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  1. hi 'Middle-aged curious' inspired by TV shows fuel jump in dark web first-time drug purchases Older people are wanting to try 'softer' drugs that have lost their stigma in recent years, according to academics The Telegraph “Curious, middle-aged” people inspired by the “rebranding” of microdosing drugs on TV programmes such as Gwyneth Paltrow's Netflix show Goop are fueling a jump in dark web first-time purchases, experts have suggested. The latest Global Drug Survey, which interviews 110,000 people worldwide every year, found more people are now buying drugs online who have never taken them before. Academics said the rise in first-time users was likely down to older people wanting to try “softer” drugs that had lost some of their stigma in recent years, such as cannabis and psychedelics. For instance, microdosing – taking small amounts of drugs such as LSD and magic mushrooms – has been advocated in some quarters as a potential treatment for anxiety and depression. Paltrow’s health company Goop explored microdosing with magic mushrooms last year in an episode of its popular Netflix series on alternative health treatments. Professor Adam Winstock, a consultant psychiatrist and addiction specialist at University College London, who leads the Global Drug Survey, said that the perception of such drugs had been “rebranded” by recent media and medical debates around them. He said: “There is an older generation in their 40s and 50s, they may be suffering from insomnia or mild anxiety and they have heard about microdosing. “I think it is things like psychedelics (being bought by dark web first-time buyers) by people who have generally never used drugs, or things like cannabis that can now be used medicinally. “It is people curious in experimenting rather than people who are going to develop a serious drug problem and start buying (the highly addictive opioid) Fentanyl.” The findings come as the drug trade on the dark web, which is a series of hidden websites that people access using special software, has boomed over the past decade. The trade has been enabled by the advent of cryptocurrencies, which allow anonymous purchases online, with the drugs then being sent to buyers in the post. The latest Global Drug Survey, which has more than 5,000 UK respondents, found that 15 per cent of drug users are now buying substances on the dark web compared to 10.7 per cent the year before. This year’s increase is the largest jump in dark web buyers since the survey began asking in 2014, at which point the percentage was just 4.7 per cent. The survey, which was conducted between November 2019 and February 2020, also found a growing number of people had not taken drugs before they started buying them on the dark web, with the number almost doubling last year to 9.1 per cent – up from five per cent the year before. Meanwhile, the general growth in online drug buyers over the past year was attributed to tech-savvy younger people who already used dark web software to hide legal internet behaviour and didn’t want to meet dealers in person. Prof Winstock added: “It could be a group of people in their 20s, who have grown up with that (dark web) technology and are suspicious of cyber-snooping. “I know people who when buying a present for their wife go through a (dark web) browser so their wife doesn’t know what they are looking at.” https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/01/25/curious-middle-aged-people-inspired-tv-shows-fueling-jump-dark/ Bongme
  2. hi Cannabis worsened my 'beautiful, bright and fun' daughter's mental health battle, believes mum Emily Rowling was just 23 when she died The devastated mother of a tragic "beautiful, bright and fun" young woman says she believes cannabis made her daughter's mental health worse. Kerry Head believes her daughter Emily Rowling became addicted to the drug and says if she had not taken it she would still be alive today. Emily, from Long Eaton, was just 23, when she was found dead near a multi-storey car park. An inquest recorded a verdict of suicide. The hearing was told Emily had been diagnosed with mental health conditions but doctors did not have the power to force her to accept treatment. Speaking to Derbyshire Live after the inquest, Ms Head said Emily "became paranoid" the more she smoked cannabis. "I would wholeheartedly say there's a false sense of security around cannabis," she said. "They say no one has died from taking cannabis, but I disagree, my daughter has. "It was difficult to try and get her to seek help. I was so worried about her, but she wouldn't let us help. We felt so helpless . "We took advice from a drug help line, which said we should cut her off and not give her money as she would just spend it on cannabis. The advice we were given was she would only help herself when she hits rock bottom. "We would give her cash cards she could spend at Asda for food so she couldn't spend cash on cannabis, but we later found out she was buying video games with them and selling them to get the cash. "When she wasn't angry with us for not giving her the money she would admit that she was stealing food from Asda and Sainsbury's." Mrs Head says she, and many other people in Emily's life, were left heartbroken by her death. "I consider myself very lucky to have had the time with Emily that I did," she said. "She was so bright, she was completely accepting of everybody. "She was so much fun, she was quirky and spontaneous. "I remember she once went running across Tower Bridge in London in a cow onesie - she embraced life. "She was a beautiful person." Emily was found unresponsive at the Crowne Plaza Hotel car park in Nottingham on May 14, 2019. The inquest heard she had a history of mental health issues, including anxiety and depression, with her mental health deteriorating in the two years leading up to her death. Derby Coroner's Court was told by Emily's parents that towards the end of her life she became convinced she could hear other people's thoughts and believed she was Mary Magdalene. The inquest heard that Emily displayed signs of psychosis - which can lead people to experience hallucinations or delusions - but would often refuse to seek help and tried to hide this from doctors. Dr Duncan Gooch, a GP at The Golden Brook Practice in Long Eaton, where Emily was registered, told the inquest discussions had been had about whether it would be possible to get her sectioned (detained under the Mental Health Act) for her own safety. "The advice was as she wasn't a risk to herself or other people we wouldn't be able to use the Mental Health Act," he said. "In General Practice we work in collaboration - we have little ability to force ourselves on a patient who does not want help. I think it's a particularly difficult situation for other people looking in. "The Mental Health Act is very clear on the circumstances in which I can be involved in a forced treatment of someone against their will, which is understandably a high threshold." He added that Emily, who had previously been diagnosed with Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder, did come into the surgery for appointments and concerns about her wellbeing from her parents had been noted. "I had encouraged Emily to share what she was going through with her parents," Dr Gooch said. "It was quite clear that her parents were concerned about her and it was important that Emily try to share to alleviate their anxiety. "We can share very limited information with family because we needed Emily's permission." He added that in the year leading up to her death, Emily had come into the surgery a number of times and although some of the things she had described in her life were concerning, there was nothing that could be described as psychotic. "Psychosis is a very difficult diagnosis to make," he said. "Delusions have very little basis, they don't tend to have a detailed explanation. As we start challenging a delusion, the patient often says they feel it's true. "She [Emily] was able to respond with a coherent and sensible answer to that. "It was a clear and understandable logic in to how she got that view." In his last appointment with Emily just over a month before she died, Dr Gooch said Emily was complaining about having Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and he signed her off work for two months to recuperate.. Miss Sabyta Kaushal, assistant coroner for Derby and Derbyshire, recorded a medical cause of death as trauma to the head and a conclusion of suicide. She said the health services had done all they could to help Emily. "I appreciate that today has been difficult," she said. "I think the evidence indicates that he [Dr Gooch] did what he was supposed to do and did attempt to assist Emily. At times she engaged with the relevant medical advice and other times she did not. "It's an upsetting case". A Just Giving page in Emily's memory to raise money for PAPYRUS, a suicide prevention charity for young people. You can donate to this here. https://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/news/local-news/cannabis-worsened-beautiful-bright-fun-4915144 Bongme
