Police on stand-by as park set to host ‘cannabis picnic’

Leeds Cannabis Social Club wants a change in the law

Leeds Cannabis Social Club wants a change in the law

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Police said they would “respond appropriately” after a campaign group announced plans to hold a picnic for cannabis users in a Leeds park.

Members of the Leeds Cannabis Social Club were due to gather on Saturday, September 5, at Hyde Park in what they called a peaceful “act of civil disobedience”.

The group is one of several across the country that are campaigning for changes to drug laws.

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A spokesman said: “We think that the time police are made to spend dealing with cannabis consumers is a waste of their valuable time and money and a waste of the tax payers money.

“Cannabis consumers would all very much like to have a social space to use so that we can consume cannabis, responsibly, in a well ventilated venue where it will not offend any member of the public”

Insp Howie Milner, of the inner north west neighbourhood policing team, said: “We are aware of the proposed event and will respond appropriately to any offences that occur.”

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