Cannabis Rights Activist Smokes In Front Of Police Station

Published August 2, 2012

A man seeking to have Iceland’s marijuana laws reformed smoked two joints with a few others in front of the Reykjavík police station. Police did not arrest him.
As reported, Örvar Geir Geirsson is a spokesperson for RVK Homegrown. Yesterday, he began what will be a ten-day fast, drinking water and eating only hemp seeds. He also intends to smoke 1/3 gramme of marijuana in front of a number of public institutions, choosing a different location each day. Örvar said he will most likely choose the residence of the president, Bessastaðir, as the final location.
Grapevine spoke with Örvar by telephone yesterday. He told us that despite his intended ten-day plan being reported by the Icelandic media, no media were present for the event nor attempted to contact him.
Örvar was overall pleased with the operation. He, and a few others who eventually joined, smoked two joints in front of the Reykjavík police station over the course of about half an hour. He was not arrested. “From this I’ve concluded that it’s legal to smoke weed in Iceland,” he said. “Or at least, to do so in front of the police station.”
Among the points of RVK Homegrown’s platform is the call for the law to differentiate between “hard” and “soft” drugs, to allow people to grow up to five cannabis plants for personal use, and to allow Icelanders to buy cannabinoid medication from Holland with a doctor’s permission. They contend that such measures, among others, would ease the court and penal system, and leave behind the “zero tolerance” policy adopted by other countries.
“I’ve had my door kicked down by the police over a gramme of weed,” Örvar said. “I’m not a bad guy. I’m not hurting anyone. I’m tired of being treated like a criminal for doing nothing wrong.”
Today at 16:20, he will smoke marijuana in the garden behind the parliamentary building. The general public is welcome to attend.



News
New Day Dawning For Chickens

New Day Dawning For Chickens

by

The days of confinement in cramped cages for egg-laying hens will, by 2021, be a thing of the past. Vísir

News
Protest Report Illegal, Says Data Protection Authority

Protest Report Illegal, Says Data Protection Authority

by

A report compiled by former Chief Superintendant of the Police Geir Jón Þórisson entitled “Summary of the structure of the

News
Iceland’s Oldest Record Store Chain Closing

Iceland’s Oldest Record Store Chain Closing

by

Icelandic record store Skífan will be closing its doors after 40 years in business, reports DV. The owner of Skífan

News
Iceland’s Glaciers Have Shrunk Significantly

Iceland’s Glaciers Have Shrunk Significantly

by

Satellite images from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) show that there has been a staggering decrease in the ice capping Mýrdalsjökull

News
Woman Arrested With Fake Gun

Woman Arrested With Fake Gun

by

A woman was arrested in Selfoss yesterday after threatening people on the street with an imitation shotgun, reports RÚV. Police

News
PM: “Inevitable” Iceland Looks Into “Proactive Investigations”

PM: “Inevitable” Iceland Looks Into “Proactive Investigations”

by

Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson cautioned it would be “irresponsible” to believe terrorism cannot happen in Iceland, and that it

Show Me More!