A social club in the UK has become the first in its history to have the backing from the police to allow people to smoke cannabis in peace. The Teeside Cannabis club is the first of its kind and for an annual fee of £35 anyone can join and have a place to smoke in peace.
The club was started so that people could have a place where they might enjoy the drug without fear of getting a criminal record and the numbers have slowly risen from 60 to 180 in a very short period of time.
The club has run quietly in Durham for four years but recently North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Arfon Jones visited and voiced his support for the venue.
The commissioner, who has voiced support for the legalisation of medicinal cannabis, had this to say,
“There are 150 members paying £35 a year and why not? There are pubs and clubs where people go and drink alcohol so why shouldn’t consenting adults be able to use cannabis recreationally and without causing anyone any harm – and the location is such that there is no NIMBYism.”
The club’s founder is now hoping to expand to North Wales after the positive show of support from the police.
But the club is not without criticism. The head of Addiction UK told reporters,
“The issue is that self-medication – which most of this is – is problematic.
“It can lead to addiction and cannabis users normally end up wanting more which can have a destructive impact on their lives.
“The effect lasts for over 24 hours. How would you feel if your bus driver was driving you after smoking?
“Your life can get to the point where you spend all your money on cannabis.”