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  1. First minister rejects brother's cannabis oil plea image captionDean Gray wrote the letter urging the first minister to intervene in his brother's case The mother of a boy who suffers life-threatening seizures says she is devastated at Nicola Sturgeon's response to her son's plea to make medicine available to his brother. Karen Gray's eight-year-old son Murray had hundreds of seizures a day before taking the cannabis-based drug Bedrolite, bought from the Netherlands. The drug costs £1,300 per month on private prescription. Murray's brother Dean, 13, wrote to Ms Sturgeon asking for help to pay for it. However, the first minister has now responded saying medication has to be proven to be safe before it will be available on the NHS. Ms Gray, from Edinburgh, says the SNP leader's letter was disappointing and does not help Murray. image captionNicola Sturgeon replied to Dean's letter about his little brother She told BBC News: "We are delighted and grateful that the first minister took the time to write to us - it did seem like a very personal letter. "But it's infuriating because she is saying about safety and the NHS won't prescribe the medicine, but the NHS is prescribing the very same cannabis oil to two other children in the UK." Murray suffers from a severe, complex epilepsy called Doose Syndrome. He had multiple seizures every day and his anti-epilepsy medication caused serious side-effects. Ms Gray said: "Murray was basically dying in front of us in hospital and the NHS couldn't do anything. "The only way to take the cannabis oil legally was to get a private neurologist. She writes the prescription because she knows it's safe for Murray. He hasn't had a seizure in two years and no side-effects." 'Stopped working' Since legalisation in 2018, only three medical cannabis products have been licensed by the UK-wide Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). These are Sativex, which is used to treat severe spasticity in MS patients, Nabilone for chemotherapy-induced nausea, and Epidyolex for rare forms of childhood epilepsy. Only Epidyolex can be prescribed by the NHS in Scotland. Murray initially responded to Epidyolex but his mother said it eventually stopped working. She believes this is because it did not contain THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. Ms Gray hoped the first minister would help the family get Bedrolite prescribed on the NHS or help to find funding for it. image captionMurray Gray used to suffer hundreds of seizures a day - but now lives a normal life after taking medical cannabis But Ms Sturgeon replied: "For doctors to make decisions about which medicines to prescribe for their patients, they need to know that the medicines they are prescribing are safe to use. "In order to prescribe medicines like those Murray currently takes on the NHS in Scotland (which means they will be dispensed for free), we need stronger evidence on their safety and use than we currently have. "Just now, specialist doctors in the NHS who treat children with epilepsy and similar medical conditions aren't confident about prescribing cannabis oils, including Bedrolite, until there is better evidence available following a clinical trial." She said that the Scottish government had encouraged the manufacturer to take part in future clinical trials of these medicines. image captionMurray in 2019 after taking Epidyolex - the only medical cannabis prescribed in Scotland Since taking Bedrolite, Murray's life has changed dramatically. His mother said: "Before, we were constantly in hospital with him, he was in a wheelchair and he was wearing a protective helmet. "Now, he is able to go to school full-time, he runs about. He is having no seizures and no side-effects, when he was having loads of side-effects with all the anti-epileptic drugs that he was given." She added: "It's just infuriating that there are children in the UK being prescribed the exact same cannabis oil that Murray takes through the NHS. It's just not fair at all." Murray's private prescription costs the family £1,300 a month, which they rely on friends and family to raise. Ms Gray fears there will come a time when they cannot afford it. She said she planned to reply to the first minister to explain the situation further. 'Life-transforming' Peter Carroll is director of the End Our Pain campaign which is lobbying MPs for financial help for families paying out thousands of pounds on private prescriptions. He said: "It is touching the first minister replied to Dean's letter but frustrating that it didn't address the point. "Families like Karen's have proved beyond doubt that the medication is life-transforming. If the issue is safety, then Karen has the best evidence it is safe. "Our appeal is that now is the time to cut across the bureaucracy and give these families some money to pay for private prescriptions while they work on more widespread prescribing." https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-57728365
  2. Good evening everyone. I'm wondering how many of my fellow scotsmen have had good success growing outdoors this year?? It's been rough here at lat 55 and worsened by the greenhouse, humitidy wise anyway, got some pistils turning brown and i'm worried it's really early rot.
  3. 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."
  4. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-48743901 A teenager from Greece who was found in charge of a £600,000 cannabis farm in a disused shop building in the Borders has been jailed for 15 months. Emiliano Boia, 19 - who had only been in the UK for six months - was promised £15,000 to look after the Selkirk drug cultivation for three months. He admitted a charge of being concerned in the supply of cannabis. Selkirk Sheriff Court was told his involvement was as a "foot soldier in a large operation". The court heard how a police raid recovered 652 cannabis plants in the building - just yards away from a primary school - and Boia was arrested. 'Under no illusion' Sheriff Peter Paterson told him: "You engaged in this course of conduct for money. "While it may be that you did not fully appreciate what was involved you could be under no illusion that you do not get £15,000 for three months' work if there is not a high level of criminality involved." It was the second time in three years that police had raided the building on Selkirk's Curror Street and found it being used as a cannabis farm. When police searched the property on 15 January, Boia was the only person found on the premises. Procurator fiscal Graham Fraser told the court he had no previous convictions and had been in custody since 16 January. 'Lower echelons' "The position is that the accused was part of an organised drug production and supply operation," he said. "While in no way do I want to minimise his position, it is quite possible he was at the lower echelons of that operation." Defence lawyer Greg McDonnel said his client had become deeply involved in the operation and when he realised, it was too late to get out. "His part in the operation was at the lower end of the scale," he said. He told the court Boia had received no money for his role and planned to return to Greece at the end of his jail term. The custodial sentence was back-dated to 16 January when he was first remanded in custody.
