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A Significant Day For Cannabis Law Reform In The UK.

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This Thursday past, 25th May 2017, was the inaugural general meeting of the Cannabis Trades Association UK (CTAUK).

While this may not excite your average cannabis consumer too much, it represents a very important, even momentous occasion in our progress towards a regulated cannabis market.  Anyone spotting our meeting room would have seen it as just another group of business people in a day long meeting with Powerpoint presentations, flipcharts and gallons of coffee and mineral water.  GSK were just down the corridor, an insurance company was next door, it all looked very corporate and pretty boring.

This is exactly the point.  We are bringing cannabis into the mainstream, overcoming the stigma, making it respectable.  The idea that the Holiday Inn at Gatwick would have signs pointing to a ‘cannabis’ meeting would have been unthinkable until very recently.

Of course, CTAUK is concerned only with the legal cannabis trade so, in the main, that means CBD products but membership has started to expand rapidly.  In the coming weeks we anticipate we will be joined by UK hemp growers and a very important new medical cannabis research consortium.  Within the next few months we expect almost every significant player in all aspects of the UK cannabis market to be part of the association.

So, although at first glance, this boring business meeting may not excite CLEAR members and followers, it heralds the dawn of a new age.  Cannabis is coming out of the shadows. Reform is just round the corner.

Twenty years ago similar meetings took place in California, fifteen years ago similar meetings were held in Canada, Israel, the Netherlands and other US states.  Just three or four years ago they were happening in Colorado, Washington, Oregon, etc.  The UK’s time has come. Not a joint was rolled, not a bong was lit, there wasn’t a vapouriser or a hash cookie to be seen.  No longer are we playing at this, it’s now become serious.

Written by Peter Reynolds

May 27, 2017 at 4:20 pm

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  1. I used to be pro cannabis and whilst I still think it should be lagalised I do think it is for losers. It takes away all ambition and the current high grade skunk is ******* kids up. At least with a legal cannabis market they wouldn’t be getting this destructive skunk they call green.


    May 28, 2017 at 1:31 am

    • Ridiculous mate. There are so many different varieties that produce all kinds of different effects. I for one stick mainly to sativa types as they are the opposite of passing out of the sofa. They take away my crippling anxiety make me feel energised and excited to do even the most boring of tasks.

      Skunk is a myth. Aside from being a particular strain name, Skunk is a name that ignorant people use to demonise strong cannabis. Some people NEED the so called ‘Skunk’ for their ailments.

      And yes, agree that in a legal market it would mean more education for young kids rather than simply telling them it’s bad. That makes them want to do it more. Education is the key.


      May 29, 2017 at 11:08 am

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