A controversial documentary has been slammed by furious Brits amid claims it is “promoting” drug use.
High Society: Cannabis Cafe is a two-party documentary airing on Channel 4, with the first instalment of the double bill airing on Tuesday evening.
The Channel 4 doc, which will feature two 60-minute episodes, follows British visitors to an Amsterdam coffee shop.
The aim of the documentary is to follow the British tourists as they seek to gain a greater understanding of cannabis use.
The party consists of two friends curious about the drug’s pain-relieving properties, and a couple hoping to address a question in their relationship.
Two former West Midlands Police officers with differing ideas on drugs legislation also featured, as well as two friends looking for a chance to be more open with each other, and an 82-year-old woman hoping to better understand her grandson’s drug use.
The episode saw Ronnie, a retired drug squad officer from Birmingham, appear.
He worked on some of the country’s biggest drug busts – including a Brum man who was importing MILLIONS of pounds worth of cannabis.
The cannabis smuggler was duly jailed for over a decade.
Ronnie admitted: “If it’s more freely available, schoolchildren WILL be smoking cannabis.”
Meeting Ronnie was Des, an old colleague from the force who hadn’t seen him for 20 years.
“He had quite a number of top quality arrests,” Ronnie tells the camera.
Des said: “Amsterdam, to me, means cannabis.”
Ronnie later reveals he was shot in Liverpool during one drug bust gone wrong, while Des says: “I’m looking forward to experiencing this.
“I think I’ll be fine but that remains to be seen.”
The pair are directed on how to smoke by a cafe worker, and Ronnie says: “If they use cannabis, it’s only a matter of time before they move onto something else.”
Former shadow home secretary Ann Widdecombe has subsequently accused Channel 4 of “promoting an unlawful activity”.
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.”
The documentary saw 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.
84-year-old Maureen, who took part because she wanted to understand why her grandson Sam loves getting high, said: “I felt happy.”
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.
“I would do anything in the world to help his cluster headaches.
“I said, ‘yes’.
“Then we were asked on to the programme.
“I knew absolutely nothing about cannabis.
“I just knew it was smoked.
“Then we were in this cafe with a tray of all different things.
“It was incredible – and then trying to roll them.
“I couldn’t do that!”
Asked if she got “high”, she said, ‘Oh, God no. I couldn’t smoke it, but I did inhale some from the balloon [volcano].
“I expected to go light-headed, but…