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  1. hi this I something else you growers need to keep aware of... Police find suspected cannnabis farm after coronavirus call to Derbyshire home Derbyshire police found a suspected cannabis grow at a home after being called to investigate reports that residents were not social distancing. When officers attended the address on Chilham Way, Derby, at about 4pm on Tuesday (April 7) they found three men inside – two did not live at the property and were told to leave. The third man, 30, the occupier of the house, was arrested on suspicion of production of a class B drug after a small suspected cannabis grow was discovered. https://www.derbyshiretimes.co.uk/news/crime/police-find-suspected-cannnabis-farm-after-coronavirus-call-derbyshire-home-2533625 Bongme
  2. hi 'The legal stuff is garbage': why Canada's cannabis black market keeps thriving North America’s biggest companies have seen their market values lose billions, prompting comparisons to dotcom bust Cannabis may be legal in Vancouver but visitors looking to score are likely to run into a seemingly counterintuitive suggestion: try the black market. Recreational marijuana was legalised across Canada in October 2018. And yet on Reddit, the specialist forum website used by millions every day, many of Vancouver’s cannabis connoisseurs still swear by their underground supply. This is one of the major issues facing North America’s marijuana companies, which experts say are in the midst of a dotcom-style market crash. Canada and 11 US states have legalised recreational use of the drug, and a little over a year ago companies that cultivate and sell cannabis were seen by investors as one of the hottest tickets in town. Now billions of dollars have been wiped off the market values of the industry’s largest companies. The North American Marijuana Index, which tracks listed firms in the sector, has plummeted about 80% in the last year and is at its lowest value since 2016, before much legalisation had taken place. The market capitalisation of Canopy Growth, the biggest firm in the sector by value, has fallen from $24bn in April last year to just over $6bn now, according to figures from the financial data firm Y Charts. Around $2bn of that loss has come in the last week. Coronavirus fears, which have dragged down stocks across the globe, have not helped. But a large part of Canopy’s latest share price drop came after the firm was forced to admit that it was struggling in Canada. The company announced last Wednesday that it would be closing two cultivation greenhouses in British Columbia – the western Canadian province where Vancouver is found – leading to 500 job losses. Canopy, which will be focusing on more cost-effective outdoor cultivation, also cancelled plans for a third greenhouse in Ontario. Bosses blamed the cutbacks on Canada’s recreational market, which they said had “developed slower than anticipated”. The consensus on Vancouver’s cannabis-focused Reddit feeds is that the legal market is struggling to attract buyers because its product is more expensive but lower in quality than the black market alternative. “The government’s pot is too expensive. The government doesn’t show you a picture of what you’re buying before you buy it, so you cannot be informed as a consumer. The government weed has been full of bugs, mouldy or too dry in some cases, and often takes too long to get there,” one user said. “The legal stuff is garbage,” said another Reddit user. A third said: “Friends don’t let friends smoke government weed.” The sentiment is not confined to the realms of Reddit. Canadian government survey results released last month found that 40% of the country’s marijuana consumers admit to having obtained the drug illegally since legalisation. Omar Yar Khan, national cannabis sector lead at the consultancy firm Hill & Knowlton, says legal sales have fallen short of expectations for a number of reasons. Legal prices – driven up by taxes – have been a factor in helping keep the black market “as rampant as ever”, he says. But Khan, who advises several cannabis companies on public affairs, also believes firms have suffered in Canada at the hands of regulations that restrict their ability to develop brands. There are strict rules around advertising for cannabis companies. Khan said: “It’s very hard to draw loyal consumers away from the illicit market to a legal market when there is very little brand identity amongst the consumer groups.” Companies have also been held back in their efforts to open stores, often by local authorities that are against cannabis being sold in their areas. “There just aren’t enough legal licensed points of sale across the country,” Khan said. “I think in Ontario now we’re up to about 30. But there are over a thousand beverage alcohol points of sale. So if it’s not convenient for consumers to access the product through the legal system, why would they ever leave the legacy illicit market?” Anthony Dutton, a co-founder and former chief executive of Cannex – a US-focused marijuana firm that is listed in Canada and was recently renamed 4Front following a takeover – believes share prices in the sector have been driven down by certain firms overpromising to investors. He believes some of these companies are likely to collapse or be taken over by stronger rivals in the future. Dutton, who remains a shareholder in 4Front and still advises the firm, likens the current woes of listed cannabis companies to the dotcom crash of the early 2000s. “The market got ahead of itself, started to drink its own Kool-Aid, and it was a classic example of any bubble,” he said. “So what we’re seeing now, thankfully, is a lot of the companies that probably should never have been financed – and probably should never have gone public in the first place – are slowly withering on the vine and they’ll just disappear. “Now there will be a consolidation around half a dozen strong operating companies, including 4Front, and those will be the companies that will take it into the next cycle.” He added: “It’s just like in the dotcom boom. Oracle, Microsoft and other big companies were all around then, and they were profitable. And when the little companies began to fail, Microsoft and Oracle and the others picked up the ones they wanted, and the others they just let die.” Kevin Sabet, the head of Smart Approaches to Marijuana – a campaign group that opposes lifting laws on the drug – says the legalisation of cannabis has been a “boon” to the black market in many areas because it means consumers are less concerned about trying the product. Sabet, who has advised White House administrations on drug policy, also believes cannabis companies have misled their investors and politicians about the societal and financial benefits of legalisation. “The cannabis business has been oversold to investors as a sure thing to get a great return,” he said. “I think there was a big hype over cannabis that has ended up being a reputation it could never live up to.” https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/mar/18/cannabis-canada-legal-recreational-business Bongme
