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BBC Blanks Proposition 19

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According to the Home Office there are six million regular users of cannabis in the UK.  I have seen just one report on the BBC news about the Proposition 19 vote in California on 2nd November which promises legalisation.

Compare this with the recent wall to wall coverage of the Pope’s visit.  How many regular supporters of the Catholic Church are there in Britain?  Just 887,000.

This is an appalling failure by the BBC and a dereliction of its duty to provide fair and balanced coverage.  Please make a complaint.  It will take you less than five minutes and it will make a difference if enough of you take the time.

Here is a direct link to the BBC complaints website.  Please do it now!

Written by Peter Reynolds

October 31, 2010 at 11:05 am

18 Responses

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  1. I wrote:

    There are six million cannabis smokers in the UK, for whom proposition 19 seems a lifeline against a failed prohibition, and yet it is receiving hardly any coverage. In comparison, the Pope’s visit (with under 900,000 Catholics in Britain) was, quite simply, all over the news.

    In these days, when it is apparent that Britain is suffering horrendous budget cuts, does it not make sense to give a fair portrayal of cannabis in the media, so that perhaps its benefits and potential both for medicinal purposes and for government revenue can be fully realised by the Great British public?


    October 31, 2010 at 11:31 am

  2. “Although I have been greatly disappointed in the BBC’s reporting of personal liberty issues I do still watch the news programs I am paying for. As a spiritual and medicinal cannabis user, and one of the many millions of UK citizens currently discriminated against, I have great interest in changes of personal liberty laws in other countries, especially influential countries such as the USA. I am certainly glad to have access to the internet because if I were to rely on BBC news programs for information on Proposition 19 I wouldn’t know it existed.

    You must surely recognise the frustration that an utter lack of coverage of this major international news causes in those it may effect so greatly.”

    Rev. Paul

    October 31, 2010 at 11:51 am

  3. Thank you for taking the time to point out in such a clear format how unjust and bias the BBC are. Is this not going against the Royal Charter? The level of discrimination is appalling.

    I completely agree that if I did not use the Internet for my News stories then I would have no clue about Prop 19. Not only is Prop 19 a life line to cannabis consumers and people with a genuine medical necessity for it, it is a chance for HEMP to make a come back too. The positive effects this will have on Californias economy and environment would be significant enough to help influence the suits.

    Just think…with the benefits that cannabis has to offer interms of pumping out O2 in place for CO2. California is going to be covered in cannabis plants, 25sqft in millions of gardens. This is going to HUGELY REDUCE CALFORNIAS CARBON FOOTPRINT.

    I though that would be an issue the BBC would want to cover a bit more…obviously not.

    Still there’s always tomorrow hey.

    Greg de Hoedt

    October 31, 2010 at 12:28 pm

  4. I’ll bet you anything you like that if they come across a ‘skunk’ story, it’ll get loads of attention. They’ll wheel out the usual ‘experts’ to comment and there will be some parent telling us how their beloved son or daughter ‘destroyed their lives with cannabis’.


    October 31, 2010 at 12:31 pm

  5. Lets all hope that Proposition19 gets a yes vote,then it might make our politicians wakeup to the reality that ending the prohibition of cannabis in the the biggest and most important step they could ever take in their so called drug war.We should all be putting it to our politicians to remove cannabis from schedual one.They are not going to even consider doing this unless enough people get together and petition them to do so.Instead of writting on blogs and such,try writting to the politician you helped elect.

    Victor Hamilton

    October 31, 2010 at 12:54 pm

  6. Complaint made.


    October 31, 2010 at 3:13 pm

  7. I have filled in the form. Thanks for bringing up this point.


    October 31, 2010 at 6:54 pm

  8. complaint made.


    October 31, 2010 at 11:18 pm

  9. It hadn’t clicked with me that this has received two-thirds of the square root of fuck all coverage in the mainstream media. Well spotted Peter. I’ve had a whinge at the buggers, and even managed not to swear.


