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UK: Man called Mr Free Cannabis grows marijuana in town's flower displays for two decades

Plymouth Herald

Tuesday 23 Aug 2016

A businessman and campaigner revealed he has been secretly growing cannabis in a town's award-winning public flower displays - for the last two decades.

The bright petals and leaves hanging in various baskets and tubs have adorned Glastonbury in Somerset for generations.

But a cheeky hemp shop owner has revealed he has spent 18 years boosting the displays - with his own seeds.

The man - who changed his name by deed poll to Free Cannabis - planted some seeds in a tub outside his hemp shop.

They suddenly spurted but he has been left 'outraged' after the council pulled up the plant they had unwillingly watered for two decades.

The police and the council acted after a member of the public alerted the authorities to the illegal cannabis plant in Glastonbury, Somerset.

Mr Cannabis, runs Hemp in Avalon near the display on Glastonbury's High Street.

He 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."

Mr Cannabis scooped the Glastonbury in Bloom Award back in 1998 for a display which featured the plant.

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.

Free 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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