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  1. Hi UK rapper Black The Ripper's cause of death confirmed after dying aged 32 The family of rapper Black The Ripper, real name Dean West, have released a statement which confirms his cause of death after he died at the age of 32 earlier this year UK rapper Black The Ripper's cause of death has been confirmed by his family, after he died aged 32 earlier this year. The musician – real name Dean West – died from a "sudden heart attack" his family said in a statement released on Tuesday, June 7. The family released the statement on Twitter, with producer Dexplicit sharing it with his 8,000 followers. It read: "The family can confirm that the autopsy has finally been carried out in Montserrat and the results are in. "Our beloved son Dean died from a sudden heart attack. "The family would like to thank you for your patience at this tragic time. "We appreciate your support and hopefully we can start to find some closure in time." Dean died on April 6. He was found dead in a holiday home he was staying in in Montserrat, in the Caribbean. The next day, an autopsy was ordered by a coroner and the Royal Montserrat Police launched an investigation into his cause of death. The news of his death was met with an outpouring of tributes from his peers and fans alike. Lethal Bizzle said: "WOW RIP Black The Ripper. This year has been a mazza [sic]." Krept, from Krept and Konan, wrote: "No way Black The Ripper. RIP man f***ing hell. What a horrible year." Top Boy actor Michael Ward also shared a tribute to the rapper. During his life, Dean was a big figure in the UK rap scene and rose to fame with mix tapes such as Afro Samurai and Holla Black. He counted the likes of Tupac Shakur, Biggie Smalls and Bob Marley as inspirations. And he collaborated with acts such as Chip and Ghetts, among others. Aside from music, he was also a campaigner for the legalisation of cannabis in the UK. https://www.dailystar.co.uk/showbiz/uk-rapper-black-rippers-cause-22317585 Bongme
  2. Hi ‘A national disgrace’: call to improve medical cannabis access in the UK A campaigner has urged the UK government to improve access to medical cannabis prescriptions as restrictive guidance from NICE and the BPNA has meant that no new NHS prescriptions have been written for the last two years. Hannah Deacon, mother to Alfie Dingley – a young boy who suffers from refractory epilepsy, has written an open letter to the UK Government urging it to improve access to medical cannabis prescriptions in order to help families who are struggling financially during the COVID-19 pandemic. In November 2018, the UK Government introduced a law change to enable the legal prescription of cannabis-based medicinal products (CBMPs) for the first time. Since then, there has only been around 400 private prescriptions and two NHS prescriptions. The impact of COVID-19 on medical cannabis patients and families In her letter, Deacon raises concerns regarding families who have been left to struggle during the COVID-19 pandemic, citing the problem as a ‘national disgrace’. Deacon writes: ‘To the best of my knowledge access to medical cannabis on the NHS is totally blocked, forcing families to fund raise to pay thousands of pounds a month for a medicine that is legal here. It also means that the health of patients is under threat. COVID-19 has merely exacerbated these health and economic inequalities… ‘Together with End Our Pain campaign, I support many families every day who now must access this medication privately and fundraise to be able to pay for their children’s medicine. This fundraising activity has become impossible due to COVID-19. Only a few days ago we have seen a child in intensive care because her mother could no longer pay for her treatment. Only due to an exceedingly kind donation can she carry on the treatment for a few more months and has managed to get her child home and safe for now.’ The letter continues: ‘Living alongside COVID-19 for the foreseeable future will mean stark choices for these families. We need to make sure the needs of those with severe and enduring illnesses are not overlooked. This is about timely and early intervention, prevention and ensuring the right medicine is accessible. ‘The plight of our children and need for medical cannabis is so much more than strategy, taskforces, or policy announcements.’ Government response Dominic Cummins has responded to Ms Deacon’s letter saying that there is ‘strong scientific evidence that cannabis can harm people’s mental and physical health, and damage communities.’ His letter states: ‘It is crucial that this country keeps in step with the latest scientific evidence, so that patients and their families have access to the most appropriate course of medical treatment. ‘The government understands the concerns and anguish of patients and their families who suffer on a daily basis. It welcomes the rapid process that has been made and looks forward to further rapid progress in this area so patients receive the best, most appropriate treatment and medication, supported by robust evidence. ‘The decision whether to prescribe an individual with medicinal cannabis is therefore not a political or financial decision, but a decision by a medical expert, who will have considered whether it is the most effective treatment based on an individual’s particular condition.’ Regarding Cummin’s reply, Deacon said: “It was incredibly insulting. He was talking about the recreational use of cannabis, which is not what we are talking about. We are talking about a plant-based medicinal oil that stops children having seizures. It shows a complete lack of empathy and understanding of what the families are going through”. A group of scientific experts on cannabis have recently put forward a medical cannabis white paper exploring how the integration of CBMPs into UK healthcare can be accelerated. https://www.healtheuropa.eu/a-national-disgrace-call-to-improve-medical-cannabis-access-in-the-uk/101357/ Bongme
  3. hi Cannabis user whose 'head was all over the place' goes on 90mph police chase - then tries to con officers who caught up with him Imran Mahmood, 27, of Crumpsall, was sentenced to 16 months imprisonment suspended for two years at Manchester Crown Court A 'reckless and irresponsible' man who led the police on a high speed chase driving almost triple the limit has narrowly avoided being sent to prison. Imran Mahmood, aged 27, was first spotted by officers in an unmarked car when he almost clipped the side of a parked vehicle when faced with oncoming traffic. He began to accelerate to speeds of 70mph in his Seat Ibiza, so officers activated their blues and twos, Manchester Crown Court heard. As the pursuit began, Mahmood, of Crumpsall, went through a red light before accelerating at speeds of 90mph. The two minute chase came to an end when Mahmood attempted to make a right hand turn, but instead lost control and crashed into a concrete fence. Mahmood, who the court heard was a cannabis user for a number of years, initially told police he wasn't the driver and that 'a female who was the driver had run off'. His defence barrister told the court Mahmood's head 'was all over the place'. At an earlier hearing Mahmood pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and driving whilst disqualified. Today he was sentenced to 16 months imprisonment suspended for two years. Prosecutor Phillip Hall said at around 1:50am on July 9, police officers were on patrol in an unmarked car in the Blackley area. They saw the defendant driving and there was a male passenger with him, it was said. “The officers saw him brake sharply at a junction, so they decided to follow him due to the manner of driving,” Mr Hall said. “They were both driving at the speed limit initially, but as the defendant approached a junction he passed a vehicle travelling in the opposite direction, and as he did so he almost clipped the side of a stationary vehicle. “The Seat Ibiza began to accelerate away and the officers activated their emergency equipment.” Mahmood failed to stop and continued accelerating, the court was told. As the pursuit began they were travelling at speeds of 70mph in a 30mph zone and he went through a red light. He then reached speeds of 90mph along various residential roads. The chase lasted two minutes, and ended when he attempted to make