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Legalising Cannabis In The UK Will Leave The Working Classes Behind – Just As We’ve Seen In America

420 Warrior

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Legalising Cannabis In The UK Will Leave The Working Classes Behind – Just As We’ve Seen In America | 420 MAGAZINE ®

State-controlled medical and recreational marijuana is positioned as giving ‘safe’ access to ‘healthy’ products. But if we really want to drastically reduce drug trafficking-related violence, we need total decriminalisation

When the home secretary, Sajid Javid, announced that medical cannabis would soon be available on prescription, thousands of patients who rely on illegal supplies to relieve the symptoms of MS, epilepsy and other conditions were delighted. (Although, as Tory ex-minister Mike Penning highlighted in parliament on Monday, patients in need of cannabis have found gaining access to it extremely difficult).

Nonetheless, many recreational users too, have welcomed this as a possible first step towards full legalisation, as recently introduced in the US and Canada.

It is understandable that many celebrate the idea of being able to enjoy marijuana – whether for “medicinal” or “recreational” purposes – without getting arrested. Yet this end could be accomplished by simple decriminalisation.

Before we hail legal corporate cannabis as a positive step, we might pause to consider how state regulation of marijuana dispossesses diverse working-class marijuana workers of a longstanding revenue source.

In the Americas, elite whites now patent the marijuana products that have long served to criminalise and control others, yet this aspect is discussed only in muted tones.

It is no coincidence that traditional marijuana growers and crafters have not been given the right to sell their products legally – criminals are denied rights.

But the stark reality is that black-market marijuana work has been providing indispensable flexible employment that has allowed millions to make ends meet, whether we speak of the so-called “trimmigrants” that flock to California each year in search of marijuana harvest jobs; the “bicycle-delivery guys” that operate in urban centres; or, indeed, the vast number of Latin American citizens that have been coerced into the illicit agricultural sector by US-driven structural adjustment programmes.

Marijuana has long been a global commodity, yet many of the social relationships and services surrounding its use have not yet been organised along capitalist lines.

The black-market marijuana sector is one of the last remaining realms of commercial activity where people who come into contact with one another are not consigned to categories of mere “consumer” and “producer.”

From Canada to the “Emerald Triangle” in Northern California (the largest marijuana-producing region in the US) the reciprocity of the favours, tips, loyalties and bonds that operate among marijuana workers and smokers have been threatened by the advent of state and corporate monopolies.

In the media, replacing trust with regulation is celebrated, as is a projected reduction in “organised crime”.

State-controlled medical and recreational marijuana is positioned as providing“safe” access to “healthy” marijuana products compared to “dangerous” traditional vendors and “polluted” black-market marijuana.

This heavily-charged rhetoric is convenient to politicians and entrepreneurs who favour a state-organised corporate marijuana sector that favours highly capitalised interests, and who wish to distract us from the option of simple decriminalisation, which would also cause a general reduction in violence related to drug trafficking.

Historical precedent suggests that corporate control of marijuana – together and separately from its “medicalisation” – will not necessarily ensure its “safety”.

Modern medicine is a class-making device, wherein the use of increasingly strong-acting and synthesised intoxicants is made respectable for white middle-class consumers.

The re-categorisation of opium as “medicine” in the 19th century, for example, worked to vilify the racialised populations who had provided opium, while new categories of “expert” white professional suppliers developed heroin and, later, highly addictive opioids like Fentanyl.

Meanwhile, working-class users of opium were attacked morally and legally for their “luxurious” use of the substance, just as today’s pot smokers – some of whom cannot afford or gain access to therapists to legitimate their anxiety – are considered “recreational” users.

Then, as now, the middle-classes are granted empathy for their pain, for which opiates or cannabis may serve as “medicine”, whereas the working-class person, whose body is often engaged in pain-inducing physical labour for many hours each day, is understood to use “drugs”.

Those who rejoice about marijuana legalisation often point out that tax revenues from marijuana may be spent on schools, health-care or low-income housing, yet unfortunately there is no reason to presume that tax dollars or pounds will be spent in this way.

In the years since legalisation in the US, there are fewer black people entering prison for marijuana charges, yet black men and other people of colour remain disproportionately arrested for marijuana crimes, whether through felonies that remain on the books or new misdemeanours such as smoking legal marijuana in public.

At the same time, new forms of race and class criminalisation are being developed in the form of housing law. Landlords prohibit marijuana smoking in their rental properties, while municipalities issue fines for pot smoked in public space, re-criminalising working-class pot smokers and turning them into a “cash cow” at once.

Meanwhile, the new moral marijuana entrepreneurs propose to out-market immoral black-market ones by moving operations to South America, because “producing a gram of cannabis in Colombia costs 5 cents, compared to about $1.50 in Canada”.