  5. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-48542984 'I smuggled cannabis oil to help my son' By Kate McDonald BBC Disclosure Image copyright Lisa Quarrell Image caption Lisa Quarrell said it was heart-breaking to watch Cole have a seizure Former police officer Lisa Quarrell never imagined she would break the law - but this year she began smuggling a cannabis product into Scotland. Lisa, from East Kilbride, travelled to the Netherlands to bring back a medical cannabis oil to give to her six-year-old son Cole, who has severe epilepsy. Cole has had brain surgery and tried many anti-epileptic drugs, but nothing was helping his seizures. Lisa has spent thousands of pounds to bring the drug back illegally. She told BBC Disclosure: "I'd sell my house. I would. I can't let him get sicker. I need to get him better. There's nothing else for it." But now her smuggling days could be behind her after Cole was prescribed cannabis oil legally by a private London hospital. 'The most heart-breaking thing to watch' Image copyright Lisa Quarrell Image caption Cole had brain surgery at the age of two to try to stop the seizures Lisa, 38, left policing five years ago to look after Cole, who was diagnosed with severe epilepsy as a baby. A bad day for Cole could mean up to 16 seizures, most of which would happen at night. She said: "He'll convulse, he'll click in his mouth, his eyes will roll back, he'll drop to the floor with no notice. "It's the most heart-breaking thing to watch. Two-and-a-half minutes has never felt so long as when you're watching your child take a seizure. "Cole had never had a dream because he didn't get to sleep long enough or deep enough to ever have a dream." Image copyright Lisa Quarrell Image caption Cole missed eight weeks of school earlier this year due to his seizures Cole missed more than eight weeks of school earlier this year because of the number of seizures he was having. In March, he was fitted for a wheelchair because his condition had deteriorated so much. After hearing the stories of children like Alfie Dingley and Sophia Gibson, who both take a medical cannabis product available in the Netherlands, Lisa decided to go there to find a GP who would prescribe the drug. The former policewoman then started bringing the drug back to Scotland. Image copyright Lisa Quarrell Image caption Cole was fitted for a wheelchair because his condition had deteriorated She said: "I've just walked through the airport and seen police officers I used to work with, knowing that I'm about to pick up my baggage that's got an illegal drug in it, which is just so far beyond my imagination I can't tell you." Lisa has been fundraising and travelling to the Netherlands with Karen Gray, 44, from Edinburgh. Karen is bringing the same product back for her six-year-old son, Murray, who has a rare and severe form of epilepsy: Doose Syndrome. Like Cole, Murray has seizures. During his worst phase, he was having 12 a day. As a result, he was put on strong medication which Karen said led to him lying in a "vegetative state" in hospital. Image caption Murray has a rare and severe form of epilepsy She said: "He can be awake but he's probably not aware that anyone's there. He can't swallow, he can't eat, he can't talk, he can't move. He can't do anything." In January 2019, Murray's condition got worse and he was admitted to hospital, where he spent most of his time until May. Karen said: "I honestly thought that's it, he's going to die. How can anybody survive this?" Although Murray spent most of this year in hospital, he is now back in school for a few hours a day. Karen, like Lisa, is convinced this change is due to the product they have been bringing in from the Netherlands since March. Image copyright Karen Gray Image caption Murray has spent most of the year in hospital The health board responsible for Murray's care said it could not discuss his case. But speaking more generally about what might happen if parents admit to dosing their own children, Tracey Gillies, the medical director for NHS Lothian, said: "The hospital has to take steps to make sure that the child is looked after as safely as possible and discuss that with others who have a relevant interest in safeguarding children." She said the hospital could not turn a blind eye, adding: "There would be a child protection issue to be consider." According to the Home Office, it is illegal to bring cannabis oil into the country without an import licence. The product Media captionCan cannabis treatments save my child? Bedrolite is a medical cannabis oil made by Bedrocan, which is the sole supplier of medicinal cannabis to the Dutch government's Office for Medicinal Cannabis. The oil contains two key active compounds in cannabis for medical use: THC, which is psychoactive and gives a feeling of being "high", and CBD, which does not. Until last year, medical cannabis products with THC were illegal in the UK. Cannabis oil mum: 'I'm forced to live abroad to save my child' Medicinal cannabis: Why has it taken so long to get to patients? Why are so many countries now saying cannabis is OK? But on 1 November 2018, all cannabis medicines were moved from Schedule 1 of the Misuse of Drugs Regulations to Schedule 2, to recognise there is evidence of benefit for some patients. Legally, doctors can prescribe products like Bedrolite, which contain the psychoactive component THC. Image caption Karen Grey says she has seen a huge improvement in son Murray There is a CBD-only drug called Epidiolex, which is available in the UK under a compassionate access programme run by its manufacturer GWPharma. Karen, whose son Murray tried Epidiolex, said: "It was absolutely brilliant but after three months it just stopped working for some reason." Bedrolite is 9% CBD and less than 1% THC. Since Murray and Cole started taking cannabis oil with THC in March, Karen and Lisa report seeing a huge improvement. They say