Demonstrations or other actions in Sweden?

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  • #1321
    reaper
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    I hear there has been no demonstrations for legalization in Sweden. Why’s that? In Finland we have 4th of May demonstrations at least in Turku and Helsinki. The day is international Million Marijuana March day. So the next May at Stockholm too?

    http://www.sky.org/albumi/marssi2002/
    http://www.sky.org/albumi/marssi2001/

    Finnish Cannabis Association http://www.sky.org
    Finnish Association for a Humane Drugs Policy http://www.hppry.fi

    Contact those for co-operation. The latter one is probably more active and enthusiastic for its a new association.

    What other kind of actions do you have to legalize cannabis in Sweden? And how has the attitude to cannabis developed in Sweden lately? In Finland it’s much better lately, but no decriminalization at the scene yet. However, the press publish much more pro cannabis style stuff than it used to. The main reason is probably the developement of the situation in Europe, and especially the attitude of British press. Also active discussion and mailing of citizens cannot be unnoticed by the media. Now the gloves are off and the real fight has begun.

    #69550
    reaper
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    @Bucket head wrote:

    What other kind of actions do you have to legalize cannabis in Sweden? And how has the attitude to cannabis developed in Sweden lately? In Finland it’s much better lately, but no decriminalization at the scene yet. However, the press publish much more pro cannabis style stuff than it used to. The main reason is probably the developement of the situation in Europe, and especially the attitude of British press. Also active discussion and mailing of citizens cannot be unnoticed by the media. Now the gloves are off and the real fight has begun.

    Hello Buckethead. :)

    There are sporadic initiatives for demonstrations then and then, but little people actually seems to have the courage to go through all the way. Swecan has its flyer campaign since a few months back i think, and personally ive given out a couple of dozens (but the rest of the 600 copies lies in a box under my desk.. :oops:), and i know that people has taken ronds delivering it door to door (through mailslots like commercials..) in Lund, the university town just above Malmö. What effect this has had is unknown to me, there has at least been NO press reaction.

    But the press is also quite repressive in what they print, because of the old traditional way of ”we all think the same, and right, thing – thus no discussion is needed or wanted”. This is a form of volontary censorship often done by the journalists themselves (or their editors – speaking from personal experience) that is beyond the laws of free press, free speech and freedom of publication. Unless you happen to own a newspaper, at the very least. 🙄

    Those scientists, criminologists, social workers and (few) politicians that has dared to speak up some way or another have often lost their jobs och positions due to civic uproar. There is great paranoia against possible ”drug mafia conspiracies” to ”make drug slaves of our children”.
    After speaking up for the positive statistics seen in the netherlands, in an article published in a small local paper, the Chief Doctor of one of the biggest medical research centers in Sweden, Karolinska Institutet, was called (in one of the biggest national papers of this country, Dagens Nyheter); landsförrädare, = ”morally guilty” of treachery that is, by the minister of..eh… well, you get the picture. 😡

    Some organizational (and moral) help from abroad propably would be a good idea, yeah. 😉

    #69551
    reaper
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    Bucket Head…in what way do you think that Sweden and Finland could co-operate? And how interested are you ”over there” to co-operate with us?

    #69552
    reaper
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    First things to do. Write some good articles about effects and real harms of cannabis, compare them with alcohol and tobacco, use a lot of references to scientific studies and articles of reliable source. Use web links also.

    Also include statistics like from http://www.emcdda.org , articles from Lancet, New Scientist etc. Lots of material found there that can be used to falsify Hassela style lies.

    Find all the biggest forums for social discussion and post those articles there. Do couple of good articles and post them to all of those forums. Try to open debats that gets other people involved. Some of those will then activate and start writing too. Then start to criticize press for censoring the issue. Also criticize political parties that are the most repressionistic on the issue. Send the mail to the journalists, editors, tv-channels, members of parliament etc. Use mail lists and programs that mail the same letter to them all. And most importantly, try to get as many people as possible to wake up, get angry and get on with the job.

    We here have couple of new discussion forums that are related to drug and alcohol education, treatment and policy, that anybody can write at. Discussion is open and the media also reads them. There are thousands of readers. I think that has really opened the situation and discussion in the last couple of years and they are very usefull channels of prop^?^?^?^?education. :) Those forums are maintained by official or semi-official health institutes. Do you have anything alike?

    Discussion is mostly Finnish, but you can have a peek:
    http://www.paihdelinkki.fi – click Sauna
    http://www.puolitotuus.com

    Also, spend time to find good sources of information, articles, studies, statistics etc. and utilize those with your writings. Follow the news like
    http://www.ukcia.org/news/default.php
    and translate the best of those for those discussion forums. Sooner or later the brighter readers will start to think themselves. Two examples of articles I have used in the past:
    http://www.ukcia.org/news/shownewsarticle.php?articleid=4952
    http://www.ukcia.org/news/shownewsarticle.php?articleid=4951

    About two years ago newspapers here wrote practicaly only repressionistic shit like cannabis being the gateway drug and very dangerous stuff by itself. Also the developement of the cannabis issue in Europe was totally absent. Now you can often read articles that we have been waiting for so long, describing the real harms of cannabis, change of drugs policy in Europe, even comparing the drug with alcohol. Also the citizens opinnions have been changing. Now they often say, yeah, he uses only cannabis … but those hard drugs…. And people have been coming out of closet too. Many have now courage to smoke publicly or tell about smoking to others. Very European, I would say. Very good start at least, finally.

    I have to admit one of the reasons for the press change it’s attitude if the British press that is very carefully observed by our journalists. (And yours too) But without couraging the editors and journalists by us, activists, and other writers at public forums, they wouldn’t have changed their writing and publishing policy at least this much.

    And the politicians – they will follow only after the press. First you have to get the press open their policy. The politicians will follow little by little. First the liberals, greens, left wings etc. There is a common repressionistic drugs policy treat between the right wing parties. That policy is opted for its a good, solid, populistic way to get conservative and uninformed people’s votes. They won’t change that policy a bit, but after other parties, the youth organizations inside them might express their differing views. Still, that won’t change anything.

    And the co-operation issue: write those organizations mentioned above. I’m sure you’ll get at least ideas and probably something more concrete also.

    Finally, try to develope an idea of drugs policy that the society should go towards. Those kind of things will offer you a sound base that you can build upon your writings.

    E.g. cannabis – now the cannabis is mostly in the hands of criminals. Youngsters will obtain it from dealers that will sell them also the actually dangerous drugs. It’s often heard story that the dealer tells the customer, that currently he doesn’t have any pot, but some amphetamine is available at very reasonable price. This is very common way to experiment with hard drugs. That link should be cut. Like you can see from the stats presented by The Observer at the link above, Holland has succeeded very well by allowing cannabis sale in coffee shops. Also home growing is one way to fight the problem. How is your soft drug – hard drug ratio among Swedish yougsters?

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