We are told these legal dealers are “anti-racist” because they call weed “cannabis” not “marijuana” – a Spanish slang term picked up in the US from the 19th century onwards, in a direct attempt to associate the plant with Mexicans.

Changing marijuana laws clearly does not change the fact of white supremacy, no matter how much the notion of “saving black lives” is exploited justify the consolidation of marijuana revenues in the hands of white elites.
 

TorturedSoul

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So grow your own. Problem solved.

It's what millions of people have been doing for decades. Only difference now is everyone and their brother now owns a cannabis seed business... and grow supplies are a lot more expensive than they used to be when people "were only growing tomatoes."
 

Barney86

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If weed is ever legalised for home growing in the uk it wouldnt be as easy as it is for americans.
Were health and safety daft. Thered be that many regulations and red tape to get through itd be mental. Specific, very expensive home insurance policies would be manditory. As would a very expensive liscence and very expensove visits from some sort of regulating authority to make sure youre sticking to the rediculously pokey ampunt of weed the govt have allowed you to grow.

Or the other option is theyll dish out comercial liscencess for their buddies to grow. Then sell it in dispensaries at a grand an oz while ramping up the punishments for home growing as it would then be tax evasion which is a very serious crime.

I honestly reckon the way things are for us now is the best were gonna get. Im in scotland and its basically legal to have a few plants. Only get a 350 quid fine as long as your not taking the piss with it. 2 or 3 plants in a square meter doesnt get you in trouble and should be enough to sustain any toker.
I say we just do nothing and accept it.
It sucks the way things are but itll be out of the frying pan and into the frier.
A bit like theresa mays looming departure.
 

Carmen Ray

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Legalising Cannabis In The UK Will Leave The Working Classes Behind – Just As We’ve Seen In America | 420 MAGAZINE ®

State-controlled medical and recreational marijuana is positioned as giving ‘safe’ access to ‘healthy’ products. But if we really want to drastically reduce drug trafficking-related violence, we need total decriminalisation

When the home secretary, Sajid Javid, announced that medical cannabis would soon be available on prescription, thousands of patients who rely on illegal supplies to relieve the symptoms of MS, epilepsy and other conditions were delighted. (Although, as Tory ex-minister Mike Penning highlighted in parliament on Monday, patients in need of cannabis have found gaining access to it extremely difficult).

Nonetheless, many recreational users too, have welcomed this as a possible first step towards full legalisation, as recently introduced in the US and Canada.

It is understandable that many celebrate the idea of being able to enjoy marijuana – whether for “medicinal” or “recreational” purposes – without getting arrested. Yet this end could be accomplished by simple decriminalisation.

Before we hail legal corporate cannabis as a positive step, we might pause to consider how state regulation of marijuana dispossesses diverse working-class marijuana workers of a longstanding revenue source.

In the Americas, elite whites now patent the marijuana products that have long served to criminalise and control others, yet this aspect is discussed only in muted tones.

It is no coincidence that traditional marijuana growers and crafters have not been given the right to sell their products legally – criminals are denied rights.

But the stark reality is that black-market marijuana work has been providing indispensable flexible employment that has allowed millions to make ends meet, whether we speak of the so-called “trimmigrants” that flock to California each year in search of marijuana harvest jobs; the “bicycle-delivery guys” that operate in urban centres; or, indeed, the vast number of Latin American citizens that have been coerced into the illicit agricultural sector by US-driven structural adjustment programmes.

Marijuana has long been a global commodity, yet many of the social relationships and services surrounding its use have not yet been organised along capitalist lines.

The black-market marijuana sector is one of the last remaining realms of commercial activity where people who come into contact with one another are not consigned to categories of mere “consumer” and “producer.”

From Canada to the “Emerald Triangle” in Northern California (the largest marijuana-producing region in the US) the reciprocity of the favours, tips, loyalties and bonds that operate among marijuana workers and smokers have been threatened by the advent of state and corporate monopolies.

In the media, replacing trust with regulation is celebrated, as is a projected reduction in “organised crime”.

State-controlled medical and recreational marijuana is positioned as providing“safe” access to “healthy” marijuana products compared to “dangerous” traditional vendors and “polluted” black-market marijuana.

This heavily-charged rhetoric is convenient to politicians and entrepreneurs who favour a state-organised corporate marijuana sector that favours highly capitalised interests, and who wish to distract us from the option of simple decriminalisation, which would also cause a general reduction in violence related to drug trafficking.

Historical precedent suggests that corporate control of marijuana – together and separately from its “medicalisation” – will not necessarily ensure its “safety”.

Modern medicine is a class-making device, wherein the use of increasingly strong-acting and synthesised intoxicants is made respectable for white middle-class consumers.