a turn into Wellington Road, but failed to do so and collided with the fence, prosecutors said. “The defendant and the passenger got out and he raised his hands in the air,” Mr Hall said. “Checks revealed he was a disqualified driver so he was arrested and cautioned. “Following the caution he claimed he wasn’t the driver, but instead said there was a female who ran off from the vehicle.” Mahmood was said to have 11 previous convictions for 19 offences including driving under the influence of drugs in April 2018, for which he was banned for 3 years from getting behind the wheel. In mitigation, his defence lawyer Haseeb Yousaf said that a pre-sentence report alluded to his client suffering with mental health issues. “The defendant said when he committed this offence he wasn’t thinking properly and made a mistake,” Mr Yousaf said. “He has been a cannabis user for some years and prior to the offence he had come off it and said his ‘head was all over the place’. “He currently lives at home with his mum and disabled brother and he is the main carer as his mother is housebound. “Custody would not just have an impact upon him, it would massively affect him in a negative way with his health, but also his family who rely upon him for day to day chores and other things.” Addressing Mahmood, who held his hands in prayer in the dock, Judge Michael Leeming told him: “Your driving showed a complete disregard for the safety of others. “This was aggravated by the police chase, people were at risk by these offences if you would have crashed the car. “This was a completely reckless and irresponsible display of bad driving. Nobody, by the dint of good fortune, was injured. “I am just about persuaded that this sentence can be suspended - you will never come closer to an immediate custodial sentence. “If you breach it, you will come back before me, I will remember you, and I will send you to prison. “There is no second chance. Come back before me and you’re going down.” Mahmood, of Rectory Road, was also ordered to complete ten rehabilitation activity requirement days, a Thinking Skills programme, and made subject of a three month electronically monitored curfew. He was also banned from driving for a further two years and must take an extended driving retest. https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/cannabis-user-whose-head-over-18572422 Bongme
  4. hi Pleasant Lands: The New Campaign for Hemp Reform in the UK Volteface, a UK-based drug reform advocacy organisation, has launched a new campaign to drive hemp reform in the UK. Pleasant Lands calls for the UK government to ease restrictions that have put British hemp farmers at a disadvantage to their global counterparts for decades. Pleasant Lands – A Primed Policy Solution Volteface has launched the Pleasant Lands campaign to raise awareness around the state of the UK hemp industry. The Pleasant Land report- set to be published in August – will present the government with a policy solution to address the shortcomings of current regulations. The campaign will be overseen by leading experts in the hemp regulation and extraction industries. The Pleasant Lands report will draw on the experiences of UK hemp farmers and are asking for shareholders to join the campaign’s coalition for reform. What is Hemp? Hemp refers to plants of the Cannabis Sativa family that have a low THC – the compound associated with the cannabis high – concentrations. Hemp has been associated with human cultivation for thousands of years thanks to its potential to serve many end uses. The plant has been historically used to make clothing, weapons, and for construction as well as for medicines. However, due to the plant’s association with ‘marijuana’ – a slang term for high-THC cannabis – hemp has been the victim of overly harsh controls for around five decades. The 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act placed restrictions on the cultivation of all cannabis plants – regardless of THC content. Hemp Cultivation in the UK To grow hemp in the UK, farmers must gain a Home Office-issued license. Guidelines require that crops are grown from EU-approved strains containing a maximum of 0.2% THC. In recent years, global hemp cultivation has seen a massive boom, thanks largely to the ever-growing popularity of CBD products. In many countries, hemp farmers can cultivate the plant for use in CBD extraction, creating a significant extra revenue opportunity. However, farmers in the UK are still unable – by law – to process their plants for this purpose, despite CBD being legal in the country. Home office regulations state that farmers can only utilise the seeds and fibre of the crop – which contain little to no CBD. Additionally, the high-CBD leaves and flowers must be destroyed on-site to comply with cultivation rules. We spoke to Liz McCulloch, author of the Pleasant Lands report and Director of Policy at Volteface: “I think if you speak to the average person in the UK they would be astounded that farmers have to destroy the most valuable part of their crop. Pleasant Lands will act as the vehicle for change, encompassing a range of expertise, experiences and interests in hemp cultivation.” In addition to products containing CBD extracts, CBD flowers and buds have become increasingly commonplace in the UK. Despite these products being readily available in both retail stores and online, they are technically illegal. The leaves and flowers of the hemp plant are classed as a controlled substance, regardless of the THC content. What are the benefits of hemp reform? The Pleasant Lands report will aim to give the government the necessary information to make a decision about hemp reform. It is hoped that in the future, hemp farmers will be permitted to utilise the whole plant. Reform would allow UK farmers to enter an already booming global industry, boosting cultivation and helping to improve the environment at the same time. As the Coronavirus pandemic plunges the country into the worst recession in decades, liberalising the hemp industry would help to drive economic growth and green recovery. Brexit also offers an opportunity to deviate from some of the EU’s restrictive measures on hemp cultivation. The Environmental Benefits of Hemp Industrial hemp is known to be extremely beneficial to its surrounding environment. Thanks to the plant’s fast-growing times, hemp is very efficient at holding CO2 from the environment. In addition, it is also known to improve soil quality by reducing the presence of toxic chemicals and metals. Parts of the plant can also be utilised in the production of environmentally friendly products. For example, hemp paper can be recycled much more efficiently than timber paper; hemp can be used to make bioplastics which can degrade in just a few months. https://canex.co.uk/pleasant-lands-the-new-campaign-for-kemp-reform-in-the-uk/ Bongme
  5. hi South Yorkshire Police donate items found at cannabis farms to help gardeners Items seized by South Yorkshire Police at cannabis farms have been donated to gardeners. Growbags, manure and plant pots are among the supplies that have been handed over to community projects in Sheffield and Barnsley. A community allotment project growing items for a food bank is among the projects to have benefited. PC Liam Stewart from Sheffield's proactive CID department, said: “When we go into properties that have been used for significant cannabis set-ups, there are often huge quantities of soil, canes, plant pots, growbags and tools waiting to be used. “Unfortunately, a lot of this equipment ends up in landfill, so we decided to work out a way we could repurpose or recycle at least some of it. “We’ve donated equipment to some great people in Barnsley who run a fantastic community garden, it’s a place that is so well loved by local people and run entirely by volunteers. “We thought they might like a few extra supplies to keep things going and their vegetables growing throughout the summer. “We also dropped off a van load of kit to a wonderful allotment community hub in Sheffield, they are currently growing food for foodbanks and also donating flowers and plants. “We’re exploring options around how we can do more things like this and introduce further processes across the force. “Naturally, it has to be done properly and we wouldn’t be able to reuse a lot of what we seize, but it’s exciting that we’ve found a sustainable option for some items that also supports local community projects.” https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/crime/south-yorkshire-police-donate-items-found-cannabis-farms-help-gardeners-2910878 Photo Bongme