both boys have been having fewer seizures and both are out both out of hospital and back in school. Is it a miracle drug? Image caption Murray and Cole's parents are convinced the cannabis oil product is helping their boys Despite the law change, Karen and Lisa have been unable to get a prescription on the NHS for the drug they are convinced is helping their boys. After the law was changed, the British Paediatric Neurology Association (BPNA) issued guidelines to its members stating that there is "no high quality evidence" to support the use of THC - the psychoactive compound in Bedrolite. Dr Finbar O'Callaghan from the BPNA told Disclosure: "The NHS are only going to pay for products where there's evidence of efficacy and safety." He added: "Clinicians are only going to feel confident about prescribing medicines which they know to be efficacious and safe for their patients and that evidence wasn't there and so there's going to be a reluctance on behalf of the clinicians." Image caption Dr Finbar O'Callaghan said doctors need to know medicines are "efficacious and safe" But not all doctors necessarily agree this is the best way forward. Dr Bláthnaid McCoy is a paediatric neurologist based in Toronto. She treats some of her patients with medical cannabis products that contain THC. Dr McCoy said she did not think medical cannabis was a miracle drug but she did believe it should be considered as an option. She said: "I think it's a very complicated drug though. It isn't a single drug and we need more research to better understand exactly what should be in there." Public funds are now being put into trialling more cannabis medicines - and new Nice guidelines are due in October 2019. Both the UK and the Scottish government have said that, as things stand, whether or not to write a prescription for medical cannabis will remain a "clinical decision". Private prescriptions Image caption Karen and Lisa have been back and forth to Holland three times this year Karen and Lisa have been back and forth to the Netherlands three times this year at a cost, they estimate, of almost £15,000 between them. But their trips might be coming to an end. Last week, Murray and Cole were given a private prescription at the Portland Hospital in London. Lisa and Karen were paying £160 per bottle of oil in the Netherlands. That same bottle will now cost £550 because the medicine has to be specially imported. For Lisa and Karen, these prescriptions represent a victory. Lisa added: "For the first time a medical professional that deals with paediatric neurology has agreed that what I'm doing for Cole is the right thing and that in itself is huge." Disclosure: Can Cannabis Save My Child? is on BBC 1 Scotland at 21:00 on Wednesday 12 June and on the iplayer.
  6. Sun of a Dog

    From the album Worzel Photographs

    Taken in a solo trip to Skye. This was my first evening and I was in my tiny crofters cottage, getting high, drinking wine and trying to stay awake into the bright night. That night I also saw a Buzzard over my place. What a welcome.
  7. Yo ,Hows it going Recently thought about doing a grow outdoors in Scottish weather, got some Early Skunk Auto Flowering seeds from sensi seeds, heard they were easy to grow for 1st timers looked at reviews and seemed amazing and was wondering if anyone could give me some tips/help from start to finish what do to , just what soil should I use outdoors, feed , times of year to start etc its quite cold over here still but summer is coming......
  8. https://www.holyrood.com/articles/news/new-zero-tolerance-drug-driving-limits-be-introduced-scotland Under the new approach proposed by the Scottish Government, near zero limits will be set for driving under the influence eight illegal drugs, based on the lowest possible level where accidental exposure can be ruled out. The eight include cocaine, ecstasy, ketamine, cannabis, LSD, heroin, methylamphetamine and benzoylecgonine. Another eight drugs, including methadone, diazepam and morphine, that may be prescribed by doctors for medicinal purposes will have maximum levels based on safe levels for driving. The aim is to make it easier for police to target people driving under the influence of drugs. Currently there are no specific maximum levels and police have to prove that a person’s driving is impaired by the drugs to be able to prosecute. The new offence of driving while above specified drug limits will operate alongside the current offence of being in charge of a motor vehicle while unfit to drive through drink or drugs. It will have the same maximum sentences of a minimum 12-month driving ban, up to six months in jail and a fine of up to £5,000. The plan is to introduce the crackdown, along with roadside testing, from October 2019. Justice secretary Humza Yousaf said: “The introduction of drug driving limits will strengthen the power of Scotland’s police and prosecutors to tackle the minority of drivers who irresponsibly put themselves and other road-users at risk. “Drug driving is completely unacceptable, and we will continue to use all of the tools at our disposal to prevent the avoidable deaths and damage caused by those who drive under the influence of drugs. “Together with our stringent drink-driving limits, these new laws will ensure that Scotland has the UK’s most robust laws against impaired and unsafe driving.” Chief Inspector Stephen Innes of Police Scotland said: “Police Scotland is committed to reducing road casualties, and tackling drink and drug driving is a key focus of our activity. “The devastating impact of drug driving on victims, communities and users themselves cannot be understated. “This new legislation will significantly enhance our ability to detect and deter motorists engaging in this extremely risky driving behaviour. “We are currently working closely with key partners and plans are well advanced to deliver this new legislation in October this year.”