  3. hi Legalisation of cannabis in America has led to surge of drug imports to UK, reveals National Crime Agency Illegal smuggling of cannabis into the UK from the US and Canada has quadrupled in just three months after the drug was legalised across swathes of the two countries, the National Crime Agency (NCA) has revealed. In its annual assessment of serious and organised crime, the NCA disclosed that organised crime gangs appeared to be buying tonnes of legally-sold cannabis and shipping it to the UK for British drug users. According to the NCA report, seizures of cannabis from the United States and Canada in the first quarter of 2019 exceeded the whole of 2018. “This likely reflects deregulation in some areas,” it added. This already follows a doubling in the amount of cannabis seized coming into the UK in 2018 amid claims the UK market has grown because of “backdoor” decriminalisation. The Daily Telegraph revealed earlier this year that up to two-thirds of users caught by police with cannabis are being let off with informal “community resolutions” without getting a criminal record. Seizures of herbal cannabis rose by 142 percent to 28.6 tonnes in 2018, cannabis resin seizures were up by 33 percent to almost eight tonnes and plant seizures rose by 10 percent to 352,000. Cocaine use has also surged, according to the NCA, which estimated some 117 tonnes of the drug are being consumed by Britons each year, an increase of at least 290 per cent since 2011. The NCA estimated the cocaine market in Britain to be worth between £9.4 billion and £11.8 billion annually, or some £25.7 million daily. A third of the organised crime groups in the UK - 1,716 - are involved in supplying illicit drugs with almost a fifth of them providing cannabis, heroin and cocaine simultaneously. These three make up 72 per cent of all drug criminality, said the NCA. The NCA says there are 350,000 serious and organised criminals, of which 300,000 are paedophiles. There are now 4,772 known organised crime groups, up from 4,542 in 2018, of which a quarter are involved in violence. With firearms offences increasing in the past six years, the NCA said stopping guns getting into the hands of terrorists, street gangs and organised crime groups must be a “priority”. Last year, 60 converted blank-firing handguns were found at Dover, concealed in the bumper and rear panels of a car which had arrived from Calais, the largest ever seizure of firearms at a UK port. It also warned that organised crime groups were increasingly using encryption and the dark web to organise and fund their criminality. “All current NCA investigations encounter some form of encryption, and criminals use online services, including social media, to establish contact with potential victims and recruits. This makes the challenge for UK law enforcement and partners greater than ever,” it said. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2020/04/03/legalisation-cannabis-america-has-led-surge-drug-imports-uk/ Bongme
  4. hi Chip and Skepta lead tributes to Black The Ripper Tributes have been paid to British rapper Black The Ripper, who has reportedly died at the age of 32. Music channel Link Up TV said someone close to the rapper, whose real name is Dean West, had confirmed the news. No cause of death was given. As well as his music career, West was a prominent advocate for the legalisation of cannabis in the UK. Tributes were paid on social media by stars who had worked with West. Rapper Chip shared a picture of the pair together and said: “RIP my brother.” In a separate tweet, Chip bemoaned that mourners would not be able to attend the funeral of the London-born rapper due to the coronavirus pandemic, adding: “I know the people would wanna come out for him. RIP Black The Ripper.” Mercury Prize winner Skepta shared a picture of him and West together and captioned it: “God bless your soul.” Krept, from rap duo Krept & Konan, tweeted: “No way black the ripper. R.I.P man f***ing hell what a horrible year.” Actor Michael Dapaah, best known for his Big Shaq alter ego, said: “Real sad news RIP Black The Ripper, my condolences to his family & loved ones.” Grime star Ghetts wrote: “Light one up for Black the ripper. Very sad news man.” YouTuber Craig Mitch said: “I’m hurt. Honestly. This man was a free thinker. A leader not a follower. RIP brother. I will hold our convo’s close to me forever g. RIP Black The Ripper.” West is best known for his 2018 album Money Grows On Trees as well as the mixtape Holla Black. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/entertainment/music/news/chip-and-skepta-lead-tributes-to-black-the-ripper-39109171.html Bongme
  5. hi 'Have you lost some plants?': Police uncover huge cannabis farm in Horwich Are you a budding horticulturist?' Police have discovered a cannabis farm at a derelict shop. The police were called amid suspicions that a cannabis farm was being grown in Horwich. Police arrived at a disused shop in Chorley New Road to find a room filled with cannabis plants and lights. An investigation is now underway into the officer's findings. The farm is currently being dismantled. A spokesperson for the Greater Manchester Police said: "The police received a telephone call regarding a possible cannabis farm. "The police have attended and found a disused shop on Chorley new Road and discovered a cannabis farm which is currently being dismantled. "The investigation is currently on going." Bolton West police officers joked on Facebook on Friday: "Lost property found. "Are you a budding horticulturist? Have you lost some plants? "We found these plants at a disused shop in Horwich. "Please contact us directly with your details and we'd be happy to help!" https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/police-uncover-cannabis-farm-horwich-18039052 Bongme
  6. hi Battling East Kilbride mum slams shamed chief medical officer for breaking promise to help save epileptic son Seven-year-old Cole Thomson suffers from severe epileptic seizures and relies on imported cannabis oil to survive but the coronavirus pandemic has meant those needing medicinal cannabis are struggling to get access to the drug. Scotland’s former chief medical officer has been criticised by a campaigning East Kilbride mum for breaking a promise to help save her epileptic son. Lisa Quarrell hit out at shamed Dr Catherine Calderwood saying she gave her desperate family the runaround. She had promised to support the family as they fought for a NHS-funded medical cannabis prescription for Lisa's son Cole Thomson. But Lisa says the former CMO failed to follow through on her promise, leaving the family stranded in their fight to save the seven-year-old. She told the East Kilbride News: “We had a meeting in January in Parliament with the Scottish cross-party group on medicinal cannabis. “The group were instrumental in getting the CMO to the table and back our calls for access to an NHS prescription. “The CMO stated her department would help in overcoming barriers to the prescription issue – in reality all they did was line up a second opinion and advise I apply for a crisis grant. “She promised to help find a solution for everyone – but I feel these were just empty promises.” Dr Calderwood handed in her resignation on Sunday after she ignored her own lockdown rules by making two jollies to her holiday home with family amid the global pandemic. She gave her notice to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon following a fierce backlash from the public, with police issuing her a warning over the matter. Newlandsmuir youngster Cole suffers from severe epileptic seizures and relies on imported cannabis oil to survive. The coronavirus pandemic has meant those needing medicinal cannabis are struggling to get access to the drug, with Lisa saying “they are the forgotten patients that no one wants to help”. Ex-cop Lisa, who admitted smuggling the unlicensed medicine from the Netherlands before receiving a private prescription, is now terrified his £1000 a month supply is going to run out. With most of Europe now on lockdown due to COVID-19, she only has a three-week supply left. She added: “I’ve been given the run around for months now – it’s so unfair and exhausting. “Everything they’ve asked me to do I’ve done, yet I’m no further forward. I have no fundraising money left and no way of raising more – I need the Scottish Government’s help and it needs to be now.” Lisa, who is self isolating with Cole and his 10-year-old brother Dylan, applied for the crisis grant only to be rejected via email within five minutes and passed back to the NHS. Without the medicine, Cole is likely to begin having seizures again and be admitted back into hospital – and Lisa warns “he could die”. “The CMO told me to my face at this meeting she was making me and Cole her immediate priority and I believed her,” she told us. “After leaving that meeting it was clear these were just words. I feel really sad and let down by not only her but by the Scottish Government.” The Scottish Welfare Fund said it only provides crisis grants for food or power or community care grants for household items, they do not provide funding for medicines. A Scottish Government spokeswoman said: “We recognise how anxious Ms Quarrell must feel and the Health Secretary has repeatedly expressed her understanding of the very difficult situation any parent will face in such circumstances. “Our officials continue to be in touch with Ms Quarrell and we are exploring all the available options to find a solution for her and Cole. “We would like to assure Ms Quarrell and those in similar situations that we remain committed to supporting research in this area so evidence can be gathered in a way that will benefit as many patients as possible.” https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/battling-east-kilbride-mum-slams-21827448 Bongme
