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UK: Man called Free Cannabis admits growing weed in public flowerpot for 20 years

Richard Hartley-Parkinson

The Metro

Monday 22 Aug 2016

A man who changed his name to Free Cannabis has revealed that he has been growing weed in public flower displays for the last 20 years.

Mr Cannabis, who was born Rob, planted the drug in public flower displays in Glastonbury outside his hemp shop. In 1998 it won the prestigious Glastonbury in Bloom Award.

But now the council, which had been tending to them so carefully for the last two decades, has ripped them up and had them destroyed.

Mr Cannabis said: ‘I and others come along and drop the seeds into the tubs, they get watered by nature – and the council.

‘I am amazed that people get so excited about this, it’s a sad reflection of society’s hemp-phobia.

‘This is a plant that has so many medicinal qualities – it’s a food, it’s used for fibre and fuel – it basically gives you everything you need.’

But he then ended up receiving a 12 month conditional discharge for his actions

The campaigner, who sells a completely legal form of hemp for medicinal processes, also got in trouble in 1998 after trying to hand a cannabis plant to Jack Straw.

Mr Cannabis added: ‘A lack of hempathy leads to a lack of empathy.

‘It’s insane that a plant that is so beneficial – it’s used in the treatment of cancer, MS, arthritis and pain management – is illegal.

‘This is why people end up dealing it illegally and end up becoming criminalised. it’s insane when there are no recorded fatalities.

‘My dream is to be out of business – I just want to live in a world in which this plant is honoured and respected and grown freely.’

PC Stuart Ball, Beat Manager for Glastonbury said: ‘The small, single plant was removed by the council on Tuesday, having been found in a council-owned basket.

‘Cannabis is a controlled substance and we would take a vigorous approach to anyone found growing it for supply purposes.’




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