Does Barbados need a guerrilla gardening project?

Some time ago a friend of mine suggested we collected thousands of cannabis seeds and just throw them over the length and breath of the highway and through town and in all public parks. Not children’s play parks.

When I saw the article I am about to share with you I smiled and thought to myself maybe my friend was on to something.  What would happen if  thousands of cannabis advocates in Barbados threw thousands of cannabis seeds all over the island? Let me be clear that I am not telling anyone to do it, but the idea does hug me tightly.

Cannabis plants spring up all over German town after campaigners plant thousands of seeds in protest against the ‘demonization’ of the drug

Written by By OLIVIA WILLIAMS in 2013

Cannabis plants are sprouting up all over a German town after pro-marijuana supporters planted tens of thousands of seeds last month.

Supporters of the group A Few Autonomous Flower Children spread several kilograms of seeds around the university town of Gottingen last month.

They say they are protesting its ‘demonization’ in Germany’s ‘restrictive drug laws’.

Pro-marijuana activists have planted tens of thousands of seeds around the university town of Gottingen

Pro-marijuana activists have planted tens of thousands of seeds around the university town of Gottingen

The German town has cannabis plants sprouting in public parks, allotments, gardens and window boxes all over its public spaces

The German town has cannabis plants sprouting in public parks, allotments, gardens and window boxes all over its public spaces

Scores of the plants have sprouted all over the town this week to the fury of the local police and council.

A website shows dozens of photos of the cannabis plants blooming in public parks, allotments, gardens and window boxes all over town – with some even growing outside the local police station.

A police spokesman said 70 plants had been removed so far – including the ones outside the police station – adding: ‘Everything that looks like cannabis is torn out.’

The guerilla gardening project is aimed at protesting the 'demonisation' of the drug in German law

The guerilla gardening project is aimed at protesting the ‘demonization’ of the drug in German law

Police have been noting the locations of the photographs appearing online so that they can locate the illegal plants

Police have been noting the locations of the photographs appearing online so that they can locate the illegal plants and remove them

She confirmed that officers were expecting to see a huge rise in the number of cannabis plants in public areas, adding: ‘Officers have been told to be vigilant and destroy any plants they see.’

A spokesman for A Few Autonomous Flower Children said: ‘We can’t set eyes on this useful and beautiful plant because it’s absolutely forbidden in Germany to grow it.’

She added: ‘This action is a big deal – people (from A Few Autonomous Flower Children) really put effort into it.’

Police have been ripping out the plants but they have been blooming - including outside the police station itself

Police have been ripping out the plants but they have been blooming – including outside the police station itself

Local Marcus Baum said: ‘The cannabis plants are sprouting up everywhere.

‘They removed the ones from the police station very quickly, but the plants are coming up in parks and gardens everywhere.

‘Some are even growing in window boxes.’

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Now fast forward 5 years to 2018 and we now hear,

German police association calls for complete legalization of cannabis.

German police association calls for complete legalization of cannabis
Photo: DPA
The Association of German Criminal Officers (BDK) has spoken out in favour of ending the ban on cannabis and has called for the decriminalization of all use of the drug.

“The prohibition of cannabis has historically been seen as arbitrary and has not yet been implemented in an intelligent and effective manner,” the head of BDK, André Schulz, told Bild newspaper on Monday.

“In the history of mankind there has never been a society without the use of drugs; this is something that has to be accepted,” he added.

“My prediction is cannabis will not be banned for long in Germany.‎”

The BDK therefore advocates a “complete decriminalization of cannabis use,” Schulz said, adding that the current legal system is stigmatizing people and promoting criminal careers.

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Rather than focus largely on repression, according to Schulz, there are better opportunities in drug policy such as learning to deal with responsible drug use, helping consumers and addicts with aspects of welfare and making effective child and youth protection possible.

For motorists, however, smoking cannabis must remain taboo, Schulz said, stating that for safety reasons, driving vehicles must not take place in an alcoholic or otherwise intoxicated state.

But presently for motorists there are still some “uncertainties and loopholes in the law” concerning the difference between the consumption of cannabis and alcohol, he added.

Whereas a driver in Germany can only be punished for consuming alcohol when one drives, cannabis users can have their licence taken away even if they were not behind the wheel. German courts have yet to come to a consensus on what quantity of cannabis can be consumed before a user can be considered unfit to drive.

Under German law, possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use is generally not criminally prosecuted. The policy varies based on region but the upper limit is usually between 10 and 15 grammes.

Prior to the legalization of medical marijuana, only about 1,000 people in Germany had permission to use the drug for special medical purposes. The draft bill for its approval had estimated that 700 patients per year would require prescription. When the law was drafted, how many patients would make use of it was not known.

Then ten months after legalization of the drug, a survey with three health insurance companies – Allgemeine Ortskrankenkasse (AOK), Barmer and Techniker Krankenkasse (TK) – found that more patients than expected had applied for it; over 13,000 applications had been submitted.

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Article taken from De Local.

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