  7. hi Stockton cannabis farm worth £200k had secret tunnel that led police to sleeping Albanian gang Kleandi Moganu, 33, Arben Ferra, 36, Sami Ficorri, 29, and Armond Ficorri, 33, ran the "professional" farm Four men who operated a "commercial" cannabis farm that housed over 200 plants with an estimated street value of up to £200,000 have been jailed. Kleandi Moganu, 33, Arben Ferra, 36, Sami Ficorri, 29, and Armond Ficorri, 33, ran the "professional" farm from a three-storey property on Hartington Road in Stockton The large scale operation was discovered when police searched the house on December 4, last year. Officers also found a secret hole in the wall of the property which led to a neighbouring house. When police crawled through the hole, the four Albanian nationals were found sleeping in the connected house. All of them were in the country illegally. On Monday, they appeared at Teesside Crown Court via video link from Durham Prison to be sentenced for production of a quantity of a class B drug. An Albanian interpreter was also present. Paul Rooney, prosecuting, said officers initially went to the house after reports of a burglary and entered the property through a broken window. But once inside, the officers could smell cannabis, and a search was carried out. "Searches revealed several rooms contained cannabis", Mr Rooney said. He said that it was clear a "professional cannabis farm" was in operation, but no one could be located inside the building. Officers then stumbled upon a secret tunnel. "In a cupboard under the stairs there was a large hole in the wall leading to a neighbouring property", he said. "Officers climbed through the hole and found themselves in the neighbouring property. "The hole in the wall of that property was hidden behind a wardrobe." The four men were found sleeping in the connected property and were arrested. The cannabis farm was then searched by officers who found a total of 253 plants at "various stages of growth". The court heard that the approximate street value of the cannabis that could have been cultivated was between £70,840 to £212,520. Checks were also made of Sami Ficorri's bank accounts. Inquiries found that between September 25, 2018, and November 28, last year, £33,640 had been deposited. Because of the deposits, Mr Rooney said that it was the Crown's submission he played a "leading role". All four men pleaded guilty to the production of cannabis at a previous hearing. John Craggs, defending all of the men, said they were of good character and had no previous convictions. He asked the judge to take into account that they had all already served around five months in prison. During sentencing, Judge Howard Crowson told the men that the "immigration authorities may wish to consider your stay in this country" once released from custody. He said the farm housed "significant quantities of cannabis for commercial use" but said he "couldn't be sure" that Sami Ficorri played a leading role. He added that all of the men had a role in cannabis production, and were each sentenced to 30 weeks in prison. https://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/four-men-jailed-after-discovery-18051549 Bongme
  8. hi Smoking cannabis 'can increase risk of catching coronavirus', doctor warns Vd On Link Smoking cannabis could "increase risk of catching coronavirus", an expert says. The NHS adds that smoking weed could have a negative impact on the lungs To prevent the spread of coronavirus, we should be all taking steps to protect ourselves. Staying at home, washing our hands and maintaining social distancing are all ways to reduce COVID-19 risk. Apparently, you should consider quitting smoking too. Previously, we revealed why ditching cigarettes could be beneficial. And now, health experts are warning against smoking cannabis too. Doctors say the habit could affect immune function in your lungs. Dr Stanton Glantz, from the UCSF Centre for Tobacco Control Research and Education, told SF Weekly: “Smoking doesn’t cause the flu, vaping doesn’t cause the flu. But people who smoke or are exposed to secondhand smoke are more susceptible to getting sick. “There’s not a lot of direct data on Covid. But there’s a ton of evidence that smoking and vaping depress immune function in your lungs. “If you look at cannabis smoke and compare it to tobacco smoke, it’s not that different. “You have THC instead of nicotine, but the immunosuppressive effects do not seem to be primarily because of nicotine.” The NHS agrees that weed can be harmful to the lungs. It explains: “People who smoke cannabis regularly are more likely to have bronchitis (where the lining of your lungs gets irritated and inflamed). “Like tobacco smoke, cannabis smoke contains cancer-causing chemicals, but it's not clear whether this raises your risk of cancer. “If you mix cannabis with tobacco to smoke it, you risk getting tobacco-related lung diseases, such as lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).” Having said this, the health organisation doesn’t link cannabis smoking to Covid-19 cases. More research needs to be done to measure the impact of marijuana on coronavirus risk. Dr Glantz explained: “The amount of research we have around cannabis is very limited. And I think that’s a huge problem.” https://www.dailystar.co.uk/health/smoking-cannabis-can-increase-risk-21812724 Bongme
  9. Hi Group of youths caught smoking cannabis given 'massive reality check' POLICE took four youths home after they found them smoking cannabis in Dorchester. A spokesman for the force said they were given a 'massive reality check' and brought home to confront their parents. A spokesman for Dorchester Police said: "Officers from the neighbourhood team continue to patrol on foot, bike and car, challenging people who we think may be breaching COVID 19 regulations. "We dealt with four young people who thought their needs to smoke cannabis, was more important then the governments instructions. "Believe me, they were given a massive reality check, taken home to parents and some have been dealt with for offences. "We will not tolerate this behaviour in Dorchester. We want to keep our community safe and we will continue to deal with people robustly. "Please stay home and save lives." https://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/18360252.group-youths-caught-smoking-cannabis-given-massive-reality-check/ Bongme
  10. hi neer happened to me Teacher, 29, picked up student for cannabis-fuelled sex, 17, say police Brittney Lyles is now behind bars and out of a job as she is set to face claims of romping with a teenager and filming it at the same time A schoolteacher allegedly filmed herself having sex and smoking cannabis with a teenage student, police say. Brittney Lyles is accused of picking up a 17-year-old student in her car while working as a teacher at Kent County Alternative School Program in Delaware, US. The 29-year-old allegedly picked up the student from an off-campus location before driving off with him to another area to hook up. Maryland State Police later spoke with the teen and launched an investigation as they discovered a video on the teen’s mobile phone of him and the teacher having sex. Cops also discovered an X-rated photo Lyles allegedly sent to the teen of her in the shower. Investigators also met with the Kent County Alternative School program director, who reportedly identified her as the one in the video. The now-former teacher is also accused of having met with the teen on more than one occasion in February to have sex and smoke weed. She was later arrested and sacked from the high school in on March 2. Lyles now faces a host of charges, including sex offence, sex abuse of a minor, and contributing to certain conditions of a child. She is being held without bond at the Talbot County Detention Center. According to court documents obtained by a US news station, a court date hasn't been set yet. https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/world-news/teacher-29-picked-up-student-21788695 Bongme
