Cannabis protestors say thanks
ORGANISERS of a pro-cannabis demonstration in Exeter at the weekend have praised the success of the event.
Around 60 people took part in the event at Flowerpot Fields.
Although there was a strong police presence in the park there were no arrests.
The 'Smoke Out' was organised by the Devon branch of the United Kingdom Cannabis Social Club on Saturday afternoon.
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A spokesman said it was a "fantastic day" for those taking part.
He said: "Police didn't hassle us at all, just kept an eye out, made sure everything was going well – and it did.
"So thanks to the Exeter police and PCSOs for co-operating with us and letting this trouble free, chilled event take place."
He said the event demonstrated that cannabis users could be "responsible, civilised and pleasant people".
"No harm was enforced on anyone," he said.
"One officer that I spoke to who was 'patrolling the park' said that people passing had asked what was going on and most of them headed our way. I can only see this as a good thing and something we can all work from."
The campaigners claim cannabis should be legalised and claim the affects are non addictive and non harmful if taken responsibly.
They claim it causes far less social problems than alcohol.
The law states cannabis is classified as a Class B drug, the same category as drugs like amphetamines.
The maximum sentence for possession of cannabis is up to five years in prison, an unlimited fine or both. The penalty will depend on the quantity of drug, where the offender and the drugs were found, the personal history of the offender and other "aggravating or mitigating factors".
Supply and production of cannabis carries a maximum sentence of up to 14 years in prison, an unlimited fine or both.
Police had pledged to monitor the event and said that while anyone smoking cannabis would be breaking the law, they recognised the right to peaceful protest.
And police confirmed that the protest passed without incident and no arrests were made.