  6. hi CBD will be removed from shelves next year, are you prepared? CBD has established itself as one of the fastest growing food supplement products in the UK with some estimates valuing the sector at around £300m. Millions of Brits are consuming it, and the industry has already outgrown sales of vitamin C and D combined. CBD sales are projected to hit £1bn by 2025, which is equivalent to the entire UK herbal supplement market in 2016. It’s no wonder then that retailers are keen to stock products containing this popular ingredient. However, retailers may be surprised to learn that companies selling CBD products as food are operating in a grey area and many could even be illegal due to the amount of controlled substances they contain. The UK is the only market in the world where a clear regulatory framework exists for commercial adoption of CBD giving retailers the opportunity to participate in this huge market. However, they must ensure that their procurement process is able to identify the products that are fully safe and legal. The UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has given CBD companies until 31 March 2021 to have a validated novel foods application for each of their products or else risk being removed from shelves. This is a complex and costly process so it’s critical that retailers ensure brands they stock have the necessary infrastructure, expertise and resources to meet this deadline. A recent report by a government advisory group, the Committee on Toxicity, concluded that there are some remaining safety concerns regarding human consumption of CBD; the ACI’s members are engaged in allaying these concerns through investing in safety studies to prove that CBD is safe to consume as a food supplement. A blind testing exercise reported in The Times last year identified over one third of the products tested contained illegal amounts of the controlled substance THC, one third contained less CBD than advertised and one product, sold through a major high street retail chain, even contained 0% CBD. Another’s residual alcohol content was so high it should have been classified as an alcoholic beverage. Results like these demonstrate the level of due diligence retailers need to adhere to when assessing which CBD products to stock. To help retailers and consumers to identify products which meet the necessary regulatory, safety and legal requirements The Association for the Cannabinoid Industry (The ACI) runs a Safety Certification programme. In addition, experts from the ACI have identified three key factors retailers must take into account when evaluating CBD products. ● Regulatory framework - make sure CBD companies are not misleading you about their CBD products. ● Controlled substances - ensure you do not fall foul of the Misuse of Drugs Act. ● Food safety - avoid food scare scandals. Regulatory framework At a European level, CBD is classified as what is known as a “novel food”. A novel food is an ingredient that has not been consumed en masse before May 1997 (the date the novel foods catalog was created). Some argue that because CBD is found in hemp oil it has been consumed for many years before this date, but the majority of CBD products on the market contain CBD that has been extracted using techniques that were not used for CBD extraction prior to 1997, hence the novel foods classification. A novel food can only be sold if the company has a novel foods authorisation. As yet, no company has a novel foods authorisation for CBD anywhere in Europe. You may be wondering why is it possible to sell CBD products in the UK? In the UK, the FSA have always agreed that CBD is a novel food. However, they took a hands-off approach due to the market being so big and so many consumers were already relying upon CBD for its perceived therapeutic benefit. Driving CBD into the black market would have been a disaster. On 13 February 2020 the FSA issued a statement granting CBD companies until 31 March 2021 to get their CBD products validated or else they would not be legal to sell. Validation is the first stage of the novel foods authorisation process. This window of opportunity only applies to products that were already for sale on the market prior to 13 February 2020. Any new product would have to get a full novel foods authorisation, a process that could take an estimated three years. When retailers are reviewing the CBD products they stock it is critical that they are aware of what the novel foods status is of these products otherwise they could be in a position where they can no longer sell them legally after FSA’s deadline. The ACI have engaged with Trading Standards and they are aware of this situation and willing to enforce once this deadline expires. Controlled substances CBD is derived from hemp flowers. Hemp is a variety of cannabis that has very low amounts of THC. In the UK, THC is illegal to cultivate, process or sell without a license from the Home Office. Only CBD containing non detectable amounts of THC are legal to sell. Retailers selling CBD products that contain THC could run foul of law enforcement officers because of this controlled substance they contain. There is a persistent rumour that 0.3% THC is acceptable, however this is not true. This misinformation stems from the fact that hemp grown in the UK can contain up to 0.3% THC. However, that rule does not extend to finished products. Food safety If thoughts of the police or Trading Standards coming knocking at retailers’ doors are not worrying enough, then nothing grabs headlines more than food safety scandals. To understand the risks of CBD products it’s important to understand the supply chain of how this ingredient is produced. As mentioned above, CBD is derived from hemp plants. A resilient crop, hemp can grow in very poor, or even contaminated, soil. It can even be grown in places to extract contamination from the land, and is remarkably currently being grown around Chernobyl to mop up after the nuclear power plant meltdown. Think of the cannabis plant stems as a straw and imagine the flowers as a sponge. As it grows, the plant sucks up the impurities through the straw and they end up in the dense flowering buds. Once harvested, CBD is extracted from the flowers, along with any other impurities that could be there. Recently CBD products in the US were recalled after testing by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services found high levels of lead in a batch of tinctures. Had these products been digested they could cause various symptoms such as pain, nausea and kidney damage. Many consumers find CBD helpful for ailments, and rely on retailers to vet the quality of the product. It is of utmost importance that retailers are confident that CBD is safe for consumption. The ACI can help So what is a retailer to do? CBD is a popular product and millions of consumers are taking it for the benefits they gain. Retailers must ensure that their procurement process is able to weed out any products that could potentially land them in legal troubles or be a hazard to their customers. The ACI exists to nurture a safe, legal and well regulated CBD market in the UK. We have helped guide major global retailers to ensure that their procurement process is able to allow them to act as responsible gatekeepers to this industry. In doing so, we will help the UK lead the world in this exciting market whilst helping millions of consumers as they seek the therapeutic relief they gain from CBD. The ACI exists to ensure all stakeholders in the industry are well educated on the issues relating to CBD. To be sure your procurement process enables you to stock only safe and legal CBD products please contact The ACI. The Association for the Cannabinoid Industry (The ACI) is committed to nurturing a safe, legal and well regulated CBD market in the UK. Visit https://www.theaci.co.uk/ for more information. https://www.thegrocer.co.uk/promotional-features/cbd-will-be-removed-from-shelves-next-year-are-you-prepared/645742.article Bongme
