Excuse me Officer, do you have a light?
July 2, 2001 10:16 PM   Subscribe

Excuse me Officer, do you have a light? The topic of Lambeth (a London Borough) taking a softer stance on cannabis use was discussed on MeFi a few weeks ago, but now someone has actually tested it out. The respondants seemed pretty typical of the people in the area (Brixton), but it seems that the Police just completely ignored the reporter as she became increasingly bold in her attempts to get a rise out of them.
posted by davehat (10 comments total)
It is business as usual down the market where, spliff in hand, I buy a pound of cherries from a local fruit stall.

Surely that should read "stared at the biscuits for an hour and a half before running away because the shopkeeper was looking for me strangely".

(And Merope Mills is the kind of name that Chris Morris give reporters)
posted by Grangousier at 12:16 AM on July 3, 2001

A 61-year-old pensioner, who'd like to be known as Mr Blair, explains that he smokes marijuana because he doesn't drink alcohol - bypassing an explanation for the near-empty bottle of Heineken in his left hand. "I'm a tax-payer, so I'm allowed," he reasons.

Straight out of a "Brass Eye" interview, I'd venture. For anyone unaware until now of the existence of Chris Morris, here's a good introduction.

Incidentally, if anyone knows where I can get Brass Eye on video, I'd really like a copy. As far as I know, it was never released by Channel Four.
posted by davehat at 12:37 AM on July 3, 2001

Dude, episode 1 ('Animals') is going out on C4 this Thursday - along with A BRAND NEW EPISODE OF BRASS EYE!
posted by Mocata at 2:06 AM on July 3, 2001

Mocata: Damn, I just moved to Australia! Any idea what the new one is about?
posted by davehat at 3:30 AM on July 3, 2001

davehat - I just taped all the first six episodes of Brass Eye from E4 on Sat night. I'll copy it for you if you want. Just give me a mail. Don't forget about thursday night!
posted by twistedonion at 3:52 AM on July 3, 2001

davehat: The new show is shrouded in mystery - I've tried getting a preview tape but no luck. But my mate met the guy who played Adrian Mole on telly recently and he'd auditioned for it - apparently the material used in the audition had something to do with an army of paedophiles marching from the north...
posted by Mocata at 3:57 AM on July 3, 2001

An army of paedophiles? Adrian Mole? Hmmm, intrigue....

twistedonion: There's no email address in your profile and I couldn't find a mailto: on your site.....
posted by davehat at 4:33 AM on July 3, 2001

oops, my profile now shows my email address.

Army of paedophiles - and there was me thinking he just might tone done the subject matter.....
posted by twistedonion at 4:52 AM on July 3, 2001

Goddamnit, that story made me want a joint... looks like by the time I get out of college Canada will have decriminalized... I think I'll be moving there.
posted by tweebiscuit at 7:22 AM on July 3, 2001

umm... canada has decriminalized possesion for medicinal purposes only if you have a prescription blahblahblah. and there's no legal supply. you still can't buy or sell the stuff.

there's other reasons to move here thought.
posted by raedyn at 3:16 PM on July 3, 2001

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