  3. hi Family's 'shame' as garden shed turned into a mini-cannabis farm He had been staying at his daughter's home in Newcastle and started growing the drug to feed his own habit Dad Stephen Hall turned his daughter’s garden shed into a mini-cannabis farm so he could grow drugs for his own daily use. Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard the 63-year-old had bypassed the electricity meter and rigged up the outbuilding with power. He had also planted a large cannabis plant in the back garden of the property in Meadow Lane, Newcastle. The defendant's daughter Jade Hall and her partner Anthony Jones also appeared in court as they both allowed the premises to be used. Now Stephen Hall has been sentenced to four months in prison, suspended for two years, after admitting producing a class B drug and abstracting electricity. Maninder Chaggar, prosecuting, said police turned up at the house on September 20, 2019 and were confronted with an ‘overpowering’ smell of cannabis coming from the garden. “The officers entered the house and searched it. There were no occupants present at the time,” added Ms Chaggar. “Three separate amounts of skunk cannabis were found in the home. In the back of the garden, a cannabis plant was found. “In the shed, at the end of the garden, it had been converted into a cannabis grow. There were 21 infant cannabis plants and four large plants in the shed.” The cannabis seized from inside the house included 8.39 grams in one container. In a glass jar by the fireplace there were also 5.2 grams and 4.86 grams’ worth of the drug. It emerged the shed had been fitted with 600 watt bulbs and a timer. Police also discovered the electricity meter was in a dangerous state in the living room. The court was told the combined cost of the electricity that had been used illegally and the meter disconnection charge came to more than £4,000. Stephen Hall was arrested, along with Jade Hall and Anthony Jones. Jones denied knowing anything about the cannabis production operation in the shed. But the 37-year-old bin man, of Meadow Lane, Newcastle, went on to plead guilty to permitting the premises to be used for a class B drug and possession of cannabis. Thirty-four-year-old Jade Hall, also of Meadow Lane, admitted permitting the premises to be used for cannabis, along with extracting electricity as the bill had been in her name. The court was told she made no financial gain. Stephen Hennessy, representing Stephen Hall, said he had Asperger’s and had also been experiencing mental health issues. “There was a sheet or page from the calendar, which was attached to the growing room wall, which had a mention of a mental health appointment,” he told the court. “The primary motivator was to supply himself. He made full and frank admissions about the abstraction of electricity. ‘I know how to do it’ and ‘I’m good at it’ were the sort of things he said to the probation service.” Stephen Hall, who had been staying with his daughter, has now moved into his own bungalow in Church View, Knutton, and his life has ‘stabilised’. As part of his suspended sentence, he will be subject to a four-month electronically monitored curfew between 9pm and 5am. Meanwhile, Jade Hall has received an 18-month conditional discharge for her role. Paul Cliff, representing both her and Jones, described her as hardworking and at low risk of re-offending. “There’s a sense of shame on her part,” he added. Jones was handed an 18-month community order, including a requirement to complete 60 hours of unpaid work. Mr Cliff said he was in possession of a ‘small amount’ of cannabis from the glass jar. Judge Paul Glenn also ordered each of the three defendants to pay £340 costs. https://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/news/stoke-on-trent-news/familys-shame-garden-shed-turned-4927000 Bongme
  4. hi 100 cannabis plants and cannabis cakes found at property in Basford Suspected 'cannabis cakes' were also seized Police have discovered and seized around 100 cannabis plants after carrying out a raid in Basford. The farm was discovered when a warrant was executed in Liddington Street on Monday morning, January 18. Officers say they also recovered a number of suspected 'cannabis cakes' and cookies and cooking equipment. A 45-year-old man and 35-year-old woman are set to be interviewed in relation to the discoveries as the investigation continues. Detective Sergeant Louise Bradford, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: "Our relentless work to reduce the supply of drugs in our communities will continue and we encourage the community to talk to us regarding any concerns or suspicions they may have regarding drugs-related criminality. "Drugs destroy communities and wreck lives which is why the force takes drug-related crime so seriously. “It is often said that cannabis production is not a serious crime, but this is simply not true. “The cultivation of cannabis can often be linked to serious organised crime and other serious offences like human trafficking and modern slavery. “We all have a role to play in keeping our local areas safe from drug-related crime which can have a negative impact on our communities and we will continue to pursue those individuals responsible.” https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/local-news/basford-cannabis-liddington-street-police-4908564 Bongme
  5. hi How a cannabis farm cured my fear of nature Guardian A factory with more than 800 plants has been discovered in a building beside the Bank of England – and the news had an unexpected effect on me here’s always a detail in apocalypse fiction that looms horrifically in your subconscious from your first encounter with the genre, when you were a bit too young for it. Mine is plants bursting through concrete, that stark reminder that mankind is evanescent and nature is stronger. As a child, it was the most terrible thing I could imagine: grass growing through pavement, creepers tendrilling out of defunct offices. I think I got this phobia from The Day of the Triffids, possibly the only book in the British canon where the plants are the bad guy. It’s easy to imagine it happening in the City of London, which is deader than every other dead place, eerie and full of foreboding. What happened instead was that someone established a cannabis factory of “significant size” (according to the police) right next to the Bank of England. It wasn’t the gigantic tent with the 826 plants that gave it away, but rather the strong smell commonly associated with the class B drug. Can you call a smell a smell when there’s nobody around to smell it? Philosophically, maybe not, but yes, in the eyes of the law. The fact that it got discovered shouldn’t blind us to how ingenious this was. It’s the first drugs bust of its kind made by City of London police. This Square Mile has been there, inhabited, full of buildings and whatnot, since the first century AD, possibly even before that, when centuries had no name, yet no one has ever tried to grow weed in it. (I’m not sure where the introduction of marijuana comes in the great timeline of Britain since the Romans.) Say what you like about soft-drug overlords, they know how to think outside the box. What’s the best place to do crime? Somewhere crime has never been done, except on computers. Something about the deliberation of the enterprise, imagining these completely out-of-place plants in their neat rows, carefully tended, with their own heat lamps, has got me completely past any lingering fear of unexpected botany. Nature is healing and, finally, I’m fine with that. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jan/25/how-a-cannabis-farm-cured-my-fear-of-nature Bongme