  7. hi Horse rescued and cannabis factory dismantled by officers A horse was rescued and a haul of cannabis was seized as police raided a caravan at Ramsey Heights yesterday (9 June). Whilst on patrol in Middle Drove at about 1pm, officers heard distressed noises coming from behind a caravan on an unoccupied plot of land. Under Section 19 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006, officers entered the area and freed a horse that had become tangled in wired cables. Whilst doing so, they noticed an abandoned cannabis factory inside one of the caravans. They then followed electric cables from the caravan to two sheds where further plants were discovered. The grows were dismantled and a total of 34 cannabis plants were seized alongside cultivation equipment. A suspected stolen trailer was also seized and efforts are ongoing to identify the rightful owner. No suspects were located in the area and no arrests were made. The RSPCA have been informed about the horse. Rural Crime Action Team (RCAT) Sergeant Craig Flavell said: “The role of RCAT is never dull and we never know what we are going to come across whilst out on patrol. “I’m thrilled that we were able to rescue a distressed horse and in doing so, were able to stop a significant amount of illegal drugs from getting on to our streets. “Our efforts to tackle rural crime such does not stop and we will continue to work hard to keep our rural communities safe.” https://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/news/crime/horse-rescued-and-cannabis-factory-dismantled-officers-2910348 Photos Bongme
  8. hi Blackpool cannabis dealer got hooked on the drug due to trauma as a youngster, court told A judge has suspended a drug dealer's jail term after hearing he became hooked on cannabis as a result of childhood trauma. Jamie Lee Cropper, 35, of Woolman Road, Blackpool, admitted possessing the class B drug with intent to supply it on June 22, 2018. Preston Crown Court heard police found drugs, associated paraphernalia and £1,320 cash during the investigation. Cropper said he was a child when he began taking the drug. Imposing six months, suspended for 18 months, Judge Simon Medland QC said: " You have a long addiction to cannabis which has got you into trouble with the police and the courts. "You began taking the drug in very sad circumstances because you were, as a young man, yourself the victim of serious and traumatic offending. "Cannabis, no matter what some people may think of it, is in my view a drug which can – and often does – cause significant problems to people’s health in general terms and specifically their mental health. "It is for you to find it within yourself to get yourself off the drug." Cropper must also do 150 hours of unpaid work and complete a rehabilitation requirement. https://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/news/crime/blackpool-cannabis-dealer-got-hooked-drug-due-trauma-youngster-court-told-2910094 Bongme
  9. hi Cannabis plants and noise complaints — copse under investigation NOISE nuisance complaints relating to an area of privately-owned woodland in Wootton has led to visits by the police and Isle of Wight Council. Woodhouse Copse, usage of which has long been controversial, is subject to an ongoing investigation. Cannabis plants were found to be growing there, and fresh reports have been made about alleged illegal activity taking place at the site. An Isle of Wight Police spokesperson said: "I can confirm we attended the woodland on June 25 to assist the planning authority and environmental health. "While there we located ten immature cannabis plants in the woodland, and these were seized and destroyed. No arrests have been made in relation to this.” A spokesperson for the Isle of Wight Council said: "The site at Woodhouse Copse has in the past been contentious. "An enforcement notice was served on the landowner in 2014 by the Isle of Wight Council, which resulted in a conviction and a fine. "In response to fresh reports about illegal activity on the land, officers from the planning authority, environmental health and police subsequently visited the site. "An investigation is ongoing and because of this, no further details can currently be given.” A local resident told the County Press: "I feel sorry for the nearby residents, as it has been going on so long." https://www.countypress.co.uk/news/18572448.cannabis-plants-noise-complaints----woodhouse-copse-investigation/ 3 comments Bongme
  10. hi Inmate caught with cannabis days after admission to prison A RECENTLY admitted inmate was found in possession of a quantity of cannabis which he had secreted in his anus when prison officers carried out a cell search. Durham Crown Court heard Kevin Howe was suspected of taking the drugs with him on admission to the city’s jail days earlier, but the defence claim he was, “prevailed upon”, to safeguard them by another inmate. Howe, 36, formerly of West Musgrave Farm, St Helen Auckland, denied conveying a prohibited item into prison, but admitted possessing cannabis with intent to supply. Shaun Dodds, prosecuting, said although the basis put forward is not accepted, it may make no difference to the outcome and so he was happy to proceed to sentence. Mr Dodds said Howe was admitted to the prison on February 28, last year, and on March 3 prison officers entered his cell to carry out a search. Howe, found on the toilet, told the officers: “I know what you are here for boss”. A concealed package containing 46.5g of cannabis was recovered along with a smaller package of 17.8g, which Mr Dodds said in the higher prison values for drugs, compared to ‘outside’, were worth about £7,000 in total. The court heard Howe’s previous convictions include drug-related offences, having served a four-year sentence, imposed in 2010, for possessing with intent to supply. More recently he was sentenced to three years for burglary, in 2016. Mr Dodds added: “The Crown would say, here, he played a ‘significant role’ and in a prison environment. Vic Laffey, mitigating, said: “He never accepted taking the drugs into prison. He was prevailed upon by another inmate to look after the drugs when he arrived in prison. “The statement of the officers say it’s a rather unsavoury way, but a way many inmates choose to get drugs. “It became extremely uncomfortable and he was taking the drugs out when the officers arrived in the room. “He was to receive some cannabis for use himself.” Mr Laffey added: “Although he has a large number of previous convictions, in terms of significant drug offences, the last was ten years ago. “He has a job waiting for him, when he gets out.” The court heard Howe is now serving another sentence which runs out at the end of the month. Judge Ray Singh told Howe: “Within a matter of days of being sentenced to prison you were assisting another, there, to supply cannabis within that environment. “Drugs in prison carry a premium due to availability and scarcity and there is significant financial incentive to those who are planning to supply. “You said you were keeping them safe for someone else and that makes you part of the supply chain. “There was going to be some financial incentive for yourself.” He imposed a 15-month prison sentence, reduced by a third, to ten months, because of Howe’s prompt guilty plea. https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/18575041.inmate-caught-cannabis-days-admission-prison/ Bongme
