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Date: Mon, 11 Oct 1999 11:31:37 +0100 (BST)
From: SchNEWS (
Subject: SchNEWS 231, Friday 8th October 1999

May Day Cannabis Festival organiser prosecuted


The May Day Cannabis Festival at Clapham Common, part of a global event that took place in 38 cities and was enjoyed by over 15,000 people and held peacefully with no arrests, no sound level violations and no complaints from local residents. Despite this, organiser Shane Collins is being prosecuted for the heinous crime of permitting dancing and music (without license) and may receive 6 months in prison and a £20,000 fine. Shane told SchNEWS, "Lambeth is wasting Council Taxpayers' money to prosecute me for arranging for the community to have a good time. These proceedings are an attempt to criminalise low key music and dancing at community events and I believe that it is possibly politically motivated." He will be pleading not guilty at Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton at 2.00pm on 5/11/99.

To join the petition or give funds to support his defence, send to: International Cannabis Coalition, c/o Green Party, 1A Waterlow Rd, London, N19 5 NJ

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