  11. Hi Just popping in to say High now am back to isolation its like death row so long as we have some bags of weed and hash stay in and stay safe all Nottingham Man Caught With Rucksack Of Cannabis Claims He’s ‘Buying In Bulk Due To Lockdown’ As people throughout the UK are urged to stay at home, many are stocking up on essential supplies to prevent them from having to leave the house any more than is necessary. So, when one man in Nottingham was caught by police with a rucksack full of cannabis, you can see how he tried to get away with it – by telling officers he was buying in bulk because of the current measures in place. It sounds pretty funny, but police are already inundated with work making sure everyone sticks to the government-implemented restrictions. As a result, when the Nottingham Police team were deployed to Gritley Mews in The Meadows, Nottinghamshire, to get a closer look at a suspicious man with a green rucksack strapped to his back, they weren’t playing any games. Officers stopped the man and performed a search on his bag, where they discovered a large amount of cannabis in a plastic sack. And, when asked why he has such a large amount of drugs on him, he told officers: ‘I’m buying in bulk because you can’t get out because of the lockdown’. It’ll come as no surprise that officers have heard this excuse time and time again. The man was subsequently arrested on suspicion of intent to supply. While you might think there are far bigger things going on in the world right now, drugs are still causing a huge problem for police teams all over the UK, even during the current pandemic. Nottinghamshire police have set up a special task force, led by Inspector James Walker, to help crack down on those who are still flouting the current rules set in place by the government to address the ongoing health crisis. According to Inspector Walker, the areas he covers mostly resemble ‘Christmas Day everyday’, as the streets are virtually empty and people stick to the rules currently in place. Walker said: Acquisitive crime has gone down because people are at home, so there is less burglary and less people on the streets to commit robberies. Shops are shut so there are less shop thefts. Therefore, the people who use drugs have got less money to buy them. I don’t think it’s stopped but we are not seeing it in its usual guise. How it has changed? It is difficult to say yet but it is still happening. The task force’s main job is to separate any groups and fine those disregarding the social distancing guidelines, while also educating people to stay two metres or more apart from one another. https://www.unilad.co.uk/news/nottingham-man-caught-with-rucksack-of-cannabis-claims-hes-buying-in-bulk-due-to-lockdown/ Photos Bongme
  12. hi Beverley Road raid leads to discovery of huge cannabis haul Two people have been arrested following the raids at three homes in Beverley Road Police have found hundreds of cannabis plants at three different properties in Hull. Officers from Humberside Police said their Pro Active team had raided the properties "with regards to cannabis factories" before uncovering the plants. The extensive cannabis cultivation was uncovered in the houses, which police said were all on the same street just off Beverley Road. Officers said two people who were arrested during the three property raids and were later taken arrested and taken into police custody where they currently remain. Making a statement on Twitter, a spokesperson for the police force said: "Members from the Pro Active team have today raided three houses on the same street just off Beverley Road in Hull in regards Cannabis factories. Find the latest crimes in your area "Hundreds of plants found at the addresses and two people are now in custody." https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/hull-east-yorkshire-news/beverley-road-police-raid-cannabis-4007714 Bongme
  13. hi Cops discover suspected cannabis factory in Swadlincote home Police have discovered a suspected cannabis factory at a home in Swadlincote. During coronavirus lockdown, officers from Swadlincote Police Safer Neighbourhood Team have still been executing warrants in a bid to rid South Derbyshire of drugs. This morning, officers carried out a search of a home in the Midway area and discovered 29 suspected mature cannabis plants in a room. The room contained several heat lamps, electrical wiring and a fan on bare wooden floorboards. The window had also been covered. Photos of the haul were posted by police officers on their social media page, alongside a post which read: "This morning (April 1), our team has been involved in carrying out a warrant in the Midway area. "Twenty-nine mature cannabis plant were recovered and a male is currently helping police with their enquires. "This investigation was led by a multi agency approach, with the help of South Derbyshire District Council." Police have been asked for the precise location of the suspected cannabis factory. https://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/burton/cops-discover-suspected-cannabis-factory-4008212 Bongme
  14. hi Police find 500 cannabis plants after fire at Westcliff shop HUNDREDS of cannabis plants were found in a shop after a fire broke out. Essex Fire Service sent six fire engines, including one with an aerial ladder platform, to the shop in Hamlet Court Road, Westcliff at 4.48pm on Monday evening. On arrival firefighters reported that the shop was completely smoke logged and there was a well developed fire inside the shop. At 6.30pm the Incident Commander reported that the fire had almost been extinguished and firefighters would remain on site to dampen down the area and make it safe. The building has suffered smoke and fire damage. Inside, more than 500 cannabis plants were found and the police were informed. A spokesman for Essex Police said: "We were called following a fire within a shop off Hamlet Court Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, at around 5pm on Monday March 30. "While carrying out a search of the property, over 500 cannabis plants were found within. "We are seizing the plants and our enquiries are ongoing." Incident Commander Craig McLellan, of Essex Fire Service, said: "When we arrived the fire was quickly spreading throughout the building and up to the roof. "But thanks to the skill and hard work of our firefighters, we were able to bring it under control and stop it spreading to adjoining buildings." One passer-by who witnessed the fire engines at the scene said: "It didn't happen at Sainsbury's as some people were saying there. "It happened at the cafe next to Sainsbury's. "There were blacked out police cars on the scene and lots of ambulances. "The building has been derelict for a few years." The cause of the fire is unknown and an investigation will be carried out. A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service said: "An ambulance, an ambulance officer vehicle and three Hazardous Area Response Team vehicles were called to and address in Hamlet Court, Westcliff shortly after 5pm on Monday following reports of a fire. "No persons were in the building and there were no casualties - our attendance was to support Fire and Rescue colleagues." https://www.echo-news.co.uk/news/18347448.police-find-500-cannabis-plants-fire-westcliff-shop/ Bogme
