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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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D S (3 hours ago)
That dank of England dude seems like a asshat and it’s people like him that make people think smoking weed will lead to you living in your van.
yoboi thiccnigga (3 hours ago)
"We'll get the votes later.... They'll come" - hilarious 😂
Santi Jim (8 hours ago)
Just like gun control
adambomb621 (9 hours ago)
Please tell me that High tech song that starts around 8:45
Cup Noodle (10 hours ago)
clip of the nerf gun got me shaking
iRiloh (14 hours ago)
My guy black the ripper
David Grager (22 hours ago)
When they said they're burning the weed in Britain I died inside a little
Micah Baptisto (1 day ago)
Mr.Sceptic (1 day ago)
Bunch of useless junkies. Shoot them all.
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GangPardos (1 day ago)
Welcome to mama jane's grow op.
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Kachiga Kachow (2 days ago)
That old man is my spirit animal
Margret Parongwa (2 days ago)
"This is like your Ramadan or Christmas"😂😂😂😂😂😂
Sebastian Wardana (2 days ago)
Britain, I hope the last brexit vote is the final nail in the coffin for all madness in your country!
FAZ KHAN (2 days ago)
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amos lucibello (6 days ago)
19:57 "strong tabacco" *wink* *wink*
time2cclear (7 days ago)
when it's legal the corporations will be the only one's making money off weed . funny how shops in Cali , Nevada & Colorado charge the same amount for weed as it costs on the streets . Indica $20 a gram street price ...... same price in shops . why ?
PoliticallyAbstract (7 days ago)
15:01 - Asshole...
JDottDees Tv (7 days ago)
Mother fucker on disability and tending to a crop behave.
JDottDees Tv (7 days ago)
'How weed laws are failing the UK' Hosted by - (discount) Daniel Radcliffe
Juffery Stoner (7 days ago)
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5k wiv no vids??? (8 days ago)
Can he be my grandpa
bnns12 (8 days ago)
how tf he get weed on the plane 😵
sarp sarp (9 days ago)
In Turkey, synthetic weed is the most common illegal drug.
D man (10 days ago)
If you consume anything other than weed.. Youre a loser
Nate Matt Grey (11 days ago)
"that's some strong tobacco" lol
JAY got 4gb RAM (11 days ago)
2:37 that boy just give dat grandpa respect in another way
Robert Rosenberger (11 days ago)
i love the guy
DS GAMING (12 days ago)
even if weed is legal plugs wont go out of business because they still gonna sill it to high schools and there prices are going to be cheaper then in the shops
AXEF-JOSHI (15 days ago)
is it good think that these vid vice makes from weed makes me wanna try it more
Tochi Imoh (18 days ago)
Is that Kelechi from Arsenal Fan TV? 2:55
James Clatworthy (19 days ago)
Burning all that seized weed is such a waste
Punch Agario (20 days ago)
we're such faken drugo's xD
Dwstroyer j (21 days ago)
Zero The Hero (22 days ago)
Poor Brits, we in canada buy our pot from the government and can grow at home
Rob (23 days ago)
Keep the electric bill down? Use LEDs :)
Matt Triano (24 days ago)
Serendipity (1 month ago)
pot rally? I'm calling the police
ChannelX24 (1 month ago)
Good on Black the Ripper for smoking weed while driving, doing a lot of good for the legalise movement when you end up killing someone due to being high.
thats not how weed works you fucking narc...its easy to spot the weirdos that just spew shit from their shitter they call a mouth instead of experiencing themselves...ive driven many times while high but i would never drive drunk bcuz its two completely different things...moron
Jody Carlos Borrageiro (1 month ago)
@9:57 lol... Great math there dude... Going places... Maybe not Yale.... But places.....
Over Kill (1 month ago)
The dank of england guy looks like a black version of russ.
MCFCRuss Brown (1 month ago)
Lee's an OG hippy
Peter Griffin (1 month ago)
It should be legal
hello yous (1 month ago)
people theifing other peoples grows, scumbags
Mr B (1 month ago)
Black the ripper music must b shit, he uses weed in videos for shock value.