  11. hi Dog poisoned by cannabis on walk near River Stour A DOG which became wobbly and collapsed had been poisoned by cannabis during a riverside walk in Bournemouth. German Shorthaired Pointer Hudson almost died after becoming seriously ill during a walk along the River Stour near Northbourne. Baffled owner David King rushed the four-year-old dog to the vet and he was referred to a specialist. Toxicology tests revealed cannabis poisoning and Mr King was told a smaller or less fit animal would have been killed by the drug. Now he has warned other dog owners to be on their guard following the frightening episode on Friday July 3. Mr King, who lives in Northbourne, said he takes Hudson and his other dog Jenny along the river towards Throop every morning. On Friday they were heading home when Hudson appeared to be unwell. "He is a dog who normally likes to be in front but he started lagging behind" said Mr King. "He was very wobbly on his legs and it was obvious there was something seriously wrong with him. He looked like he was really drunk. "He collapsed and I had to carry him. I put him in the car and drove straight to the vet." Hudson's usual vet was unable to diagnose the problem, initially thinking he had had a stroke or injured his back. Blood tests were carried out and pain killers given but staff were at a loss. So they referred them to Southern Counties Veterinary Specialists in Ringwood where tests revealed cannabis poisoning. "They phoned me and said they did not have the expertise to deal with him - I thought he was going to die" said Mr King. He added: "I know groups of young people hang around by the river and I quite often see drugs paraphernalia down there but I never expected something like this. "I didn't see him eating anything so it came as a total shock. It had an immediate effect." Mr King, Hudson and Jenny walk for around six miles every day, early in the morning. The incident happened at around 7.45am, about five minutes walk from Brecon Close. He added: "I know people clear up down there on most days but we go early so it may be that there hadn't been a chance to tidy up. "I imagine someone must have hidden cannabis there. Hudson is a 30kg dog - if this had happened to a little one it would have killed it." https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/18573860.german-shorthaired-pointer-collapsed-cannabis-poisoning/ 80 Comments Bongme
  12. hi Police warning after sweets laced with cannabis found in 'drug factory' West Yorkshire police have uncovered the worrying stash during raids Police have uncovered a disturbing stash of sweet laced with cannabis. On Thursday a series of search warrants were conducted across Bradford in relation to cannabis production and supply, resulting in a significant amount of drugs and cash being recovered. But, worryingly, officers also uncovered the large amount of the popular candy brands Nerds which they found to be infused with the class B drug. Also found in the searches were professional packaging machines, cooking equipment, large quantity of cash and cannabis plants. In all, six properties were visited and a total of seven people have been arrested in connection with inquiries ongoing. Inspector Kerry Feathers of Bradford South Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “The intelligence led investigation we conducted today ultimately led us to recovering a significant amount of drugs. “Perhaps even more concerning is the recovery of equipment used to produce sweets laced with drugs, which, as with all illegal drugs are potentially dangerous, particularly if taken by children. “The end product of the production operation we discovered and dismantled today is highly professional and they would easily be mistaken for normal sweets.” Insp Feathers has warned parents about the dangers involved. She said: “We want to warn teenagers and parents of the dangers of taking laced ‘Nerd Rope’. "It may look like a sweet but taking it could be dangerous and is also illegal. “We would like to reassure residents that we take all offences involving drugs and production of them extremely seriously and through the proactive work carried out today, a large amount of drugs has been taken off the streets of Bradford.” https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/hull-east-yorkshire-news/cannabis-sweets-police-warning-hull-4312700 Bongme
  13. hi White paper aims to accelerate cannabis integration into UK healthcare A new white paper has been published by leaders in the cannabis field, showcasing how to maximise clinical research and improve patient access to medical cannabis in the UK. Following the approval of medical cannabis in the UK in November 2018, only two patients have gained access to full extract cannabis medicine through an NHS prescription. The authors have produced the white paper, ‘Medical cannabis in the UK: From principle to practice’ to help reduce the disparity in demand and supply. The medical cannabis white paper puts forward potential solutions for healthcare workers prescribing medical cannabis, and for regulators in responding to the demand for access in the face of limited research for specific conditions – suggesting how to accelerate the integration of medical cannabis into UK healthcare. Co-author, Anne Schlag, said: “This paper highlights current barriers to prescribing medical cannabis in the UK, and outlines potential solutions to overcome these. It is a tragedy that despite the legalisation of medical cannabis in November 2018, no new NHS prescriptions have been written, and patients, many of whom have been shown to benefit from the medicine, are still unable to access it.” Medical Cannabis Network editor Stephanie Price spoke to co-author Professor Mike Barnes to find out more. Medical cannabis access in the UK Access to cannabis prescriptions on the NHS has been extremely limited, and privately only around 400 prescriptions have been given. The types of cannabis-based medicinal products (CBMPs) that patients have access to has also been limited. Barnes said: “The Department of Health would have a different number for the amount of prescriptions given because they also count licenced cannabis medications which are Epidiolex, Sativex, and to a lesser extent Nabilone – none of which are full extract cannabis products. “One of the major barriers to access in the UK is education. All doctors have never been trained in cannabis and the endocannabinoid system. Quite rightly doctors who don’t understand a particular medicine don’t want to prescribe it – and shouldn’t. One of the focusses of the paper is on the need to provide education for interested parties, namely doctors who could prescribe or may in the future, like GPs. “We are tackling this in small ways, such as with the Academy of Medical Cannabis which I run, through Drug Science teaching sessions as part of Project Twenty21, and through the Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society. I have personally trained around 55 doctors, but I would like to see more doctors prescribing by the end of the year. “The endocannabinoid system is vital to the body’s homeostasis and it is not really taught in many medical schools so I would like to see it introduced into the medical education system. However, unfortunately, there is nobody in the UK co-ordinating what doctors should be trained on, so it is up to the individual medical schools. I think it will happen in time as it is now an accepted part of human functioning.” Gold standards in medicine Barnes notes that another barrier to access is the negative guidelines produced by NICE related to double blind, placebo-controlled studies. The conclusion of the guidelines currently is that doctors can only prescribe cannabis in exceptional circumstances until there is more evidence. Barnes said: “I fundamentally disagree with the NICE guidelines. Double blind, placebo-controlled studies are quite rightly the gold standard in pharmaceutical medicine. When you have a single molecule medicine you can easily go through these studies to see how they compare, however, cannabis does not lend itself to that. “It is a botanical product. It is a whole family of medicines with 113 cannabinoids and more than 100 terpenes, and every individual person is very different. For pain for example, some people may respond to a low-CBD cannabis, some may respond to a balanced one, and others may respond to a high-THC strain. If you take each individual strain, they are not likely to be positive against a placebo as they only help a portion of people. “So, there needs to be a different approach with the interpretation of cannabis – for example, relying on observational studies, ‘N of 1’ studies, or patient audit studies like Project Twenty21. Thousands of studies with positive results about cannabis have been ignored by NICE because they are not double blind, placebo-controlled studies. “We do, however, need more studies and a huge amount more evidence about what strains work for which condition, but currently there is enough evidence to learn more as we prescribe.” Accelerating cannabis in the UK Patients often face other barriers such as costs and geographic location, and Barnes highlights that telemedicine could help to improve this for patients with online consultations, not restricted by location. Barnes also emphasised the importance of NHS Trusts understanding funding issues. He said: “Doctors have been stopped from prescribing medical cannabis because of funding issues, but the NHS Trusts need to understand that cannabis can actually save money and reduce the burden on healthcare. “With cannabis, we are able to stop using more expensive medicines such as opioids, as well as stopping people from being admitted to hospital because of their health condition. Overall, cannabis can be introduced at less cost than existing medicines, so I would like more economic studies. We want Matt Hancock to keep his promise that cost will not be a barrier to access.” To read the open-access white paper, please visit Sage Journal of Psychopharmacology. Authors of the white paper were Katrin Anne Schlag, David S Baldwin, Michael Barnes, Steve Bazire, Rachel Coathup, H Valerie Curran, Rupert McShane, Lawrence D Phillips, Ilina Singh, and David J Nutt. https://www.healtheuropa.eu/white-paper-aims-to-accelerate-cannabis-integration-into-uk-healthcare/101145/ Bongme
