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How Weed Laws Are Failing the UK

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High Society is a new VICE documentary series about drugs in the UK. Weed is the UK’s favourite illegal drug. An estimated half a million people use it for medicinal purposes, and many more just to get high. But while countries around the world move to decriminalise or even fully legalise smoking and growing weed – and in the face of British police de-prioritising the policing of cannabis – the UK’s government refuses to budge. When over 200,000 people signed a petition last year calling on Westminster to make the production, sale and use of weed legal, the government responded with a flat-out no. In this episode of High Society we explore how that approach to the issue shapes the UK’s weed culture, meeting growers, medical users, politicians and a couple of thieves in Birmingham who have come up with a novel way to make money off the country’s cannabis trade. WATCH NEXT: The Truth About Ecstasy - http://bit.ly/2ezCRRH Click here to subscribe to VICE: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE Check out our full video catalog: http://bit.ly/VICE-Videos Videos, daily editorial and more: http://vice.com More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideo Like VICE on Facebook: http://fb.com/vice Follow VICE on Twitter: http://twitter.com/vice Read our Tumblr: http://vicemag.tumblr.com Follow us on Instagram: http://instagram.com/vice Check out our Pinterest: https://pinterest.com/vicemag Download VICE on iOS: http://apple.co/28Vgmqz Download VICE on Android: http://bit.ly/28S8Et0
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2001 (3 days ago)
They rob weed houses? Lame, grow your own you thieving bastards. Embarrassing mate grow up you scum!
2001 (3 days ago)
I like her lmao
Rune Crafter (4 days ago)
No one asking how they got the leader of one of the biggest political party’s?
Kreesey Videos (4 days ago)
Big up Tim farron❤️🍁
Tom Robinson (4 days ago)
8:36 thats no where near birmingham, thats on the a55 just past mold, why is north wales in this?
BlueWise NinjaOwl (5 days ago)
No offense but the Guy making 16k every 12 weeks growing weed, If he is capable of doing that then how can he be claiming disability? Some people that really do need disability cannot get it. Could he not get a job in a commercial glass house growing nutritious vegetables that would actually do good for society rather then harm it? I think the salary is 36k a year.
Ewan Moody (7 days ago)
Them robbers are fucking disgusting degenerates hope they get what should be coming for them, fucking lazy useless good for nothing robbing pricks for real, they're the criminals that need to be locked up.
POLISH BUILDER (8 days ago)
If weed is legalised then it will be sold in special shops, not the street. This minimises the chances of getting skunk considerably as the cannabis will be regulated by professionals. Taking weed of the street will also result in less underage citizens using weed. Weed has been strongly linked to the underdevelopment of the brain from under 18 users. Taking weed of the street reduces that risk, which is good. Weed also is strongly linked with being a wonder medicine to treat depression and anxiety as well as terminal diseases such as cancer. The tax revenue from marijuana will be very high, giving the government more money to spend on the NHS. Weed does have negative effects of course, but statically alcohol and cigarettes are much more dangerous with absolutely no medical benefit. To overdose on cannabis, you would need to smoke 16,000 joints in a minute, which is impossible. Weed should be legalised right now.
Avid Listener (9 days ago)
The readily available drugs means its obvious they will be consumed. As a consumer I wonder where my fault is at. I can't see it. If there were no bookies and if there were no drugs I'd have to buy pop. Funny how these folk slack at the borders yet blame us for buying. Take Portugal for an example where possession is decriminalised.
Rontti (11 days ago)
Wow that dank of england guy seems so chill
Louie Chant (13 days ago)
oiii whats that drum and bass tune at the beginning?
Md. Ziaur Rahman (14 days ago)
Weed is not drugs. Illegality of this weed is inhuman.
Vasily Povalyaev (15 days ago)
who's high rn
Arjay Espiritu (18 days ago)
Cannabis in philippines can get you killed
Frost Designs (18 days ago)
One love
Justyn HaLl (19 days ago)
I think you missed the point of the police in that field. There are so many people, how can you arrest one, they come up to you, throw it. No evidence?
Decker D (19 days ago)
"Pass the dutchie on the left wing side" lmao
Freeboy xo (19 days ago)
Don’t compare that to Ramadan you bastard
Jack Morley (20 days ago)
My friends are drug dealers, I get an ounce of weed a week for free. My life is good
CJFLCC CJFLCC (20 days ago)
How does that guy say shit like that with a straight face.. anyone know what's in nyquil? I have no fucking idea.
YouTube Viewer (22 days ago)
i know who im voting for next election
Amz Nation (23 days ago)
*a plant that kills nobody* England: class B
Mark Duggan (25 days ago)
If the arseholes in parliament decide to legalise weed they’d want taxes making it more expensive. Grow your own, undercut the nonces , job done.
carl bland (26 days ago)
spliff time
Adam (28 days ago)
Tiny.t16 (29 days ago)
Medical Weed is now legal now right
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JMK (1 month ago)
when they burned the weed it hurt. But that guy is high afffff
Aaron Ditchfield (1 month ago)
I need to make my Bread ....Then get a fucking Job you twat
The Beyonder (1 month ago)
The granny grower is abuse it rigging power and so on lol wtf give real people a bad name for real ! . The robbers will come unstuck when they rob the wrong people lol robbing a gang will show them why its wrong to rob someone else's op ! .
