Huge haul of paki black busted

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Hashish worth Rs1 billion seized from boat

 
 

 

The Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) recovered a huge cache of hashish from a boat the previous night, a spokesman for the agency announced on Saturday.

The PMSA spokesman said officials of the agency and the Pakistan Navy had deployed their ships and fast response boats in the western maritime region. He said a PMSA ship intercepted a suspicious boat in the open sea and found approximately 1,400 kilograms of hashish on it, adding that the value of the narcotic in the international market is around Rs1 billion.

The spokesman said that after successfully conducting the intelligence-based counter-narcotics operation, the seized hashish was handed over to the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) Balochistan at the Jinnah Naval Base Ormara. He said the PMSA is maintaining close coordination with the ANF Balochistan for counter-narcotics operations and the disposal of confiscated drugs.

He said the PMSA being the law enforcement agency in the Pakistan Exclusive Economic Zone maintains its near permanent presence at sea with its ships and aircraft against possible illegal activities.

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/304898-hashish-worth-rs1-billion-seized-from-boat

‘UK could legalise cannabis in next five years say tycoons hoping to make a fortune out of a booming British pot industry’

Britain could be set to legalise cannabis in the next five years, say experts in the industry.

Investors are already setting their sights on the UK as a potential new market with business owners meeting to talk over plans.

Leading companies of the industry held a conference in Mayfair, London, on Thursday to discuss Britain’s likelihood of following Canada, Australia and numerous US states in relaxing their regulations.

 

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5671389/UK-legalise-cannabis-five-years-say-tycoons.html

 

Cannabis History: ‘Bravo Hashish,’ a 13th Century Middle Eastern Poem

By God, bravo, hashish! It stirs deep meanings.
Do not pay attention to those who blame it.
Refrain from the daughter of the vines
And do not be stingy with it.
Eat it dry always and live! By God, bravo, hashish!

It is above pure wine.
When noble men use it,
Eat it and agree, young man.
Eating it revives the dead. By God, bravo, hashish!

It gives the stupid, inexperienced, dull person
The cleverness of the straightforward sage.
I do not think I can escape from it!
… By God, bravo, hashish!

– a 13th-century Arabian poem

 

Embedded within a 13th-century poem lies an ancient ode to hashish, a hint to one of the earliest stoner comedies ever written.

Almost lost to history, this classic Arabian tale is a story filled with plot-twisting adventure, endless love and, of course, lots of hashish.

 

The sordid tale can be found in Franz Rosenthal’s book “Haschish Versus Medieval Muslim Society” written in 1971, in which he translates the poem from its original 13th-century manuscript.

Our stoned story begins, ordinarily enough, with a man named Al-Jayshi visiting the local bathhouse, or “Hamam.” After smoking some hashish, he was enjoying the bathhouse atmosphere when he heard a commotion. Turns out, a wedding procession was marching down the street, and it featured an incredible singer to accompany the party.

Wearing only a towel wrapped around his waist from the bathhouse, Al-Jayshi got caught up in the celebratory parade, instinctively joining the walk while listening to the music. The parading wedding party eventually arrived at the destination as the crowd lingered in the street. When he overheard another group of guys talking about ditching the party for another nearby bathhouse, Al-Jayshi decided to join them.

Lounging the day away with more hashish at the second bathhouse, it became time to go home. Making his way to the locker room, Al-Jayshi discovered that his clothes are nowhere to be found.

Causing a scene, he complained to the bathhouse attendant when his discovery was made: on the towel wrapped around his waist was the emblem of the first bathhouse. He had gotten so stoned that he forgot he had walked to a second bathhouse earlier in the day.

Erupting with taunting laughter, the entire bathhouse joined in on the joyful mocking. In an epic walk of shame, the whole bathhouse paraded the stoned bather all the way back to the original bathhouse while dancing and singing the “Bravo Hashish” poem.

 

Rosenthal includes another dab of history with an extra verse left off of the original translation. In the last line before the ‘by god, bravo, Hashish’ where the ellipses is found, he adds the original line from the 13the century manuscript, “my load is a feather.”

By God, Bravo, Hashish!

