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I am married to Spiderbaby and live in Banbury, Oxfordshire after eight years living in the USA and Sweden. I am working and training as a clinical scientist for the NHS in Oxford.

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Promoting the use of Cannabis

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At this year's Yorkshire Show.

Spiderbaby says:

A pair of your finest hemp oven gloves please!

16th Jul 2007, 14:34

Joe says: samples?

16th Jul 2007, 14:36

crickson says:

There were business cards on hemp-reinforced paper. Perfect for roaches, I thought.

16th Jul 2007, 14:57

Joe says:


16th Jul 2007, 14:59

he looks muntered.

16th Jul 2007, 15:05

FilbertFox says:

what does 'muntered' mean?

16th Jul 2007, 15:12

mat says:

16th Jul 2007, 15:20

mat says:

One vote here for medicinal cannabis, btw. I find it the best thing for chronic (badum-tish) pain relief - it doesn't numb all the pain like ibuprofen will (which means I do things that hurt without noticing, leper-style, and suffer more when it wears off), it just turns it down a notch or two.

16th Jul 2007, 15:22

Joe says: a back pain sufferer I concur.

16th Jul 2007, 15:34

crickson says:

I just like being stoned.

The display was about a project conducted at the University of Leeds on improving the processing of hemp fibre for use in clothing. The project focussed on the identification of the gums that hold the fibres together in the plant stem, this allowed the suggestion of an environmentally-friendly enzymatic process that may yield softer fibres that could replace cotton in clothing. Hemp is a much easier plant to grow than cotton, and requires much less in the way of chemical imputs, water etc, and can be produced in the UK.

16th Jul 2007, 15:47

swamprose says:


16th Jul 2007, 17:25

hildegard says:

Hemp also probably the best crop for biofuels. Jello Biafra's "Grow More Hemp" spoken word thingummybob is always worth a listen when it comes to the history, cultivation & uses of cannabis...

16th Jul 2007, 17:51

crickson says:

I'm rather skeptical of biofuels. Barring some unforeseen revolution in cellulosic energy production, I can't ever see it making a meaningful dent on transport carbon emissions. Especially when battery-powered vehicles like the Tesla and the Lightning sports cars seem so effective. They're expensive, sure, but the prices can only fall and new business models could make electric cars like these affordable.

16th Jul 2007, 17:59

Dhamaka says:

:) from me too

16th Jul 2007, 20:58

Rich says:

it's legal to sell them but it's not legal to germinate them. They were probably sold as novelty seeds, which is what magic mushrooms were sold as when they could be sold.

16th Jul 2007, 21:16

Rich says:

yeah, they'd totally germinate if you did that, sure as the mushrooms would get you boxed.

16th Jul 2007, 21:21

crickson says:

Yup, we needed a license to grow and display these plants. And they've been bred to be ultra-low THC.

16th Jul 2007, 21:29

Rich says:

yeah, I'm sure those plants are. What's in the other greenhouse?

16th Jul 2007, 22:12

JokerXL says:

It's perfectly legal here (they like to treat their citizens as adults) and I haven't touched it in twenty years.
Makes me fall asleep, don't have a problem doing that.

16th Jul 2007, 22:55

I'm in complete agreement regarding the medicinal benefits of cannabis and a firm believer in its legalisation, oh yes.

16th Jul 2007, 23:05

and swampdonkeys likes knitting with hemp.

16th Jul 2007, 23:06

swamprose says:

nothing llke logging in from a really public place like the library for a good cannabis discussion.

you'd have to smoke an entire field of hemp to get high. it works better as fibre, and it is facto that knits sweaters out of it. she took one to the UK.

I am all for hemp. and for the good herba buena. I am all for medicinal use. Entirely legal here, and you can get a prescription. And it is no longer criminal to possess personal amounts, at least here. But the problem I have is with the seriously criminal aspects of the profits and growing. the Hells Angels own Quebec dope traffic. I am not keen on giving to them. and they add things to it. dangerous things. so grow your own. :) someone is looking over my shoulder. end of rant.

16th Jul 2007, 23:33

hildegard says:

Decriminalised not legal, Joker - you can still be done for trafficking in NL, which always begs the question of where & how the coffee shops are supplied.
Worth noting that NL teens have some of the lowest rates of hard drug use in Europe. Having removed cannabis from the underworld, kids don't meet meth dealers when all they want is a spliff. Having made places where herds of middle-aged folk meet to become foolish & hungry has removed oodles of drug cachet too. ;)
(Edit) SR's point's a good one; the Hells Herberts are knee-deep in the NL drugs trade but cannabis is a crap risk-benefit anyway when it comes to profit (all that bulk, & smelly too) so they've largely moved out of the trade. Into human trafficking & arms dealing, as I understand it. :(

16th Jul 2007, 23:35

DocD says:

Hemp is healthy

16th Jul 2007, 23:44

crickson says:

The worst dope I ever had was in Amsterdam. And by far the best in Leeds : )

16th Jul 2007, 23:44

JokerXL says:

That's the "elephant-in-the-room" argument Hildegard. there's no answer to that little conundrum.

Nothing stopping me growing a couple of plants in the back garden though, in fact.......

*note to self; get some seeds for next spring*

....second thoughts, have you seen how big those fellers get? Plus I have two teenage sons, not sure where the harvest would end up.

16th Jul 2007, 23:44

crickson says:

The real tragedy is that Tony (pictured) hates the smell of fresh cannabis.

16th Jul 2007, 23:48

hildegard says:

Joker - tee hee, you bring back odd memories. I stayed for awhile in an ex-convent in Nijmegen. The garden was given over to veg but as a mark of respect, they'd planted a screen between the main garden & the nun's cemetery. Took me nearly 3 weeks to realise what those oh-so-familiar, over 2 metre-high plants could be... ;)

16th Jul 2007, 23:57