Briggan007 (1 month ago)
Who else lit a blunt while watching this XD
Peop Leo (1 month ago)
I dont know why but watching this gets me happy.
Martyn Blackburn (1 month ago)
The UK will never condone, sanction, or legalise recreational drugs, because of moral panic and because of a deeply endemic distrust of the upper and middle classes for the lower classes. The drug fueled 60s and 70s was a time of relapse after the 50s. When the 70s were out, the 80s came and the country became socially conservative, and then came the drugs moral panic, and the Satanic moral panic. When the 80s ended the drug culture was almost obliterated except in the rave clubs which exploded. But that didn't last very long. Now there is a residual drug culture and not enough of any real drug culture to make political change in the law. As the country moves to the right, the new generation will not even want to take drugs or drink, they will became the first teetol generation since the 50s.
Og Jody B Legend (1 month ago)
Need To Be Legal N Da US
Angus Jones (1 month ago)
Black the ripper is so jokes lmao
Elysia Cork (1 month ago)
Lool I’m loving Dank of England lifestyle 🤪😍
cyberho (1 month ago)
song at 0:49?
MAST3RCHIEF 98 (1 month ago)
If its legalised it can provide the government with so much income and will shut down all the weed dealers and legalisation will mean that it can be scientifically engineered by a botanist making it safer rather than it being grown in some scummy greenhouse.
TFJ (1 month ago)
10:08 sounds like Romell from TGF bro
David Griffin (1 month ago)
Gotta love England 😂
Liisaa Pako (1 month ago)
Pleas in German Subtiles
alex black (2 months ago)
People in the UK are not mentally developed to deal with legal drugs like in Canada.
PAPPA PANCAKES (2 months ago)
7:50 gangsta granny
Poppy Cantwell (2 months ago)
Dutchie means food pan ya biff xx
TUNA (2 months ago)
bs immedical student weed is bad ... basicly inhaling burnt of anything is bad burn a paper inhale the smoke its bad burn a grass inhale the smoke its bad burn a cannibis inhale its smoke its bad EVEN inhaling steam of water for a long term damages your body our lungs isnt evolved to inhale smokes and steams we arent fucking living in gas planet neptune so yeah if u burn !!!!! ANYTHING !!!! and inhale the smoke coming out of that burned thing ITS JUST BAD FOR YOU.
Mitchgill12 (2 months ago)
the demand for every drug seems so high there. i cant get why every uk grow ive seen from the forums back in the day to ig today or youtube, is all mids. that old lady's grow was not optimal and to think theres armies of them.
Hairy Pooter (2 months ago)
Any weed laws are failing everywhere
CapiTen10 (2 months ago)
UK is a fascist country.
Dan Lewis (2 months ago)
The guy who smokes in public should offer his 'DANK OF ENGLAND' T shirts for sale! He could make some nice money. I want one for sure.
ZeusesCannons (2 months ago)
“I’ve got gang members in every corner of my family” *shows nerf gun*
Charles Neilson (2 months ago)
Devon Englund (2 months ago)
Come try that shit in America...You will get wacked.
First name Last name (2 months ago)
I’m 12 first time I tried weed was summer 2017 and it was pretty fucking good tbh I don’t think that it should be illegal Please don’t judge me cuz I’m different and also this was in London
Lolface44 (2 months ago)
If the police are "far more obsessed with organized crime" the government should just legalize it. Then there would be no selling turf wars, dangerous fake weed or drug deals going wrong.
John (2 months ago)
Black the Ripper is a fucking moron. Sure, smoke it all you want, sure, it should be legal. But smoking while driving? NO. Don't be a fucking tool.
Jack Young (2 months ago)
I don't get how weed is illegal which just makes you want to eat a fuck tonne of food but alcohol is legal and it makes you loose your ability to make simple choices
C_M (2 months ago)
3:05 what retarded cunts.