  14. hi CLEAR UK: lobbying, policy, and the flaws of CBD Novel Foods regulation CLEAR Cannabis Law Reform President Peter Reynolds speaks to MCN about lobbying, policy and the flaws of CBD Novel Foods regulation. CLEAR Cannabis Law Reform, the UK’s largest membership-based cannabis policy group, campaigns for legislative reform on cannabis in the UK. CLEAR President and law reform campaign veteran Peter Reynolds tells MCN about the body’s successes so far, the evolution of the UK’s policy on medical cannabis use, and the intrinsic flaws in subjecting CBD to Novel Foods regulation. What is the history of CLEAR and what are its aims? CLEAR started in 1999: we grew out of a number of previous cannabis campaigns based around Norwich. We were initially called the Legalise Cannabis Alliance; and through the ’90s and early 2000s, we ran what was essentially the only cannabis campaign of any real significance in the UK. I personally have been involved in cannabis campaigns since I was a teenager in the ’70s going on marches, but eventually, having had a career as a medical journalist, I became interested in the fact that more and more real evidence about cannabis as a medicine was coming out. In the early 2000s I decided I wanted to get involved; in 2010, I joined the board of the Legalise Cannabis Alliance, then in 2011 I was elected as leader. In addition to working as a medical journalist, I had career experience in advertising and marketing; and I very much felt that the whole strategy and presentation of the campaign needed updating in order to become more professional. Everything was put out to a ballot; and with the agreement of the members we decided to change our name to CLEAR Cannabis Law Reform – we wanted to move away from the word legalise, because it’s very much misunderstood – and we did a complete redesign. We became the UK’s first professional cannabis law reform campaign: prior to this, cannabis campaigns were not being done in a way that was effective or conducive to speaking with the right people in order to change minds. How far has medical cannabis come in the UK since CLEAR was set up? I first gave evidence in Parliament on the subject of medical cannabis in 1983, which was when the first ever Home Affairs Select Committee was established and set up an inquiry into what were called dangerous drugs; and I’ve given evidence to every parliamentary inquiry since then. Since we relaunched as CLEAR in 2011, there’s been a dramatic turnaround: we’re not claiming all the credit by any means, but in 2011, probably fewer than five MPs were openly supportive of reform. There are now hundreds – probably a majority of MPs in Parliament support reform, though whether they would actively vote for it or not is a different matter – and there is very widespread support for medicinal cannabis reform. In 2018, finally, the law governing medicinal cannabis was reformed; and although in many ways the results have been very disappointing, the UK now has the most advanced and flexible system for prescribing cannabis in the world. There’s no restriction on what conditions it can be prescribed for; there’s no restriction on what form of cannabis can be prescribed, except that it can’t be smoked; and nowhere else in the world is there that degree of flexibility for proper prescribing by doctors. The trouble is that doctors aren’t taking it up: that’s a matter of medical education, because for the last 60 years doctors have been told that cannabis is an extremely dangerous drug with no medicinal benefits; and we can’t immediately turn that around in a couple of years, but we’re on the right path. I think in five years from now, GPs will be prescribing cannabis, it will be much more readily available and there will be a choice of products; we’ll be as close to where everybody wants us to be as it’s possible to imagine. What barriers remain for patients in the UK? There is still a stigma around cannabis, because unlike other medicines it is very widely used as a recreational drug. One of the most telling scientific studies in recent years showed that, as a recreational drug, cannabis is 114 times less likely to cause death or serious harm than alcohol; although getting that generally understood and accepted is still difficult. I think it is fundamentally about prejudice, stigma, and lack of education. I obviously have a great deal of sympathy with people who want access to cannabis and can’t get it, but on the other hand, you can’t seriously expect the government to tell doctors what to prescribe: all they can do really is improve the framework in which doctors can come to the proper clinical decision. What the ministers could be doing is increasing investment in medical education and working to establish a domestic supply of cannabis and cannabis-based medicines in the UK – it is something that needs careful regulation, but the process of acquiring a licence to produce medicinal cannabis in the UK is so complex and so expensive as to be absurd; and it’s unsustainable. A recent survey showed 1.4 million people are using illicit cannabis to treat medical conditions. The only way all those people could get access to the cannabis they need is by general legalisation; that’s not going to happen through NHS prescriptions. The only people who are going to get prescription on the NHS are people who have clearly defined medical conditions for which clearly defined benefits can be shown, whereas a lot of people use cannabis for low level issues such as minor depression or minor chronic pain. We should be heading in the direction of general legalisation; there are a number of different models for that and my personal view is that the Colorado model is excellent. I know some people regard it as being too commercial and think there should be more restrictions on packaging and advertising, but in the free market society, you’ve got to allow people to market cannabis – only to adults, of course – in the same way as they can market alcohol. In the past you have put forward papers on cannabis tax and regulation in the UK – do they still apply now, could these documents be utilised in 2020? We have two fundamental documents: a research paper that we commissioned in 2011 called ‘Taxing the UK cannabis market’ and ‘How to regulate cannabis in Britain’, which was based on that research; and those two documents are still absolutely valid today. The information on which they are based hasn’t really changed. I’ve been back to the research company every year since we commissioned the first research paper and said: should we be doing this again? And their answer has been: we’d love to take your money, but frankly, we don’t think we would come up with anything very different. We don’t think anything very much has changed. The only thing that has changed is that there is a slow creeping acceptance of cannabis at all levels of society – more so as a medicine, but also there is an increasing acceptance of the fact that the vast majority of people who choose to use it recreationally do so without causing themselves or anyone else any harm. CLEAR was also instrumental in setting up the Cannabis Trade Association (CTA) in 2016, when the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) indicated it was going to clamp down on the CBD market. We later pulled out of the CTA and set up our own trade association called