Campaigners gather for cannabis picnic in Southsea

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CAMPAIGNERS gathered in Southsea for a cannabis awareness picnic.

The event, which has been criticised by public health officials, has attracted campaigners and families young and old.

People have gathered in Southsea for a cannabis picnic

People have gathered in Southsea for a cannabis picnic

Eric Head, 39, from Portsmouth, went to the original Smokey Bear’s Picnic on Southsea Common in 1994.

He said: ‘It’s raising awareness of the stupid laws that govern this country.

‘It’s changing all over Europe and America, it’s about this time this country takes the social issues and legalises it.’

Around 40 people turned up at the start at 1pm. It finished at 6pm.

Hampshire police said it would respond to a request for comment on Monday.