  9. Medical cannabis campaigners under police watch over First Minister protest allegation Scotland’s First Minister has been accused of using ‘bully-boy tactics’ against campaigners fighting for kids like Cole Thomson. That’s after claims she instructed officers from Police Scotland to watch over protestors following a perceived threat. Ms Sturgeon is said to have made the call after an email was sent from Parents of Hope and Medical Cannabis Reform Scotland (MCRS) asking for support. Now the East Kilbride News can exclusively reveal the medicinal cannabis campaigners are being monitored by the Public Order Unit. In an email to NHS chiefs and government officials, MCRS campaign manager Bernie McCreadie included a line, which she insists was not a threat but a “lighthearted throwaway comment”. That read: “Parents of Hope’s next plan of action are to sit on Nicola Sturgeon’s doorstep for however long its takes. MCRS have promised our full support on everything they do. “It’s nearly January and it’s freezing, please don’t make me sit on a doorstep.” The email was thought to be forwarded to the First Minister’s office who, the campaigners claim, contacted the police highlighting it as a credible threat. Bernie this week blasted the First Minister for using “bullying tactics” against a group of desperate mums. She said: “I was just pointing out the state of affairs we’re all in because of this pharmaceutical turf war and urging them to do the right thing. “I put a lighthearted comment at the bottom which has created merry Hell. I understand there are procedures to be followed, but what threat do a bunch of parents with sick children pose? “I’ve been trying to get a response from Nicola Sturgeon for a very long time, now I have her attention. “But there is no law against us sitting on her doorstep. If we want to sit on her doorstep, we will and we’ll do it peacefully. “We can’t believe her office has set the police on us. I’m devastated it’s taken this turn of events when we were making such progress.” The ‘PS’ comment was included in a private email to NHS chiefs and government ministers urging them to help provide better access to the drug for children like Cole Thomson and Murray Gray, who is fighting for his life in hospital. Cole’s mum and Parents of Hope campaigner, Lisa Quarrell, confirmed she received a call from police about the alleged threat last Wednesday. Lisa, herself an ex-cop of 10 years, told the East Kilbride News: “Police told me Parents of Hope and MCRS were planning to stage a protest on Nicola Sturgeon’s doorstep. “He said because of Bernie’s email, the names of the groups were to be ‘kept on their radar’ and that it had come direct from Nicola Sturgeon’s office and went straight to the top – detective chief inspector level. “We aren’t activists looking to terrorise the First Minister, we’re mums fighting to get treatment for our very sick wee boys.” The Public Order Unit are used to dealing with protests, marches and football-related trouble – Lisa called the move to employ them as a “massive overreaction” and “very unsympathetic”. Bernie added: “I demand an apology for this. It’s disgraceful. “This was her firing a warning shot to us, these are bullying tactics. Her actions have made me ashamed of my own country.” A spokeswoman for Police Scotland confirmed they had been “made aware of a possible protest,” adding that officers – as in all cases – made contact with the lead campaigner to “open up lines of communication” to ensure they were able to exercise their “right to a peaceful and lawful protest”. A spokeswoman for the Scottish government said “no such request was made by the First Minister”. She added: “We are unable to comment on any security protocols in place for communications to ministers, or direct operational decisions of the police.” https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/medical-cannabis-campaigners-under-police-13860058
  10. POCA might come looking for £80k. e2a - make that £120K
  11. Tories want action as cannabis-related hospital admissions reach 10-year high Hospital stays linked to cannabis at 10-year high THE level of people being hospitalised after taking cannabis and related ‘legal highs’ has reached a 10-year peak, according to official figures from the Scottish Government. More than 900 acute stays in general hospitals - as opposed to psychiatric admissions - involved the drug last year. The Scottish Tories said the data showed cannabis was not the benign drug some claimed. The latest figures show that in 2015-16 there were 7537 hospital stays in Scotland with a diagnosis of drug misuse, involving 5922 people, some admitted more than once. Of these stays, 913 or 12 per cent, involved “cannabinoids”, which include synthetic highs such as Spice as well as the plant form of cannabis. This was the highest percentage involving cannabinoids since 13 per cent in 2005-06. Cannabinoids were the most common cause of drug stays among children - accounting for 45 per cent of cases involving under-15s. The health boards with the most stays were NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (306), NHS Lothian (165) and NHS Lanarkshire (106). Although still sometimes called a legal high, synthetic cannabis was criminalised last May, with its production and sale made punishable by up to seven years in prison. Hospital admissions associated with cannabis were almost double those linked to cocaine. Acute stays involving cocaine were at their highest since 2008-09 last year, but involved 553 admissions, or 7 per cent of all general drug-related cases. The drugs most associated with hospital admissions were opioids, such as heroin, morphine, oxycodone and fentanyl. Last year, opioids were behind 4656 stays, or 62 per cent of the drug-related total. The number and prevalence of opioid admissions has increased hugely in the last 20 years. In 1996-97, opioids accounted for just 791 stays, then equal to 34 per cent of drug admissions. Scottish Tory justice spokesman Douglas Ross criticised campaigns to decriminalise cannabis and Police Scotland taking a soft touch approach to its use. The force said in 2015 it might give people caught with cannabis on-the-spot recorded warnings as an alternative to prosecution. Mr Ross said: “It’s quite alarming that quite so many people are being hospitalised through using cannabis, a drug many people feel authorities are going soft on. “Not only is it dangerous in its own right, as these statistics prove, but it’s a gateway drug to even more harmful substances. “We have a massive fight on our hands in Scotland both with illegal drugs and so-called legal highs. “Now is not the time to give in and wave the white flag. “We need to crack down on those circulating drugs of all kinds on our streets, and reinforce the message about just how damaging taking these substances can be.” Scottish LibDem health spokesman Alex Cole-Hamilton said it was a concern that the figures were rising, but said the Conservatives’ solution was “completely wrong and regressive”. He said: “If anything these figures show that the LibDems have been right in calling for this dark market to be brought out of the shadows. “If the Tories had their way then they would drive the market further underground exposing people to more dangerous drugs and endangering more lives leading to more hospitalisations. “The answer is to educate and regulate not to punish as the Tories want to do.” Health Secretary Shona Robison said drug use continued to fall in the general population. She said: “We have greatly reduced drug and alcohol waiting times with 94 per cent of people now being seen within three weeks of being referred. “We have also invested over £630m to tackle problem alcohol and drug use since 2008 and over £150m over five years to improve mental health services in Scotland." http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15005884.Hospital_stays_linked_to_cannabis_at_10_year_high/
  12. Hi All. This is my first grow and first post. I've been loving what I've been reading so far, there is clearly a massive amount of time, love and expertise all over this forum. I've currently got 4 plants on the go in NW Scotland, 3 mexican sativa's and 1 auto dwarf. I started them all under the clear panels of my barn during the very warm late spring we had and carefully potted up as the roots poked out the bottom. I'll admit that I put the horse in front of the cart when I ordered seeds on a whim. I really should have read more about what strains suit Scotland best but I'm here now, so may as well persevere and gain some experience. I moved one sativa outside in a builders bucket filled with compost, soil and perlite around 2 weeks ago and kept the others inside. The guy I moved outside has grown much slower (understandable given he's colder, wetter and had to get used to new soil mix) but he's catching up The other guys that have been indoor are much lankier and large of leaf and look great! I want to get these guys outside pretty soon. I guess I have a few focused questions for anyone that has perhaps sailed these particular waters before! The outside area I'm growing is awash with bracken, willow and all manner of weeds so it's pot growth for sure. Will the pots in the above picture be big enough or should I risk potting up these fairly big fellows into a builders bucket? Should they be staked to protect against wind? It's obvioiusly fairly wet in bonny Scotland. If overwatering of the soil can be a bad thing, is is worth putting some cardboard on the soil to act as a mulch but also to deflect the water? I can then water when needed? When the plant itself is rained on, is this a bad thing or just the soil getting soaked? These are already quite leggy, should I be pruning the top middle shoots from now? Thanks in advance! Tallestman
  13. 16:03Friday 25 March 2016 0 HAVE YOUR SAY It has been revealed that police have been using helicoper overflights of Clydesdale, using heat-detecting equipment to expose illegal drug ‘farms’ hidden in home attics. The information about the force’s `eye-in-the-sky’ came out during the case of a Kirkmuirhill cannabis grower at Lanark Sheriff Court on Thursday. Facing justuce that day was 27-year-old John Brownlee of the village’s 8 Vere Terrace, appearing for sentence having pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to having, at his home on October 17 last year, engaged in the production if cannabis there; he also admitted a separate charge of possession of the drug at his home. Depute fiscal Ziad Ul-Hassan initially told the court that police “with a search warrant” had raided Brownlee’s home at 10.50am and during an early part of the search had discoveed a glass jar containing four grammes of cannabis plus “other drug paraphernalia”. Officers then went to an upstairs area where they found ten cannabis plants plus packets of plant-growing formula. Under questioning, Brownlee claimed he had been growing the drug only for his own personal use. The depute fiscal then added that the cannabis-growing operation in Brownlee’s home had been revealed by a polce helicopter flying over the village, using special equipment to detect the unusual levels of heat generation needed to grow such plants. A solictor acting for Brownlee said that his `farming’ of cannabis was “a project at a very early stage” when it was uncovered and the plants found would have, in any case, produced a very small quantity of the drug. He went on to say that Brownlee maintained that the drug was for his own “medicinal” use and he had no previous court convictions. On reading background social work reports on Brownlee, Sheruff Nikola Stewrat noted that he suffered problems with his mental health. Useing cannabis, she said, was no answer to his problems; “In taking cannabis, he is not helping himself.” She said that Brownlee would have to ivercome his problems by some other means. She noted from the reports that agoraphobia was one of his problems and if he didn’tvaddress this “he faces a life stuck in his own home.” She said that, therefore, imposing a home curfew order as part of his sentence might seem at odds with addressing this problem but the only alternative would be sending him to prison, a move she was “stopping short of, given this is a first offence.” The sheruff duly imposed a 18 month Community Payback Order on Brownlee, part of whih would be a 7pm to 7am hone curfew Restriction of Liberty Order. She commented: “People who produce cannabis usually go to jail for this hobby of theirs.” Read more: http://www.carlukegazette.co.uk/news/local-headlines/police-eye-in-the-sky-found-kirkmuirhill-drug-farm-1-4082724#ixzz4ChTUnPWJ
