The British Cannabis scene is a real diverse mix of folk - from the stoners, the geeky growers, the suited-and-booted 'green' venture funders, to the medical messiahs. Chris Bovey, of the social media activism group, Feed The Birds, treads lightly (and legally) between all of these camps.
His life, obviously not without drama having successfully batted off a long-running spurious legal action from one of the UK's lesser desirable individuals in the cannabis industry, in 2014. He's also upset a lot of chemtrail conspiracy theorists in a standard British way, which was covered by VICE Magazine some years back. Chris has been involved with submitting evidence to Parliament regarding various issues on drug addiction, in his capacity as co-founder of NORML UK, the world's oldest Cannabis reform lobby.
THTC has worked with Feed The Birds to produce their group merchandise, raising money to assist with a range of advocacy activities aimed at pushing forward the agenda of sustainable and sensible cannabis law reform. But enough about that - here's Chris, in his own words.
Life can always be worse, can always be better! We run a Facebook page. The original concept behind Feed the Birds, was to legally spread hemp or cannabis seeds - the most useful seed on the planet - and photo any unexpected results from nature doing its work which the Home Office confirmed was perfectly legal.
We post a lot of cannabis-related content. There are so many 'stoner' pages, to be a bit different we also post left-leaning political rants - which pisses off a few people, but so what?
Chris, pictured after his legal victory alongside fellow activist, Sarah McCulloch (Photo/Sarah McCulloch)
Well the current government led by Theresa May will never reform cannabis laws, but it’s important to keep up the pressure as those clowns will be out soon so there will be new players. It’s also important to stop them from declaring so-called skunk a Class A drug because skunk sounds scary if you read the Daily Mail.
People need to normalise all aspects of Cannabis. Don’t be afraid to talk about your cannabis consumption, bore your friends, bombard your MP with evidence - let them know it’s a vote winner to not be a boring prudish anti-pot c***!
To quote Thomas Jefferson: "If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so."
The Skunk myth. They say cannabis was somehow not so strong when David Cameron and his fellow MPs were smoking weed at university. This is bollocks, I remember smoking knockout weed from Amsterdam in the early 90s smuggled in by local fishermen in my late teens and early twenties.
Skunk is a cross from Mexican, Afghani and Thai, named so because it is smelly as hell - and has been around since the 1960s! Do you think the late great Howard Marks was smuggling in tonnes of hash into Europe and America so people could get a ‘little tickle’? No, they were buying his hash cos it got them f**king stoned!
We should also be observing other countries and states in the USA that have reformed cannabis laws, where we have seen a reduction in crime, savings on enforcement costs and millions generated in taxation to spend on public services.
Dr Ben Sessa & Prof David Nutt
Hypocrisy. Prohibitionists talk about harm reduction, yet they advocate policies that do just the opposite. For example, earlier in the year a representative from a drugs charity Steps2Recovery, claimed on the BBC that heroin was safer than Skunk. I fear a lot of these people are more interested in protecting their income stream than genuine harm reduction.
Cos you’re awesome!
Beatfox & Kimmy (Breathless) in the THTC x Feed The Birds Hemp t-shirts
Brexit - it’s a really dumb idea.
My daily play mixes generally include older music, like rhythm n blues, folk, rock, listen to stuff like Pentangle, Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Mississippi John Hurt, Radiohead, you know that kind of stuff, also like classical music, Beethoven is the don!
The Gold Lion one - it has a lot of depth and meaning to it.
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