So we’ve reached a tipping point in the cannabis law reform movement. Our friends across the pond have recently seen the first states legalise the recreational use and sale of cannabis, and it’s our turn to kick up a fuss, and have a great time in the process. This event is being organised by NORML UK and the United Kingdom Cannabis Social Clubs, with special help from the London Cannabis Club, but the intention is for people from around the country to join us in both a celebration of our favourite plant, and massive, very public disobedience. The venue of Speakers’ Corner, Hyde Park has been chosen as this is recognised as one of the more famous protest areas in the nation, and the park itself is a really great place to relax and spend the day.
Following the huge success of last year’s event, in which some 10,000 people spent a sunny afternoon enjoying liberty, we’ve decided to do it again, and this year it falls on Easter Sunday, so I think we’ll have no shortage of munchies to boot! The London 420 Cannabis Rally is the largest cannabis event of the year. We’re very pleased to be having some fantastic speakers this year including NORML UK/UKCSC‘s Clark French. Clark is an MS patient and cannabis activist. You may have seen him on BBC, ITV, and Channel 4. We’ll also have Greg de Hoedt and Stuart Harper on stage, along with speakers from the NORML Women’s Alliance.
The nearest tube station is Marble Arch (Central Line), and if you’re coming by bus you might want to choose from the following, or search for yourself on TFL:
- North London: 6, 7, 10, 16, 52, 73, 82, 390, 414
- South London: 2, 36, 137, 436
- West London: 9, 10, 14, 19, 22, 52, 74, 148, 414
- East London: 8, 15, 30, 38, 274
For those coming from outside the city, it needn’t cost an arm and a leg. Sites such as Megabus offer one-way tickets from as low as £5, and typically not more than £9, even from as far away as Manchester. It’s a great excuse to spend a long weekend in the city, so why not crash at a friend’s place and make the most of your trip? If you’re worried about coming alone then check out the Facebook event travel page and you’ll surely encounter others who’re more than happy to show you around and make you feel welcome.
We’re going to congregate at Speakers’ Corner from midday onwards. Beyond listening to speakers and organising a few Easter egg hunts, this is an event for meeting others, sharing smokes, and having a relaxed day in a beautiful setting, but if the mood takes us there could well be a march on some of the cornerstones of the British political establishment. However, we wouldn’t want to make it easy for the authorities, so let’s talk more about that once we get there.
Will I Be Arrested?
This type of event has been happening every year in London, and there are never any arrests made. People have been spotted openly engaging with police officers whilst smoking a joint, so I think we needn’t fear arrest, especially as this year’s event is set to be much larger than any which have gone before. While I wouldn’t advise taking the piss or goading the police, I think it’s reasonable to assume they won’t go out of their way to trouble us.
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You can keep up to date with the latest news on the 420 meet at either my Facebook or Twitter pages, and see what the London Cannabis Club is planning here. Don’t forget to add your name to the list of attendees here, and share this date with everyone you know. Let’s show our leaders what we think of their ridiculous laws.