Weed Like to Talk About Reform: The Cannabis Diaries

After seeing my most recent article on the topic of cannabis, and its status in the UK, a friend of mine put me in touch with a drugs worker in south Wales. We looked to arrange an interview as long as they could remain anonymous. I agreed to this and we met soon after.

Steven (not their real name) is a drugs worker based in a substance misuse clinic in south Wales. Unlike many other people I have spoken to about this topic, Steven has seen both sides of the story, having used cannabis recreationally in the past and now working to help those with drug use issues. Though the organisation Steven works for has certain beliefs and official opinions on drugs use, Steven himself is more liberal and open.

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A Blueprint For Failure

I don’t know the first thing about architecture, but for some reason, somebody has entrusted me to design a building. It is going to be a house. You are closely following what I do, maybe because you want to see me fail miserably, or maybe because you are just intrigued. I draw up the plans, and they look fine to me, so building commences. Halfway through building though, mistakes become obvious.

The house is half built, a lot of money has been invested and it is looking pretty bad. The basic structure, the very foundations of the house, are not great. They will manage, the house could exist, but it won’t be a dream location. This building will certainly not be the perfect home that everyone was hoping for.

Unsurprisingly, I am sacked. The shoddy, half-built house is unfinished and they turn to you for help. It is now your job to complete the building. Time is running out and there is not enough money to scrap the whole thing and start again, you will just have to make the best of a bad situation. Whatever legacy I have left, it is now down to you to try and salvage the project.

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Weed Like To Talk About Reform – The Cannabis Diaries

Across the world attitudes seem to be shifting on the issue of cannabis. In December of last year Uruguay became the first country in the world to fully legalize the sale, production and distribution of the plant, and for those that support a change in legislation, Uruguay is the role model. What was once only discussed by students and hippies, now seems to be a topic of genuine credibility. High-profile British figures such as Nick Clegg, Caroline Lucas, Russel Brand and Richard Branson are all in favour of a change in legislation on the issue of cannabis. Is the UK set to follow in the footsteps of Colorado and Washington, the two American states that have recently legalised cannabis?

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