 

pictures and more info here…

https://www.marijuana.com/news/2018/04/cannabis-history-bravo-hashish-a-13th-century-middle-eastern-poem/

Zimbabwe just became the second country in Africa to legalise cannabis cultivation

The Zimbabwean government this week published a licensing regime that will allow the legal cultivation of cannabis, state-owned newspaper The Herald reported on Saturday. 

Growing mbanje, as dagga is commonly known in Zim, will be legal for research and medical use under the new regulations, Statutory Instrument 62 of 2018, “Dangerous Drugs – Production of Cannabis for Medicinal and Scientific Use Regulations”.

Zimbabwe has been considering such partial legalisation for the last eight months.

Five-year licences will clear also clear growers to possess, transport and sell fresh cannabis, cannabis oil, and dried product.

The regulations impose an obligation on the government to consider the risk that dagga could be diverted to illicit use, complaints from police, or objections by local authorities.

Lesotho granted its first licences for marijuana production in September last year, believed to be the first African country to do so. 

A South African court ruling in March 2017 provides what is thought to be a viable defence against prosecution for private cultivation and use of dagga.

 

https://www.businessinsider.co.za/zimbabwe-has-legalised-marijuana-farming-2018-4

Robbie Williams’ wife Ayda Field ‘bought the singer a MARIJUANA FARM for their anniversary’

He’s happily admitted to ‘loving’ marijuana, even smoking a cannabis cigarette at Buckingham Palace. 

Now Robbie Williams will have an endless supply of the substance as his wife Ayda Field is said to have installed a marijuana farm in the basement of their Los Angeles home – where recreational use of the drug is legal. 

According to rapper Big Narstie – who claims to have visited their weed farm – Ayda installed the plants as an anniversary gift for her husband

The rapper – who collaborated with Robbie on the tune Go Mental – told The Sun Online: ‘He’s very cool. He’s very down to earth and a humble person, and he’s got a good wife.

 saw the present she got him for their anniversary. She got him a whole weed farm in their basement in LA. That’s how you drive. It’s legal innit? It’s legal.’

MailOnline has contacted Robbie and Ayda’s representatives for comment.

Robbie has made no secret of his love for the Class B drug in the past, although claimed he didn’t react well to the substance. 

In 2009 during an interview with the Radio Times, he said: ‘Weed, it’s such a lovely drug. It is such a lovely drug. But it doesn’t mix well with me – at all’

‘But it’s just a shame about weed, because I did love it.’ 

Despite his statement, the star claimed to have smoked a cannabis cigarette inside Buckingham Palace just five years later, getting high during the Monarch’s Diamond Jubilee Concert in 2012, which took place on The Mall and was organised by Robbie’s Take That bandmate Gary Barlow.    

He denied he had ever vomited at the royal household, when asked by the publication, but added: ‘I smoked a spliff in Buckingham Palace.’ 

Robbie has been open about his drug use, but has admitted he struggled with addiction, and claimed he was just ’24 hours away from death’ at the height of his addiction, which saw him taking a dangerous cocktail of drugs.

He said in 2009: ‘I would do 20 Vicodin in a night. I might have been 24 hours away from dying. Then I’d take Adderall, which was like speed for people with ADHD. I’d be doing colossal, heart-stopping amounts of that.

You can buy Sativa, which is basically LSD for five minutes. It’s powerful stuff. That’s where I was. You try your best to balance them off against each other but you never manage it.

t was the American addiction. Prescription pills. It wasn’t the best period of my life. You see Anna Nicole Smith goes off – pills. Michael Jackson goes off – pills. And Heath Ledger. I can relate to all of that.’ 

But the pop star admitted his battle with drugs started when he was just a teenager.

He said during the 2009 interview: ‘When I started going clubbing at 16 we were on acid. Then acid and speed. Then it progressed into cocaine.. Before the acid, heroin. I did that once.

‘I was 19 and went to the MTV Awards and did some Ephedrine [a stimulant], coke, E’s.’ 

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-5653641/Ayda-Field-bought-husband-Robbie-Williams-MARIJUANA-FARM-anniversary.html

 

Edinburgh mum in plea for cannabis treatment

Alison Corran with two-year-old daughter Stella. Alison is an advocate of medicinal cannabis use. Picture: Greg Macvean

Alison Corran with two-year-old daughter Stella. Alison is an advocate of medicinal cannabis use. Picture: Greg Macvean

AN Edinburgh mum has called for “full spectrum” cannabis oil to be legalised in the UK – so tests into its effectiveness as an alternative cancer treatment can be carried out.