  14. I'm digging 6 large holes in peaty gray/podzol, amending with lime, perlite, chicken pellets and approx, 60lts of peat free compost. I will be using 6x 3ft black drainage tube (around 2ft wide) in a swamp tube style approach, sinking 1ft into my pre dug holes and leaving 2ft above ground. Filled with the above mentioned amendments. Wrapped in copper tape, covered in camo netting with canes sunk in and tied flush to the tubes to support chicken wire cages around each plant for deer protection. We've got massive deer up here! What I was thinking was this. Rather thank plant out regs early April and hoping that they finish before they rot come October; would it be worth planting out some early finishing autos come late May/ even mid August instead? Seen a few promising sounding beans on GCS. Thinking that if I plant out later at this latitude, I could get more verity in my smoke providing the finish. Plus I could bang a few of them into my wee tent indoors in the next fortnight! Any opinions are welcomed and if this sparks up enough interest I may start a diary to help out others this far north who are thinking of giving it a go. Cheers
  15. IMAGINE a policy that starts civil wars and funds dictators, spreads disease, undermines all basic civil liberties, stigmatises minorities, shovels billions of public money into a shredder every year while making millionaires of criminal thugs and criminals of schoolkids. Imagine that another side-effect of this policy was spreading lawlessness and bribery across public administration. Now imagine you found out that almost every politician was promoting this policy without stopping to think about its implications. Congratulations: you’ve just imagined the War on Drugs. It’s arguably the most destructive campaign since God plagued Egypt with lice, boils and locusts, but it has outlasted that other American folly, the War on Terror, by decades. Now, like the Bush-Blair doctrine as a whole, it’s dying on its arse. Even the most conservative parts of the West are slowly moving to decriminalise drugs. America, the nation that invented this Biblical policy disaster, is leading the way, with many states effectively legalising marijuana sales and many more allowing it for medical use. The Irish Republic is opening life-saving injection rooms for heroin addicts and decriminalising the possession of small amounts of drugs. This in a country that still essentially outlaws a woman’s right to choose. So, it’s hardly a policy direction for only the most liberal societies. It just simply makes sense. Ireland’s brave move comes after a leaked report from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime calling for decriminalisation of drugs on public health and human rights grounds. And that’s on top of a recent World Health Organisation study, which concluded “countries with stringent user-level illegal drug policies did not have lower levels of use than countries with liberal ones”. In translation, this means that our big-macho-man anti-drugs policing won’t deter anyone’s consumption. Why can’t our politicians declare a war on alienation, a war on sexism, a war on the hidden, grinding, spirit-crushing poverty across our communities? Instead, for decades it’s been decreed that drugs are the No.1 scourge in our society. We wasted millions on policing, rather than opening our ears to the advice of drugs charities and addiction support workers. Legalising cannabis, for example, would bring in plenty of money, according to a leaked government study. If cannabis was treated in the same way as tobacco, it could raise hundreds of millions per year, with additional benefits too, like cutting unnecessary policing. This money could pay for proper drug treatment and rehabilitation in communities seriously blighted by heroin. For me, it’s an absolute no-brainer. Strangely, in Scotland, we seem to be more conservative than the Republic of Ireland, The Telegraph and the growing consensus of global NGO opinion. However, a welcome shift seems to have happened this week, with campaigners, experts and politicians including Patrick Harvie and Christine Grahame raising their heads on the issue. I’d like to applaud their bravery on this topic. Admittedly, one real problem is that Scotland has only limited powers to deal with drugs. This is yet another, silent difficulty with the current devolution settlement. The Smith Commission moved quickly to squash the Scottish Greens’ sensible suggestion that drugs should be a devolved issue. This means we’re moving at a Westminster-style crawl, while other nations are moving swiftly to an inevitable realignment. Once again, Westminster’s backwardness makes it difficult to hold our main parties to account for their damaging policies. Scottish Labour, predictably, is as monotonously tough on crime as Judge Dredd. No surprise there: governing a one-party state for many decades generally disposes the rulers to a “hang ‘em and flog ‘em” mentality. However, their rationale is strangely limp. Justice spokesperson Graeme Pearson claims that the problem with decriminalising drugs is that it will be too costly to the “public purse”. Is he serious? Criminalisation, growing evidence suggests, has no deterrent effect. But what of dirty needles, poisoned substances, gun-toting dealers, turf wars across working-class communities, endless unnecessary police hours, and millions in lost tax revenue? What about the productivity we lose every year by shunting young people into jail unnecessarily, scarring their career paths for life? Am I missing something, or aren’t we shelling out millions, possibly billions, on these extravagant wastes to feed an outmoded moral consensus that every nation but Britain will probably bin within the next decade? “We have no plans to support the legalisation or decriminalisation of drugs,” insists the Scottish Government, an entity whose sense of tactical triangulation is always keener than its policy originality. Let’s be honest, Scotland isn’t exactly a “beacon unto nations” here. I’m certainly not downplaying the risks of drugs. Indeed, drug abuse is part of a generations-old