Fighting For Drug Peace Across The Globe, Cannabis University 2018

An International debate about the future of cannabis.
With:
Jules Stobbs, Myrtle Clark (The Dagga Couple), Dana Larsen (Canadian activist, politician, writer) Ben Wise (Filmmaker), Ben Dronkers (founder Sensi Seeds), Kenzi Riboulet Zemouli (FAAAT)

Jules Stobbs and Myrtle Clarke
…better known as The Dagga Couple, have been fighting for the legalization of cannabis in South Africa since 2010. Through the courts they hope to enforce the lifting of the ban. In 2017 their long-awaited trial against the state, ‘The Trial of the Plant’, took place, with a leading role for the English professor David Nutt. With their organizations Fields of Green for All and Join the Queue, they stand up for compatriots who are being persecuted for cannabis.
Jules Stobbs en Myrtle Clarke, beter bekend als The Dagga Couple, strijden sinds 2010 voor legalisering van cannabis in Zuid Afrika. Via de rechter hopen ze opheffing van het verbod af te dwingen. In 2017 vond hun langverwachte proces tegen de staat, ‘The Trial of the Plant’, plaats, met een hoofdrol voor de Engelse professor David Nutt. Met hun organisaties Fields of Green for All en Join the Queue komen ze op voor landgenoten die wegens cannabis worden vervolgd.

Dana Larsen (Canada)
Dana is one of Canada’s best known cannabis activists, the country that legalizes recreational cannabis on a national level this summer. He wrote for years for Cannabis Culture, the magazine of Marc Emery, and was co-founder of the Marijuana Party of Canada, the BC Marijuana Party and the Vancouver Seed Bank. Larsen wrote several books about the plant, including ‘Hairy Pothead and the Marijuana Stone’ and ‘The Pot Puzzle Fun Book’ and gave away millions of cannabis seeds for free. He founded the Vancouver Dispensary Society and leads Sensible BC, the largest Canadian grassroots organization for the legalization of cannabis.
Dana Larsen is een van de bekendste cannabis activisten van Canada, het land dat deze zomer recreatieve cannabis op landelijk niveau legaliseert. Hij schreef jarenlang voor Cannabis Culture, het tijdschrift van Marc Emery, en was medeoprichter van de Marijuana Party of Canada, de BC Marijuana Party en de Vancouver Seed Bank. Larsen schreef meerdere boeken over de plant, waaronder ‘Hairy Pothead and the Marijuana Stone’ en ‘The Pot Puzzle Fun Book’ en gaf miljoenen cannabiszaden gratis weg. Hij richtte de Vancouver Dispensary Society op en leidt Sensible BC, de grootste Canadese grassroots organisatie voor legalisering van cannabis.
Ben Dronkers
Founder of Sensi Seeds, Hempflax, the Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum, Cannabis Culture Awards and sponsor of hundreds of demonstrations, events, action groups, campaigns and organizations in the field of cannabis. Ben Dronkers is a pioneer, a visionary and one successful entrepreneur. His contribution to the international cannabis culture cannot be overstated.
Oprichter van Sensi Seeds, Hempflax, het Hash Marihuana & Hennepmuseum, de Cannabis Culture Awards en sponsor van honderden demonstraties, evenementen, actiegroepen, campagnes en organisaties op het gebied van cannabis. Ben Dronkers is een pionier, een visionair en een succesvolle ondernemer. Zijn bijdrage aan de internationale cannabiscultuur is niet te overschatten.
Kenzi Riboulet Zemouli
Kenzi is a French drug policy reform advocate and researcher at FAAAT (Foundation for an Alternative Approach to Addiction and Substance Dependence) who lives in Barcelona, Spain. He is involved in local campaigns in the Occitania (southern France) and Catalonia (northeastern Spain) regions and is a regular at the CND meetings at the United Nations in Vienna and Geneva and the World Health Organization. He focuses primarily on harm reduction issues as they relate to cannabis and on the cannabis social club model as a health-based approach to cannabis policies.
Kenzi is een Franse activist voor hervorming van het drugsbeleid en onderzoeker bij FAAAT (Foundation for an Alternative Approach to Addiction and Substance Dependence). Hij woont in Barcelona en is betrokken bij campagnes in Occitanië (Zuid-Frankrijk) en Catalonië (Noordoost-Spanje). Kenzi is regelmatig op de CND-bijeenkomsten van de VN in Wenen en Genève en de Wereldgezondheidsorganisatie. Hij richt zich op harm reduction in relatie tot cannabis en op het Cannabis Social Club model als een op gezondheid gebaseerde benadering van cannabisbeleid.

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It’s Darkest before Dawn | Cannabis News Network

Medicinal cannabis is becoming more accepted around the world and various countries are moving towards a health approach instead of a criminal approach. Good news for patients, you would say. But as we’re approaching the point of (semi) legalization of (medicinal) cannabis, the fight isn’t over yet as shown in our latest report It’s Darkest Before Dawn.

CBD

The name, use and benefits of CBD is making headlines and for good reason: CBD oil is scientifically proven to be beneficial for mankind.

Even in countries where the use of cannabis is strictly forbidden, CBD oil can be obtained legally. Sadly enough, that’s not the case everywhere. One of those countries is Ireland, where Vera Twomey (featured in our report on medicinal cannabis in the European Union) has been fighting for CBD oil access for her daughter with Dravet Syndrome.

Licensed Producers

Meanwhile, countries like Canada, Colombia and Germany are moving towards controlled medicinal cannabis programs, handing out licenses to big companies like Tilray in Canada. Or Pharmacielo in Colombia, whose board of directors include former executives from Philip Morris and Bayer. In Germany, their medicinal cannabis program is now up and running. But prices have already doubled since. Because of that, well-known MD Franjo Grotenhermen went on a hunger strike to confront the government with a broken promise. They promised to keep the price of medicinal cannabis affordable.

Raids

But as countries move forward on a national level, raids continue on patients and renowned activists like Jodie and Marc Emery, who are being harassed by law enforcement, seeing their dispensaries closed and having to distance themselves from the Cannabis Culture brand.

In Belgium, hundreds of patients relied on the first Cannabis Social Club of the country Trekt Uw Plant. But after winning in court twice before, they’ve had to endure being tailed, their homes bugged, phones tapped and being GPS-traced for more than one year. This lead to a raid with excessive force by the Belgium Police, raiding 18 homes and making 3 arrests. Two members were finally released after 2 weeks imprisonment. The third was recently released during production of this video. A petition is now making rounds on the internet, demanding a public debate about drug policy in Belgium.

In The Netherlands, famous for it’s liberal drug laws, a successful business man and philanthropist without criminal record, is prosecuted for having 5 cannabis plants in his garden. No longer being able to run his business, Hans Kamperman is losing millions, his faith in society and thus destroying his life.

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Marc Emery & Jodie Emery nominated for a Cannabis Culture Award during Cultiva 2014

During the seventh edition of the Cultiva Hemp Fair in Vienna, Marc and Jodie Emery were nominated for a Cannabis Culture Award! (www.cannabisnewsnetwork.com)

The Cannabis Culture Awards is a special award for those who make a difference, when it comes to the acceptance of cannabis and hemp in all its forms, the world over.

Marc Emery has just been released after a four-and-a-half year imprisonment in the United States for selling cannabis seeds to American citizens. The Canadian cannabis activists have done tremendous work to make cannabis legal in both Canada and the United States.