  6. hi Brexit creates CBD regulatory mess for UK market If the CBD market is any indication of how other sectors will be affected by the United Kingdom’s divorce from the European Union, buckle your seatbelts. Supply-chain slowdowns and lockdowns due to the Covid-19 pandemic have already made doing business in the UK a challenge. Now, with the confusion surrounding the final Brexit trade deal, shipping, customs, tariffs and novel food regulations are a lot more complicated – not just for UK CBD makers, but also suppliers in the United States and mainland Europe and anyone hoping to sell to UK customers. When the UK was part of the European Union, it enjoyed the free movement of goods with other EU member states. This helped foster a growing CBD market in Britain despite domestic legislation that bans hemp growers from using the plant’s flowering tops. At least 700 CBD companies are currently active on the UK market, but pinning down the market’s value is more of a challenge. A recent survey by the UK CBD marketplace Alphagreen suggested that 15% of Brits had used CBD in the first four months of 2020, and that CBD consumer spending during that period exceeded £150 million ($205 million). The outlook for CBD is less cheery in the post-Brexit reality, though, as UK businesses and their international partners have to navigate new customs declarations, forms, shipping delays and three different novel food authorization schemes. For some companies, these new points of friction are straining supply chain relationships and creating extra costs that will need to be passed on to the consumer. Borders and shipping CBD companies worry that “products coming in from Europe will be held up unnecessarily or jammed in the system in some way,” Kyle Esplin, chair of the Scottish Hemp Association, told Hemp Industry Daily. Shipping companies and border authorities have long had an inconsistent approach to CBD products, he said, “and Brexit is only likely to compound that issue.” That’s been the experience of ThreeDots, a London-based company that sells sparkling CBD beverages in 250 stores in the UK but manufactures them in Austria. Brexit-related snags in the company’s supply chain have hit both CBD and non-CBD ingredients, co-founder Sean McLintock told Hemp Industry Daily. A shipment of basil extract, for example, was held at customs in Austria for roughly three weeks without explanation from authorities, McLintock said. “We found out yesterday there was a new form that was requested after we shipped but before it arrived at customs that we didn’t know about.” The company subsequently missed the manufacturing dates for its top-selling grapefruit-basil beverage, “and that obviously incurs all sorts of fees for us on the manufacturing side.” Robert Jappie, partner at the INCE law firm in London, said customs declarations will be the major source of headaches under the current post-Brexit trade deal. He pointed to transport trucks being held up or turned away at the UK border because they lack the proper documents. “A lot of EU companies are saying, ‘Look, we just don’t have the time to fill out all these forms. It’s not cost-effective for us to do it,'” Jappie said. The risk? Some UK companies might be forced to drop their ingredient suppliers in mainland Europe and look elsewhere to avoid any extra hassle. Sourcing U.S. CBD On the CBD side, ThreeDots’ McLintock has also been frustrated by “much stricter regulation” from Austrian authorities on UK imports beginning in the second half of last year, with customs withholding products for excessive amounts of time on two occasions. “In the first instance, they actually took over a kilogram of samples to do testing, which, as I’m sure you can imagine, is extremely expensive for us,” McLintock said. Because ThreeDots’ CBD is sourced from the United States, the issue may lie with the so-called rules of origin, which dictate that a product must contain a certain percentage of content “predominantly produced” in the UK in order to benefit from preferential tariffs. Companies that simply import CBD isolate from the United States, for example, slap a label on it and export it into mainland Europe violate these rules. “You can’t have a situation where I import product from the States into the UK, and I just try and sell that product directly into the European Union,” said Stephen Oliver, co-founder of The Canna Consultants in London. “That will be where there are potential pitfalls for companies.” When it comes to trade with the United States, a deal still needs to be worked out between London and Washington, but analysts expect the tariffs situation to remain unchanged for U.S. CBD exports to the UK – at least for now. “I don’t think you’re going to see somebody who’s importing isolate from the States into the UK and all of a sudden there’s going to be an increase in the tariff or the duty rate for them,” Oliver said. Cannabis products are not classified under the current tariff rating system, so companies importing and exporting them need to seek out other categories – terpene extractions, for example – in order to assess the tariff duties. After taking stock of the supply chain issues Brexit has caused, ThreeDots’ McLintock said he’s reconsidering the company’s production strategy for 2021. “What it’s really meant for us now is we have to re-look at our supply chain,” McLintock said. Brexit, he said, has created “a breakdown in a really free trade system, which has so many knock-on effects for us.” Beyond this new web of international trade barriers, Brexit has also created three regulatory regimes for CBD, each with a different set of characters overseeing and enforcing so-called ‘novel food’ regulations across the UK. Novel foods: One country, three markets? The UK created a special deadline last year to clean up the CBD market and bring manufactures into compliance with novel food rules, which require some food ingredients to get extensive testing and approval from food safety authorities before they can be sold to consumers. Novel food regulations have applied to hemp-derived CBD ingestibles in the European Union for two years, but they were largely ignored by manufacturers in the UK. In an effort to cull the unwieldy CBD market, London’s Food Standards Agency said manufacturers had until March 31 to submit a novel food application if they wanted to stay on the shelves. The FSA deadline came with a few strings attached. First, products that hit the UK market after February 2020 are exempt from the special treatment: Market newcomers need to get full authorization from authorities – a process that can take months, if not years. Another caveat: The deadline applies to sales in England and Wales – but not Northern Ireland and Scotland. That’s because the novel foods issue in the UK under the post-Brexit trade deal has been complicated by the Northern Ireland-Republic of Ireland border and Scotland’s pro-EU politics. Pseudo EU status for Northern Ireland Novel food regulation in the UK has been made more complicated by the question of the post-Brexit UK-EU border. Northern Ireland is part of the UK. But its neighbor, the Republic of Ireland, remains a member of the EU. In order to avoid the political firestorm of a hard border between the two neighbors, the UK and the European Union agreed to have EU law apply to Northern Ireland post-Brexit. This means the UK’s looming CBD deadline does not apply to products on the Northern Irish market, and no lawful sale of CBD products can currently take place in Northern Ireland unless a product has full novel food authorization from the EU. “Novel food applicants in Northern Ireland … have to submit their application for authorization to the European Commission,” an EU spokesperson told Hemp Industry Daily. In practice, some CBD products that are allowed to stay on the market in England and Wales should be pulled from shelves in Northern Ireland and Scotland. Trade will also become an issue. With the UK-EU border now moved to the Irish Sea and Northern Ireland effectively becoming part of the EU, British companies exporting into Northern Ireland will need to fill out customs declarations. Border issues get more complicated for companies in Ireland whose imports normally get shipped from the UK to Northern Ireland and then southward across the border. “There are so many different layers