Inside Britain’s cannabis clubs where doctors, architects and bankers enjoy a joint

To passersby, the monthly Saturday afternoon gathering of 150 people on Eastney beach near Portsmouth could be a family picnic or community fundraiser. From afar, you can see jerk chicken cooking on a barbecue, children playing with the pebbles and a raffle table covered with prizes.

But look a little closer and you will see the raffle numbers are attached to Rizla cigarette rolling papers, herb grinders and bongs.

A member of the group will ask those who approach to see their membership card, and there will be a telltale smell of cannabis in the air, which nearby police have chosen to overlook.

This week, a spotlight has been thrown on cannabis social clubs, where people gather to smoke and…

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