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UK’s first cannabis education centre to open in Weston Super Mare

The UK’s first-ever cannabis education centre is set to open in Weston-Super-Mare.

The site, located on Station Road, was bought by drug advocacy group FACES, which stands for Free Addiction Cannabis Education and Support.

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FACES was founded by former project manager Steve Melhuish, who became a drug safety activist after the death of his 24-year-old brother, Robert Cox. Cox was stabbed to death by a fellow patient while staying at a mental health facility for people with substance abuse issues.

Through FACES, Melhuish hopes to “educate about the benefits and risks of cannabis”.

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As well as cannabis education the “potentially revolutionary” facility plans to provide community amenities such as a radio station, live music, comedy nights, a mentoring facility and art exhibitions. FACES also plan to provide a drug testing service for members of the public to test the safety of illicit substances they have purchased.

Once the centre is set up, Melhuish also plans to open up a CBD restaurant. So far, Melhuish has raised £20,000 from crowd-funding efforts and has won support from local police.

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Alex White

Alex is a writer and sustainable fashion enthusiast. When they aren't writing articles for The Extract, you can find them knee-deep in the vintage section of Oxfam.

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