to it that it just becomes incredibly complex, and it’s going to take a while for these complexities to be resolved,” Jappie said. Pro-EU Scotland rejects FSA deadline The CBD landscape is just as complicated when it comes to Scotland. Scotland is part of the United Kingdom, but its government has authority over several domestic policies, and food safety is one of them. Food Standards Scotland, an agency similar to the UK’s FSA, has opted stay the course with the EU’s authorization-only scheme for CBD products rather than use the March 31 deadline that applies to England and Wales. Just like in Northern Ireland, no CBD products are allowed on shelves without novel food authorization, according to Food Standards Scotland. “We expect businesses selling novel foods to move towards compliance as a matter of urgency, by lodging an application for authorization of a novel food as soon as possible,” the agency told Hemp Industry Daily. According to FSS, local authorities are responsible for enforcing novel food compliance. According to Esplin at the Scottish Hemp Association, authorities in Scotland have agreed to not start checking CBD products for novel food authorization – yet. The group is due to meet with FSS officials again to discuss the question in March. https://hempindustrydaily.com/brexit-creates-cbd-regulatory-mess-for-uk-market/ Graphics Bongme
  7. hi The eye-watering value of cannabis cops have removed from farms in Coventry in 2020 The Cannabis Disposal Team deal with farms ran by organised crime gangs Cannabis farms ran by and used to fund organised gangs were found all across Coventry last year - with a potential street value of over £11 million. During 2020, West Midlands Police's Cannabis Disposal Team (CDT) - who are called to clear the largest and most sophisticated set-ups - attended 38 scenes in the city and seized a total of 11,237 cannabis plants. The harvestable on-street value of those stood at around £11.25 million. There would have been many more cannabis finds in Coventry last year, but smaller cannabis grows are dealt with on a more local level through neighbourhood police teams, so the full scale of the seizures in last year would be considerably more. Across the whole of the West Midlands, the CDT closed down 398 large farms in 2020 and seized plants and harvested leaves with a street value of £86.6 million. As we reported in our Coventry newsletter, the largest of those was right here in Coventry at a warehouse in Foleshill Road. Having been called by power suppliers, officers smashed their way in to a premises in July and discovered a huge set-up, including a living quarters, full hydroponic equipment and over 3,600 plants with a street value of £3,618,000. Mike Hall, manager of Cannabis Disposal Team, said: “Most of the cannabis farms we deal with are being used to fund organised crime gangs. "We often find weapons, machetes and sometimes guns, and people found at the properties are often trafficked here illegally and are being exploited. “Our team are specially trained to clear these drugs factories as they can be very hazardous environments. Offenders tend to steal electricity by tampering with the mains supply and the dodgy wiring is a real fire risk. Several have gone up in flames. “Anyone who claims ‘it’s just a bit of weed, haven’t police got better things to do’ is being very naïve. These are criminal enterprises run by serious crime groups.” Many of the team’s successes are prompted by information passed to police by concerned members of the public – and Mike urged anyone with suspicions about a property to get in touch. He added: “There are lots of tell-tale signs that a property is being used to grow cannabis, not least the sweet, leafy odour of the drug itself. “Others would be a constant low humming noise from ventilation, windows blacked out or curtains drawn all day, large ducting tubes coming from the property, powerful lights on at night, and people visiting regularly for just a short period. “We always take information from the public seriously and will act on it where appropriate to take crime and protect the public.” https://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/eye-watering-value-cannabis-cops-19646064 Vids Bongme
  8. i 187 cannabis 'wraps' seized by police in Pembroke shortest news ever 187 ‘wraps’ of cannabis have been seized by police in Pembroke today, January 24. Pembroke Dock police said: “187 wraps of cannabis have been taken out of the community today. https://www.westerntelegraph.co.uk/news/19034983.187-cannabis-wraps-seized-police-pembroke/ Bongme
  9. i Leeds cannabis farmer lived in 'some comfort' with PlayStation and electric bike surrounded by £15,000 worth of plants at house in Harehills A cannabis farmer lived in 'some comfort' as he cultivated illegal plants worth more than £15,000 at a house in Leeds. Police found 28 plants growing in rooms on two floors of the property on Compton Avenue, Harehills, when they executed a search warrant. Leeds Crown Court heard officers were about to force entry to the property, which is opposite a school, but Adrian Debiwski answered the door. Brian Russell, prosecuting, said officers searched the property and found plants growing on the first and second floors of the terraced property. The house was fitted with a watering system, an air extraction system and powerful heating lamps. Mr Russell said the plants were in various stages of growth. Some were large and in flower. A coffee jar with cannabis leaves inside contained Debiwski's fingerprints. Mr Russell said: "Items around the house indicated that the person living there was doing so in some comfort, including a Playstation and an electric bike." The prosecutor said the plants were capable producing three crops in a year. Debiwski, 25, of Oakland Place, Harehills, pleaded guilty to producing a class B drug. Eddison Flint, mitigating, said Debiwski was allowed to live at the property in exchange for looking after the plants. Mr Flint said the defendant became involved in the offending in order to fund his own cannabis habit. The barrister said Debiwski was sorry for what he had done. Debiwski was given a six-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months. He was ordered to complete 20 rehabilitation activity requirement days and pay £500 court costs. udge Andrew Stubbs QC said: "You are 25 and have never been in trouble before. "But you became involved in serious offending. "This was well planned and well organised production of cannabis. "On this scale it is serious enough to deserve a prison sentence." https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/crime/leeds-cannabis-farmer-lived-some-comfort-playstation-and-electric-bike-surrounded-ps15000-worth-plants-house-harehills-3110908 Bongme
  10. hi 80-year-old caught twice growing dozens of cannabis plants Vid On Link Philip Antony Bevington grew the Class B drug in his garage to combat pain brought about by kidney failure An 80-year-old who grew cannabis to self-medicate pain stemming from kidney failure has been sentenced in court. Philip Antony Bevington, who goes by the name Tony, claims he started growing cannabis plants in his garage to extract both CBD and THC compounds in the plants' oil. Bevington, of Carnarthen Street in Camborne, appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentence having pleaded guilty to two counts of cultivating cannabis. Prosecuting the case, Ed Bailey described how on November 4, 2019, two police officers went to Bevington’s home after complaints of a strong smell of cannabis. While there the defendant admitted having a small account of cannabis on him (3.67 grams) and when it was explained to him his home would be searched, he took the officers to the garage where there was a “sophisticated” grow of 30 plants, as well as a ventilation system, lamps and plastic sheets. It was estimated the grow was worth as much as £12,600 with the potential for three grows a year. Bevington, who told officers from the start that he grew the drug for pain relief, was placed under investigation. Then, on January 27, 2020, police again attended Bevington’s home and found a similar grow of 44 plants and some cannabis resin. Bevington said that he didn’t smoke the cannabis but converted it to oil for medicinal purposes. Defending Bevington, Ramsay Quaife told the court how Bevington is not in good health but has since