Two people in black masks were recorded handing out the free cannabis, claiming it was “literally just the start.”
Sunday was a lucky day for any toker who happened to be visiting Manchester’s Piccadilly Gardens. In the middle of the public park, two masked men unrolled a sign offering “Free Bud ‘Souvenirs.’” Unsurprisingly, a crowd immediately began to gather around the sign, and the two men began dispensing tiny zip-lock bags of weed to anyone wishing to partake.
The stunt earlier this month was organised by a man known only as ‘Outlaw’, an anti-Tory activist with over 11,400 followers on Instagram and who describes himself as ‘musician’ on his website. It came just as a cross-party group of MPs predicted cannabis would be free to use for anyone in just five years as they returned from a ‘fact-finding’ mission to Canada, where the drug is legal. Speaking anonymously, Outlaw said: ‘There’s no harm or loss to anyone because a few guys are handing out weed.
Outlaw noted that the video footage of the giveaway shows that “the people of Manchester were absolutely [loving] it, not so much the police of Manchester!” Indeed, one of the two men was stopped by local cops on his way out of park. Asked if he had been arrested, Outlaw replied: ‘You can’t arrest a character with a made up name and no face. Outlaw’s lawyers are right on top of the game.’ He added the Piccadilly Gardens stunt was ‘literally just the start’ and that £800 was ‘nothing’.
No matter whether or not the pot giveaway was only a promotional gimmick, many Ministers of Parliament (MPs) nonetheless imagine that legalization will finally come to the UK. After a latest journey to watch how Canada is progressing with its adult-use legal guidelines, Labour MP David Lammy, Conservative MP Jonathan Djangoly, and Liberal Democrat MP Sir Norman Lamb are actually satisfied that authorized weed will come to Britain inside the subsequent 5 to 15 years.
“I want the market legalized, regulated, and taken away from crime gangs.” Lammy said upon his return from Toronto, according to the Voice Online. “For young people not to be criminalized by use and properly educated. I want to see the strength of the stuff reduced, labelled and properly organized in this country.”
“The UK’s prohibition of cannabis gives children easier access to high strength skunk, disproportionately criminalizes working-class and minority users, and funds criminal gangs,” Lammy said in a recent tweet. “It is high time we followed Canada’s lead with legal regulation.”
“I think we have got a lot to learn before the legalization of recreational cannabis, which I think will happen at some point,” Djanogly said to BBC’s Newsbeat. “I think we’re on a 10 to 15 year cycle which would mirror what has happened in Canada.”
Lammy and Lamb were even more optimistic, telling reporters that they believed it would only take five years for the UK government to finally put an end to cannabis prohibition.
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