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  1. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-48283542 Scared her son could die from violent seizures, a mother began breaking the law in an attempt to protect him. After seeing severe epilepsy stop his breathing and leave him unresponsive, Sophie said any parent would "take the risk" and turn to cannabis oil. She is one of a "silent majority" buying the drug online and said it had stopped his up to four seizures a day. A consultant who prescribes it in Wales called demand a "phenomenon" but warned many were ignoring the serious risks. "There is the risk of actually being caught purchasing the product, because it's illegal," said Sophie, which is not her real name because she fears prosecution. "The desperation you feel as a parent to protect your child is ingrained and inbuilt, so when you see your child having a seizure where they're not breathing and not responding, when you don't know if they're going to survive this one, then I think any parent would take that risk." Image caption For two years, Sophie has been buying illegal forms of high-strength cannabidiol (CBD) oil for her son On the surface, Sophie's life as a mum and working professional in south Wales does not appear out of the ordinary. But she is keeping a closely guarded secret. For two years, she has been buying illegal forms of high-strength cannabidiol (CBD) oil - which is made from cannabis. Sophie cares for her son, 22, who has a rare and severe form of epilepsy, which means he could die each time he has a seizure. Medicinal cannabis: Why has it taken so long to get to patients? Medical cannabis products available on prescription "Being part of the epileptic community, everyone talks," she said. "We were seeing that lots of people were starting to try it and said it had very positive results. It swept through the community very quickly. "We turned to cannabis oil probably two years ago now. Since he's started taking it the effects have been really quite dramatic, the seizures have slowed right down. "He rarely gets a seizure now whereas he would be having maybe one, two, three, four a day, quite easily, that was a regular occurrence." Sophie orders bottles of cannabis oil from a so-called "grey market" of suppliers on the internet. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption People have read testimonies online from US states where cannabis-derived medication is allowed She said many of the sellers she has dealt with were families similarly affected by epilepsy, who had taken to growing cannabis at home. Paediatric neurologist Dr Gareth Thomas is one of three consultants in Wales who can legally prescribe cannabis oil to young epilepsy patients in special cases. He said demand had become a medical "phenomenon" the likes of which he had not seen in 25 years. "Over the last six to eight months we've had to deal with the fact patients are sourcing CBD oil from overseas, from elsewhere in the UK and from non-NHS sources," he said. "It's come to the point now that it's discussed in the majority of epilepsy consultations that I see. "In many cases, while they might have heard of the potential therapeutic benefits, they haven't considered the other things that we think about - like the effect it could have on other medications." Media captionCannabis-derived medicines: What you need to know Dr Thomas encourages patients to be honest with him if they use it so he can list it in their medical notes, but warns historic scandals, such as Thalidomide, should be seen as a warning about what can happen when new drugs are not properly tested. While demand for medical cannabis among epilepsy patients may be linked to a rule change by the Home Office last year, which allowed it to be prescribed to some children with rare forms of the condition, others are experimenting with it for pain relief. Mike, not his real name, said he started sourcing CBD oil online for his wife - who lives with chronic back pain - after reading social media comments and watching documentaries online. "The condition that my wife suffers from is a bone-on-bone pain which is constant every time that she moves, every time she gets up or sits down," he said. "She's in constant pain 24/7 and we do anything we can to help with that, or alleviate that just to give her a quality of life. "The positives we've found have been both for the physical pain that my wife is in, and also for the mental health anxiety issues that she has." Miracle cure? But some campaigners argue people are reading unchecked claims about apparent benefits online. "Social media definitely has an influence, especially social media influencers in US where it's legalised, but not enough research has gone in to it," said epilepsy awareness campaigner Torie Robinson. "I find it frustrating that people are allowed to have these misconceptions about how it should be treated. "In my experience normal drugs don't always cut it so people find themselves wanting a miracle cure, particularly if it appears to be natural." Media captionBogarts CBD Coffee House in Swansea sells coffee containing CBD A Welsh Government spokesman said: "Unlicensed cannabis-based products should only be used for medicinal purposes under the close supervision of specialist doctors. "The use of some cannabis-based products without medical supervision may be associated with significant risks to health without offering any medical benefit. "This is why arrangements are in place for the prescribing of cannabis by specialist doctors."
  2. "mini cannabis" Just how small were these plants? https://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/17588312.newport-mini-cannabis-farmer-richard-miles-busted-after-neighbours-complained-of-smell/ A CANNABIS grower who ran a “mini farm” was caught after neighbours reported the “strong smell” of the drugs to police. When officers raided [redacted]’s home in Newport’s [redacted Avenue they found 13 plants, Cardiff Crown Court heard. Meirion Davies, prosecuting, said they also discovered two black bins of dry cannabis and £945 in cash. [redacted], aged 40, who had no previous convictions, was arrested at the scene and told interviewing detectives: “It is no one’s fault but my own.” Mr Davies added that [redacted] used a tent to grow his crop after buying equipment that cost “a few hundreds of pounds”. He said the defendant’s operation wasn’t of the usual “factory scale” that often come before the courts. Judge Peter Griffiths QC heard how Miles “made full admissions to police and an examination of his mobile phone showed nothing suspicious”. The defendant admitted two counts of producing cannabis with the offences being committed on June 19, 2018. Mr Davies asked for the drugs and associated “paraphernalia” to be destroyed and the money recovered to be handed over to the police. He said that a Proceeds of Crime Act application would not be made. Scott Bowen, mitigating, asked the court to impose a suspended jail sentence with unpaid work. The judge said: “His pre-sentence report mentions he had a problem with depression but seems to have pulled himself together.” Mr Bowen told him that his client had started a new job and was now in a relationship. He confirmed that [redacted] had committed the offences when suffering from mental health problems. Judge Griffiths agreed that he would be passing a suspended custodial term and told Mr Bowen: “I hope the court will not see him again.” Turning to [redacted], he said: “You acted in an extremely foolish way, setting up a mini cannabis farm.” He jailed him for eight months, suspended for 12 months, ordered him to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work and told him he had to pay a victim surcharge of £140.
  3. https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/high-street-swansea-shop-selling-16095183 The Brain Box Shop - situated in High Street - opened in August last year after selling cannabidiol (CBD) and hemp-based products online for several months. South Wales Police said the visit to the shop was part of "Operation Hazardia" which, as well as targeting outstanding suspects, aimed to work with a range of colleagues and partners to detect and prevent further crime. One of the store owners, Karol Cegla, said police and trading standards visited the store last Friday afternoon, adding that he felt they were expecting to find cannabis was being sold from the shop. He said he wasn't sure if it was a full raid as police didn't take everything, just samples, adding that they were now waiting for the test results to come back. Mr Cegla said trading standards told them they needed to do an inspection of the products they were selling and needed samples of their products such as the hemp flowers or teas. Karol Cegla. A CBD and hemp shop "The Brain Box Shop" has opened in Swansea's High Street and they sell all sorts (Image: South Wales Evening Post) Some of the products available at the Brain Box Shop on Swansea's High Street (Image: South Wales Evening Post) "At the same time, police were going through everything in the shop," he continued. "At the moment we are waiting to hear back from them. "Both of them took samples as police wanted to know about the THC levels in the products." Hemp is a cannabis plant with trace amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) - the psychoactive substance in cannabis - and higher concentrations of CBD. Among the products they sell, it is the whole plant extract - in oil, raw or capsules - which they sell as a food supplement. They are not claiming any medical benefits, but say some customers are using them for therapeutic reasons such as to treat anxiety or depression. They sell edibles, tea and hemp flowers as well, which are some of their most popular products. At the moment, they sell several strains of hemp flowers - such as Strawberry Bubble (13.9% CBD), White Widow (15.3% CBD) or Spanish Sensi (6.9% CBD). Other products sold in the store include skin balms with hemp oil and lavender, which can be used for skin conditions or joint pain. Don, also of The Brain Box Shop, has previously said they called themselves a "CBD dispensary" and that, rather than specialising in one product, they were looking at all the possibilities the plant offered, selling all sorts of things. They sell tea and hemp flowers as well, which are some of their most popular products (Image: South Wales Evening Post) (Image: South Wales Evening Post) He claimed their flowers were first tested in Europe and then put through a further test in the UK to make sure the THC was not present. "We have worked as closely as possible with the police and we have been visited two or three times over the past year by them," he continued. "We were very surprised that they turned up - we are hoping to create a transparent relationship with them. "We believe being able to sell the full range of CBD products has benefited the area and our customers. "We feel we are being penalised wrongly and are now thinking of whether we should leave the High Street altogether. "We are working with the emerging market which clearly shows cannabinoids work but we live in fear constantly." (Image: South Wales Evening Post) Hemp tea on sale at the Brain Box Shop in Swansea (Image: South Wales Evening Post) Mr Cegla said they did not know when they would see anyone come back with the results, but trading standards had said it could be about two weeks. "They will let me know if we need to change anything about the labelling," he continued. "As far as I know, all my products are legal and I do not know what they will try to do. "This is a new industry and it isn't fully regulated so you never know what is going to happen next week - they could say that, from next month, it could only be bought on prescription, for example." A spokeswoman for South Wales Police confirmed a joint visit with Trading Standards was carried out at a premises in High Street, where a number of items were seized for further analysis. A spokesman for Swansea Council said: "Council Trading Standards officers recently supported local police during a routine visit to a business in the city centre. "This matter is ongoing."
  4. Wales is a hotbed of cannabis 'crime' at the moment! https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/youtube-taught-cannabis-grower-cultivated-16103300 A man taught himself how to cultivate cannabis at home by watching tutorial videos on YouTube and then grew 80 plants worth up to £50,000. [redacted], who had some electrical experience, created a “sophisticated set-up” at his rented house in Tredegar , complete with growing tents, heat lamps and a ventilation system. Handing him a suspended sentence at Cardiff Crown Court , Judge Nicola Jones said: “You were so close to custody, you were gripping on by your fingernails.” The court heard police searched his property in [redacted] on September 8 last year. David Pugh, prosecuting, said: “They found the house was essentially set up for growing cannabis. Officers discovered six large growing tents containing a total of 80 mature plants, which were about a week away from being harvested. According to police calculations, if each plant produced three ounces, the potential street value would be between £43,000 and £52,800. [redacted] was not home when his house was searched, but subsequently handed himself in at Ebbw Vale police station. He accepted it was him who set up the equipment, using his electrical experience, and told officers it cost him around £4,000. The defendant stated the cannabis was for his own personal use and later told a probation officer he had no idea the plants would grow as much as they did. Police examined his bank accounts and found £13,085 had been paid in between March 2017 and August 2018, when [redacted] was not in employment. In a second interview, he claimed he had borrowed the money from friends and subsequently claimed it was from “odd jobs” and selling cars. The court heard he had one previous conviction for drink driving last year when he was fined and disqualified. [redacted], 31, from [redacted], admitted producing cannabis and money laundering. The court heard he told a probation officer he started researching how to grow cannabis on YouTube after breaking up with his partner. He said he was affected by stress, anxiety and depression at the time. Lowri Wynn Morgan, defending, said [redacted] was determined to reduce his use of cannabis and would like to give up completely, but feels he needs support to do so. [redacted] was given a 20-month jail term, suspended for 22 months. He must complete 150 hours of unpaid work and 12 days of a rehabilitation activity.
  5. https://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/17559200.chilled-out-police-seek-owner-of-fridge-complete-with-cannabis-plant-found-in-gelligaer/ 8th April Chilled out? Fridge full of cannabis plants found in Gelligaer alley By Andy Rutherford The fridge with the cannabis plant inside was found in Gelligaer 3 comments GWENT Police are appealing - perhaps in vain - for the owner of a fridge containing a large cannabis plant to contact them. Officers in Bargoed tweeted a photograph of the fridge, with the plant inside, which was discovered at the rear of Claerwen, in Gelligaer. They have asked the owner via Twitter: "Please can you contact Bargoed Community Officers at the Police Station!"
  6. https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/350k-worth-cannabis-found-growing-16033154 A drugs raid at a village social club revealed more than 500 cannabis plants, worth £350,000, growing inside. They were found at Caerau Progressive Club and Institute, in Caerau, near Maesteg, on Monday, March 25. The plants were seized and destroyed by officers from South Wales Police . Police went there on a warrant as part of a joint operation between the Maesteg neighbourhood policing team and the organised crime unit. More than 500 cannabis plants were found growing inside the social club(Image: South Wales Police) Another view of the plants (Image: South Wales Police) Two men were arrested and charged in connection with the two-day operation (Image: South Wales Police) This is what you can do if you think your neighbours are smoking cannabis CLICK TO PLAY WHAT YOU CAN DO IF YOU THINK YOUR NEIGHBOURS ARE SMOKING WEED Local Policing Inspector for Maesteg, Mark Simmonds, said: “This was a joint operation between the neighbourhood policing team and officers from the organised crime unit. We will continue to take robust action to tackle the supply and distribution of illicit drugs across Bridgend. “I would like to say thank-you to our communities who provide information to us and would urge you to keep telling us about your concerns so that we can act upon them. "If you have any information you can report it to us on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.” Caerau Progressive Club and Institute (Image: Google) Two policing teams came together to execute the warrant (Image: South Wales Police) Two men were arrested and charged in connection with the discovery. Both appeared at Cardiff Magistrates' Court on March 27. READ MORE The places in Wales where vehicle thefts have doubled Geoffrey Watson, aged 42, who lives at the Caerau Progressive Club and Institute premises in Caerau Road, Caerau, was charged with producing a controlled drug of class B – cannabis, and failing to comply with a section 49 notice to disclose the key protected information. Paul Joy, aged 45, from Cock Close Road in Yaxley, Peterborough, was charged with production of a controlled drug of class B – cannabis and acquiring/using/possessing criminal property. They were remanded in custody until their next court appearance on April 23. (Image: South Wales Police) Sgt Beynon, who was part of the team who found the massive factory, said: "We have executed a drugs warrant where approximately £350,000 of cannabis has been seized and destroyed. "Two persons in custody after two days hard work by the team.
  7. https://www.westerntelegraph.co.uk/news/17397260.cannabis-possession-proves-costly/ Half-a-gram of cannabis cost a delivery driver £105. [redacted] of Pembroke, pleaded guilty to Class B drug possession when he appeared before Haverfordwest magistrates on Tuesday, January 22. Vaughan Pritchard-Jones, prosecuting, said Redacted's car was stopped by police as part of a routine check in Pembroke Dock at 10.45am on December 10. Officers could smell cannabis and after a brief search, [redacted], 21, produced 0.5 grams of the drug, admitting it was his. Stuart John, defending, said: “He has never been in court before and tells me in no uncertain terms this process has been a punishment in itself.” Mr John added that [redacted], a delivery driver had ‘used cannabis sporadically’ in the past, but would not do so in the future. Magistrates imposed a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered [redacted] to pay £85 court costs and a £20 surcharge. A destruction order was made for the seized drugs.
  8. https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/massive-cannabis-factory-found-bridgend-15748437 Look at almost 200 181 tiny cuttings . Aren't they massive?! It's a 10cm high softwood cutting, everyone run for your lives!!! Save yourselves!!! Poor little things. Just getting some feet growing and some tosser in a uniform murders them. Police found nearly 200 cannabis plants and equipment in three rooms By Bronte Howard 16:13, 29 JAN 2019 NEWS The property was searched by police on January 28 A cannabis factory with nearly 200 plants has been found in a Bridgend property after residents raised concerns. The property on Caerau Road in Maesteg, Bridgend was searched by South Wales Police on Monday, January 28. Inside officers found 181 cannabis plants - some of which were fully grown - and growing equipment, which covered three rooms. A 35-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of production of a controlled drug of class B and is currently in police custody. Some of the plants found inside the property On Twitter, Sargent Beynon - who serves Maesteg, Aberkenfig and Pyle - said the "massive cannabis factory" was dismanteled. Mark Simmonds, local policing inspector for Maesteg, said: “This action was as a result of information received from members of the public. “Drugs can cause misery for our communities and I would like to say thank-you to residents for working with us to tackle those who produce and supply drugs. “I would urge you to keep telling us about your concerns involving drug dealing so that we can act upon them. If you have any information you can report it to us on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.” Sgt 5553 Beynon@SgtBeynon #MaestegNpt Busy at it again. Massive cannabis factory located , dismantled and occupant arrested. 181 fully developed plants with large nursery supplying the house. #Proactive #knockknock #notfastenough #keepthestreets
  9. and why dump a perfectly good pair of scissors??! https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/bags-discarded-cannabis-plants-found-15709792 Bags and bags full of discarded cannabis plants in a Swansea lane. South Wales Police received reports of the discarded cannabis plants in a lane connecting Port Tennant and Bonymaen at 1.42pm on Sunday, January 20. Officers went to the scene and seized a "high quantity" of cannabis and a pair of scissors. The discovery of the 50 plants is currently being investigated, the force says. Police found mounds of the class B drug in Swansea's Eastside (Image: South Wales "Eastside NPT have been alerted to a large amount of cannabis plants that have been dumped locally, PCSOs have now cleared the area." Cannabis is the most widely used illegal drug in the UK. According to the NHS, research shows that 10% of regular cannabis users become dependent on it. Your risk of getting addicted is higher if you start using it in your teens or use it every day. A spokeswoman for South Wales Police said: "South Wales Police received reports of discarded cannabis plants in a lane connecting Port Tennant and Bonymaen at 13:42 on Sunday, January 20."Officers attended the location and seized approximately 50 cannabis plants and a scissors. This is currently being investigated.
  10. https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/cannabis-oil-boy-seven-caerphilly-15582954 A mum has revealed she gives her seven-year-old boy cannabis oil to calm his temper. She contacted WalesOnline to tell her story and defend herself after her decision led to social services be called in. The authorities have now apologised to her and are not taking any action and the mum asked us not to named her or her son. In November, cannabis-based products were made available on prescription in England, Wales and Scotland for the first time to treat pain, symptoms of cancer and stress and anxiety. They are most commonly used by cancer sufferers who claim the oil can shrink tumours or cut pain. The mum said she took the difficult decision to give her son the cannabis-based oil, which she buys from high-street store Holland and Barrett, to "take the edge off". The mother-of-two, who did not wish to be named, said: "It just started out of the blue. [My son] is very, very caring and sensitive but he started getting very anxious. "The best way to describe it is he became like a teenager - if you ask him something he would kick off. "He will scream and shout, he has taken out a couple of balustrades on the stairs. He will punch doors, hit his head against the wall. "Along with his injuries he would say 'I just want to die' and 'I don't want to live'." READ MORE Inside the pioneering Cardiff laboratory exploring whether cannabis can be used to treat cancer The change in the boy's behaviour also coincided with difficulties at school. Despite seeking advice from the GP, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), Barnardo's children's charity and services offered to those undergoing a possible diagnosis of ADHD, suitable support for the family has yet to be found. The Caerphilly mum said: "He wasn't concentrating, [teachers] were saying he finds it very, very difficult to sit still or he would just wander off. "He had no concentration span at all. When we were doing homework he would know things but if I would ask him what was eight plus seven is he would get in such a state he wouldn't know what came after eight. "He didn't want to go over to his friends and didn't want them to come over. "If I tell him off for messing around his brother he will hear me but he doesn't get it. He doesn't seem to realise enough is enough but afterwards he would be so repentant." CLICK TO PLAY EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW: CANNABIS OIL As the six-weeks break loomed over the summer, the seven-year-old's family grew increasingly desperate to find a way to help their son. After researching online, the decision was made to try 2.75% CBD oil, bought from Holland & Barrett. The mum said: "I was beside myself. Like any other parent does I was was worried I was reacting wrongly. "I used to wake up in the middle of the night and worry he would be dead. "Over the summer we tried CBD oil as it was in the news - it was meant to be the next best thing. "We did it on a whim - we didn't know if it would work - and it's been amazing. " She added: "He has five drops in the morning and five when he comes home from school as normally there's about to be a ruckus with his brother. "The difference is unbelievable, to the point where we know, we can tell, when we have given it to him or not." Cannabis oil is a thick and sticky substance extracted from the leaves and flowers of the hemp plant. It is also refereed to as CBD (due to the strain it is made from), full extract cannabis oil (FECO) and hash oil. It is legal in the UK as long as it does not include Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC - the substance responsible for causing a marijuana high. You can out find more about here. The CBD oil available in Holland and Barrett (Image: DAILY RECORD) The mum said: "It makes him much calmer, it just seems to take the edge off. "Before [his tantrums were] was almost daily, it would be three times a week at least, but now they're less and it's less intense. "If I tell him off he will still throw himself on the floor but he's in control. When he's having a tantrum he's like a four-year-old but now there's no 'I don't want to live'. "If something goes wrong it's like something has gone wrong for someone who isn't anxious. "He will go over to his friend's once a week and he will come here. He wants to go to the park." On Monday, December 10, the seven-year-old's parents received a call from Barnardo's offering the family a space on a course for those facing behavioural difficulties. During the conversation, the mother mentioned how the situation was improving, due to the use of CBD oil. READ MORE 'My son has had hundreds of seizures this week - please give him medical cannabis before it's too late' But less than 24 hours later the family received a call from Caerphillly council social services - who said a report had been made by the charity concerning the use of the cannabis oil. The mum said: "I said [to Barnardo's] we had tried CBD oil and she had no idea what that was. I said it had changed our lives and she was all fine, everything was lovely. "She asked did the GP know and I said I had mentioned it. The GP said there was no proof it would work but he said it was fine. "The next evening I had taken [my son] to the CBD café in Caerphilly. He had some CBD oil in his drink as it tastes disgusting, it's vile - so he had it in his hot chocolate. "I was taking to the guy and I had a phone call from the child protection services. He said they had a report about the use of CBD and my son." Since the phone call, the mother has since received a second phone call confirming that no further action will be taken regarding the report. But she described the incident as a "waste of time", and said the conversation had created further stress within the family. Vials of cannabis oil (Image: iStockphoto) READ MORE You can now buy cannabis beer at a Welsh high street pub She said: "[The council] asked me where did I get it from - he seemed quite shocked that it was Holland & Barrett - and asked why I used it. "I said 'why are you ringing me?' - if I was giving him a multivitamin it would be exactly the same thing. "We give him soya milk as he can't have dairy, if you told them that they wouldn't make an inquiry. "I was terrified - I didn't know if they were going to turn up at his school, I didn't know what to do. "It was the kind of situation where they didn't know was it was, didn't bother to Google it, and went for us because of the world cannabis." Responding to the mother's claims, Sarah Crawley, director of Barnardo’s Cymru, said: “Safeguarding vulnerable children is always our number one priority. "We will continue to work with families to support them in finding positive ways to help manage difficulties around their children’s behaviour. Their wellbeing and happiness is at the heart of our work.” Caerphilly Council did not wish to comment.
  11. AMS have backed a call for cannabis to be legalised for medical use. A motion calling on the Welsh Government to lobby the UK Government to make the drug available on prescription to people with conditions such as multiple sclerosis or arthritis was approved this afternoon. In 2014 Wales was the first country in the UK to make cannabis-based medication Sativex available on the NHS, but the drug itself is still illegal. As criminal law is not devolved, any law making it available for medical use would have to made by the UK Government. Opening the debate, North Wales AM Mark Isherwood said called evidence of the effectiveness of cannabis for medicinal use “compelling”. “People living with conditions such as multiple sclerosis, dystonia, epilepsy, arthritis, cerebral palsy and cancer who use cannabis to alleviate the symptoms associated with their conditions cannot wait for a time when Wales may have the legislative competence to legalise cannabis for medicinal use,” he said. “They should be able to make the decision without fear of prosecution.” The Conservative AM also quoted Newport West MP Paul Flynn, who has long campaigned on the issue, saying: “The tide of world opinion is moving in the direction of legalising cannabis.” Cwmbran pensioner Sue Cox, who was diagnosed with primary progressive MS in 2014 and uses cannabis to relieve her pain, is also a prominent figure in campaigning for legalisation of the drug for medical use and spoke in the Senedd in October. South Wales East AM Mohammad Asgar also spoke in favour of the proposal, saying: “Wales must take the lead on this”. And Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood said the current system meant people using the drug to relieve pain were forced to break the law to obtain it. “Retaining prohibition will not reduce cannabis use,” she said. “It just prevents safe, regulated medicinal use and pushes law-abiding people towards an illegal marketplace." And Labour Swansea East AM Mike Hedges said: “Let the medical practitioners, not politicians, decide if patients would benefit.” But health secretary Vaughan Gething said the issue “raises more questions than answers” and said cabinet ministers would abstain on the vote. “I do, of course, accept that there is some evidence that cannabis or its derivatives can have a role to play in managing chronic pain, anxiety, spasticity, and nausea and vomiting in the context of chemotherapy,” he said. “And historically, of course, a tincture of cannabis was used for pain relief alongside laudanum and opium. “However, we are now far more aware of the damaging side effects of poorly understood, poor-quality drugs, and prefer to use safe and regulated medicines. “And we want people to have access to licensed, effective medicines to alleviate these conditions rather than people resorting to what are currently illegal drugs of unknown provenance, potency or purity.” AMs backed the proposal by 31 votes to two, with 18 abstentions. In October Mr Flynn introduced a bill calling for the legalisation of cannabis for medicinal use, which passed through unopposed and will receive its second reading in Parliament next month. http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/NEWS/15856982.AMs_back_call_for_cannabis_to_be_legalised_for_medical_use/
  12. Police find almost 800 cannabis plants growing in an iconic town centre chapel The building is an old Kingdom Hall for Jehovah’s Witnesses. A cannabis factory with almost 800 plants has been discovered inside an iconic Merthyr Tydfil chapel. Unbeknown to nearby residents, the building on Newcastle Street - a prominent landmark in the town since it was built in 1856 - was housing 769 cannabis plants. Officers only discovered the huge operation after conducting a spot check on someone acting auspiciously. More of the story pics and video here.. http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/police-find-800-cannabis-plants-12839462
  13. This weeks customer blog review may be an interesting one for the outdoor growers. Its a grow of Durban Poison and Frisian Dew in 2014. Full review here http://www.dutch-passion.nl/en/news-and-development/frisian-dew-and-durban-poison-outdoor-grow-in-wales/
  14. The 72-year-old former coal miner has been fighting for the legalisation of cannabis over the course of three decades Cannabis campaigner Eric Mann has revealed his quest to have the drug legalised wrecked his marriage of 50 years. But the 72-year-old former coal miner, who appeared in Swansea Crown Court this week after admitting growing and supplying the drug, remains convinced it should be regulated for medical use. “I have lost my marriage because of it,” the former miner and oil rig worker said. “My missus got fed up and left. That was three years ago. “I have been married 50 years this year and now I am going through a divorce. I have got to sell my house and move out. “That’s life and it’s not easy. But there you go.” He said that his wife, Bridget, had put up with his long campaign for nearly three decades but finally decided she had “had enough”. “The house kept getting raided and being searched,” Eric said. “People were talking all the time and she did not like it.” Eric has received a string of convictions since he began his campaign. The convictions began in 1997 when he was handed a nine month suspended sentence for growing and using cannabis. In 1999 he was locked up for using the drug. “I did about six or seven months,” he said. “I quite enjoyed it actually. I went to an open prison with my own room and a key. I helped a young boy to read and enjoyed the company of people. “I came out and just got on with my life. They left me alone for about nine years.” This week he was given a 12-month suspended sentence at Swansea Crown Court after pleading guilty to producing cannabis oil. Judge Paul Thomas told him to find legal pain relief. Eric redoubled his campaign after his sister died from multiple sclerosis 10 years ago. “That made me determined to fight for its use as a medicine,” he said. “I’m not screaming about social use. I just want it to be made available as a medicine. “She was drugged up and lying there in pain and was like that for a year until she died. “It just made me determined to get people to understand cannabis is a medicine.” Video: Eric Mann outside Swansea Crown Court Eric, from Pembroke Dock, Pembrokeshire, did not know about cannabis oil when she died. “I would have given June the cannabis oil if I could have,” he said. “It would have stopped her being in pain. It could have given her a better quality of life. That’s what it does for me.” Without cannabis he would be “long gone”. “I contemplated getting rid of myself because I was in so much pain,” Eric said. Eric discovered cannabis after being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. He believes it can be used in treating a range of conditions, including cancer. In 1990 it was so bad he could hardly move from his chair. “It was hard to stand that pain,” Eric said. “I was taking medication but it was getting worse. Then someone said, ‘Have you tried cannabis?’” It did not take the pain away but it “was more acceptable.” “And it meant I could get a night of sleep, which I could not do before,” Eric said. The pensioner has given it to “loads of people. “They have always benefited,” he said. “It makes me angry to think people are suffering because of this stupid law.” He insisted he was not “a druggie” and was not going “to shout defiance” after his latest conviction. “That would attract attention and I would be penalised,” he said. “So whatever I do I am going to keep secret.” Official information about cannabis was “all lies.” “The problem is that judges and people like that believe it,” he said. It worked better than legal medicine for him. I’ve not taken pharmaceutical medicines since ‘92,” he said. “All I take is my cannabis oil. I don’t have flu jabs or anything.” He has “helped a lot of people” including “friends, family and people I don’t know.” “I was not selling it,” he said. “I was just giving it to people.” The dad-of-two was adamant he was not a festival-going hippy. “I use oil and I mix it with honey. I take a little bit in the morning and some in the afternoon and some at night,” he said. “I just have it on the end of a tea spoon. I don’t take a lot. I don’t walk around zonked-out all day.” He did not expect the law to be changed “in my life.” “I’m not too bad, I keep OK,” he said. “But there is going to be a time when I have to go to hospital or a home. And I don’t intend to do either of those. “I’ll die before I go in there. I don’t trust doctors because I’ve had lots of problems with them. I’ve lost my faith in the medical profession.” His run-ins with the law have not left him timid. “I’m not frightened of policemen or judges,” he said. “I’m not frightened of anyone.” He called Britain “not a fair society because it has unjust laws.” But he still appreciates it. “If I was in the US I would have been sentenced to life in prison,” he said. “I’m grateful for the place I live in.”