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Art Vandelay70

Alderney to look at legalising and growing cannabis


Life is so charming on Alderney, the tiny Channel Islands dependency has its own marketing slogan: “That Alderney feeling”. But if campaigners get their way the term could take on a whole new meaning.

This week the island’s parliament will debate whether to legalise cannabis, the first step on the road to becoming Britain’s offshore Amsterdam.

The mild climate and remote location are thought to make Alderney a perfect place for cultivating the plant. Locals hope cannabis could reinvigorate its economy and attract tourists.


The debate comes days after Canadian senators voted to legalise the drug and will shift perceptions of Alderney among those who know it only for its darkest episode. During the Second World War, Nazi soldiers established the only concentration camps to have existed on British soil and murdered up to 40,000 Russian, French and Jewish slave labourers on the island.

On Wednesday elected representatives of Alderney, known as states members, will be asked their views on all matters related to the “production, consumption, licensing and criminalisation” of cannabis.

Cannabis oil with negligible levels of THC, the highly restricted psychoactive compound in the plant that gets users “high”, is legal in Britain, although higher levels are permitted on the Channel Islands. Jersey also made certain cannabis-based painkillers available on a free prescription in January.

None of the islands cultivates cannabis on an industrial scale or permits cannabis with high levels of THC, which is seen as a far more powerful painkiller.

A proposal to be debated by the 10 states members of Alderney says: “There is demand by producers for secure property on which to cultivate and process crops. The growing and processing of such plants on Alderney and under licence has been suggested.”

Two plans are under consideration: one is the scrapping of penalties for possessing and dealing cannabis; the other is a shift that would see Alderney position itself as an international centre for producing medicinal cannabis.

It has also emerged that an international group of investors with links to cannabis production in California and Amsterdam has already held secret talks with Alderney politicians and business people about setting up the first farm.

Berry’s Quarry, a disused pit with greenhouses, has been earmarked as a site and the company name Green Guernsey registered on the neighbouring island, where the headquarters could be set up. Any change to Alderney’s laws requires input from Guernsey’s civil service and must be signed off by the privy council in the UK. Wednesday’s preliminary debate will determine whether the island initiates this process, pending a public consultation.

Alderney is an unlikely place for a drugs revolution, but campaigners feel the island’s small-scale democracy could provide a “back door” for reforms that have failed elsewhere.

Andrew Eggleston, chairman of Alderney chamber of commerce, said it was a historic opportunity to “steal a march on other jurisdictions”, adding: “We look on any commercial opportunity positively if it is legal and beneficial to Alderney through taxes or jobs.”

James Dent, chairman of Alderney’s policy and finance committee, said the failed war on drugs was another factor driving the debate on cannabis.

The Channel Islands’ war on drugs is costly: a third of prisoners in the jurisdiction of Guernsey, which includes Alderney, were jailed for drug offences.




Edited by Art Vandelay70
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keep it illegal or decriminalise possession of 10 plants or 25 oz of product.

the big push for legalisation now is from money men who want big usa style farms small man on the street is not gonna be able to grow there own and sell it so why should a rich consortium of ex police and politicians lol

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When it happens.....the big business men will jump on the commercial profit train.  It is a fact of life.  


Johnny small style will get the sh*t end of the stick, we will be told you can only have 7g in public, plus 2 plants or something equally ridiculous.  they will probably make us register our grows and then send "inspectors" to estimate the amount of tax you need to pay on it.  Oh and there will be a registration fee for anyone who wants their 2 plants at home.  Exceeding the limits will be akin to committing murder and you will face 15 years in prison. 


I expect no favours from any British government, past present or future.  They are all self serving c*nts and they always will be.  The travesty is that the public keep voting in these silver tongued asswipes.


I will look back on this post in 27 years when the UK finally makes it legal (as such) and see how close I am to the truth ! ;)



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er But NOT all the time But most of the time i have had a lots of this weed from these shops and it can be  better than home grown at times as you are smoking weed from a growers like OT1 etc

as they only get the best they can find in that country its common business practices these days! 

You have to test it and see it and be there to understand it more! just my 2p 

Bongme :yinyang:

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