  15. hi Man Told Police 'Buying Weed' Was The Essential Reason He Was Outside His Home Police in the UK have been stopping motorists to check whether they conducting essential tasks amid the coronavirus lockdown. Citizens are only allowed out of the house if they're performing a necessary duty like grocery shopping, seeing a doctor or picking up medicine. The crackdown hopes to ensure people aren't risking their health by contracting or spreading Covid-19. But one driver was allegedly very candid when police pulled him over to see what he was doing. South Wales Police uploaded a picture onto their Twitter account, along with a caption that said: "[One] man was reported for non essential journey and possession of cannabis, after saying, 'My journey is essential. I had to buy weed.'" If you're going to break the rules, at least don't further incriminate yourself with another crime. While this man certainly wasn't sticking to the new laws in place, the police force has commended the 'vast majority' of people who have been following the law. The UK government recently ordered Brits to stay at home where possible to help stop the spread of coronavirus, advising that they could leave the house once a day for exercise - something that some people have arguably taken advantage of. Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned that if people did not obey the rules 'police will have the powers to enforce them, including through fines and dispersing gatherings'. Cornwall Police was one of the first to confirm their officers would be stationed around city to ensure those rules were being followed. A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said: "A number of neighbourhood patrols have carried out stop checks on vehicles travelling within the county. "The purpose of these checks is to engage with the public and to explain and reiterate the request from government, ensuring people have considered if their journey is essential. "The purpose, at this time, is not to enforce the direction set out by the government, but to prepare communities for the new police powers which will be put in place in the coming days. "This measure is one of many that the force have actioned today, including high visibility foot patrols, pro-active discussions around Public Health England advice and deploying units as broadly as possible. "This is an ever changing situation and we will maintain an agile approach." But if you're going out to get weed, probably best to come up with another excuse. Just a thought. https://www.ladbible.com/news/news-man-told-police-buying-weed-was-an-essential-reason-he-was-outside-20200331 Bongme
  16. Hi Adam’s green shoot cultivation for treatment of fibromyalgia A West Wight farmer with a difference is aiming to put the Island at the centre of a world leading group working on the understanding and treatment of fibromyalgia and related conditions. Adam Mawer, 44, is entering his second year of cultivating cannabis plants under licence from the Home Office. Working with The Future Clinic in Cowes who specialise in the treatment of fibromyalgia, researchers at the University of Southampton and Cambridge Laboratories he has been investigating the link between the debilitating long-term condition and the relief that medicinal cannabis products can bring. The precise cause of fibromyalgia is unknown, but it causes intense pain throughout the body and is believed to be related to abnormal levels of chemicals in the brain and changes in the way the central nervous system carries pain messages around the body. After almost four years of unexplained pain and visits to various specialists, Adam’s partner Laurie was finally diagnosed with the condition around two years ago. Adam had been searching for an alternative to the multiple strong medications she was prescribed which brought unwelcome side-effects, and this eventually led to the launch of a new career for the Island businessman, whose family have lived here for over 40 years. Laurie found that cannabinoids, naturally found in cannabis plants were the most effective and natural way to manage her symptoms, but Adam discovered that there was little understanding, and even less research into why or how they worked. Worryingly, over 80 per cent of cannabis extracts used in the UK are imported from Eastern Europe or China, with independent testing showing that the quality is highly variable. Strict drug legislation in the UK requires constant and reliable standards, so Adam set out to supply what was needed. After passing stringent government and police checks he finally received a licence in April last year to grow Low THC Cannabis on his 60-acre Island Hemp Farm and quickly planted his first crop. Links with the Isle of Wight Fibromyalgia Society led to a meeting with Dr Gary Lee of the Future Clinic and they have now collaborated on a number of research studies to find out more about how cannabinoids can help in the treatment of Fibromyalgia and related conditions. In this they have been supported by local company Wight CBD and other Island medical professionals with Isle of Wight MP Bob Seely assisting in dealings with the Home Office. Adam is currently waiting for a variation on his licence to be granted to permit him to not only to grow cannabis but also to manufacture a range of cannabis derived products. This will give total traceability and quality control over the extracts ti be used in the UK, and confidence to the medical profession and consumers. Once granted, the licence will pave the way to a multi-million-pound research and development facility providing year-round employment for Islanders and, Adam says, substantial annual funding to Island good causes. Speaking after the launch of the new website for Vecticanna, the company he has set up to manufacture the products Adam said: “This is a really exciting time for the company. Expansion will bring significant employment opportunities and mean the Island can become a world leader in the understanding and treatment of a number of pain related conditions. There are over eight million people who suffer from unexplained pain, so the potential market is huge. The Island’s climate and weather gives us a fantastic geographical advantage which we want to make the most of, and I am keen for other Islanders to be a part of this journey.” You can find out more at vecticanna.com. Bongme
  17. hi Plans for medical marijuana clinic in Aberdeen delayed amid coronavirus outbreak A company’s plan to open Scotland’s first medical marijuana clinic in Aberdeen is to be delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic – but video consultations have been given the green light. The Evening Express reported last month that London-based Sapphire Medical Clinic is to set up a practice in Aberdeen. It wants to move into the ROC Private Clinic on the Westhill Business Park, on Peregrine Road, Patients with conditions such as chronic pain and MS would be able to get a prescription from their GP and go to Sapphire to get cannabis in the form of oil, gel or flowers. The business currently has a clinic in London and is seeking to expand in 13 UK cities including Manchester, Birmingham and Aberdeen – the only Scottish location in its expansion plans. The company’s managing director Mikael Sodergren told the Evening Express he was in talks with the relevant regulatory bodies about moving into the clinic and it is understood that the process has now been delayed due the coronavirus pandemic. However, Sapphire Medical Clinic says it has become the first of its kind to be approved by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) – which regulates care in England – to hold online video consultations with patients where clinically appropriate The company has welcomed the “breakthrough”, claiming that, once life returns to normal after the Covid-19 outbreak, people who are too poorly to travel will be able to have consultations at home. A spokeswoman said: “In a response to the demands of patients facing long and stressful travel times to clinics, the breakthrough opens up access to thousands of new patients. “This landmark decision taken by the CQC recognises the commitment of Sapphire Medical Clinics to providing safe, compassionate and high-quality service to patients that adhere to the formal prescribing guidelines set by NHS England, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency and the General Medical Council.” Mr Sodergren said he was delighted with the decision. He added: “For many patients with chronic conditions travelling long distances is tiring, costly and for some also frightening. “For others it is simply not possible due to their condition.” The company’s consultant pain specialist Dr Mike Platt said: “Many patients I see are severely limited in their function and mobility so this news will provide a lifeline which allows them, under appropriate circumstances, to access medications that can potentially transform their quality of life.” https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/fp/news/local/plans-for-medical-marijuana-clinic-in-aberdeen-delayed-amid-coronavirus-outbreak1/ Bongme