    October 31, 2010 at 11:50 pm

  10. My complaint emailed to the BBC a few minutes ago:

    I think it is disgraceful that with over 6,000,000 adult cannabis users in the UK the BBC News have failed to keep the British public informed about the ground breaking event taking place in California on November 2nd 2010.

    Proposition 19 holds the promise to a more rational and reasoned future for mankind and it has international significance not least because it will help to quash the government sponsored propaganda regarding cannabis and the highly prejudicial and utterly unjust legislation that continues to criminalise normal law abiding people as well as those unfortunate enough to require cannabis medication, the latter is an act of pure barbarism by our our government who care not for the welfare of society but care so much for the welfare of Corporations.

    Prohibition is a crime that has gone unanswered for to long. Now that the profound lies of prohibition are being universally discovered as such by an ever growing global population and the propaganda is being picked apart by empirical science, one would have thought that the BBC News would be willing and duty bound to cover the events leading up to and including the vote on Prop 19 in California.

    As a licence paying member of the British public, I demand that the BBC News turns it’s full attention to events transpiring in California. I want to see reporters doing live feeds and hourly updates on BBC New 24. Proposition 19 may change history, how dare you not be there for such a momentous moment!

    Leander Clifton

    November 1, 2010 at 12:05 am

  11. Change starts with awareness. Marijuana laws are based on fiction and lies, not on fact and truth. Please watch two documentaries. The Hemp Revolution and the Union: the business behind getting high. Validate the documentaries for accuracy, then get your head out of the sand and legalize.


    November 1, 2010 at 12:32 am

  12. David Nutt and colleagues are in The Lancet today with well-reasoned argument. I’m afraid our media coverage of everything is so crap this is only another example. Keep it up though Peter.


    November 1, 2010 at 5:46 am

  13. Complaint sent Peter. Over 2 years ago (after I was arrested) I spent 2 days filming and being interviewed for a BBC programme on cannabis but was subsequently told by the producer that none of it could be used on advice of the BBC legal team. Other interviews were also filmed including members of LCA and Pinky, but not a single bit of footage was used in the programme. That spoke volumes to me about the BBC.


    Lee Gramson

    November 1, 2010 at 1:11 pm

  14. Hi Peter, apologies for ignoring your last response. I moved and lost the internet but, alls back now. Tried responding by Smart Phone but it turned out to be a lot less ‘Smart’ than once thought!

    No, sorry I don’t do Face Book. I don’t feel the need to blow my own trumpet or to pretend how mega popular I am!. A common side effect of involvement in FB I’ve found. I actually call it ‘Dick Book’ Hope this doesn’t offend?

    You may, if you haven’t already, want to check out the BBC website, Dr Nutt is causing a stir again!
    Good on him.

    Stats are intersting however, surely.. social harm is only defined/ caused by current policy ??

    Undoubtedly the Home Office will continue to know whats best for all those Daily Mail readers with nothing better to concern themselves with!!

    Long live Dr Nutt. sn’t honesty a wonderful thing.


    November 1, 2010 at 3:01 pm

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    Proposition 19

    November 2, 2010 at 2:17 am

  16. BBC Blanks Proposition 19 « Peter Reynolds…

    Here at World Spinner we are debating the same thing……

    World Spinner

    November 2, 2010 at 3:06 am

  17. Complaint done!!


    November 3, 2010 at 9:40 am

  18. It was very very interesting how the Prop 19 angle was covered on the live coverage of the election night.

    It was almost the “true colors” (see what I did there?) as it were; the whole subject had a five minute discussion and it was all very twee and tongue in cheek. Now, come addressing the issue over here, I’m sure we’ll get the serious faces and the dramatic music.

    Well Peter, I’ve got my first video out anyhow, eek:

    Jason (HomeGrown Outlaw)

    November 10, 2010 at 1:24 am

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