Channel 4 cannabis show criticised as promoting 'unlawful activity'

channel 4HIGH OLD TIME.. Maureen Vickers, 85, with Sam, who has served time for cannabis possession (Image: Channel 4)

But their drug-taking may also break Ofcom’s strict broadcasting codes when it goes out this week. A spokeswoman for Ofcom pointed to two sections of the Broadcasting Code – Section One which deals with “protecting under-18s”, and Section Two, which covers “generally accepted standards” of programmes. Channel 4 has a significant audience aged 16-34. 

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The watchdog can’t rule until the show goes out on Tuesday. 

Among the drug users was Maureen Vickers, 85, who has been widowed for seven years. 

She was the oldest person to use the drug in the show. 

Dubbed “the coolest grandma in the world”, the ganja granny struggled to “roll a spliff” but managed to use a so-called “volcano” which is a large balloon from which you inhale cannabis smoke through a valve. She said it made her “happy”. 

cannabisThe show may break Ofcom's strict broadcasting codes (Image: Getty)

The volunteers were also shown how to use other cannabis paraphernalia such as a glass “bong”, in which the drug can also be inhaled in large quantities. 

Some volunteers had negative reactions to the drug. 

One former drug squad policeman vomited, while an older multiple sclerosis (MS) sufferer who found it helpful as a pain relief also appeared to hallucinate at the same time. 

A young couple who volunteered with “intimacy issues” resolved to visit a sex shop on the way home from the cannabis cafe. 

Former shadow home secretary Ann Widdecombe accused Channel 4 of “promoting an unlawful activity”. 

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The Brexit Party MEP has hit out at the show, saying: “For one of our channels to be filming it and showing it on our television amounts to showing an unlawful act. 

“The argument against legalising cannabis is not being heard enough but it’s very straightforward. If you legalise cannabis, it is a gate-way drug. 

“A study from the University of Amsterdam when I was shadow home secretary showed that as soft drug use increases, so does hard drug use. About 10 per cent of users go through the gateway.” 

When asked how she reacted to the drug, participant Mrs Vickers, from Warminster, Wiltshire, said: “I felt happy.” 

Mrs Vickers went to Amsterdam against the wishes of her son to do the show but wanted to help her grandson Sam, who believes cannabis can help his cluster headaches. 

Her grandson has a conviction for possessing marijuana for which he served six months in prison. 

Mrs Vickers said: “It was Sam who came to visit me to ask me to do it. I first thought he was going to ask me for money but he mentioned the show. 

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