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The Berkshire Cannabis Community is Berkshires newest and only cannabis community group. Starting from the ground up we hope to facilitate some positive change and be a means of communication for a community that – because of the unjust prohibition of cannabis, has been driven underground .

Being back in California has made me realise that they are so much further ahead then we are ourselves in the UK and it got me thinking why is this? I think that its partly due to the way the political system in the US works, but that the main reason is. And importantly its something we can start to implement in the UK –  a place where we have some huge room to grown on -is the motivation of activists.

Activists in California have mobilised and are much more willing to stand up and speak out against prohibition.  It is because of this i have set up a new community organisation for those in my local area. I really feel it’s about time we started to mobilise out own forces making some positive change on cannabis laws in the Berkshire area. Cannabis is medicine and cannabis is a safer recreational alternative to both of the “Legal drugs” ; Tobacco and alcohol. It is a unjust law that puts a person in prison for a personal choice. No victim no crime. We are in the process of starting bi-weekly meetings in the Berkshire area. Anyone interested should look us up on face book or email me at

Clear cant do this alone Berkshire residents we need your help. Please get in contact with Berkshire cannabis community. Together we can make some change.

On the 14th of September 2011, the Houses of Parliament saw a different kind of visitor, most of whom had probably broken a law – in the last 24 hours. It is fighting against this very law that brought us all together. I was proud to be in the heart of Westminster in the Jubilee Room when the Independent Drug Monitoring Unit’s study Taxing the UK Cannabis Market, commissioned by Clear, was released.

The IDMU were commissioned by Clear to investigate the current size of the UK cannabis market in order to estimate potential tax revenue if cannabis was to be regulated. This is of tremendous importance in current times, with the recession affecting almost every aspect of public spending, never has there a time when the British Government more needs the money that a regulated cannabis market could bring.

The Jubilee room was full and bustling with Medical patients and Recreational users alike, when Peter Reynolds, Leader of Clear, took to the floor. He was followed by Matthew Atha of the IDMU, then Paul Flynn MP – who I must take this opportunity to thank, without him we would never have had the opportunity to release the report in such an austere setting! He was followed by Dr Susan Blackmore and then finally by Jim Duffy from LEAP UK- Law Enforcement Against Prohibition.

I won’t go into detail over what they all said, as you can see the video for yourselves on Youtube, I would fully recommend watching it, and seeing for yourselves how ground-breaking this particular press conference was. For those of you who haven’t heard about Clear, we are Britain’s newest political party, Clear is the only political party dedicated to ending the prohibition of cannabis.  We aim to shed more light on the truth about the ridiculous policy of prohibition.

Cannabis gives hope to thousands of sick people who need it as medicine, but let us quickly come back to the reason we were all gathered in a building from where vast areas of the known world were governed. The Report came to the conclusion that if Cannabis were to be regulated an average 6.7 billion pounds could be injected into the empty coffers of our struggling economy. A boost which I personally think is vital to saving many essential services in the UK.

Never before has there been a better time to show the government just how much money they are literally throwing down the drain. Cannabis is known to have been used for over 5000 years by humans, it is my opinion, one which I share with many experts globally; that it’s about time things got back to the way they are supposed to be.

Please join Clear today and help end the Prohibition of Cannabis in the UK. 

Sign a petition to make MP’s discuss the issue here.

Article written by Clark French

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