"Trust it to be G that brought me back out of the hiatus" http://onefaris.wordpress.com/2014/04/22/
After the monumental success of last year’s 420 celebrations, the London Cannabis Club & NORML UK, along with thousands more marijuana enthusiasts, returned for what was expected to be another positive step in the legalisation of the good herb.
First of all, you have to applaud the efforts that these organisations make, they grind hard, on the frontline, battling for it’s legalisation. Their work allows us to have such a day, that should not be ignored in the slightest.
Talk about ‘Rain on the parade’, as this year’s demonstration already fell victim to horrible weather, but a couple rain drops wouldn’t deter the campaign. However, upon entry (as I kind of expected, after last year’s turn out), there were large numbers of fluorescent jackets, some searches being carried out at the entrance, groups inside being questioned & hassled, this was not what happened last year. Where the peaceful protesters had set camp, was now a make-shift car park for bully vans. Not to worry, as NORML UK had their stalls set outside the Speaker’s Corner entrance, they were welcoming, and very helpful, they were a great representation for the cause at hand.
Authorities sure had gone out of their way, as we were greeted with this trivial fact as you walked in..
Rain & Police unified like the tag team champions of “buzz-kill”, and there was a strange hint of anticipation from amongst the crowds (slowly gathering), with authorities attempting to take a stand of their own, handcuffing and putting a guy in the van (although I should add, he walked past me five minutes later). I do believe that the police should be present at such events, to ensure that it all goes smoothly, cooperating, rather than criminalising.
Unfortunately, what we initially thought was them facilitating, was actually, them in large numbers..approaching smaller groups,
The image above, a clear example, as two people, causing no trouble whatsoever, quietly consuming their weed, were approached, and their day ruined (Thank you to them though, as they gave us their box of delicious cupcakes), just was a shame to see. People were being told to turn their music off, there was clearly more of an agenda at hand than most initially assumed. It was still early, so as more support came through, authorities were forced to take a backseat and just contain it. This is when glimpses of last year’s vibe began to surface. More familiar faces began to appear, people were beginning to merge with each other, people of different, ages, nationalities, cultures, all together, getting along perfectly, and the rain had stopped!
As 4:20pm approached, you could not see anything but people, the loud cheer as the loud pack lit on time, if it wasn’t for that, you would have forgot and thought you were at a festival, as the tents went up, people walked around inhaling balloons (that’s not for me, and not for 420 either), and the rain returned, almost like it was being controlled to taint the events, but you needed a disaster to kill that vibe. I also want to mention, in response to claims that many of the public were against this as it would ruin their Easter Sunday, 1) I really doubt they were planning to go out in this weather, and 2) The park is big enough to accommodate all parties.
Back to the good stuff, there were some great strains in the air, and some good people came through, including artists Black The Ripper, Big Narstie (and the Base Defence League), pioneer MC Stormin’, as well as FrSH entertainment’s wordsmith, Lefty London. So like last year, I met some good people again, great conversations and as much as these events get a negative backlash in mainstream media, there was a lot of information to be learned, even independent campaigners were handing out facts and studies on the medical benefits of the plant, more notably, Henry Hawkins, who provided further insight into Cannabis’ role in the prevention of Cancer.
Despite it’s overall feel, not in comparison with last year, the event was still a success, and surely means next year could only be better.
Once again, thank you to the good people of NORML, and the homie Vapefiend, also, to all those that eventually found me and showed love, hopefully see you guys at High’d Park next year, ‘til then, stay safe, stay irie!
- PS. McDonald’s have never had Easter Sunday sales like they did today, that’s for sure.