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    • greensprout
      https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/06/25/cannabis-should-made-legal-2025-says-former-conservative-minister/   Cannabis will be legalised in the UK in the next five years, a former Tory minister chairing an influential parliamentary group on drug reform has predicted. Crispin Blunt, who supports more liberal drug laws, said discussions about cannabis were "coming into the mainstream of politics". Mr Blunt last year set up a lobbying firm funded by overseas cannabis corporations, which he on Tuesday revealed he had already discussed with Boris Johnson. The group will formally launch on Thursday. At the Cannabis Europa conference in London on Tuesday, Mr Blunt was asked how long he thought it would be before cannabis was legalised. "Five years is the time I'm going to aim for," he said.  "I'm the first Conservative to be the co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Drug Policy Reform, and it reflects the fact that this conversation is now coming into the mainstream of politics." Cannabis buds on sale in Italy Credit: Luca Bruno / AP Mr Blunt founded the Conservative Drug Policy Reform Group in September 2018 to push for a government review into policy on medicinal and recreational cannabis in the UK. It is now wholly owned by investors and raised around £400,000 in February. Mr Blunt no longer controls or owns any shares in the company but remains chairman of the board of directors, some of whom are executives of major Canadian cannabis corporations with an interest in expanding into the UK.   The MP said he had "not wasted any time" in discussing the group with “the potential leaders of my party”.  Mr Blunt is supporting Boris Johnson in the leadership race, and has long pushed for more liberal laws on drugs in the UK. In a speech to the House of Commons last month, Mr Blunt called for the UK market to be opened to a “tidal wave of investor money” from North America, where some of his group’s backers are based. He said the UK should try to take a “decent slug of the global market” in cannabis. “The public benefit from the United Kingdom pushing on with the science and supporting research could be huge,” he said. The directors of the group he set up include the CEO of a company that has bought a controlling stake in a company applying for a licence to import medicinal cannabis to the UK. Mr Blunt’s son Freddie, an Economics graduate from Exeter University, works for the group as an administrator. Parliamentary transparency rules require MPs to declare all financial interests that could affect their political duties, including any family members’ lobbying activity. While Mr Blunt has declared his unpaid chairmanship of the company to the House of Commons, he has not declared that his son works for it.   Both Crispin Blunt and Freddie Blunt said Freddie’s work for the company has so far been purely administrative, and that any future lobbying work would be registered in Parliament. While there is no suggestion that Mr Blunt has broken the transparency rules, he nonetheless faces calls to register the involvement of his son and his company’s connection to the cannabis industry. Sir Alistair Graham, former Chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, said it was in the public interest for the details of the company to be registered in the House of Commons. “The important thing about the rules is that the public ought to know what your particular financial interest is, so that they can make a judgement about any statement you make, your votes in the House of Commons on the issues your company relate to,” he told The Telegraph. “It’s a very live, current public issue, and he’s seeking to set up a company that will legitimately try to change public policy, and he hasn’t declared his full interest in that,” he said. Mr Blunt said that while his group seeks to secure a government review of drugs policy, it was "not quite the same as lobbying in support of a particular commercial interest”.
    • hash72
      have cut down from a 600 to 400hps temps are near perfect and my grow has improved, have recently bought a lux meter I need to get used to it but first readings are very good, I now thinking the 600 was overkill
    • greensprout
      https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-48758292   A Scottish mum who admitted smuggling cannabis oil into the country to give to her six-year-old son has been visited by police. Lisa Quarrell, a former police officer, brought the medicine into the country illegally to treat her son Cole who has a rare form of epilepsy. She fears she is now facing child protection proceedings as a result. "It's terrifying", she said. "But there was no choice as far as I was concerned." Cole Thompson has had brain surgery and tried many anti-epileptic drugs. A bad day for him could mean up to 16 seizures, most of which would happen at night. But he had not responded to existing drugs. In a BBC documentary, his mother Lisa said she had smuggled a cannabis medicine containing the ingredient THC - the part of the plant that produces a high - into the country from Holland after getting a prescription from a doctor there. She spent thousands of pounds bringing the drug back illegally but her son is now being prescribed cannabis oil legally by a private London hospital.   Image copyright Lisa Quarrell Image caption Cole had brain surgery at the age of two to try to stop the seizures     Since giving Cole the oil, Lisa has reported a marked improvement in his condition. Although medicines containing THC can be prescribed in the UK, doctors are largely refusing to do so, saying there is not enough evidence they are safe or work. Lisa, from East Kilbride, has been visited by the police who have requested access to her son's medical records. She now faces the prospect of child protection proceedings. "The police said I had taken an unorthodox approach and they would have to clarify whether there was any criminal element or child protection issue for my kid," she told BBC Scotland.   Image copyright Lisa Quarrell Lisa was asked to sign a mandate that allowed the police to start an investigation and permitted them to contact Cole's doctors and any clinical professionals that were involved with him. "I agreed because if I didn't it would just go straight to a child protection investigation," she said. The police have since asked for information and reports from the private hospital where Lisa now gets Cole's medication. A Police Scotland spokesman told BBC Scotland the case had been fully investigated and it had been established that there was no criminality. However, he said he could not comment on whether child protection proceedings were under way. 'Demonising me for saving my son's life' Lisa said she had been told in October that there was "no good outcome" for Cole and in March she was told that doctors "didn't know how to fix him". "The fact that I've gone down a different route of alternative medicine and got him fixed, I can't understand why people wouldn't be wanting to know more about it and ask me questions rather than criminalising me and demonising me for saving my son's life," she said.   Image caption Lisa said she had decided to go public with her situation so her family had the chance of a normal life "I'm now going to have education, social services, heath, the police all over my life. Social services can now do spot checks in my house to make sure I'm doing what needs to be done for my kids. "I don't have anything to hide. But it's still not nice. I've hardly slept." Lisa said she decided to go public with her situation so her family had the chance of a normal life. "What was my alternative?," she said "Live like this for the rest of my life? Hide? Scared every time the door goes?" Speaking about her decision to smuggle the cannabis oil, she said: "There was no choice as far as I was concerned. It was either let my son die or take it into my own hands and fix him while they [NHS and politicians] sort out the red tape. "I'm not going to stop. Out of everybody, the only people that are not financially gaining from the cannabis is the parents, but we get nothing that money could buy which is our kids back. So for that reason I won't stop."   Image caption Monica Lennon said the NHS and Scottish government needed to "pull together" on the issue Central Scotland MSP Monica Lennon has given her support to Lisa. "This is not a good use of police time," she said. "Lisa is a loving, caring mother who has had to fight every step of the way for Cole. "I can understand why parents would go to desperate lengths to make sure their child's life is prolonged. "Parents like Lisa are doing their very best for their children. "We really need the Scottish government and the NHS to pull together on this and make sure that children like Cole get access to medicinal cannabis."
    • Michael Luchóg
      Koffie and droimen or Ceylonica as it was known , might find warlock or G13 in there ,and there's the fly high' down past the smaller train station ,HS , they have or had a fly high special that was a nice sativa . Further away but near the fly high there's a great shop for white widow ,the tulp . There's no nice weed in the boat . Spaceball in the china town part is nice ,they have an alright selection of hash ,nice fellas at the counter usually and the coffee is rich . I don't like Kremers or Smokeys ,or the London café . The boat is about the nicest place to lounge around ,but wouldn't buy much there .   Have a nice time anyway .