In a recent blog post on his website, balaclava-clad activist Outlaw has declared that cannabis is legal and that the police have no grounds to charge or prosecute anyone in possession of it.
If you agree with his blog post, all you need to do is inform the police that you are not ‘unlawfully’ in possession of any ‘controlled’ substance.
“Cannabis Is legal”
The activist slash music producer proclaims:
“Cannabis is legal – that’s what I believe. It’s your choice whether you agree with me or not.
“The fact is, I’ve been detained by the police every time I’ve publicly handed out cannabis and I’ve never been charged, fined, prosecuted, stopped or even identified.”
He goes on, “My free service ‘Outlaw Legal Aid’ has had collectively over 100 acquittals / dismissals / no further actions for the accusation of unlawful cannabis possession / use.
“I’ve been telling my supporters for over a year now – If you’re unsure; accept nothing, dispute everything and request evidence for all claims made.”
Outlaw says that there is no point challenging the law (despite it infringing on our human rights) as many have tried, because “no amount of evidence will allow you to challenge the law as a defence, even if the judge agrees with you.”
What to do if you get caught with weed
If you get found in possession of cannabis in the UK, Outlaw recommends not saying anything to the police that you don’t want to be mentioned in court. After all, anything you do say can and will be used against you.
Instead, if you are going to say anything, say something that you do want mentioned later in court. Outlaw would say, “I’m not unlawfully in possession of a controlled substance”.
This sentence expresses your belief that the substance you are in possession of is not controlled (or that you are legally in possession of a controlled substance), and that you are not breaking the law by being in possession of it. It uses their terminology and challenges them to prove their claims.
“If I’m arrested and questioned, I repeat myself – I don’t explain myself – ‘I’m not unlawfully in possession of a controlled substance’. The only thing I would mention to the police is what I will later rely on in order to successfully defend myself,” Outlaw says.
Is cannabis legal?
Outlaw’s claims that cannabis is legal and therefore its use and possession is defendable. He first points to the Government’s own list of drugs controlled under the misuse of drugs legislation, which does not list ‘cannabis’ as not a controlled or scheduled substance.
While the Home Office continues to advise that ‘cannabis is a prohibited schedule one substance with no medicinal value’, Outlaw points out that the contradiction that ‘cannabis based medicinal products’ are legal with medicinal value.
“With that considered”, he follows up, “most cannabis and its use fits the criteria for a legal ‘cannabis based medicinal product’, known as a ‘CBMP’”
CBMP’s are described as “cannabis-based products for medicinal use in humans” which…
(a) is or contains cannabis, cannabis resin, cannabinol or a cannabinol derivative (not being dronabinol or its stereoisomers);
(b) is produced for medicinal use in humans; and—
(i) a medicinal product, or
(ii) a substance or preparation for use as an ingredient of, or in the production of an ingredient of, a medicinal product.
Outlaw writes that, “If a person is using or in possession of a ‘cannabis product’ for a simple medicinal reason (not medical reason), the cannabis could be a legal CBMP.”
Because the rules are different, when it comes to growing, supplying, or driving under the influence of cannabis, such a defence would not be expected to work.
Law change in 2022?
Outlaw states that he doesn’t want to see one more lost job, ruined life or another family torn apart “due to the government continuing the pantomime that is the mis-used, Misuse of Drugs Act.”
He is currently paying the legal fees for many people to avoid cannabis charges with his current defences and in 2022 he says he’ll be “appealing lots of decisions in order to set a legal precedent”.
Back in the day, an outlaw was not necessarily someone who chose to live outside of the law. It was often someone who, for whatever reason, was no longer protected by the law.
However, in modern day Britain, our cannabis laws do not protect anyone. In fact, they harm many of us. Which is why Outlaw has empowered himself, and now others, with the information needed to use their own outdated laws against them.
He defiantly states: “A prosecution/caution for cannabis possession/use will not be successful if it has not been agreed that the substance is a controlled substance and the prosecution cannot prove that it is.”
So, if you’re being charged with an offence, do not challenge the law as a defence. Use the laws to your advantage and “accept nothing, dispute everything and request the evidence for all claims made.”
Read Outlaw’s blog post, ‘Cannabis is legal’ – The start of OUTLAW’s unofficial decriminalisation, here.
And check out his book, Policing The Police, here.