turned to the legitimate prescription of medicinal cannabis to ease the pain. Sentencing, Judge Simon Carr said: “Police officers attended your address due to a strong smell of cannabis and you took them to your garage. “You explained the cannabis production was for your own personal use to alleviate pain. Police placed you under investigation and returned some weeks later to find a second grow. You are 80 years old, of effective good character and there is no doubt you suffer from kidney failure and mobility issues and were self-medicating with the cannabis you grew. “Since then, wisely, you have gone through your GP to get cannabis prescribed.” Bevington was given a two-year condition discharge. In an interview with Cornwall Live after his arrest, Bevington said that when CBD oil bought legally from shops didn’t work, he decided to grow cannabis himself. He said last year: "I know I am breaking the law but the law as it stands is an ass. I don't deal drugs. I Have been very open about it and when police officers came to my house and asked me if I grew cannabis, I admitted it and led them straight to it. I don't even fiddle the electrics like drug dealers do. It was all above board. "To those who say that cannabis is an illegal drug, I say is it better to be illegally alive or legally dead? "I've grown my own medicine to save my life. There are far more harmful drugs in Camborne to deal with than both an old man who's dying anyway. I accept that I'm doing something that most people would not do. But I do enjoy life and this is medicine that helps me do that." Bevington added following his sentencing that he accepts the sentence, but insists that the law is out-dated and needs changing to help those in pain. https://www.cornwalllive.com/news/cornwall-news/80-year-old-caught-twice-4917096 Bongme
  11. hi Man caught with 53 cannabis plants at his Southampton home A MAN caught with 53 cannabis plants at his Southampton home has been spared jail. When police went to George Guard's home on May 30 last year they found a total of 53 cannabis plants, a court heard. At "various stages of growth" the total street value of the drugs has been estimated at £21,200. Prosecution barrister, Unyime Davies told that the 27-year-old had used professional equipment and chemicals to grow the plants. Furthermore, he had illegally extracted electricity to the value of £885.42 for his set-up in Mercury Close. During a police interview, he answered no comment to all questions. Appearing before Southampton Crown Court on Tuesday he was charged with abstracting/using without authority electricity. He was also charged with the production of cannabis which he pleaded guilty to on the basis it was for personal use. Guard accepted that he shared some of the drugs with close friends and the cultivation was more than necessary to satisfy his own personal needs, the court heard. The roofer has a previous conviction for the production of cannabis dating from 2011 and for which he was given a community order. Defending, Jamie Gammon, told the court that his client's mental health deteriorated after his relationship ended. Mr Gammon argued it was not Guard's intention to grow on a commercial scale of make a financial gain. He urged the judge to impose a suspended sentence. During sentencing, Mr Recorder Richard Smith QC weighed up the benefits to society of sending Guard to prison. He took into consideration that he could lose his property if imprisoned and mentioned conditions during the coronavirus pandemic. Guard received a two-year sentence, suspended for two years. He must complete 300 hours of unpaid work and 15 hours of rehabilitation activity. He must also pay £500 in prosecution costs. https://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/19035212.man-caught-53-cannabis-plants-southampton-home/ Bongme
  12. hi 20 cannabis plants seized during police raid in Cliftonville, Margate Twenty cannabis plants have been seized after police raided a Kent property. Officers found them in the basement of a building in Cliftonville, Margate. In the raid on Thursday at the Northdown Road address - which detectives have dubbed a "concealed cultivation site" - they also discovered a quantity of cannabis and equipment used to grow the drug. Sgt Sean Scarsbrook said: "The sale of this cannabis would have benefited criminals. "I am pleased our officers have uncovered the site and seized these illegal drugs." Police investigations into the site are ongoing. https://www.kentonline.co.uk/thanet/news/20-cannabis-plants-seized-during-police-raid-241246/ Bongme
  13. hi Queens of Cannabis: Smoking hot women changing 'stoner' perceptions and promoting weed A group of 'smoking' women are tackling the perceptions and stereotypes of marijuana users one post on Instagram at a time. From CEOs to models, their followers are growing Flower power is well and truly alive - and it’s being fronted by a group of strong, cannabis puffing female influencers. We may be a few months off counterculture holiday 4/20, but weed-loving models and influencers treat their army of followers to marijuana inspired posts every day. From business owners to actresses, women in weed is a growing business. Influencers have upwards of 100,000 followers who love to see what they’re smoking. Just days after a leading police chief said that free marijuana would make prisons a safer place, the UK granted its second licence for medical marijuana. The drug was legalised for medical purposes in the UK back in 2018, but patients have long faced staggeringly high prescription costs – sometimes coming to several hundred pounds a month. As it slowly becomes more accessible - Daily Star lists the top female influencers who are obsessed with benefits of Mary Jane. Jessica Cuebas, an LA based influencer, says that smoking the green stuff helped her kick a pain pill habit. Also known as pothead.princess, the 30-something has a legion of loyal followers. Originally worried about promoting cannabis, her page is now followed by 141,000 people. She has amassed the huge fanbase thanks to her Weedporn. Sunnydaze, aks Whit, has built 62,500 followers on her page thanks to her work promoting social justice, mental health and - you guessed it - advocating for cannabis. In a recent post, liked by more than a 1,000 people, she snapped buds of marijuana with the caption: “I am so grateful for the people I’ve met through this plant now more than ever. “The ability to share conversation over cannabis has led to some of the strongest connections I’ve had the pleasure of forming on this planet.” Iamcannabess, a Seattle based influencer, has been deactivated nine times by Instagram. But that has not stopped her sharing her weed-loving lifestyle with a whopping 95,000 followers. Real name Bess Byers, she said that in a turmoil filled 2020, her only constant was cannabis. She even shared a cannabis infused Christmas cookie recipe to the delight of her fans. Heyjadehey has a modest backing of 8,562 followers. Jade Daniels, a founder of Lady Jays, along with friend Harlee Case, is reinventing how the drug is smoked. Lady Jays believes in two things: The power of ‘hemp’, and the power of ‘her’ The Jacksonville businesswoman is a mother, small business owner and CEO. She said in a recent interview with Forbes: “I loved being a part of a new industry, and getting to see how much cannabis helps people and makes people happy. "I love the community that surrounds cannabis, and it felt like I had finally found my people. Cannabis makes me feel at home." cannabisweetie boasts 13.3k followers for her page, which aspires to inspire. Not only a smoker, cannabisweetie is an advocate for ‘healing water’. Real name Nicole Gonazels, she has been known to take some unique photos that feature marijuana and her lifestyle. She’s also the founder of sitgmafit. She said in an interview with HuffPost previously: “I want to give people inspiration to get outside and explore the world around them. To be a “women in weed” to me means a strong female figure making moves and making a change in the cannabis industry.” Lizzyjeff - The Medicine Woman - has built a huge 59,200 following on Instagram as the CEO of ZenandKush. A prominent activist and rapper, she describes herself as an influencer for healing and “expanding communities through sensuality, feminine flow and radical self-love”, she is also a published author. Zen and Kush, a lifestyle brand, works around cannabis education. SarahJain420 is a cannabis cover girl. The model and actress has 71,000 followers who love her candid shots and weed-smoking lifestyle. The Texas girl's self-proclaimed passion is cannabis. She said in a recent post: “It’s crazy to think of where I started my journey- in Texas as girl whose passion for cannabis led her to move to California to pursue a dream and I kept following that dream, even if I have found myself getting lost along the way.” https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/queens-cannabis-smoking-hot-women-23324184 Vid On Link Bongme
