Moment activists dole out £800 worth of cannabis for FREE to passers-by in Manchester city centre

This is the remarkable moment activists give out £800 worth of cannabis for free to passers-by in Manchester city centre.

In a video filmed on Sunday 14th July, two men in balaclavas reveal a well-designed roller banner brandishing the words ‘free bud’

The poster instantly attracts a crowd, and quickly a large zip-lock bag is produced that is chocked full of little bags with cannabis in them.

The video has emerged as a group of cross-party MPs predicted today that the UK will completely legalise cannabis use within 15 years. 

This is the remarkable moment activists give out £800 worth of cannabis for free to passers-by in Manchester city centre

This is the remarkable moment activists give out £800 worth of cannabis for free to passers-by in Manchester city centre

Their well-designed poster instantly attracts a crowd, and quickly a large zip-lock bag is produced that is chocked full of little bags with cannabis in them

Their well-designed poster instantly attracts a crowd, and quickly a large zip-lock bag is produced that is chocked full of little bags with cannabis in them

This is the remarkable moment activists give out £800 worth of cannabis for free to passers-by in Manchester city centre. Their well-designed poster instantly attracts a crowd, and quickly a large zip-lock bag is produced that is chocked full of little bags with cannabis in them

Later in the video, the two men then hand out the free cannabis, which is a Class B drug, to excited members of the public in the city’s Piccadilly Gardens.

Passers by are seen queuing to get their hands on what appears to be cannabis.

However, as one of the men is walking home in a side street close to Piccadilly Gardens the police pull up and stop him. 

The two men then hand out the free cannabis, which is a Class B drug, to excited members of the public in the city's Piccadilly Gardens

The two men then hand out the free cannabis, which is a Class B drug, to excited members of the public in the city's Piccadilly Gardens

Passers by are seen queuing to get their hands on the drug

Passers by are seen queuing to get their hands on the drug

The two men then hand out the free cannabis, which is a Class B drug, to excited members of the public in the city’s Piccadilly Gardens

The free cannabis stunt was pulled by an individual known only as Outlaw, who was joined by another man in a balaclava.

Speaking anonymously, he said: ‘There’s no harm or loss to anyone because a few guys are handing out weed.

‘We question UK laws and legislation and like to test the authority.

The stunt was pulled by an individual known only as Outlaw. Speaking anonymously, he said: 'There's no harm or loss to anyone because a few guys are handing out weed

The stunt was pulled by an individual known only as Outlaw. Speaking anonymously, he said: 'There's no harm or loss to anyone because a few guys are handing out weed

The stunt was pulled by an individual known only as Outlaw. Speaking anonymously, he said: ‘There’s no harm or loss to anyone because a few guys are handing out weed

'Outlaw' added: 'We question UK laws and legislation and like to test the authority'

'Outlaw' added: 'We question UK laws and legislation and like to test the authority'

‘Outlaw’ added: ‘We question UK laws and legislation and like to test the authority’

However, as one of the men is walking home in a side street close to Piccadilly Gardens the police pull up and stop him

However, as one of the men is walking home in a side street close to Piccadilly Gardens the police pull up and stop him

However, as one of the men is walking home in a side street close to Piccadilly Gardens the police pull up and stop him

‘Until somebody can convince us that there’s a legitimate reason for cannabis to be illegal, we’ll keep doing what we’re doing and keep pushing the barrier, regardless of the law.’

He continued: ‘You can see in the video that the people of Manchester were absolutely love it, not so much the police of Manchester!’

Asked if he was arrested, Outlaw replied: ‘You can’t arrest a character with a made up name and no face. Outlaw’s lawyers are right on top of the game.’ 

What does the law say about cannabis?

Cannabis has been illegal for recreational use in the UK since 1928 and is classified as a Class B drug. 

Penalties for dealing, production, and trafficking can result in up to 14 years in prison, an unlimited fine, or both.

The maximum penalty for possession is up to five years in prison and an unlimited fine. 

A ‘Cannabis Warning’, which does not result in arrest or a police caution, can be issued if users are caught with small amounts for personal use.  

Despite the potential penalties several police forces around the country have in recent years turned a blind eye to cannabis use. 

 In April, the National Police Chief’s Council announced that chief could decide whether to arrest and charge, caution or warn those caught with the drug – or simply let them go.   

Medicinal cannabis was legalised in November 2018 after cases of two children with epilepsy who benefited from using a derivative of the drug brought attention to the issue. 

 

‘This is literally just the start and it’s gone mad! Giving out £800.00 worth of weed is nothing.

‘We’ve got a few pop-ups soon and the album is out in August, all the updates will be on my Insta.’

The two men’s brazen flouting of the law came as three MPs predicted cannabis would be legalised in the UK.

The Conservatives’ Jonathan Djanogly, Sir Norman Lamb of the Liberal Democrats and Labour’s David Lammy travelled to Canada on a trip organised by UK harm reduction group Volte Face.

The trip was partly sponsored by cannabis company MPX. Sir Norman and Mr Lammy funded their own flights and accommodation.

The politicians differed in their estimations of the length of time it would take for the UK to allow recreational use of cannabis, which Canada became the first G7 country to do last year.

‘I think we have got a lot to learn before the legalisation of recreational cannabis, which I think will happen at some point,’ Mr Djanogly told BBC’s Newsbeat, adding he thought legalisation would occur between 10 and 15 years in the future.’

‘I want the market legalised, regulated and taken away from crime gangs,’ the Tottenham MP said.

‘I want to see the strength of the stuff reduced, labelled and properly organised in this country.’

Greater Manchester Police have been approached for comment.  

Asked if he was arrested, Outlaw replied: 'You can't arrest a character with a made up name and no face. Outlaw's lawyers are right on top of the game'

Asked if he was arrested, Outlaw replied: 'You can't arrest a character with a made up name and no face. Outlaw's lawyers are right on top of the game'

Asked if he was arrested, Outlaw replied: ‘You can’t arrest a character with a made up name and no face. Outlaw’s lawyers are right on top of the game’

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