The re-categorisation of opium as “medicine” in the 19th century, for example, worked to vilify the racialised populations who had provided opium, while new categories of “expert” white professional suppliers developed heroin and, later, highly addictive opioids like Fentanyl.

Meanwhile, working-class users of opium were attacked morally and legally for their “luxurious” use of the substance, just as today’s pot smokers – some of whom cannot afford or gain access to therapists to legitimate their anxiety – are considered “recreational” users.

Then, as now, the middle-classes are granted empathy for their pain, for which opiates or cannabis may serve as “medicine”, whereas the working-class person, whose body is often engaged in pain-inducing physical labour for many hours each day, is understood to use “drugs”.

Those who rejoice about marijuana legalisation often point out that tax revenues from marijuana may be spent on schools, health-care or low-income housing, yet unfortunately there is no reason to presume that tax dollars or pounds will be spent in this way.

In the years since legalisation in the US, there are fewer black people entering prison for marijuana charges, yet black men and other people of colour remain disproportionately arrested for marijuana crimes, whether through felonies that remain on the books or new misdemeanours such as smoking legal marijuana in public.

At the same time, new forms of race and class criminalisation are being developed in the form of housing law. Landlords prohibit marijuana smoking in their rental properties, while municipalities issue fines for pot smoked in public space, re-criminalising working-class pot smokers and turning them into a “cash cow” at once.

Meanwhile, the new moral marijuana entrepreneurs propose to out-market immoral black-market ones by moving operations to South America, because “producing a gram of cannabis in Colombia costs 5 cents, compared to about $1.50 in Canada”.

We are told these legal dealers are “anti-racist” because they call weed “cannabis” not “marijuana” – a Spanish slang term picked up in the US from the 19th century onwards, in a direct attempt to associate the plant with Mexicans.

Changing marijuana laws clearly does not change the fact of white supremacy, no matter how much the notion of “saving black lives” is exploited justify the consolidation of marijuana revenues in the hands of white elites.
Big Agri are very opinionated here in SA, and of course, with their well oiled relationships with government and beneficiation industrialists, and the potential to go huge with big-pharma, and those budgets of theirs..... hmmm, yeah. The partial decriminalization and preferential arrangements are making people do silly things. There are activist groups advocating here, for the legislation of "cannabis clubs", in other words offering an opinion that I do not believe is the solution. The language of their proposed document implies that any small industry or friendly sharing situation would be illegal, and their operations would be required to supply stock reports, financials, the lot. So, in their naive idealism, they are inviting the authorities to police micro industry and unofficial entrepreneurs who are unable to purchase extremely limited licensing options that are cost prohibitive. Those licenses specify that the product should be for medical use. Catch 22 though, because then you open yourselves up to further scrutiny and possible exclusion if you do not have any medical qualifications, as I understand it.
 

Carmen Ray

Well-Known Member
If weed is ever legalised for home growing in the uk it wouldnt be as easy as it is for americans.
Were health and safety daft. Thered be that many regulations and red tape to get through itd be mental. Specific, very expensive home insurance policies would be manditory. As would a very expensive liscence and very expensove visits from some sort of regulating authority to make sure youre sticking to the rediculously pokey ampunt of weed the govt have allowed you to grow.

Or the other option is theyll dish out comercial liscencess for their buddies to grow. Then sell it in dispensaries at a grand an oz while ramping up the punishments for home growing as it would then be tax evasion which is a very serious crime.

I honestly reckon the way things are for us now is the best were gonna get. Im in scotland and its basically legal to have a few plants. Only get a 350 quid fine as long as your not taking the piss with it. 2 or 3 plants in a square meter doesnt get you in trouble and should be enough to sustain any toker.
I say we just do nothing and accept it.
It sucks the way things are but itll be out of the frying pan and into the frier.
A bit like theresa mays looming departure.
Oh Gawd yes! Now I remember.... I saw that T.M. will be a gonner in June.... rocky road ahead; wishing you all of the best. Are the stories true that hubby has a marvelous plantation? Maybe she will retire there.
 

Barney86

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Oh Gawd yes! Now I remember.... I saw that T.M. will be a gonner in June.... rocky road ahead; wishing you all of the best. Are the stories true that hubby has a marvelous plantation? Maybe she will retire there.
Not just a massive plantation mate he's a major shareholder in GW pharma. The biggest producer of medical weed on earth. We've been making sativex in the UK for about 15 years. Was 18 companies licenced to grow it last time I checked about a year ago.
 

Barney86

Well-Known Member
But yeah once she goes were really screwed. The replacement options are all a lot worse. All this to save the bank balances of a dozen or so rich guys aswell. Absolutely mental. Literally like 12 or 15 people will really benefit from it all. The rest of us will all suffer.
People slate the US for being crazy but we must look like a bunch of fuckin reprebates to the rest of the world.
 
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