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Full house expected as Cllr Ian Driver debates cannabis cafe for Thanet

15 March 2014
by Mary Louis

Experts on cannabis attended a meeting today to discuss opening a cannabis café in Thanet.

The event was organised by Green Party district councillor and parliamentary candidate for Thanet South Ian Driver.

Cllr Ian Driver believes the cannabis cafe could become a focal point for Thanet

Cllr Ian Driver now wants to meet with Anne Barnes


He said: "I am confident that we will be able to establish a group of people who will take the cannabis café idea forward and who will campaign on behalf of cannabis users in Thanet.”

Speakers at the meeting included Professor Alex Stevens from the University of Kent, an international authority on cannabis law reform, and representatives from he Kent Cannabis Consortium, and the UK Cannabis Social Clubs.

Kent Police and Crime Commissioner Ann Barnes declined an invitation to attend.

Cllr Driver said: “I am very disappointed that Ann Barnes will not be present.

A man smoking a cannabis joint. Picture Sean GallupGetty Images

A man smoking a cannabis joint. Picture: Sean Gallup/Getty Images


"The debate about drugs and policing is becoming much more topical and important.

What do you think? Join the debate by adding your comments below"Senior police officers such as Chief Constable Mike Barton of the Durham Constabulary and senior politicians like Deputy Prime Minster Nick Clegg, are calling for an informed national debate about drugs policy.

“Just two weeks ago a Government e-petition, sponsored by Green Party MP Caroline Lucas, calling for a review of UK drugs laws received more than 135,000 signatures.”

Cllr Driver has said previously that the proposal was to develop an Amsterdam-style cafe "where like-minded people can hang out and relax with their friends.”

Those present at the meeting were largely in favour of the plan, with one attendee claiming that cannabis use was already rife in Thanet.


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