Researcher, Blogger, Activist

Researcher, Blogger, Activist

Charity Changing Lives have this week issued a statement saying that women are turning to the sex trade as a means of survival.

“Survival sex is a term that has become common place with staff at Changing Lives but it has yet to resonate with the wider public. It needs to.”, said Chief Executive Stephen Bell.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/desparate-women-selling-survival-sex-9059830

While I’m an advocate for prostitution as a legal trade where the women in the profession can get proper protections, having people so desperate in our society shows that something is majorly wrong.

At present in the UK, we have a female population of around 33 million women. So they outnumber us men by at least one million.

https://www.statista.com/statistics/281240/population-of-the-united-kingdom-uk-by-gender/

And yet 80% of government cuts will hit vulberable women according to the debt advisory service Trust Deed Scotland!

This is at a time when the number of offences against women, including domestic abuse, rape and sexual assaults, rose by almost 10% to 117,568 in 2015-16.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/sep/05/violent-crimes-against-women-in-england-and-wales-reach-record-high

Women’s groups say it is no coincidence that the rise begins at the same time as the financial crisis and the beginning of austerity politics in Britain. They are calling for a reversal of cuts to specialist domestic violence services. Many have closed as a result of belt-tightening in local government since 2010.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/jan/13/hidden-rise-violent-crime-growth-violence-against-women

Cuts that the UN have already confirmed are human rights abuses!

http://www.thecanary.co/2016/06/28/buried-un-slams-tories-uk-human-rights-abuses/

Something that some very legally minded people have also found the prohibition of cannabis to be.

“The prohibition of cannabis in the UK contravenes the following Articles of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948 Treaty to which we are a Party: 1, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 16, 18, 21, 25, 26, 28, 29 and 30.”

http://www.ccguide.org/contrary.php

And has now been confirmed by the supreme of Mexico who have ruled the use of cannabis a human right.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/smoking-cannabis-basic-human-right-6783068

For some months now, Durham and Avon & Somerset police forces have been running diversionary schemes for drug users, to remove criminality from the process. 80% have taken up the program so far. Alarmingly, more than half of the arrests were for cannabis.

http://www.vice.com/en_uk/read/drug-decriminalisation-in-uk-narcomania-heroin-crack

In January 2015, it was reported that Durham Constabulary had received 963 reports of sexual and violent crime, which was an increase on the 560 from the year before.

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/sex-offences-up-northumbria-durham-8498863

Last year though, since roundabout the time Durham enacted the policy of acting on complaints only with regards to cannabis cultivation and use, there was a dramatic drop in crimes of this nature to 329.

https://www.police.uk/durham/39/crime/stats/

This evidence correlates with what is being witnessed in Colorado. In Denver, which is the hub of legal pot sales as well as the capital and the most populous city in the state, assaults, murders, burglaries, rapes, and other violent crimes also declined during the first three months of 2014 when compared with the same time period in 2013. Automobile break-ins went from 2,317 to 1,477, which represents a 36 percent decrease. Homicides went from 17 to 8, which is a 53 percent decrease, and sexual assaults went from 110 to 95 — a 14 percent drop.

http://www.rogersandmoss.com/blog/14-criminal-law-articles/56-two-years-later-has-the-legalization-of-marijuana-affected-crime-in-colorado

Researchers from Yale University, University of Buffalo and Rutgers followed 634 married couples for nine years. They found that when couples used cannabis three times or more each month reported the lowest number domestic violence incidents (intimate partner violence) over the first nine years of marriage.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/married-couples-who-smoke-cannabis-together-are-less-likely-to-engage-in-domestic-violence-9693772.html

A subjective study of alcohol to cannabis by US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, conluded that alcohol facilitates feelings of aggression whereas cannabis diminishes aggressive feelings in heavy alcohol and regular cannabis users, respectively.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27422568

A substance that costs the UK £21 billion per year.

http://www.nta.nhs.uk/uploads/adult-alcohol-statistics-2013-14-commentary.pdf

Cannabis! Doing the job the Tories with all of their bluster, and the over stretched and under funded, soon to be privatised police, can’t!

As well as dropping violent crime rates, cannabis is also an industry that is thriving on equality, with predictions that it will be the first not to be dominated by men.

http://europe.newsweek.com/women-weed-how-legal-marijuana-could-be-first-billion-dollar-industry-not-331794?rm=eu

In the past several years, women have become a driving force in the growth of the cannabis industry. Businesswomen and female entrepreneurs say they are launching marijuana-centric companies with the hope that they can avoid the glass ceiling some say prevented them from reaching board rooms and corner offices in other industries.

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/06/women-turn-to-the-marijuana-industry-to-escape-stubborn-glass-ceilings/489008/

Here’s an introduction to some of the current big names making great strides.

https://www.leafly.com/news/industry/9-influential-women-who-are-shaping-the-cannabis-industry

This is a subject that is being highlighted in the American industry and given quite a bit of prominence in the media.

“For well over 20 years, the conversation about drug policy reform has been largely held by white men.”

“Women stopped and paid attention because a woman was speaking to them, and now every campaign since then has put a woman out front.”

Dale Sky Jones – Executive Chancellor of Oaksterdam University and Chairwoman of the Board for the Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform.

A multibillion dollar industry where a good dispensary can make around $10,000 per day, and employees make wages in excess of twice the minimum wage.

http://bc.ctvnews.ca/vancouver-dispensary-sells-10-000-worth-of-pot-daily-documents-show-1.2871738

https://www.monster.com/career-advice/article/booming-legal-marijuana-industry-has-jobs-that-pay-50k-to-90k

Unlike convenience shops that are making around £242 per week from tobacco products served by minimum wage staff.

https://www.ft.com/content/e38184a2-947e-11e6-a1dc-bdf38d484582?ftcamp=engage%2Femail%2Ftextlink%2Fsubscribers%2Ftodaysftheadlines%2Fcrm&utm_source=subscribers&utm_medium=email&utm_term=textlink&utm_campaign=todaysftheadlines

Just for the record, dispensaries now outnumber both Starbucks and McDonalds in Colorado, so there’s obviously no shortage of jobs or opportunities.

https://www.coloradopotguide.com/colorado-marijuana-blog/2015/december/26/more-dispensaries-in-colorado-than-mcdonalds-starbucks-combined/

A UK cannabis industry could change our culture dramatically. From drops in violent crime rates to equal opportunity employment, this industry is a game changer for to British politics. The ending of prohibition (an unecessary political choice) also means the end of austerity (another unnecessary political choice)!

Whereas the Conservative government are happy to trample all over human rights with illegal legislation (while in office illegaly, “allegedely”), the cannabis industry is enforcing them and in some cases, even fighting tooth and claw for them!

If there’s one thing all men know, its to never come between a woman and a sick kid. With the new rulings on CBD being brought in by the MHRA, how long will it be before kids start to fall sick and the mothers, grandmothers, sisters and daughters, all come out for long overdue change?

The cannabis industry is moving on from the days of dodgy dealing to become a truly global revolution across all three sectors of medicinal, recreational and industrial cannabis, and its the ladies who will lead the way.