adam ker-lindsay (2 months ago)
Grans should stick to cooking the bud looked jank
Cookie Nibbles (2 months ago)
the old guy so cute bless his weed soul
YourKneesAreGrey (2 months ago)
"Need to make ma bread" 😂😂shut up
anteurz (2 months ago)
*fouur twentey*
Crispy (2 months ago)
16:50 the weed dint cure his need to go to the toilet it just made him forget that he needed to shit
Adilf Hortler (3 months ago)
Somebody hmu with Lee's number i need to chill with that dude
Game Chef (3 months ago)
The grandem
uh (3 months ago)
weed is legal in October
Wais Wood (3 months ago)
Greg out here smoking mid
anteurz (3 months ago)
*"i have gang members of every corner of my family"* *Zooms into Nerf gun*
M0N0T0NE (3 months ago)
Txt Gaming (3 months ago)
It’s a massive fucking waist of police time that could be used on sorting out other problems such as meth or heroin actual dangerous drugs that require police attention
cleo clark (3 months ago)
a bit black mirror thingy going on with the drones
Ryan's Music (3 months ago)
please tell me thats aphex twin in the background
gaming officer jake yt (3 months ago)
Mäšøñ (3 months ago)
No way they burn all that weed that’s just basically getting rid of medicine
ReivaxOG (3 months ago)
Shaggy from scooby doo
Antonio Corello (3 months ago)
OMG y'all got a British 50 Cent at 2:53 XD
Cal (3 months ago)
black the ripper is a piece of shit, he's just making it worse
Konrad (3 months ago)
why are the police burning it? ill burn it for you!
Thomas P (3 months ago)
400 thousand pounds of weed form 16 plants? what the fuck kind of idiot is this reporter
SpudLab (3 months ago)
https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/224928/sponsors/new?token=EF1QvuzqdimxgPNDc4Z3 sign this pettition to legalise weed
Muhammed Jalil (4 months ago)
Where in England, mainly around central London, can i get weed?
Max Shearer (3 months ago)
Not in central but if you go Lewisham or one of those areas just go on Snapchat maps and something might pop up for you still
Skitz (4 months ago)
tim farrons lives in my town and everyone smokes weed here
noah herbert (4 months ago)
She's the British Heylia
Mac Doo (4 months ago)
Police in brum do not care about weed being smoked
FuckGooglePlus (4 months ago)
I live in the UK... my whole neighbourhood smells like weed all the time. I even saw an old muslim man lighting it up. Nobody fucking cares. I never heard of anyone being arrested for smoking a doobie.
Mary Ann (4 months ago)
I’m looking for a weed dealer in Lowestoft, can anyone help?
There is no health benefit from smoking weed when its mixed with tobacco and more risk of getting lung disease and paranoia episodes.
Ecky Voes (1 month ago)
I know this was 2 months ago, but it isn't from the weed regarding lung disease, and the paranoia episodes depend on the person and how much they've been smoking. Please research it!
Alcohol laws and limitations are failing as well since people are making alcohol at home in the UK.
wise man lee (4 months ago)
The government are trying to use smoking cannabis instead of a gas chamber so they're can slowly choke the UK to death. and smoking is a Death sentence and say no to drugs. and Millions of people died of smoking and cannabis Use every year. And it is like chemical warfare and Isis Can use cannabis gas chambers against the UK now and it's going to be legal if they pass this law
michael cianci (4 months ago)
8:18 400,000 LBS? even at 2 lb's a plant which is doing extremely well, that 200,000 plants a year. she said she has 12 week cycle that's 4 cycles a year. so she has 50,000 plants at a time, in 6 rooms, that's 8,333 plants a room, not the 16 that she said she has...even 400,000 oz/year is impossible from 6 rooms of 16 plants w/ 4 cycle a year. that's over 1000 oz's per plant. even 400,000 g/year would take 12,500 plants producing 2 lbs a plant..... HEAVY BULLSHIT CLAIM
Max Shearer (3 months ago)
She means £ like 400 clean
Gobby Prick (4 months ago)
Why do people in the UK take so much drugs? Because it's fucking SHIT here. Everything is expensive, everything is depressing, taxes are high, wages are low. It's fucking miserable. I hate the UK. Would love nothing more than to move to Arizona so I didn't have to look at grey dull horrible skies OR sit stewing in my own juices and be miserable during summer because it's so fucking HUMID! Among many many many other reasons the UK is a sinking shit filled ship. God Bless America and God Help the UK.
K Mcleod (4 months ago)
whytes love drugs!
Nathan Webb (4 months ago)
If someone stole my fucking weed I'd hunt them down like an animal and blow them apart with a shotgun
No Username! (4 months ago)
People should protest non stop till it’s legalised.
Kat Kookie (4 months ago)
It’s a class c drug not a class b dude.
Jack M (4 months ago)
because the police feel it should be legal.
That0Homeless0Guy (4 months ago)
I got chills down my spine when she said "I don't use them but I know they are there if I want to use them". I know what she's talking about and it really is a powerful security blanket for the psyche.
fernandez cartel (4 months ago)
GANJA FARMERRRRR!!! respect to all ganja man
RagbagMcShag (4 months ago)
18:26 what the fuck he is talking straight out of his ass
CrowdControl2K8 (4 months ago)
It's not being legalized because our Health Ministers husband has a farm that grows medical and sells it abroad. It's not being legalized because our Prime Ministers husband profits from medical cannabis grown in the UK and sold abroad. What a big fraud....it already works but they have to keep it criminalized so they can license it and say its different so they can charge £300 a bottle when a £20 plant is the same. (not accurate figures...lol maybe someone can work it out)
rob t (4 months ago)
Dank of England is such a fucking wasteman. Literally does nothing but negative things 'for the cause'

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