Alison Corran admits she “fears for her future” with daughter Stella after undergoing treatment for the disease for a third time without success.

 

Edinburgh Evening News

Alison, 44, has received chemotherapy and radiotherapy, as well as procedures including mastectomy and lumpectomies since being diagnosed with breast cancer for the first time in 2011.

 

However, she admits she has been aware of the “destructive” effect the treatments have had on her body and now wants to explore alternative options.

 

In the UK, oil containing cannabidiol (CBD) is legal, however the full spectrum version, containing the psychoactive component, Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is banned.  But after researching the impact of the full strength oil on patients, Alison now wants the treatment to become available on the NHS to give her a chance of watching two-year-old Stella grow up.  She said: “The care I have received from the NHS has been absolutely wonderful, I cannot fault their efforts at all, but these treatments come with big side effects. I was told when I started my chemotherapy that it had an eight per cent chance of curing me, but at the same time, I know that it has a 100 per cent chance of harming me.

“Cannabis oil is non-toxic and comes with little or no side-effects. You just have to be careful to build up your tolerance slowly, in order to avoid having a ‘whitey’.”

 

Alison added: “Research has also shown it can stop cancer cells growing and migrating, so if there is a chance of it helping with my treatment, of enhancing it, then I want that opportunity.” Last month, SNP MP Tommy Sheppard told the Evening News he would back a move to bring Scotland in line with 12 EU member states in legalising the drug for medical use.  Alison pointed out the drug would cost less for the health service to supply than the current £4,000 per month bill for her prescription of palbociclib currently used to manage the disease.

However, she acknowledged further study into dosage amounts was needed before any decision on legalisation.

 

She said: “Research suggests that for cancer, you need both CBD and THC components to create the ‘entourage effect,’ but a bit more work needs to be done to get a dosage for different conditions.”  “I know the oil is available abroad, but I have Stella, I don’t have the option just to up sticks for six months. I want this to be available here.”

 

by – Edinburgh Evening News

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US: SCIENTISTS CREATE ‘AM I STONED’ APP TO TEST SOBRIETY OF CANNABIS USERS

Scientists have developed a prototype for an app that’s been designed for cannabis users so that they can determine whether or not they’re actually high. 

The app, called “Am I Stoned”, has been created by researchers from the University of Chicago to assess the effects of cannabis on cognitive ability.

Co-authors Elisa Pabon, a doctoral student, and Harriet de Wit, professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioural neuroscience, presented the app yesterday at the Emerging Biology conference in California.

 

 

The app, which has been supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse Grant, provides users with a series of tasks to test the impact of cannabis use on memory, reaction time and attention span. 

Pabon and de Wit decided to try the app out on people who regularly use cannabis in order to examine its impact in a “nonlaboratory setting”.

They had volunteers take a pill containing either 0, 7.5 or 15 milligrams of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the main psychoactive component of cannabis.

After two and three hours, the participants then partook in a series of tasks, both on a computer and on an iPhone. 

 

 

One of the tasks on the iPhone involved tapping two dots as fast as possible with fingers on the non-dominant hand for 20 seconds.

Pabon and de Wit found that the performance of the individuals who had consumed the pills containing THC was impaired for three out of the four computer tasks and one of the iPhone tasks.

The researchers have stated that further research is needed so that they can make alterations to the app.

 

“The tasks included in the application need to be optimised in a way that avoids floor or ceiling effects, practice effects, and baseline variation,” Pabon told Gizmodo.

“Additionally, the tasks should be short and efficient but also long enough to be effective at catching drug effect.”

Pabon and de Wit stated in their research that the 24 participants of the study were aware of the quality of their performances during the computer and iPhone tasks.

They hope to have finished making the necessary improvements to the prototype app by summer.

 

 

 

Link – https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/am-i-stoned-app-weed-marijuana-cannabis-iphone-a8322081.html (video on link. So called organic plants being sprayed while heavy into flower :puke:)

Is It Too Late to Stop the Rise of Marijuana, Inc.?

