Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Southsea 'cannabis picnic' 'was success'

Cannabis picnic Image copyright Hampshire Cannabis Community
Image caption About 50 people attended the controversial event in Castle Field, Southsea

Organisers have hailed a "cannabis picnic" in Southsea, aiming to raise awareness of the drug's "benefits", as a success.

The event on Saturday, which about 50 people attended, was devised by Hampshire Cannabis Community.

Organiser Simon Dignam said: "It was brilliant. There was no trouble at all. It was a great day."

Dr Janet Maxwell, director of public health for Portsmouth City Council, had warned people to "steer well clear".

She said: "We have to keep bringing home to people that the long-term effects of this drug are really damaging.

"Anything that encourages [drug use] and plays to particularly vulnerable youngsters could be harmful."

'Family event'

The group, which believes the class B drug should be legalised, said many people were unaware of its medicinal purposes.

Mr Dignam described the picnic in Castle Field, Southsea, as a family event, with several people bringing children.

He added: "It got the word out a little bit; that's all I wanted to do. If half a dozen people Googled it then that's OK.

"I'm not surprised it caused a stir, it's cannabis."

Hampshire Constabulary said it was not ready to comment.

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