Obama should sue.
The Associated Press reports that in an August 24 letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, the former DEA officials wrote that the potential legalization of marijuana would challenge federal authority and merit a lawsuit against the state – much like the one Mr. Obama has filed in protest of Arizona’s controversial immigration law, which the administration say contradicts More >