Is It Too Late to Stop the Rise of Marijuana, Inc.?

 

America is on the path to legalization, but as pot becomes a big business, lawmakers aren’t yet wrestling with how to regulate it effectively.

 

The marijuana wars are entering a new phase. The first phase, over whether or not to legalize the recreational use of cannabis, is over. The partisans of legalization have won the battle for public opinion. Soon, I suspect, marijuana legalization will be entrenched in federal law. At this point, to fight against legalization is to fight against the inevitable. The only question now is what form America’s legal marijuana markets will take. Will they be dominated by for-profit business enterprises with a vested interest in promoting binge consumption? Or will they be designed to minimize the very real harms caused by cannabis dependence, even if that means minting fewer marijuana millionaires? I fear that the burgeoning cannabis industry will win out—but their victory is not yet assured.

 

 

Why am I so convinced that legalization is a fait accompli? In short, the industry’s opponents have proven spectacularly incompetent. In January, the Justice Department issued new guidance on its marijuana enforcement efforts, reversing an Obama-era policy that, in essence, gave state governments wide berth to regulate marijuana policy as they saw fit. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has long opposed marijuana legalization, so this move was not entirely surprising. What Sessions failed to reckon with, however, is that the legalization of medical marijuana in several U.S. states, and the subsequent legalization of marijuana’s recreational use in a handful of others, had already created facts on the ground. He wasn’t just targeting a handful of scofflaws. Rather, he had in his sights a large and growing universe of growers and distributors, who had the sympathetic ear of state and local officials. Nor had the attorney general evinced the slightest concern about the role the criminalization of marijuana had played in alienating millions of Americans from the criminal-justice system, a grave threat to its legitimacy. Had Sessions pursued a more measured approach, with a narrower focus on limiting the role of the profit motive, as the drug-policy researcher Jonathan Caulkins recommended in National Review, he would have been on firmer ground, both substantively and politically. Instead, he stumbled into a battle he had no hope of winning, not least because his boss, President Donald Trump, had already made it clear that he had no objection to the legalization of marijuana at the state level.

 

 

Sensing that Sessions didn’t have a leg to stand on, Cory Gardner, the junior senator from Colorado, responded by declaring that he would block all Justice Department nominees until the Trump administration changed course. And in a phone call last week, Trump assured the senator that he intended to do just that. As if to pour salt on Sessions’s wound, according to Gardner, the president also pledged to support federal legislation that would formalize the right of state governments to establish their own marijuana markets, presumably with only minimal federal oversight. Trump is famously unreliable, and I don’t doubt that passing such a law would take some doing. Nevertheless, it is hard to deny that Sessions’s gambit backfired. Gardner shrewdly played the president against one of his least-favorite lieutenants, and so it seems he will get his way.

 

 

Gardner’s role in this contretemps is revealing. Not long ago, he campaigned against legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in his home state, as one might expect from a law-and-order Republican. Yet as support for marijuana legalization has increased, and as the marijuana industry in his home state has grown by leaps and bounds, Gardner has shrewdly repositioned himself as its champion. To be sure, he isn’t as zealous a champion of the cannabis industry as, say, his Senate colleagues Cory Booker, Ron Wyden, or Kirsten Gillibrand, who have sponsored a bill that legalizes marijuana at the federal level, or Rand Paul, who is similarly inclined. But Booker, Wyden, and Gillibrand are liberal Democrats, which makes their enthusiasm something of a dog-bites-man story. Paul, meanwhile, is an avowed libertarian, who often takes pointedly contrarian stands. Gardner, in contrast, has impeccable conservative credentials, and he typically makes his case on federalist grounds: Despite his past misgivings about liberalizing marijuana laws, he defends the right of Coloradans to do so if they choose. His stance is perfectly tailored to neutralize objections from older conservatives who might otherwise balk at the thought of legal weed. Among GOP senators, Gardner is as mainstream as it gets. If he is for legalization, how bad could it possibly be? Many Republicans will be asking themselves exactly that question, especially as cannabis entrepreneurs and investors woo them with campaign contributions and, in some cases, the prospect of future employment. Former House Speaker John Boehner, for instance, has recently signed on as a director of Acreage Holdings, a sprawling cannabis business, and its competitors will surely be looking for notables of their own.