  14. hi Hemp for Homes? How Cannabis can be used in Construction While the movement to liberate the cannabis plant has picked up significant speed in recent years, with medical cannabis becoming established in many countries, and even the legalisation of recreational use, regulation around hemp remains fractured and extremely restrictive. In addition to being the main source of CBD – a cannabinoid that has taken the health and wellness world by storm – hemp can also be used for a number of industrial purposes, such as construction. Hemp has been utilised for industrial uses – traditionally for textiles and rope – for millennia. It has represented one of the most important crops to humans, originating in Asia and eventually spreading through the rest of the world, since ancient times. However, recent decades have seen the plant become stigmatised due to the psychoactive effects of THC and the consequent prohibition of the plant. Industrial Uses of Hemp In ancient societies, people were able to make use of all parts of the hemp plant, from seeds and leaves to the fibre of the stalk. Nutrition Cannabis seeds have little to no cannabinoid content, however, they do have huge nutritional value. As such, hemp seeds have been used as a food source throughout history, as well as for the production of herbal medicines. Hemp seeds are still used today for the production of food products such as oil and wellness products. Textiles One of the main industrial uses of hemp was traditionally for the manufacture of textiles. The fibres from the stalk of the plant were used to make clothes, ship sails, and ropes. Archaeological digs in Asia and the Middle East have discovered hemp rope and fabric dating back to around 8,000BC. It is said that the word ‘canvas’ took its name from the cannabis plant due to its association with textile production. Construction In ancient Egypt, hemp rope and textiles were used in an ingenious way of splitting rock for construction: the fabric was pushed into cracks in the rock and soaked with water. The expanding fabric would then cause the rock to crack, splitting into smaller, more manageable pieces. While this may be impressive, the hurds (inside of the stalk) of the plant was also used for the production of mortar as early as the 7th century. Mortar made with hemp has been found in pillars of bridges built in the 7th century in what is now France. Furthermore, there is evidence that hemp fibre was used to reinforce the mortar in construction. Hemp in Modern Day Construction Using similar techniques to those used in the ancient world and middle ages, hemp is still used today for construction. The most well-known hemp construction product, Hempcrete, can be used as a more environmentally-friendly alternative to concrete. Hempcrete is made of a combination of concrete mixers, hemp, powdered limestone, and water. The mixture can be shaped – often in blocks – for building walls. It may also be poured in linear shapes, much like the more familiar concrete. In addition to the construction of walls, concrete is also an effective thermoacoustic insulator. Once the hempcrete has fully cured, it retains a relatively large amount of air and is less dense than traditional concrete. This property means that it is extremely effective at insulating homes. A Greener option for the construction industry? As many of us continue with our efforts to reduce our carbon footprint and embrace new, greener innovations, we increasingly expect industrial sectors to keep up. Hempcrete could potentially offer a more environmentally-friendly alternative for the construction of homes and commercial buildings in the future, without compromising on the efficiency of traditional materials. https://canex.co.uk/hemp-for-homes-how-cannabis-can-be-used-in-construction/ Bongme
  15. hi Cops found cannabis plants in Sunderland man's bedroom during visit to search his mobile phone A heavily convicted Sunderland man was caught with a “potting shed” of cannabis in his bedroom by police who came to quiz him on another matter. Officers only attended 33-year-old Jonathan McDade’s home in Ravenscourt Road, Hylton Red House, to check through his mobile phone, a court heard. But they could smell the illegal Class B drug once inside – and found four plants in his room during the visit on Thursday, July 9. magistrates were told thatMcDade has 60 previous offences on his record, including five for producing cannabis. Prosecutor Marc Atkins told magistrates in South Tyneside: “Officers attend the defendant’s address in order to carry out a search of his mobile. “While carrying out the search, they can smell cannabis coming from his bedroom. They entered and there were four cannabis plants. “They interviewed the defendant in respect of the plants and he admitted the cannabis was for his own use. “The defendant has 32 convictions for 60 offences, including five previous for producing cannabis between 2011 and 2019. “The crown asks for forfeiture and destruction of the drugs.” The court was told McDade was currently subject to a community order for dangerous driving and driving while disqualified. It was imposed when he was sentenced for those crimes at Newcastle Crown Court in August last year. Alaister Naismith, defending, said the community order meant McDade was working with the Probation Service in an attempt to change his ways. He added: “It is four adult plants in what can be loosely described as a potting shed in the corner of his bedroom. “The Probation Service, effectively, have him under their control for the next eight months. A financial penalty is probably suitable on this occasion.” Robert McDonald, chairman of the magistrates’ bench, told McDade his community order pre-dated his latest offence. But he added: “Clearly there’s a trend to his offending, looking at your previous convictions.” McDade, who pleaded guilty to production of controlled Class B drug cannabis, was fined £120 and must pay £85 court costs and a £34 victim surcharge. The court ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the plants. https://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/crime/cops-found-cannabis-plants-sunderland-mans-bedroom-during-visit-search-his-mobile-phone-3110224 Bongme
  16. hi COVID FINES FOR 3 PALS OUT DRIVING TO BUY CANNABIS 3 Islanders have each been handed £200 fines after being caught late night shopping by the Police. The trio, all from different households but travelling in the same white Fiat Punto Evo, were stopped by officers last night (Friday) and found to be in breach of COVID restrictions. If breaching the lockdown rules wasn’t bad enough… it was soon discovered that the friends were out to purchase cannabis – a Class B drug. Police have issued a reminder that shopping for cannabis is not a reason to leave your home during a national lockdown. As well as the health regualation breach fines, 1 of the males was dealt with for possession of a controlled drug. Hampshire Constabulary are reminding Islanders to make sure your travel is essential and lawful. https://www.islandecho.co.uk/covid-fines-for-3-pals-out-driving-to-buy-cannabis/ Bongme
  17. hi Police raid suspected cannabis factory at Chesterfield warehouse Police have raided a warehouse in Chesterfield suspected of being a cannabis factory. The warehouse, which is off Meltham Lane behind the Arnold Clark car showroom, was raided by officers this morning. In a photo shared with the Derbyshire Times, police can be seen removing plants and equipment from the warehouse. An eyewitness who didn’t want to be named said officers had found ‘lots and lots’ of cannabis at the site. https://www.derbyshiretimes.co.uk/news/crime/police-raid-suspected-cannabis-factory-chesterfield-warehouse-3110694 Bongme