  18. hi Mary Berry left furious after her image was used on Cannabis oil products The former Great British Bake-Off judge, 85 has been left bewildered after phoney traders have continued to sell cannabis oil products using her name and image Mary Berry has been left furious after rogue traders refused to stop selling cannabis oil products using her name and image, despite pleas. The former Bake-Off cook said she was “appalled” to be associated with the extract. Mary first discovered that the phoney traders were using her name after she was made aware of adverts that appeared on Facebook last month. The products were being flogged at rip-off prices of up to £200 amid claims that they had helped Mary stay fit. Much to Mary's dismay, despite attempts by her lawyers to get them taken down, they have still been spotted on the site. A new message on the 84-year-old’s website says: "Mary has been upset to learn companies are still using her image to advertise ­products like skin cream without permission. "Please be aware these are not genuine endorsements and Mary is not affiliated with the sellers. "We’d advise people not to click on the links or buy these ­products. The statement went on to ask followers to report dodgy adverts to Facebook if they came across any. CBD is a natural compound found in cannabis and hemp, which is not ­responsible for causing a high. It is used for positive health benefits such as treating anxiety and depression. But advertisements for one company promised would-be users it would “prevent or ­alleviate all health problems”, claiming it was what kept Mary in such good nick. In an urgent message posted last month, her advisors warned fans to be extremely wary of the dishonest benefits. "We’d like to thank all of Mary’s supporters who have got in touch with us to make us aware of these dishonest adverts. "We extend our sympathies to anyone that has been adversely affected by these companies. "Our lawyers are working to get these adverts removed." https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/mary-berry-left-furious-after-21722101 Bongme
  19. hi COKE CORONA: Brits ‘Panic Buying’ COKE and CANNABIS Amid Lockdown, Say Drug Bosses BRITAIN may be in Lockdown – but it’s not stopped thousands of Brits from stockpiling Cocaine and Cannabis. Last week Politicalite revealed that the UK underground drug market was gearing up for the ‘Coronavirus Effect’ that is set to hit supply lines, prices and the way in which the underground market operates. Now we can reveal that Brits have been buying illegal substances more than ever – with many dealers reporting that sales have ‘gone through the roof’ for Cannabis – and Cocaine. BRITAIN may be in Lockdown – but it’s not stopped thousands of Brits from stockpiling Cocaine and Cannabis. Last week Politicalite revealed that the UK underground drug market was gearing up for the ‘Coronavirus Effect’ that is set to hit supply lines, prices and the way in which the underground market operates. Now we can reveal that Brits have been buying illegal substances more than ever – with many dealers reporting that sales have ‘gone through the roof’ for Cannabis – and Cocaine. “Weed sales are the highest, seconded by Charlie” said one dealer. Prices have also remained the same for Cocaine- with most dealers and suppliers ordering bans on ‘credit sales’ or ‘tick’ insisting on cash only deals given the dire economic situation and they are cutting the drug even more to make it go further. Supply lines for imported drugs such as Cocaine and high-quality imported Cannabis could ground to a halt as flights are cancelled and travel restricted. One supplier spoke Politicalite last week on a condition of anonymity and revealed dealers and suppliers were already planning how to deal with travel restrictions and a potential UK lockdown. Britain is Europe’s cocaine capital – and many are worried about the effect Coronavirus will have on the underground drug trade. In Britain, the drug can be delivered quicker than UberEats and can arrive faster than an Ambulance. A Cannabis trader in London told Politicalite: “Most is imported from Amsterdam, Spain and California” “Without the flights Britain only has home grown Cannabis and that’s a lower quality compared to imported stuff.” On Cocaine the source said: “I could see it having a similar effect, prices will shoot up, as most is imported.” “If this Coronavirus effect lasts longer than a month with the flights, prices will definitely go up and it could all vanish all together.” “When we go into proper isolation when you’re only supposed to go for food etc the most cars on the streets could be dealers dropping off.” “Many dealers are buying up supplies to get ready for a dip in supplies.” In the UK the cocaine trade is big business with almost 80% of drug users using either the Class B drug cannabis while 70% use Cocaine. Researchers at substance abuse charity Addaction to Sky News in 2019 that say the UK has a secret cocaine addiction and the drug is being used “everywhere” in the UK. https://www.politicalite.com/drugs/coke-corona-brits-panic-buying-coke-and-cannabis-amid-lockdown-say-drug-bosses/ Bongme
  20. hi 'Chillin' Rooms' owner who was spared jail says he's 'proud' of illegal cannabis cafe The owner of a busted cannabis cafe who was spared jail has said he is "really proud of what he created". Dad-of-two Gary Youds was charged with possessing cannabis resin after 202 plants were found in a wardrobe in his home by police in March, 2019. Supporters applauded as 50-year-old Youds was spared jail and handed a community order at his sentencing at Liverpool Crown Court last month. But this was not Youds' first criminal conviction for running an Amsterdam-style cannabis cafe in Liverpool. In January 2017, he was sentenced to nine months in jail after being caught running the illegal business on Holt Road, Kensington, for a third time. He was also ordered to pay back £600 of his £25,000 profits at a Proceeds of Crime Application (POCA) hearing against Youds at Liverpool Crown Court in July 2017. But despite his criminal convictions, Youds maintains that his illegal operation was a "light at the end of the tunnel" for his customers. Youds, who was once described by a judge as a "martyr" for the legislation of cannabis, spoke to the ECHO about what it was like running Chillin' Rooms and why he has no regrets. Youds' Amsterdam-style cafe was invite-only with customers gaining entry after being referred by a friend. The word-of-mouth cafe didn't have any signage on busy Holt Road in Kensington with only those who knew about it allowed to visit. Youds said: "It was the ultimate chilling room. It was free from crime, it was unique and there was nowhere like it, it was like one in a million. "It was the light at the end of the tunnel and thousands of people come and went there. I'm proud of what I created, I really am. "It was a private place, you had to be invited by a friend, we didn't have any signs-up, we didn't have any marketing, it was strictly word-of-mouth." Gary first applied to Liverpool Council to convert the former taxi office into a private members' club for cannabis smokers in 2002. When his plans were rejected by councillors, the former property developer decided to