public health epidemic in Scotland’s deprived communities. It’s an issue very close to my heart. I’ve witnessed some of my loved ones experience their darkest days and I’ve watched the heartbreak of addiction. I’ve known people whose lives have been torn apart by dependence but who came through to the other side – not because they were labelled ‘criminals’ or were eventually deterred by heavy policing; instead, they live drug-free lives because they were supported by non-judgmental groups with the good sense to approach habits as health issues, not criminal ones. “Police and Prison” solutions aren’t working. They never will. So let me be clear, I’m not sitting here in a Bob Marley T-shirt, skinning up as I write, preaching the benefits of all substances. Instead, I’m simply saying we need a much more mature policy approach if we’re ever going to progress as a society. This issue calls for a risky leadership decision, and Holyrood seems to be enjoying a new-found stasis right now. Let’s make policy based on reason. Let’s differentiate between heroin and hash – not just bombard generations of young people with “all drugs are bad, mmmkay?” Rather than leave kids in ignorance, we should educate children about real dangers, preach safety, and most of all, keep them away from the corrupt criminals who profit from the underground drug trade. That’s the future. When will Scottish politics wake up to it? http://www.thenational.scot/comment/cat-boyd-its-time-to-accept-the-war-on-drugs-has-failed-and-look-at-legalisation-instead.9801
  16. Hey everyone. First post here and i'm looking for a bit of advice. So my mate hands me a bag of 40 odd seeds as they're "better in your hands than mine". So i've found my plot, have hacked it out, plan on turning it over with FBB, vericulite, perlite and compost very soon. It's very clayish/peaty soil but is rich in nutrients as there's was lots of decaying vegetation on top of it. I planned on building a 6ft by 5.6ft polytunnel on the site with 2"x1" lengths, cattle wire, clear visqueen (hopefully, as i'd rather a one piece cover) and some foam lagging for the edges. 3"/4" screws ofcourse and 1"x1" for a door and window. I'm on lat 56 which I imagine would be too harsh for these mystery seeds to be planted conventionally with chicken wire, bamboo stakes ect. So the polytunnel seemed like and excellent idea that i could easily and cheaply . I've germanated 10 so hopefully 5 will be female and should fit in the tunnel perfectly. Here's what i'm thinking though. Would it be worth me ordering an early finishing auto-strain and pushing ahead with them?? 9-10 weeks, seed to crop would still fall in to finish come october. Give my plot more time to absorb nutrients and i'd have more of an idea of what to expect from them. Frost isn't a problem as a paraffin heated in the polytunnel come the colder weeks will sort that out. Any guidance is welcomed! Cheers
  17. Hey everyone. First post here and i'm looking for a bit of advice. So my mate hands me a bag of 40 odd seeds as they're "better in your hands than mine". So i've found my plot, have hacked it out, plan on turning it over with FBB, vericulite, perlite and compost very soon. It's very clayish/peaty soil but is rich in nutrients as there's was lots of decaying vegetation on top of it. I planned on building a 6ft by 5.6ft polytunnel on the site with 2"x1" lengths, cattle wire, clear visqueen (hopefully, as i'd rather a one piece cover) and some foam lagging for the edges. 3"/4" screws ofcourse and 1"x1" for a door and window. I'm on lat 56 which I imagine would be too harsh for these mystery seeds to be planted conventionally with chicken wire, bamboo stakes ect. So the polytunnel seemed like and excellent idea that i could easily and cheaply . I've germanated 10 so hopefully 5 will be female and should fit in the tunnel perfectly. Here's what i'm thinking though. Would it be worth me ordering an early finishing auto-strain and pushing ahead with them?? 9-10 weeks, seed to crop would still fall in to finish come october. Give my plot more time to absorb nutrients and i'd have more of an idea of what to expect from them. Frost isn't a problem as a paraffin heated in the polytunnel come the colder weeks will sort that out. Any guidance is welcomed! Cheers
  18. Human trafficking bill will be major step forward The introduction of a bill to strengthen the law on human trafficking has been welcomed today as a major step forward for victims of exploitation. The bill introduced by the Scottish Government today will mean that for the first time there is specific legislation in Scotland to address the issue of human trafficking and exploitation through slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour. The legislation will give adult victims the same right to access the kind of immediate support already provided to child victims, provide clearer guidance for prosecutors and require Scottish Ministers to publish a Scottish Anti-Trafficking and Exploitation strategy. Commenting, SNP MSP Christina McKelvie who has campaigned extensively for action on human trafficking said: “Human trafficking is an abhorrent crime that destroys lives, but often takes place hidden from public knowledge. “It goes without saying that such exploitation should have no place in modern society, but if we are to tackle the problem and provide better support to the victims of human trafficking, we need legislation that is fit for purpose. “This proposed law will give Scotland’s police and courts the tools they need to tackle this kind of vile criminal activity and ensure that those who perpetrate it are brought to justice. “I am also particularly glad that the needs of the victim will be at the heart of the bill as it is absolutely vital that they receive as much support as possible. “I am confident that when passed this legislation will be a major step forward for victims of human trafficking and I warmly welcome the Scottish Government’s commitment to tackle this problem.” http://www.snp.org/media-centre/news/2014/dec/human-trafficking-bill-will-be-major-step-forward Mainly aimed at sex 'slaves' but also means treating folk smuggled in to UK Scotland to grow weed as victims and not locking them up and throwing away the key.