Cannabis Professionals, or CannaPro; which now offers a much lower cost for membership: people can join CannaPro for a very small one-off fee, rather than paying very substantial monthly fees to become a member of a trade association, which is necessary to get the various approvals that payment processors and insurance companies require. What is CLEAR’s view on CBD as a novel food in Europe? As far as Novel Foods regulation is concerned: it is nothing less than a scam, which is designed simply to hijack the CBD market for the benefit of big business and the bureaucrats in the Food Standards Agency (FSA); and previously the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). There is no credible evidence at all for any safety concerns related to CBD. The safety concerns the FSA has published with the support of the Association for the Cannabinoid Industry (ACI) is supporting are completely spurious: they are completely contradicted by the World Health Organization; they are based on dosages between 10 and 2,000 times the dose that is actually recommended. They are completely invented and hyped up scares for no other reason than to enable big business to take control of the market. This market was created by small one- and two-person businesses, the regulators weren’t interested in it until suddenly it became worth hundreds of millions of pounds. And now they want to take all these people who did all the early work out of the picture by instituting levels of bureaucracy and regulation which are completely disproportionate, completely unwarranted, completely unnecessary. They just want to price these people out of the market. The ACI is a consortium based around the multimillionaire Paul Birch. They don’t have the interests of the consumer at heart, the only people whose interest they have at heart are the fat cats in large organisations who want to seize control of this market. The FSA’s actions on it are incompetent– I’ve been dealing with the FSA on this since 2016, and I’ve seen them change their minds, back and forth, again and again and again and again; and they still don’t know what they’re talking about. Their definition of a CBD extract is nonsense: if you take their definition at its word, then it’s clear that whole plant extracts are not included – and it’s whole plant extracts that this market has been built on; whole plant extracts have been shown to work most effectively and they are what consumers want. The direction FSA is going, with the ACI’s support, is towards an isolate-only market; it is going to be impossible to get Novel Foods authorisation for whole plant extract, because by its very nature it is plant derived and there are inconsistencies between batches – but that authorisation is completely unnecessary anyway, because this substance is not something that is harmful, even in massive doses. Our advice to our members is that there is a battle ahead. There will be some enforcement, but the FSA and Trading Standards haven’t got the resources to manage the levels of enforcement they would suggest. The market will continue as a two-tier system: there will be isolate-based products, which will be in the multiples, but the smaller artisan companies selling whole plant extracts will continue – probably mainly online and in small shops – because that is what people want and what is most effective. Some aspects of the hemp industry contend that plant extract in particular should not be regulated as a novel food because hemp extract has been traditionally used for centuries: do you agree? Absolutely. That evidence has been presented first to the EU and then to the FSA – and they simply refuse to look at it, in exactly the same way that for years, we’ve been showing politicians and the medical profession the evidence on the medicinal use of cannabis; and for years they just ignored it. They refused to look at it and insisted there was no medicinal value in cannabis, and exactly the same thing is now happening with evidence about hemp as a traditional food. The stupid thing is that they say explicitly that hemp is not a novel food: in fact, hemp is in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest cultivated crop; and to manipulate the situation to classify hemp extracts as novel, I would say, is pretty damn close to fraud. The European Industrial Hemp Association has provided evidence of a recipe from the 12th century for hemp porridge, which is simply a form of extraction. The fact that we use more modern extraction methods in the present day doesn’t matter: the content of whole plant extract is essentially molecularly identical to the plants; therefore, how can you say that it’s a traditional food in the plant, but when you’ve extracted it it’s not? It’s nonsense. It’s a complete fiction, designed to take the market away from the people who created it and enable big business to take the majority share and for bureaucrats to give themselves more power. I’m not opposed to rules and regulations, but the level of regulation that are being imposed here is completely disproportionate and unjustified. Does there need to be better regulation of CBD in the UK? Yes. We need a standardised testing method, because too many people are using different forms of testing to establish the cannabinoid content of their product and whether there are any contaminants. We also need much clearer rules and regulations on packaging and labelling. These are all relatively speaking light touch issues; in many ways, they have already been dealt with by the trade associations. Since about 2016 the CTA and CannaPro have been trying to get the FSA to work with us on these things, but they really are a complete mess. There does need to be regulation, I agree with that; but Novel Foods is not the way: it’s just completely ludicrous and it is a scam. Peter Reynolds President CLEAR Cannabis Law Reform https://www.healtheuropa.eu/clear-cannabis-law-reform-peter-reynolds-novel-foods/101308/ Bongme
  15. I hope someone can tell me what is going on with these plants. Especially the green crack with the drooping leaves. So the first 2 pictures are of my Auto green Crack, and the second 2 photo's are Auto Blue dreamatic. I was hoping if someone can tell me why the leaves are drooping on my Green crack auto's or is the normal as they are flowering. I have been watering but not over watering, they all have now had 2 feeds of plant magic bloom. the blue dreamatic seems fine unless someone sees different, but my green crack autos the leaves are drooping. Please help
  16. Green Crack looking perkier

  17. what's happening with these plants.

  18. Hi all, I hope all your grows are doing well. I have a question regarding feeding Auto plants. Taking into consideration that Autos don't get anywhere as big as normal plants How much and how often are you supposed to feed them. I have my 5 plants in 11l Pots in plant magic soil. They have started to flower, so I am feeding them plant magic bloom. The bottle says 3-5ml per litre but I have only fed them 1-1.5ml per litre once per week. They have only had 1 feed so far of Plant magic bloom, as I don't want to get nute burn, and I am guessing those recommendations on the bottle are for normal plants not auto's. can someone please enlighten as to how much and how often Auto's should be fed, and when to start using Plant magic Bloom Boost. I did also use Plant Magic Grow in veg stage, once again, less than the bottle recommends. Thanks G
  19. Hi Can someone take a look at these images and tell me what I am doing wrong or what is happening. I have planted 2 Autoflowering Green crack beginning of may. I transferred outside about 2-3 weeks ago. I am using Plant Magic soil supreme in 11l pots. I germinated the plants in Jiffy plugs and then transferred into pots once big enough. But as you can see from the images the leaves have got weird colouring on them. Can anyone identify what the problems could be. I have only just given them 0.75ml of plant magic soil grow in 0.75litre of water recommendation is 2ml to 1 litre, but I have read to give them under manufactures recommendation, while plants are still small and young and then to increase dosage as plants get older. Also plant magic soil should have enough nutrients in it to feed a young plant, not sure for how long though, until I am supposed to start feeding. See pictures below.
