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Dozens attend cannabis protest in Eastrop Park
DOZENS of people made their views about cannabis known at a protest in a Basingstoke park yesterday.
Campaigners from across Hampshire gathered at Eastrop Park to publicise their belief that cannabis should be legalised.
Police maintained a presence at the event throughout the afternoon, but no arrests were made. Inspector Carl Holmes told The Gazette police were there to “facilitate a peaceful protest.”
He added: “Arrest is the most serious, and hopefully the last option.”
Emma Wilson, who organised the Hampshire Cannabis Community protest, said: “Whether or not people think we have the right to do this, we believe we have. We want to educate the public.”
The 21-year-old from Petersfield added: “We don’t see ourselves as criminals. We don’t think we should have to feel like that.”
Numerous people at the protest used cannabis for medical reasons, including Clark French, regional manager for the south UK Cannabis Social Club. The 27-year-old from Reading suffers from Multiple Sclerosis and believes cannabis eases his pain.
He said: “I replace 11 different medications with cannabis. In any other country I would have access to cannabis as a medication. It relieves my pain and means I don’t have bladder and bowel problems and spasms. I can sleep and I can eat. Every single medication I take I can replace with cannabis.”
*See Thursday’s Gazette to read more about the protest, including views of parents using Eastrop Park and campaigners from Basingstoke who joined the event.
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