D R (1 month ago)
This stupid fuck interviewer just talked about some "Cannabis Psychosis" what an establishment fucking tool. These people are morons. Cannabis psychosis lol
D R (1 month ago)
That bitch is not growing 400,000 pounds of cannabis a year, she ain't even growing 100 pounds a year and that was some schwagg
KnaxelBaby (1 month ago)
that girl got the idea for the thermal camera drone because thats how they watch grow houses in the us lol
Violins1345 (1 month ago)
Working for a Congressman who is so hung Ho about weed has made it hard for me to understand any of the arguments to keep it criminalized. It brings in income to the state, cuts down racially motivated arrests, takes a lot of pressure off the police in general to prioritize more important issues, and makes it safer. Like at this point, considering how Republicans are supposed to be about fiscal conservatism and deregulation, why this hasn’t happened in a Republican majority government is beyond me.
Nadia (1 month ago)
bernie sanders wildin in this one
Nadia (1 month ago)
love that old man
JClark54 (1 month ago)
It shouldn’t be a class b
Mortsy Brah (1 month ago)
England doesn't have shit on the USA and thats on everything.
Legalize cocaine
Millie Anne (1 month ago)
We should be worrying more about alcohol consumption, because the nhs especially, are spending tons on incidents to do with alcohol
geraouuu (1 month ago)
Smoke gang 2019
Booty Sniffer (1 month ago)
The government there can dick people around like this because Britain literally took people's guns. This is what the 2nd amendment was made for. Resistance against yranny both foreign and domestic. Molon motherfuckin labe!
Booty Sniffer (1 month ago)
TheFluffyDuck (1 month ago)
Sweet then legalise LSD and shrooms while you are at it
1234 moonchild 9876 (2 months ago)
02:18 damn he did not just say it was like his Ramadan 💀
hyde park? more like HIGH park
Jess Jakeman (2 months ago)
anyone know where I can get the old guys cool t shirt? Can’t find it online and it’s a total cop
2001 (2 months ago)
They rob weed houses? Lame, grow your own you thieving bastards. Embarrassing mate grow up you scum!
2001 (2 months ago)
I like her lmao
Rune Crafter (2 months ago)
No one asking how they got the leader of one of the biggest political party’s?
Kreesey Videos (2 months ago)
Big up Tim farron❤️🍁
Tom Robinson (2 months ago)
8:36 thats no where near birmingham, thats on the a55 just past mold, why is north wales in this?
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 (2 months 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 (2 months 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 (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
Wow that dank of england guy seems so chill
Louie Chant (2 months ago)
oiii whats that drum and bass tune at the beginning?
Md. Ziaur Rahman (2 months ago)
Weed is not drugs. Illegality of this weed is inhuman.
Vasily Povalyaev (2 months ago)
who's high rn
Arjay Espiritu (2 months ago)
Cannabis in philippines can get you killed
Frost Designs (2 months ago)
One love
Justyn HaLl (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
"Pass the dutchie on the left wing side" lmao
Freeboy xo (2 months ago)
Don’t compare that to Ramadan you bastard
Jack Morley (2 months ago)
My friends are drug dealers, I get an ounce of weed a week for free. My life is good
CJFLCC CJFLCC (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
i know who im voting for next election
Amz Nation (2 months ago)
*a plant that kills nobody* England: class B
Mark Duggan (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
spliff time
Adam (3 months ago)
Tiny.t16 (3 months ago)
Medical Weed is now legal now right
JMK (3 months ago)
when they burned the weed it hurt. But that guy is high afffff
Aaron Ditchfield (3 months ago)
I need to make my Bread ....Then get a fucking Job you twat
The Beyonder (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
Who else lit a blunt while watching this XD
Peop Leo (3 months ago)
I dont know why but watching this gets me happy.
Martyn Blackburn (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
Need To Be Legal N Da US
Angus Jones (3 months ago)
Black the ripper is so jokes lmao
Elysia Cork (3 months ago)
Lool I’m loving Dank of England lifestyle 🤪😍
cyberho (3 months ago)
song at 0:49?

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