  20. Green Crack leaves turning yellow

  21. I put a a few girls down by a local stream as i wanted to know if the roots would utilize the water 1 foot below the ground. 2 months of no watering later and the girls are thriving. Why is there no weed plants on the side of every stream in the UK? Note: It rained a bit but not for a whole month, so can't figure out how they would of survived without the roots finding the water. Any thoughts?
  22. hi The British Isles Sees Cannabis as an Economic Development Pathway As drama continues to swirl around Brexit, two islands off the coast of the British mainland are investing in cannabis as an economic development strategy. Cannabis as a tool of local or even regional economic development has rapidly gained traction in many jurisdictions within the United States and Canada. It has also caught on particularly in the poorer states of the EU (see Greece) and those countries hoping to enter the Union (North Macedonia). These days, the concept is also spreading even to the UK, where reform has lagged significantly behind other countries both in North America and Europe. Indeed, two island communities are now investing heavily in the idea that cannabis is not only here to stay, but may invigorate communities and the economic health of islands looking for a new path, post-Brexit. Cannabis so far, certainly in the United States and Canada, has proved to be a job creator just about everywhere for the past five years. Indeed, despite a few large corporate restructurings (see Aurora and Canopy Growth) of late, the industry itself has not slowed down, even with bumps in the road in terms of full and final legalization and the new challenges of a global pandemic. House Of Green, Guernsey This project is moving along, with its first harvest set for later in the year. The ₤2 million facility plans to be able to process up to 800 pounds every eight-hour day. Raw product is being grown at vineyards on the island itself by independent farmers and partners from other islands. Indeed, it is a unique facility on the European side of the Atlantic. The company plans to process cannabis into tinctures, balms and salves as well as alkaline waters. The idea is to create the base ingredients from which other products – bound both for the medical and recreational market – can be made. Vecticanna, Isle of Wight Just off the southern coast of the UK, Vecticanna is also embarking on an ambitious project – a fully solar-powered facility which plans to eventually employ 60 people. Their mission? To “unlock the therapeutic potential of cannabis” for the treatment of Fibromyalgia and related conditions. Vecticanna has partnered with several large institutions, including the University of Southampton, and CAR Laboratories in Cambridge, and plans to produce its products in an R&D and research setting with the ambitious hope of furthering the potential of cannabinoid-based healthcare. Where Goes UK and European Reform? Reform across Europe has indeed been frustratingly slow. This includes the many hiccups in the German cultivation bid, which was first launched in 2017, and will only see the first nationally produced cannabis in the country sometime this fall. That amount is far too little for the patients who have already obtained prescriptions, and certainly will not be enough to serve the expected million plus patients in market here in just a few short years. Indeed, medical cannabis distributors in Germany are scouring the planet right now for properly certified product that comes from other European countries as well as South Africa, Australia, and even Latin America. In the meantime, a new generic producer of dronabinol (synthetic THC) has just gained access to the German market. In the UK, reform so far has also been torturously tortoise-like, with the National Health Service (NHS) favouring local producer GW Pharmaceuticals and forcing all other patients and their families to import pricey product from the Netherlands or Canada. While, it should also be added, excluding chronic pain patients. Why Are The UK’s Island Cannabis Projects So Intriguing? With a few exceptions (see Greece and Malta), European cannabis development remains mired in complications that include everything from a lack of reform and high prices to fights over basic regulations, including whether cannabis is a “novel” substance or not. This has slowed down the ability of growers to obtain the right certifications, find financing and actually go into business. With two new producers on islands close to Europe and the UK however, there appear to be projects on the horizon which have jumped the regulatory queue, and are lining up for an intriguing future, supported from the ground up, by local policies that are looking at two simple things: the efficacy of the plant itself, and the economic well-being of their neighbors. https://cannabisindustryjournal.com/feature_article/the-british-isles-sees-cannabis-as-an-economic-development-pathway/ Bongme
  23. hi Routine police COVID-19 check leads to cannabis haul A routine check for Coronavirus regulations turned into an arrest for supplying drugs and the seizure of a large amount of cannabis in North Yorkshire. At about 10.55am on Monday 27 April 2020, North Yorkshire Police officers were on patrol on the A1(M) near Scotch Corner. A grey VW Passat was stopped, and the driver spoken to. While talking to the driver, officers noticed a strong smell of cannabis. A search of the vehicle revealed several shopping bags full of suspected cannabis, with a street value of tens of thousands of pounds. The car itself was also seized for being driven uninsured. The driver, a 25-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply cannabis, and driving without insurance. He has been released under investigation while enquiries continue. https://northyorkshire.police.uk/news/routine-police-covid-19-check-leads-to-cannabis-haul/ Bongme
  24. hi Man in his 60s cautioned by police after cannabis plants found in Seaham property Officers discovered around 20 plants were found in a property on Hill Street, Seaham after a tip off A man has been cautioned by police after a cannabis plants were found in a County Durham property. Officers discovered around 20 cannabis plants when they attended a property on Hill Street in Seaham with a search warrant after receiving a tip off. A quantity of herbal cannabis was also found by Durham Constabulary officers during the search at around 2.20pm on May 15. A Durham Constabulary spokeswoman said the search came after receiving intelligence that there was a cannabis grow at the property. A man in his sixties was arrested on suspicion of the cultivation of cannabis and interviewed by officers. He was later released with a caution. https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/man-60s-cautioned-police-after-18268834 Bongme
  25. Hi, Can anyone tell me what is the best way to test PH levels in water and soil, I think my water from the tap is around 7.5 after doing a little research, I know the ideal PH levels should be around 5.0-6.5. what can I use to test he soil PH levels also, as I am guessing the tap water I have been using increases the PH level in soil also. Is it best to use things like litmus paper you can buy from pharmacy or a electronic reader. If PH levels are to high what is the best way to lower PH levels to an acceptable standard. and will PH levels of 7.55 do harm to the plants if I carry on. I am growing outdoors in 11l pots in plant magic supreme soil. hoping that rain water, when it rains lowers PH levels in the soil from the tap water. I am currently feeding plant magic soil grow, mixed in tap water.1.7ml/0.75L recommendation is 2ml-4ml/1L Once per week, I am noticing slight leaf curl also and tips of leaves yellowing. Might be due to nute lock as PH levels to high or nitrogen toxicity. Please help