  18. hi Sunderland man given cannabis plants by friend landed in court after police called at his home A man given five cannabis plants as reward for helping a pal clear away a drugs farm was caught when police called at his home on an unrelated inquiry. Kieron Wright, 27, at first refused to come to the door of his home in Grafton Street, Millfield, Sunderland – and his mum even denied he was at home. When he then climbed out onto a roof to shout to ask them what they wanted on Tuesday, September 8, officers could already smell the drug from the street. Wright then came clean about his crime – but his openness led to him being charged with a more serious offence, magistrates in South Tyneside were told. They heard he told police how he had attained the batch, meaning he was charged with cannabis production rather than possession. Prosecutor Marc Atkins said: “Officers attended an address in Grafton Street, in order to arrest the defendant for another offence. “The defendant’s mother said he wasn’t at the property, but the defendant then climbed out of the loft and came onto the roof and asked what they wanted. “He refused to come down to the door. To his credit, he told them that he had cannabis in the loft that they could also smell. “After about ten minutes he let them in. There is cannabis bush on the loft floor and some more hanging on a radiator. “He told officers that he had helped a friend dismantle a cannabis farm and that he was given five plants. “There was 215g of cannabis, which was for his own use. There was no equipment for commercial production.” Mark McAlindon, defending, said Wright had previously used crack cocaine and switching to cannabis was a way to move to a lesser drug. He added: “The yield from the drugs was about 40g. It’s now an offence of some age. “This could have been charged as possession, but it was production due to what he said in his interview.”Wright was fined £120 after pleading guilty to production of a controlled Class B drug, and must pay £85 court costs and a £34 victim surcharge. https://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/crime/sunderland-man-given-cannabis-plants-friend-landed-court-after-police-called-his-home-3110220 Bongme
  19. hi Recycling worker wins unfair dismissal case after being sacked for failing a drugs test while taking cannabis for his bad back Daily Mail A recycling worker sacked for failing a drugs test has won an unfair dismissal case after a judge accepted he was taking cannabis for his bad back. Carl Pamment used the class B drug to tackle severe pain and help him sleep. It helped him return to work after being off sick and did not affect his performance, the employment tribunal heard. But his bosses at Renewi UK Services fired him, claiming he posed a safety risk because he was 'under the influence'. Now Mr Pamment, who had 14 years' service, is in line to win his job back after a judge ruled the firm failed to consider his reasons for taking cannabis. Judge Paul Housego said: 'His motivation was not hedonistic. What is undoubted is that Mr Pamment's back problem was entirely genuine. 'He had frequent visits to the doctor. He was given various different medications to help the pain including morphine patches. None seemed to work for him.' Renewi fired Mr Pamment for gross misconduct in April last year. Bosses claimed he was a risk as a team leader and driver for the firm in east London. But the tribunal, which was held remotely, found he was only a driver's mate and cannabis did not impact his work. In ruling that Mr Pamment was unfairly dismissed, Judge Housego said that the only reason the company had for firing him was that cannabis was illegal. However, the judge said the firm had not taken into account the circumstances. 'Mr Pamment had given an entirely credible reason why he took the cannabis - he was not a recreational user,' he said. 'There had been no incidence of poor performance and no concerns raised about him or his work. 'No account was taken of the genuine reason for taking the cannabis. Likewise for of his long unblemished service. It was taken to be gross misconduct because it was a failed test, without any assessment of the circumstances.' A new hearing will be set to determine what damages Mr Pamment – who would like his job back – receives. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9177685/Recycling-worker-wins-unfair-dismissal-case-sacked-failing-drugs-test.html Bongme
  20. hi Police appeal after huge cannabis grow seized in Derbyshire town Officers found hundreds of cannabis plants Derbyshire Police are appealing for information after they seized £250,000 worth of cannabis from a Derbyshire town. Officers were called to reports of suspicious activity at a house, in Town Street, Pinxton, at around 12.30am on Wednesday, January 20. A search was conducted and more than 400 different cannabis plants were found throughout the property. The plants and growing equipment have since been seized and an investigation is underway. The Alfreton Safer Neighbourhood Team said the equipment used by the culprits presented a real fire safety risk, endangering the lives of the occupants themselves and residents living in the surrounding area. Derbyshire police have yet to make any arrests related to the seizure and have appealed for information from anyone who may have noticed people around the address or any other suspicious activity near the property. https://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/news/derby-news/police-appeal-after-huge-cannabis-4918932 Bongme
  21. hi Sheffield man confessed to police about cannabis plants at his home A drug-offender has been spared from jail after he confessed to police that he had cannabis plants at his home. David Brownhill, aged 35, of Deer Park Road, Stannington, Sheffield, called police to say cannabis was being grown by others at his flat, according to a Sheffield Crown Court hearing on January 19. Jessica Randell, prosecuting, said: “On July, 2019, and again on July, 2019, the defendant called police to inform police that cannabis was being grown at his property.” She added police attended and found ten small cannabis plants which were over a foot-high each in pots and also found a hydroponic system which helps the plants to grow. Brownhill, who has previous convictions, pleaded guilty to producing the class B controlled drug. The defendant claimed he had not been directly involved in the growing of the cannabis because he said others had been responsible for setting-up the grow. He told police he had not been forced into the situation and he had no intention to sell the cannabis but he had helped set-up the tent and paid for some of the necessary chemicals. The defendant claimed there had been an arrangement where he would be paid between £2,500 and £3,000 as a reward or get free cannabis or combination of the two scenarios. Ms Randell said CCTV footage showed no one other than Brownhill entering the flat and the CPS did not accept any basis that the defendant had been pressured. However, she stated that which ever version of events was accepted or rejected it would not make a substantial difference to the sentencing. Judge Rachael Harrison told Brownhill: “You are putting yourself in danger of going to prison if you continue committing criminal offences and that is what is going to happen because you will leave the court with no other choice.” She added there were unusual circumstances because Brownhill had called the police regardless of what the CCTV showed. udge Harrison sentenced Brownhill to a 12 month community order with a Rehabilitation Activity Requirement and a six-month Drug Rehabilitation Requirement. She also imposed a one-month condition that he remains at his current residence and she ordered Brownhill to pay £240 costs and a victim surcharge. https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/crime/sheffield-man-confessed-police-about-cannabis-plants-his-home-3106619 Bongme
