Newsbrief: Cannabis Cafe Vows to Open in England, Another in Scotland 5/31/02

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You can't keep a popular idea down. Although joint action by police and the courts shut down the Dutch Experience 2 coffee house in Boscombe, near Bournemouth, earlier this month, the original Dutch Experience in the Manchester suburb of Stockport remains open despite its proprietor, Colin Davies, having just emerged from six months in preventive detention and the cafe itself having been raided three times. Now, Leicester, England, and Edinburgh, Scotland, may soon see their first cannabis cafes.

According to a press release this week from the Legalise Cannabis Alliance, Chris Peabody of Leicester will open a members-only cannabis cafe on or shortly after July 1. "Proposals for shooting galleries so people can use heroin in a safe environment has only strengthened my resolve to open my 'cannabis cafe' -- a safe house for cannabis users," said Peabody. "With the announcement of the reclassification of cannabis from B to C, much support is expected for this soon-to-open venture. It will reflect the tolerance and friendly nature of Leicester, a multicultural, multi-belief city."

Earlier this month in Edinburgh, Rebel Inc publishing founder and Scottish Socialist Party drugs spokesman Kevin Williamson announced plans for a Rebel Inc Coffeeshop "in the heart of Edinburgh," with an opening date set for June. Williamson announced that the coffeeshop would be members-only and would sell at a discount to medical marijuana patients.

Although the pending reclassification of cannabis from a Class to B to a Class C drug will result in de facto decriminalization of simple possession -- the new penalty would be a simple citation -- distribution of cannabis will remain a crime subject to a maximum five-year prison sentence. Leicester police have not commented on Peabody's plans, but Edinburgh police have vowed to enforce the cannabis laws.

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