Cannabis Culture report
Bring your plants, seeds and joints to Eidsvolls plass by the Norwegian Storting (Legislature) on Thursday 22 September.
In Norway, civil society is confronting the drug law. The Norwegian royal commission on drug reform has found the criteria for punishment wanting, but the Norwegian government will not reject the premises of prohibition. Instead, the problem of arbitrary persecution continues, and several NGOs will bring cannabis plants to the Norwegian Storting to secure the rule of law for the persecuted groupings of drug policy.
On Thursday 22 September, the Alliance for Rights-oriented Drug Policies (AROD) and the Patient Association for Safe Cannabis Use (PASCAN) will use civil disobedience to shed light on the problem of cannabis cultivation and arbitrary imprisonment, as the Norwegian police’s judgment and practice have proved unpredictable and disproportionate.
It is not uncommon for citizens who keep cannabis plants, even seeds, to be prosecuted for several kilos of finished product. The police can include leaves and twigs, which is non-smoking material, and on this basis, people are sentenced to months and years in prison. Is this right?
Last year, AROD had a civil disobedience campaign to settle a question of rights, and the police themselves assessed the case differently. Because there were no buds (smokable material) on the cannabis plant that was set up outside the main police station in Oslo on September 11, 2021, the prosecution did not want to include the plant in the indictment, and this is a breach of a long tradition that continues in the country’s courtrooms. AROD and PASCAN will therefore clarify the issue, so that arbitrary imprisonment does not occur, and again use civil disobedience to assist legal developments.