  22. hi Queen's farm shop selling cannabis-infused drink with stocks selling out The shop, which is located near Windsor Castle and sells products from the royal estate, began offering the drink a few months ago. It contains 15mg of cannabidiol (CBD) Brits are snapping up a cannabis-infused drink from the Queen’s farm shop – with the product selling out. Trip, which contains 15mg of cannabidiol (CBD), is on sale at the Windsor Farm Shop in Berkshire near Her Majesty’s castle. Unlike the drug itself, CBD is fully legal in the UK and is used to treat a range of medical conditions. An insider told The Sun: “The drinks are quite quirky but very unusual for a farm shop — especially one run by The Queen. “They are selling out quick. People pick up about seven or eight each time. "The shop started stocking a few months ago and they’ve been really popular.” The £2.19 cans come in peach and ginger flavour or elderflower and mint. Both flavours were sold out earlier this week. Trip says its products are “infused with potent natural botanicals like ginseng, L-theanine, turmeric and chamomile to aid digestion, immunity and stress relief” on its website. It adds: “Find calm in the everyday chaos. Only the highest quality CBD so you feel more productive, less stressed and more you.” A Windsor Farm Shop spokeswoman said: “The shop sells a number of widely-available soft drinks. Stock varies throughout the year.” Last week, the Daily Star revealed that gangs are flooding the UK with “super weed” from California as drinkers turn to cannabis to get through Dry January. Dealers are cashing in on a surge in demand from lockdown boozers getting high to avoid alcohol. We spoke to one who smuggles potent marijuana strains from the US state and sells it in Liverpool and Manchester. He said: “I’ve had loads of new buyers who don’t normally smoke weed but need something to replace the hit they get off booze. Forget Dry January, this is high January.” Showing us a box of several bags, ordered off the dark web, he added: “These are 3.5g bags, people are paying £80-£120. “Demand right now is for the stronger Cali stuff.” https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/queens-farm-shop-flogging-cannabis-23371217 Bongme
  23. hi Cannabis farm found after landlord stopped police officer in the street A cannabis farm was discovered after a landlord stopped a police officer in the street to report it. It happened at about 7pm on Wednesday, January 20 in Harehills. Police went to the property and found the farm, which had around 50 plants. The plants were seized. The officer said: "Stopped on foot tonight by a landlord who reported a small cannabis farm. That’s one more out of Harehills." It comes as police raided three properties in Yeadon and Rawdon on Thursday, January 20. Each property contained drugs paraphernalia and signs of recent drugs use and/or dealing. Officers also found a quantity of class B drugs, which have been destroyed. The team posted on Facebook: "This Morning, 21th January, Officers from your local NPT conducted three intelligence-led drugs raids in the Yeadon & Rawdon area. "All three properties contained drugs paraphernalia & signs of recent drugs use and/or dealing. "A quantity of Class-B drugs were also recovered, which will now be destroyed. As a result of this operation, those drugs will not be finding their way onto the local streets & this sends a clear message: if you are involved in the supply of illegal drugs, you can expect a knock at your door (or in this case, a circular saw)." https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/crime/cannabis-farm-found-after-landlord-stopped-police-officer-street-3109897 Photo Bongme
  24. hi Dutch government set to offer six month reprieve for 'life saving' cannabis oil Scottish families of children with debilitating illnesses were celebrating today after the Dutch government agreed to give a six month reprieve on the supply of 'life-saving' cannabis oils. Brexit had meant that Bedica and Bedrolite oils, which are solely produced by Dutch firm Transvaal Pharmacy, were unable to be legally prescribed for UK residents. But a Dutch chemist responsible for producing the oils revealed today that the Dutch health ministry had granted a six month reprieve which allows for his company, Transvaal Pharmacy, to prescribe the oils to UK residents. The cannabis oils have revolutionised the treatment of drug resistant epilepsy and has led to children who formerly suffered hundreds of seizures daily to go long periods of time seizure free. Cole Thomson, 8, from East Kilbride suffers from a rare epileptic condition that was resistant to being treated by drugs. He was required to undergo brain surgery in 2014 and was later prescribed Epidiolex - a CBD only oil produced in the UK - in 2018. But this led to Cole becoming wheelchair bound, unable to speak and suffering regular seizures. As a result, Cole’s mother, Lisa Quarrell, was forced to turn to smuggling in Bedrolite oils from the Netherlands - a case that was covered in a BBC documentary. Cole’s condition started to rapidly improve but the family was investigated by Police Scotland following their actions. Cole was later able to receive a prescription for Bedrolite after a firm in Glasgow secured a licence from the Home Office - and as a result “it saved his life.” Lisa, who works for the Unison health board, said: “Cole was approaching his last ten days of Bedrolite oils. It was no joke to say that we were preparing for him to have to return to hospital and potentially go into status epilepticus which could have cost him his life. “When we heard the news today I have not stopped smiling like a Cheshire cat. It is so emotional to know that my little boy's life is no longer at risk. It is going to be a McDonald’s for Cole and his brother to celebrate tonight. “This news will allow for me to refocus my efforts on pressuring the Scottish government and NHS to provide a relief fund for parents like myself who are spending over £1,000 a month to save our children's lives.” At the present moment parents are only able to get a prescription for Bedica or Bedrolite through private clinicians. It is understood that the NHS in both Scotland and England are unable to provide a prescription as the British Pediatric Neurology Association will not back the prescription of oils containing THC for the treatment of drug resistant epilepsy. Leaving families thousands out of pocket. Transvaal Pharmacy said: “We can confirm that the Dutch Health Ministry has given Transvaal Pharmacy permission to continue to supply prescriptions to residents of the UK for the next six months.” It is understood that the UK health department is preparing a statement at the moment and will publish it as soon as possible. The Scottish government has also been contacted for comment. https://www.scotsman.com/health/dutch-government-set-offer-six-month-reprieve-life-saving-cannabis-oil-3108622 Bongme
  25. hi Illegal immigrant found asleep at Bradford house packed with 346 cannabis plants Police raid uncovered cannabis farm and Albanian Stefan Musta was fast asleep An illegal immigrant from Albania has been jailed for two years after he was found sleeping at a house in Bradford which had been converted into a cannabis farm. Bradford Crown Court heard how police officers raided the property on Canford Drive, Allerton, two days before Christmas and discovered virtually every room had been turned over to cannabis production. Prosecutor Joseph Bell described how 36 plants were being grown in a back room with over 100 more plants being cultivated in the three bedrooms. A further 65 plants were discovered in the attic with 142 saplings being grown in a small cupboard. Mr Bell said the rooms had been equipped with specialist fans, lighting and extractors and the electricity supply had been bypassed. In total police seized 346 cannabis plants which could have produced significant quantities of drugs for commercial sale. Stefan Musta, 34, was found asleep in the house and after his arrest he admitted that he had come into the country illegally about a year ago. His barrister Ian Hudson said his client had worked as a labourer, but agreed to work as “a gardener” at the property for 10 days. “He accepts he was motivated by financial advantage,” said Mr Hudson. Musta pleaded guilty to a charge of producing cannabis and Mr Hudson said the defendant would now be deported after serving his prison sentence. Recorder Thomas Moran said a large part of the house had been devoted to growing cannabis with specialist equipment for lighting, heating and watering the plants. “It was immediately clear there was a sophisticated cannabis farm at that address,” said the judge. “You admit that you did this voluntarily for money.” https://www.examinerlive.co.uk/news/local-news/illegal-immigrant-found-asleep-bradford-19665848 Bongme