set it up anyway. He was later given a conditional discharge for letting The Chillin' Rooms cafe be used for smoking cannabis in 2005. Youds said: "It was to take cannabis off the streets. It was to provide an organic home-grown business that could create employment. "I wanted to pay tax. I wanted to do everything right. I went to see everybody, the Mayor, I tried with every angle of authority." He added: "We had the best underground music night and we had people coming from all over the world there, the local money was generated by the community for the community. "All the money stayed in the community. It was more about giving back, we gave back hundreds of thousands of pounds. We gave everybody £10 an hour who was working there, so we were paying good wages, that's well above minimum wage. "It was a little pot of creativity, it couldn't have gone better." Youds claims the area of Kensington The Chillin' Rooms was located in was "rife with crime" when he opened his cafe. He claims street level drug dealing was prevalent - but that his business led to an overall improvement in the area. These claims have not been substantiated by any official data seen by the ECHO. Speaking to the ECHO, Youds said: "There was no crime at all. My business plan is to put crime out of business. "It was a local growing economy. I wasn't about taking people's money, the people who looked after me all got looked after well. "There was no class A drugs in there, there was no violence of any sort. "We didn't have any crime whatsoever, I never witnessed it in 17 years, not even a cigarette thrown on the floor. "Every single night there were about 200, 300 people in there and everyone went home safe. We never had one single complaint, in the whole time." Youds' supporters echoed his claims that the cafe had a positive impact on the local area. Speaking outside of court at Gary's most recent appearance, Janette Clementes said it was "ironic" Youds was given a community order when "he's been doing a community service for others". Although Youds is proud of what he created and his army of supporters, there is no avoiding the criminal repercussions of his business venture. He said: "I've been open on and off for 17 years, but there's been some serious raids and lots of people arrested. "People were scared to go in the end, people were scared to have my number in their phone." During one of Youds' hearings, Recorder Louise Brandon told him: "Regardless of what you think of the law, these are criminal offences." At Youds' last court appearance in February, he was handed a 12-month community order and 25 days of rehab for possessing cannabis. Spared jail, Gary said he is now looking forward to the future and is keen to speak with authority figures in the city once more. He said: "I would like to see 100,000 individually owned coffee shops, all employing local people and taking cannabis off the streets and separating the drug market. "You could have four million people employed in the next few years, all looking at my model and looking at my creation and my rules and regulations "There's an opportunity right now, because I know there's thousands of people in the country who need jobs. Lots of these businesses [closed due to coronavirus] won't be able to open again. "They won't be able to find the finance. I just believe now if we can look at model we can roll it out and we can get everybody back to work, get cannabis off the streets and pay the taxes. "I'm ready to open now. I'm ready to sit down with Joe Anderson, the Mayor, and get a plan together." He added: "What we created in Kensington was [in] one of the most deprived areas in the city. There were crack dealers, open prostitution, open drug dealing. "This is what it's been like for the last 20 years. My model could bring in the tourists, get rid of the shutters and create vibey little places and businesses - places free from crime." https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/chillin-rooms-owner-who-spared-17985520 Vid On Link Bongme
  21. Hi Man caught drug driving 12 hours after smoking cannabis A Yeovil man who was caught driving with more than three times the legal amount of cannabis in his system told magistrates he did not consider he was under the influence at the time as he had left a 12 hour gap before driving. James Bacon was spotted by police driving on the A39 near Bridgwater when he overtook another car and continued driving along the central line for over 100 metres. When they pulled over the vehicle they could smell cannabis coming from the defendant and a roadside drug swipe showed positive for cannabis. The 22-year-old defendant, of Buckle Place, Houndstone, appeared in the dock before Somerset Magistrates at Yeovil. He pleaded guilty to driving a VW Golf on the A39 at Loxley Woods when the proportion of a controlled drug, namely Delta Tetrahydrocannabinol cannabis in his blood exceeded the specified limit. Emma Lenanton, prosecuting, said that at 6.20am the defendant was seen performing the overtaking manoeuvre near Bridgwater by officers who were on patrol. “The manoeuvre was legal but the vehicle continued past the solid white line in the centre of the road and the defendant continued for about 100 metres before moving back,” she said. “Because of this they stopped the car and when Bacon confirmed his identity they could smell cannabis coming from inside and a roadside drug swipe showed positive for cannabis.” The defendant was arrested and take to Bridgwater police station where a blood sample showed a reading of 6.5mcg of cannabis per litre of blood when the limit is 2mcg. Defending himself, Bacon told the court he was driving to work at the time and would not have classified himself as being under the influence of cannabis. He said: “I had been smoking some but there was a 12 hour gap before I drove and I was using it as a coping mechanism for the stress I was under at the time. “However I accept I conducted myself in a poor light and I have since been made aware that cannabis is in your system for up to 24 hours after consuming the substance. “I would not have classified myself as being under the influence and it was not mentioned that I was speeding or driving dangerously and I wasn’t taking it while I was driving. “However I do regret the offence whole-heartedly.” The magistrates banned Bacon from driving for 12 months and fined him £300 with £85 costs and a £32 victim surcharge. https://www.somersetlive.co.uk/news/somerset-news/man-caught-drug-driving-12-3955677 Bongme
  22. hi Hoo man arrested after cannabis farm uncovered in Vicarage Lane A man has been arrested after 200 plants were seized from a cannabis farm. Police also found more than £10,000 cash at the house in Vicarage Lane, Hoo, yesterday. Officers from the Medway Local Policing Team attended the address after a PCSO became suspicious of a strong cannabis smell during a routine foot patrol. An occupant of the property let police into the property where they went on to uncover hundreds of plants and money, which is believed to be have been raised from supplying the drug. An electrical engineer also visited the house to make the premises safe due to concerns electricity may be being abstracted. A 52-year-old man from Hoo was arrested on suspicion of cultivating cannabis. He has been released under investigation. https://www.kentonline.co.uk/medway/news/200-plants-seized-at-cannabis-farm-224574/ Bongme
