Who are the UKCSC and Why we are here?

The criminalisation of cannabis consumers, producers and suppliers – punishable under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 – should be replaced with rational, evidence based policy. A regulated market for the commercial sale of cannabis should be implemented in favour of simple decriminalisation in order to protect the youth and most vulnerable members of society who are allowed to come to harm under the current system of prohibition. Removing cannabis from the MDA71 will improve the living standards and life opportunities of tens of millions of people in the UK, whilst making a substantial impact on the income of major international organised crime and providing a £900 million source of tax revenue for the Government. Regulation of a UK cannabis market would introduce 10,000 new jobs having a significant impact on unemployment.

How we work

Cannabis Social Clubs (CSC’s) are individual entities that exist as private membership community groups and clubs. Between us, we facilitate the exchange of information, ideas and experiences among our members. We publish news on the progress of drug policy in the UK and Europe and respond to local media stories to give a more balanced debate than is currently put in print and on-line. We aim not to just follow news stories but make them also which we have been successful in with consistency.

UKCSC’s engage in dialogue with local and national politicians, Police Crime Commissioners and  other figures of authority and influence so they can be informed about what their people want, and in order to pressure the Government departments that influence drug policy reform.

We promote peaceful activism aimed at the media and public opinion, in order to stimulate public debate on the need to end prohibition and the unjust, unfair criminalisation of cannabis consumers.

When we started

From 2007 onwards, the European Commission started a dialogue with civil society on drug policy. ENCOD has always played a crucial role in the establishment of this dialogue. The promise to do everything to ensure that it will be a sincere dialogue, accessible to all citizens.

Every year, the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs meets in Vienna, Austria, in order to decide on the future of global strategies against drugs. At these meetings ENCOD presents an appeal to the UN and national governments to consider the freedom to grow plants for personal use or non-commercial purposes as the human right of every adult citizen of the world.

In September 2012 The UKCSC submitted written evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee reviewing current dug policy and also attended the conference at parliament as well as working with ex senior law enforcement and MPs that are campaigning for a change to the current socially destructive drug policy.

The UKCSC are aligned with NORML UK, NUK Women’s Alliance, United Patients Alliance,

Cost

We do not receive any support from authorities or private foundations. It is thanks to the contributions of our members and donations from supporters that UKCSC exists and grows. With more members we can achieve higher goals.

The yearly campaign budget is agreed on at the AGM based on the accounts of the UKCSC and by members of the General Assembly.

There are some running costs and expenses involved with the UKCSC including printing costs, phone calls, travel expenses, venue hire, campaign materials etc. The UKCSC are a non-profit organisation and as such no person makes an income. There is not currently a publicCannabis consumers should not be forced to buy their cannabis from sources where proceeds go towards real crime or funding gangs that create real victims. This is a completely artificial chain that has been created simply by the continued enforcement of prohibition.  The United Kingdom Cannabis Social Clubs are here to help bring an end to this by replacing the criminal supply chain with a community based system similar to that is working in other parts of Europe.

History

The Cannabis Social Club movement started in Spain. Originally composed of small consumers, growers and patients they collectively grow cannabis for their own personal use. This small model was soon replicated by others to provide a constant supply of affordable, high quality and most importantly safe cannabis.

Some CSCs decided to take their model further and increase their membership by allowing existing members to invite friends to also become members of the club. They do not advertise, accept under 18’s or take new members that haven’t tried cannabis before. When joining clubs ask members to give an amount to how much they require on a monthly basis and what kind. This helps the club factor in how much they need to grow so they are growing to cater to the needs of the member.  Costs are usually worked out on the production value and any running costs of the club. They are not for profit entities. Some have smokers’ lounges where you are able to socialise with other members.

In the last five years this movement has proved to be a successful and safe model based on a harm reduction approach with community values. The CSC movement has now been adopted by other European countries such as Belgium, Austria, France, Slovakia and starting in the UK.

They did not have permission from the law to start this and even Spanish CSCs are still subject to raids by the police destroying their grows and arresting those running the clubs. They open back up within days because they know they are doing the right thing.