  19. CHARITIES have called for Scotland to have the power to decriminalise cannabis As Westminster Government partners fall out over the UK's long-standing policy of prohibition, the Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) is lobbying for drug laws to be devolved. The umbrella group has formally asked the all-party Smith Commission, which is working on new Home Rule proposals, to move control of the Misuse Of Drugs Act north of the Border. Charities backing the move include Addaction, one of the biggest bodies supporting addicts in the UK. Ruchir Shah, SCVO's policy manager, said: "Many voluntary organisations want Scotland to have powers over the control of illegal drugs. Tackling substance abuse could then be tailored more closely to Scotland's particular challenges and needs. "Some of SCVO's member charities have raised concerns the current approach tries to criminalise people. They would prefer to see policies coming from a health, care and community approach." Such an approach could see Scotland move to a more liberal regime within the UK - mirroring America. There, different states take very different attitudes to drugs, with two having legalised cannabis and several other decriminalising the substance. Several senior drugs policy experts north of the border now question Westminster rhetoric on the issue. SNP MSP Christine Grahame, who chairs the Scottish Parliament's Justice Committee, welcomed any move to bring drugs laws to Holyrood, saying this would provide more "cohesive" policy-making. "If we are going to tackle drug issues we need the full range of powers. In many cases we would endeavour to be compatible with the rest of the UK - especially in terms of enforcement - but that does not mean we can't lead the way, as with the ban on smoking in public places." Ms Grahame was not calling for specific proposals but said she would welcome discussion. She said: "I am not an expert and would want to speak to people who are before making up my mind. But I think that it would be worth having a debate on decriminalising cannabis." Liberal Democrat Home Office minister Norman Baker resigned from the UK Government on Monday after accusing the ­Conservatives of being "soft on drugs" by ducking decriminalisation. "They are the ones who allow the process to go on whereby drug dealers continue to make money and people continue to get fined and carry on taking drugs, " he said. Scottish Conservatives, however, refused to rule out devolving drugs laws as they engage with Lord Smith's group. A spokesman said: "We went into the Smith Commission talks with an open mind, and continue to have that approach. We are happy to discuss any proposals that come before it and look forward to continuing the negotiations." Labour MSP Graeme Pearson raised concerns over the growing scourge of high-strength cannabis when he was director of the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency. Yesterday he questioned any move to devolve drugs laws, although he said he was open to persuasion as the Smith Commission debates powers. He said: "The misuse of drugs and the culture that lies behind it is nationwide and indeed inter­national. It seems to be difficult to see how the law could work one way in England and a completely different way in Scotland." Scotland already has responsibility for enforcing current laws and treating and supporting the country's estimated 60,000 problem drug users. http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/call-to-devolve-laws-on-cannabis.25777680
  20. Hi, I'm new to this website and Im looking for some advise. My boyfriend is 26 and has cancer that spread from his leg to his lungs. The doctors are no longer helping and im trying to do as much research on Rick Simpson Oil as I can. Im planning on going to Amsterdam. I know on this site you cant discuss supply. Im just new to this and any advise I would appreciate. Thanks xx
  21. Found these two stories of the same bust, and was quite intrigued by their use of words, which I have highlighted. Be careful out there folks. Officers from Police Scotland’s Bo’ness community team raided a property in Lothian Crescent, Bo’ness. Led by Sergeant Kerri Marshall and acting on intelligence that controlled drugs were being produced and supplied from the house, the team, acting on the powers of a warrant officers entered the address and discovered a significant Cannabis cultivation unit with plants worth an approximate street value of £14,000. The occupants, a 33yr old man & 29yr old female, were arrested and are expected to appear at Falkirk sheriff court tomorrow (Thursday, April 24) on charges for the production and supply of controlled drugs. Sergeant Marshall would like to thank the community for their assistance and encourages them to report any suspicions they may have in respect to drug dealing offences to the police on 101. http://www.linlithgowgazette.co.uk/news/local-news/police-bust-bo-ness-cannabis-grower-1-3385313 Officers from Police Scotland’s Bo’ness group group raided a property in Lothian Crescent, Bo’ness. Led by Sergeant Kerri Marshall and appearing on intelligence that managed medicine have been being produced and provided from the home, the group, appearing on the powers of a warrant officers entered the handle and found a big Cannabis cultivation unit with crops value an approximate road worth of £14,000. The occupants, a 33yr previous man & 29yr previous feminine, have been arrested and are anticipated to seem at Falkirk sheriff courtroom tomorrow (Thursday, April 24) on expenses for the manufacturing and provide of managed medicine. Sergeant Marshall want to thank the group for his or her help and encourages them to report any suspicions they could have in respect to drug dealing offences to the police on a hundred and one. http://www.welovetheherb.com/weed-blog/police-bust-boness-cannabis-grower.html
  22. Whops, delete please mods, just seen this has been posted, with me posting it as I know the guys involved, they are shitting themselves, they have not got them yet... Daily Record