Cancard Owners Avoid Arrest And Keep Their Cannabis In 90 Out Of 93 Police Stops

Nearly 25,000 people in the UK have signed up for a Cancard since it was launched in January by founder Carly Barton. 

In that time, 90 out of 93 stops by police have resulted in no arrests, with patients able to keep their medication, Barton said in an interview with The Cannavist.  

All in all, these figures suggest the initiative, which is backed by police, MPs and leading doctors, working as planned despite early concerns about its legitimacy. 

What is a Cancard?

The Cancard is a holographic ID card that is meant to protect the card-holder from arrest and having their medicine confiscated. It informs any police officer that may have stopped the card-holder that they use cannabis for medical reasons. 

It’s hoped to dissuade the police from arresting the patient or confiscating their medicine – even if the cannabis was bought from the black market. 

It’s available to anyone with a diagnosis for a qualifying condition, the list of which is quite broad but does include: 

  • Depression
  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • IBD
  • Chronic pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • MS
  • Epilepsy
  • and a number of conditions related to cancer and chemotherapy

The initiative was created in collaboration with doctors and has the public backing of several MPS and senior police representatives. Not every medical organisation is on board, though.  

As well as an ID card, holders can have a digital version of the card on their phone in order to for more convenience. 

Interview

Speaking to The Cannavist, Carly Barton, who is a well-known cannabis activist in the UK, said she is overjoyed with the latest figures which prove the card is working to prevent arrests and allowing patients to keep their medication.

She said, “The majority of stops are reported to us because the police will often ring our helpline to check the database. If a card is presented, the police can call and check the register to see if the card is real. After that, we are seeing that they are letting their patients go without any further issue.”

How to get a Cancard

Application to get a Cancard is pretty easy. All you need to be eligible is a diagnosis of a qualifying condition, confirmation of your diagnosis, and then to fill out an application form on the Cancard website

When you apply online, you will need the following on hand: 

  • A mobile phone 
  • Your passport or driver’s licence
  • Your NHS number
  • Your GP name, email address and practice
  • Summary Care Record (if necessary)

The is an initial membership fee of £30.00 as well as an annual renewal fee of £20.00 a year.

Fear

Carly also spoke of the fear cannabis patients experience when stopped by police for consuming their medicine. 

She says, “A lot of these people through no fault of their own are really struggling with their health and they are in fear of the very people who are meant to be protecting them for taking something that has been helping them. 

“There is fear when they are stopped by a police officer but relief that comes after they have been legitimised and allowed to continue.”

About Jack Woodhouse

A passionate cannabis proponent, Jack has been immersed in cannabis culture for over a decade. He launched High & Polite in 2017 and has since reached millions of people. He is the author of Overcoming Weed Dependence: The Truth About Addiction And The Secret To A Healthy Relationship With Cannabis

View all posts by Jack Woodhouse

4 Comments on “Cancard Owners Avoid Arrest And Keep Their Cannabis In 90 Out Of 93 Police Stops”

  1. So Shes now telling us this ..
    “Speaking to The Cannavist, Carly Barton, who is a well-known cannabis activist in the UK, said she is overjoyed with the latest figures which prove the card is working to prevent arrests and allowing patients to keep their medication.
    She said, “The majority of stops are reported to us because the police will often ring our helpline to check the database. If a card is presented, the police can call and check the register to see if the card is real. After that, we are seeing that they are letting their patients go without any further issue.”
    What sort of bullshit is this ….
    So on the two yrs of uk lockdown , she’s saying at least 90 people with canacard were stopped by police , the police then called her helpline .
    So who much on average was the 90 odd people carrying ?
    Why is there not at least half that 90 customers on fb showing they got stopped & the card got them away
    You would think the folk who have being busted & got away would be showing this proof
    why is there no list of the police forces that have been made aware of canacard & what was the outcome

    1. Bang on if I got stopped we mi weed n a card got me it back and nae lifted I’d be letting everyone on every platform about it and this is all I can find bar there website and she doesn’t day where in uk it works like u said bullshit

      1. And your reply does nothing whatsoever to help dispel the public’s perception that cannabis users are good for nothing stoners as portrayed in trashy movies, rather it reinforces the myth and makes it harder for people to be taken seriously and to ultimately access something that can be a lifeline.

    2. So you seem to be knocking her for trying to improve things on the evidence that not enough people have shouted about it on social media?
      Perhaps, some of those who were stopped have perfectly valid reasons for not shouting about it. Their jobs may be at risk if their employer found out that they used cannabis even if for legitimate medical reasons; this is a real danger affecting even those that can afford and can access a private medical prescription.
      I use cannabis daily, if I was caught and let off then you can be sure I would be keeping that quiet since I’ve worked too hard for too long to beat prejudices and be taken seriously enough to earn a wage I can live on to see it destroyed by being written off as a stoner.
      Perhaps, some of them are shouting about it, the social media platforms have no obligation to serve you the news that you want or believe you deserve even from those you are connected to let alone those that you are not. It is all to easy for people to sit in a little soundbox of like minded individuals, seeing that everyone agrees with you while being oblivious to others and their motivations that may be disparate from their own.
      Having read numerous critiques, across multiple platforms, of what Carly is trying to achieve, so many come down to whining from stoners that she is not like them, that it is not a perfect system from the very start, that not all police or all the medical profession are behind it. Grow up, at least she is doing something rather than sitting around moaning.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *