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The Canadian Government Is Lying About Cannabis Legalization
Published on 27 Feb 2018
The Canadian Government Is Lying About Cannabis Legalization
Cannabis and £1,000 cash seized from car on M6 near Carlisle
Two women charged with possession of cannabis and intent to supply the drug are due to appear at Carlisle Crown Court.
They were arrested yesterday after police stopped their vehicle on the M6, near Carlisle, and seized cannabis resin and £1,000 cash.
Wendy Prince, 55, of Oyster Lane, Byfleet, Surrey, and Joanne Penfold, 48, of Arnewood Close, Leatherhead, Surrey, appeared at the magistrates’ court in Carlisle today.
They were remanded in custody and are due before the crown court on April 3.
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Cannabis drug halves the risk of an epileptic fit in more than 40% of sufferers, study finds
A supplement derived from cannabis halves the risk of suffering a seizure in 44 percent of epilepsy sufferers, new research suggests.
Taking cannabidiol (CBD) alongside the commonly-prescribed medication clobazam also makes 10 percent of epilepsy patients drug-free, a US study found.
The dual treatment also enables up to 26 percent of sufferers to reduce their medications’ doses, the research adds.
Introducing CBD into epilepsy patients’ drug regimens also makes 14 percent feel more alert and better able to communicate, the study found.
CBD is a cannabis-derived nutritional supplement that is thought to possess a range of medicinal benefits and has been reported to help people suffering from migraines, psoriasis, acne and depression.
It does not contain any THC, which is the psychoactive component of cannabis that makes users ‘high’.
Nearly one in three epilepsy patients are resistant to existing treatments and continue to suffer seizures.
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The researchers, from Vanderbilt University, analysed the medical records of 108 paediatric epilepsy patients, which were collected between January 2006 and December 2016.
The study’s participants were separated according to whether they took CBD, clobazam or both.
Their seizure frequency was assessed.
The findings were reported in the journal Epilepsy & Behavior.
This comes after research released earlier this month suggested alcohol damages the brain more than cannabis.
Unlike booze, marijuana does not affect the size or integrity of white or grey matter in the brain, even after years of exposure, a study found.
Grey matter enables the brain to function, while white controls communication between nerve clusters.
Study author Professor Kent Hutchison from the University of Colorado Boulder, said: ‘While marijuana may also have some negative consequences, it definitely is nowhere near the negative consequences of alcohol.’
The scientists add, however, research into cannabis’ mental effects are still very limited.
Lead author Rachel Thayer said: ‘Particularly with marijuana use, there is still so much that we don’t know about how it impacts the brain.’
In the US, 44 percent of those aged 12 or over have used cannabis at some point in their lives.
Washington, Oregon, California, Alaska and Colorado have legalised marijuana for medical or recreational use.
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Police helicopter captures the dramatic moment a fast boat loaded with cannabis is intercepted by a Spanish patrol vessel as officers fire shots over the smugglers when they try to RAM them
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Police have seized 1,300kg of cannabis following an epic James Bond-style chase involving five boats and a helicopter in the Strait of Gibraltar.
In incredible footage of the high-speed pursuit, a drug trafficker speeds towards the Spanish police boat on its right-hand side with the intention of ramming it.
The Tax Agency said afterwards that officials had to shoot warning shots at the approaching boat’s bow to prevent a collision following its ‘hostile manoeuvre’.
The spectacular pursuit took place when a Spanish Tax Agency (STA) helicopter and high-performance boat tracked four vessels trying to smuggle hashish into Spain.
The massive haul of cannabis ended up in the authorities’ hands after the drug traffickers dumped the cargo in the sea during the chase, but the criminals did manage to get away.
Helicopter crew had earlier identified the four vessels and observed that three of them were loaded with boxes.
Spanish authorities coordinated an interception point and sent out one of their new high-performance boats from Algeciras, a port city on the Bay of Gibraltar.
The STA vessel pursued the boats with the helicopter monitoring and filming events from the air.
Officials collected 42 boxes of dumped hashish from the sea after the four boats managed to get away.
Spanish authorities have recently strengthened their resources and acquired two new vessels with greater power and manoeuvrability, making it easier for officers to effectively combat
trafficking in open seas.
Two men to stand trial over alleged cannabis factory operation in Burton basement
Two men who deny producing a suspected large-scale cannabis operation allegedly found in the basement of a Burton building are to stand trial.
Oksel Menaj, 30, of Park Avenue, Ashbourne and Besnik Hoxha, 36, of Granville Street, Woodville, have appeared at Derby Crown Court, sitting at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court charged with production of cannabis.
Officers had been called to the Borough Road area of the town just before 6.30pm on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, following a report from a member of the public concerned about possible suspicious activity at a property.
Men were allegedly seen loading a trailer at the back of the property with suspected cannabis plants, police have said.
Officers found a substantial amount of what was thought to be cannabis plants at the property. It is estimated there were between 800 and 1,000 plants, which will now be destroyed, a police spokesman said.
The two men are next due appear Derby Crown Court in the week starting on August 6.
They answer unconditional bail until then.
‘I used to be a wake and baker’: Charlize Theron reveals she quit cannabis smoking habit in her early 30s because it made her ‘boring
Charlize Theron has revealed she quit her cannabis habit in her early 30s because it made her ‘boring’.
The Oscar-winning actress, 42, revealed she used to be a regular ‘wake and baker’ but made the decision to stop using the drug when it no longer agreed with the ‘chemistry’ of her body.
The Mad Max star told E! News her penchant for marijuana was strong throughout her 20s, but her attitude towards smoking ‘totally changed’ as she matured.
Charlize said: ‘I was a wake-and-baker for most of my life. I really appreciated marijuana way more than alcohol or anything else.
‘My chemistry was really good with it when I was younger and then it just changed one day.
‘Like, in my early thirties I just became boring on it and I would just stand in front of my fridge, so that’s no good. It totally changed, so I stopped.’
Charlize added that she wouldn’t rule out trying the drug again, saying she may use it to help with insomnia so she can come off her sleeping pills.
The Atomic Blonde star previously admitted she enjoyed wild times in her twenties, experimenting with class-A drugs such as cocaine and ecstasy.
Speaking to Howard Stern on his radio show in July 2017, she was asked if she had tried harder drugs such as cocaine, to which she responded: ‘I definitely experimented, yeah.’
When asked about ecstasy, she added: ‘I had a f*****g great time. I didn’t do a lot of it but I definitely did in my 20s.’
Since then Charlize has settled down as a mother to her two adopted children, son Jackson, six, and daughter August, two.
She joked: ‘Now I am asleep by 8.45pm and I love it and I love it, love it. I wake up at 6.30am. I have to make two lunchboxes.’
The blonde beauty first rose to prominence after starring as serial killer Aileen Wuornos in 2003’s Monster, which won her an Academy Award for Best Actress.
Since then Charlize’s film career has shown no signs of slowing down, but the starlet recently ruled herself out of the running to play a female James Bond.
She told Yahoo!: ‘I think it’s great that we are developing more characters within that genre for females, that they can take ownership.
‘So, it’s a really nice thing for people to say. I’m very old though. I would be a very old James Bond.’
How hash and weed all but disappeared from Britain’s streets, as high-strength ‘skunk’ took over
‘Cannabis users, growers, dealers, drug workers, police I’ve talked to have been saying the market has been dominated by strong weed for the last decade’, says drug expert
A new report has found the UK cannabis market is dominated by high-potency “skunk” and weaker varieties of the drug have been pushed out.
The study, conducted by King’s College London researchers, found high-potency varieties constituted 94 per cent of police seizures in 2016.
The piece of research is the first comprehensive, wide-ranging survey of cannabis strength published in Britain for almost 10 years.
Researchers examined almost 1,000 police seizures of cannabis from London, Kent, Derbyshire, Merseyside and Sussex – areas which were last investigated in 2005 and 2008.
In 2016, 94 per cent of police seizures were high-potency sinsemilla – colloquially referred to as “skunk” – compared to 85 per cent in 2008 and just 51 per cent in 2005.
The research focused on the potential risk posed to users’ mental health in a market saturated by strong forms of cannabis.
Dr Marta Di Forti, MRC Clinician Scientist at King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, and senior author of the report, said: “In previous research we have shown that regular users of high-potency cannabis carry the highest risk for psychotic disorders, compared to those who have never used cannabis.”
She added: “The increase of high-potency cannabis on the streets poses a significant hazard to users’ mental health, and reduces their ability to choose more benign types.”
Max Daly, a drug expert, said he was not remotely surprised the research found high-strength ”skunk” dominates the UK market.
“Cannabis users, growers, dealers, drug workers, police I’ve talked to have been saying the market has been dominated by strong weed for the last decade. This is backed up by research, forensics, experts, academics”, Mr Daly told The Independent.
Mr Daly, who wrote Narcomania: How Britain got hooked on drugs with Steve Sampson, said there were a number of reasons less potent varieties of marijuana had dwindled and been superseded by skunk.
“It’s a mixture of clampdown by Moroccan government on resin trade so the UK resin supply sharply reduced”, he said. “Then into this gap in the market we have Vietnamese cannabis factory gangs coming to the UK, teaming up with UK domestic gangs, to grow and sell the skunk type weed.
“Also there has been a rise in online growing kits and advice. Now the Vietnamese have largely disappeared and cannabis farming is now big business for anyone from kids to organised crime groups. Also weed is still imported into this country mainly from Holland. There is now a lack of choice for consumers, and seems to be all about growing and smoking stronger weed, rather than the mellow hash of the 90s.”
Man borrowed Ferrari, smoked cannabis…and crashed car after 1,000 yards
A DRIVER who crashed his uncle’s Ferrari had previously been smoking cannabis.
Bolton magistrates heard how Naeem Patel had borrowed his relative’s supercar to attend a social event on November 24.
But as he was on his way to return the Ferrari Spider to his uncle the next day, he crashed into a lamppost on Beaumont Road, Bolton.
“It is safe to say he (the uncle) was not best pleased,” said Shahid Ali, defending.
The court heard that police were called to Beaumont Road at just before 2pm on Saturday, November 25 after reports that a car had crashed near the Britannia Hotel.
Beth Pilling, prosecuting, said that the vehicle had suffered extensive damage along one side.
A group of men was standing nearby and, when approached by officers, Patel immediately identified himself as the driver.
“The officers noticed he smelled slightly of cannabis and his eyes were bloodshot,” said Ms Pilling.
A roadside swab confirmed he had been using cannabis.
“I do smoke cannabis to relax me,” Patel admitted to them.
Patel, aged 28, of Northwold Drive, Markland Hill, pleaded guilty to driving a motor vehicle with a proportion of a specified drug above the specified limit.
Mr Ali stressed Patel is of good character with no previous convictions and is remorseful.
“He is not one to mess about with the system. He accepts what he did,” said Mr Ali.
He added that the defendant had only driven 1,000 yards when the accident happened and appealed to magistrates not to impose a lengthy driving ban.
“It is quite clear that a disqualification is going to create havoc with regard to his personal and family life,” said Mr Ali.
He added that Patel was due to get married in the near future and his bride’s family lives in southern England and, for work, he may have to rely on public transport to attend meetings.
Magistrates fined Patel £400 and banned him from driving for 12 months. He was also ordered to pay £85 towards prosecution costs and a £40 victim surcharge.
Cannabis Treatments For Pets Could Be Coming To California
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SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) –Cannabis could soon be a veterinary care option in California.
Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) is leading the charge for canine cannabis. Under a bill recently proposed by Kalra, veterinarians would be able to talk about marijuana treatment for pets.
Currently, it’s illegal for vets to discuss pot as an option.
“We’re doing this bill because we want research to guide our regulations,” Kalra said.
Right now owners are often experimenting on their own, Kalra said. Eventually, he wants the bill to allow veterinarians to be able to recommend cannabis for their animal patients.
“The fact of the matter is cannabis can be used to treat a number of ailments in pets, including pain, anxiety, inflammation, nausea and seizures,” said Dr. Tim Shu, who is the founder & CEO of VETCBD, a cannabis-based pet medicine company based in Los Angeles.
He supports the bill.
“That’s why I started the company, because as a veterinarian and a health care provider, I recognized that there is therapeutic potential for cannabis use in animals if dosed properly,” Dr. Shu said.
Most of his products contain CBD – a compound known to be medicinal. It’s different from THC – the cannabis compound that gets people high.
Assemblymember Kalra says the interest in cannabis for animals is high.
“Right now there’s no guidance,” Kalra said. “And since cannabis has become recreationally legalized, there’s a great risk that individuals will be giving cannabis to their pets not knowing and not having any guidance on it.”
Artur Urbanski, a dog walker in San Jose said, “I probably wouldn’t mind, especially if it’s cheaper than paying the pharmacist.”
Critics though are concerned about marijuana poisoning in pets.
Bay Area vets see numerous cases a week.
The bill failed an early vote last week from the California Veterinary Medical Board.
Kalra says he will work with them as the bill tries to make its way through the state legislature.