  23. hi Man 'forgot' he had knife because he smokes so much cannabis The self-confessed stoner was carrying the blade at Lime Street Station A man caught with a knife at Lime Street Station said he forgot he had it because he smokes so much cannabis. Self-confessed stoner Daniel Thompson, 31, of Botanic Road, Edge Hill, was wandering around with the blade in his backpack. Liverpool Magistrates' Court heard he was stopped by a plain clothes police officer, on patrol at the train station, on Monday, March 23. Lucy Fitch-Adams, prosecuting, said he noticed Thompson, who was walking "notably fast", while seemingly texting someone on his mobile phone. He appeared nervous, so the officer approached and identified himself, but Thompson "continued to behave in a nervous manner." Thompson was searched and the officer discovered a black handled kitchen knife in the front panel of his bag. Ms Fitch-Adams said Thompson was arrested and replied: "I forgot it was there." When interviewed by officers, Thompson repeated the claim and explained he had been homeless, but had recently been given a flat. Ms Fitch-Adams said: "He said he smokes a lot of cannabis and he forgot the knife was in his backpack." Thompson, who has 15 previous convictions for 23 offences, dating back to 2006 when he was 17, admitted possessing a knife in public. The court heard this was the second time he had been caught carrying a blade, having first been convicted of the offence in May 2017. Andrew Egerton, defending, said Thompson was on licence at the time, which expires in January 2021, and now awaiting a prison recall. Mr Egerton said: "He says the item was found in a park close to his home address. "He says he put it in his bag, fell asleep and forgot about it, woke up the next day and it was still in his bag." The lawyer added: "He says he was afraid of children finding it in the park." He said Thompson was sorry for his actions and the knife wasn't being brandished at the time, or found in dangerous circumstances. Mr Egerton said Thompson was living on the streets until a week ago, but went to the Whitechapel Centre, Liverpool's leading homeless and housing charity. He said his client was "very proud" of the fact he had found himself a new flat, but if he was sent to jail, he would lose that accommodation. Mr Egerton said Thompson didn't believe he had any problems with drugs or alcohol, but was suffering from mental health issues and was currently on benefits. District Judge James Clarke said he had to consider imposing a minimum sentence of six months in jail, because of Thompson's past conviction for carrying a knife in public. He said he would give him credit for his "prompt guilty plea" and jailed him for 21 weeks. In England and Wales, there are minimum custodial sentences for anyone aged 16 or over caught with a knife in certain circumstances. These include when they have used a knife to threaten another person, putting them at immediate risk of serious physical harm, or have carried a knife in public, and have a "relevant conviction" of possessing a weapon or threatening people with one. In these cases, offenders aged 18 or over are subject to a minimum six months' custodial sentence and a maximum of four years. For those aged 16 or 17, the minimum sentence is a detention and training order of at least four months. However, in all cases judges can choose not to impose the minimum sentence if they believe it would be unjust. https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/man-forgot-knife-because-smokes-17979253 Bongme
  24. hi HIGH PRICE Cannabis prices soaring as users on coronavirus lockdown ‘sit at home on full pay’, dealer reveals CANNABIS dealers are cashing in on the coronavirus pandemic with prices for the drug soaring as users "sit at home on full pay," The Sun can reveal. The cost for an ounce of weed is said to have spiked to around £250 in some parts of pandemic hit Blightly, up over £100 from its usual price. Users of the country's most popular illegal drug are also believed to have starting bulk buying amidst concerns over lockdown laws affecting the delivery of their goods. One cannabis dealer told The Sun that he was making "bags smaller" to try to avoid putting prices up too high, he added: "At the moment the cost has gone up in line with the demand. "I know other dealers are really having to put up the cost because they are running out of their stock. "I have started making my bags smaller but my prices stay the same. That is fine for now. "Most of my customers are regulars, they are teachers, solicitors, accountants. "They are all working from home this week or at just home bored and still getting paid 80 per cent of their wage - they have nothing else to do! "The ones that are working from home can still function after having a smoke, their bosses have no idea, so they have been ordering a bit more in the day time as well. "My line is booming really because people haven't got anything to do at home and they can still order takeaway!" In England and Wales, 30% - that's around 10 million - adults aged 16 to 64 have tried the drug at least once, according to the 2019 annual crime survey. https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/11248871/coronavirus-britain-cannabis-prices-soar/ Bongme
  25. hi Ashford man growing weed in Spanish villa was poisoned by generator an inquest finds A Kent man growing weed at his Spanish villa was poisoned by fumes from a generator, an inquest heard. Daniel Fullagar, 34, from Ashford, was discovered at his villa in Xàtiva, Valencia, on November 28, 2019. His family had grown concerned for him after he had stopped returning their calls and messages. After a week of no contact, and following communications with the British Embassy in Spain, his father Nick Fullagar and girlfriend Bethany Hicks flew out to try and locate him. They accompanied Spanish police as they forced entry to his "remote" apartment, discovering him lifeless on the floor of his bedroom. Officers also discovered more than 80 cannabis plants at the property - which were seized - and an electric generator situated in a hallway. Assistant coroner for central and south east Kent, Scott Matthewson, who conducted the inquest at Archbishop's Palace in Maidstone, yesterday, told the hearing that Mr Fullagar had suffered a cardiac arrest as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning from the generator. He concluded that his death was an accident. He said: "Daniel was looking forward to coming back to Britain. He had everything to live for and life was going pretty well. The obvious conclusion is this was a dreadful accident." Mr Fullagar, who grew up in Brattle, Woodchurch and went to Homewood School in Tenterden had been living in Spain for five months but was expecting to return to Kent by Christmas. He was a construction worker by trade but was not working at the time of his death. He was described by his landlord Melanie Lancaster as a "sociable and bubbly young man" who was "buzzing" after recently receiving a tax rebate. Mr Matthewson said: "I find that at that time he was growing a crop in the villa. It seems to me that the generator was something to do with the marijuana crop. "I find that the generator was producing carbon monoxide. "The carbon monoxide overcame him and he died as a result of poisoning." However, his family say the generator was not linked to the growing of the crops. Instead, it was being used to provide electricity at night. Spanish authorities had suggested to Mr Fullager's family that he could have died from an electric shock after a power pack was also found in the property. However Mr Matthewson said the pathologist's report did not support that. Questions were raised about Mr Fullager's date of death which the pathologist's report suggested was around November 26 - two days before he was found. However the coroner disagreed and gave his date of death as November 21 - the day he stopped regular, daily contact with his family. He said: "It's likely that he was overcome by the fumes on November 21 and it's very unlikely that anyone could have done anything to save him." A GoFundMe page raised £6,000 to help repatriate Mr Fullagar's body, which was brought back to Heathrow Airport on December 5. His sister Kirsty Fullagar, 30, who attended the hearing with her father and Ms Hix, previously paid tribute to her older brother. She said: "He was so energetic and full of life. He would always help anyone - he would be there in a flash. "I would describe him like Tigger, he was the original nutter." Speaking after the inquest, Ms Fullagar repeated her tribute. She said: "There was only one Daniel Fullager. He was my legend. The original nutter." https://www.kentonline.co.uk/ashford/news/man-growing-weed-in-spanish-villa-poisoned-by-generator-224340/ Photos Bongme