Videos of the Cannabis Carnivals

Digging around in my cardboard box of old tapes I came up with these gems

The Independent On Sunday Decriminalise Cannabis March, 1998

The short lived IoS decrim cannabis campaign sparked off a series of annual “Cannabis Carnivals” organised by the Green Party, Exodus Collective and CLCIA amongst others which ran from 1999 to 2004. These are the tapes that survived.

1999 mayday is Jayday

2002 Cannabis Carnival

Ten years ago, seems like a different world. You can see more pictures of the cannabis demos and smokey bears picnics on the UKCIA site


UKCIA is a cannabis law reform site dedicated to ending the prohibition of cannabis. As an illegal drug, cannabis is not a controlled substance - it varies greatly in strength and purity, it's sold by unaccountable people from unknown venues with no over sight by the authorities. There is no recourse to the law for users and the most vulnerable are therefore placed at the greatest risk. There can be no measures such as age limits on sales and no way to properly monitor or study the trade, let alone introduce proper regulation. Cannabis must be legalised, as an illegal substance it is very dangerous to the users and society at large.