 

 

Lost in all of this political maneuvering is the small matter of whether state governments are serving the public interest in their headlong rush to liberalize marijuana laws. The fundamental challenge, as Caulkins argues, is that cannabis is a dependence-inducing intoxicant, and a cheap one at that. In Washington state, a marijuana-legalization pioneer, he observes that the cost per hour of cannabis intoxication “has fallen below $1, cheaper than beer or going to the movies.” This is despite the fact that the state’s marijuana growers and distributors operate in a grey zone—legal at the state level, but not legal at the federal level—which leaves them ineligible for the federal tax deductions to which all more straightforwardly legal businesses are entitled. Gardner, Paul, and Wyden have together sponsored legislation that would correct this little oversight, putting cannabis businesses in a far more favorable position. And if marijuana could be cultivated at industrial scale, using all of the tools and technologies American agriculture has to offer, well, we can expect the cost per hour of cannabis intoxication to fall further still.

 

 

If marijuana were largely consumed by adults who partake rarely and responsibly, this would not be much of a concern. According to Caulkins, though, only about one in three cannabis users fall into this fortunate category, and they account for no more than 2 percent of total consumption. Meanwhile, daily and near-daily users account for 80 percent of total consumption, and a far larger share of the profits of your friendly neighborhood marijuana business. Yes, there are cancer patients who use regularly marijuana to ease their pain, and there are traumatized veterans who do much the same. I am happy to concede that cannabis abuse is preferable to opoid abuse. But let’s not kid ourselves: Marijuana, Inc., thrives by catering to binge users, many of whom explicitly state that their dependence is getting in the way of their lives. By the time the cost of an hour of cannabis intoxication falls below $1 nationwide, the picture will start to change: The number of people who will turn to marijuana as a form of self-medication, or as a form of escape, will drastically increase. And most of them will be poor and vulnerable people, not the affluent bohemians so affectionately portrayed on HBO dramedies.

In a 2014 essay for Washington Monthly, Mark A.R. Kleiman, who along with Caulkins is one of the country’s leading experts on drug policy, anticipated the outsized role the marijuana industry would play in debates to come: “As more and more states begin to legalize marijuana over the next few years, the cannabis industry will begin to get richer—and that means it will start to wield considerably more political power, not only over the states but over national policy, too.” As a result, he warned, “we could get locked into a bad system in which the primary downside of legalizing pot—increased drug abuse, especially by minors—will be greater than it needs to be, and the benefits, including tax revenues, smaller than they could be.”

Is it possible to legalize marijuana without drastically increasing the number of Americans who find themselves dependent on it? I certainly hope so. In my ideal world, Congess would establish a federal monopoly on the sale and distribution of narcotics, including but not limited to cannabis, with an eye towards minimizing the size of the black market and avoiding the aggressive marketing and lobbying that would inevitably accompany the emergence of a large for-profit industry. But I recognize that this is, for now, a pipe dream.

 

 

Thankfully, Caulkins and Kleiman, among others, have offered serious, rigorous, and realistic proposals for containing the downsides of legalization, including limiting the marijuana market to nonprofits and user-owned co-ops. Though they recognize that America’s experiment with marijuana prohibition has been a failure, and that there’s no turning back from legalization, they reject the notion that Marijuana, Inc., should be in the driver’s seat. What they need now is a politician willing to press their case. Assuming he hasn’t already been captured by the cannabis industry, I humbly nominate Cory Gardner.

 

 

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/04/legal-marijuana-gardner/558416/

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180 marijuana plants seized in Lanao del Norte

I’m sure there have been more busts here over the last few weeks that I’ve seen in the last few years. PDEA is really stepping up their game. Will chuck a few seeds in the wild in the next few weeks in a response to their efforts :yinyang: Good job they have no choppers round ‘ere!

 

MARAWI CITY – Police authorities on Wednesday said they have seized 180 marijuana plants being grown on the rooftop of a house in Balindong, Lanao del Norte but failed to arrest anybody.

Chief Inspector Alvison Mustapha, police chief of Balindong, said the house, owned by Ali Langco, was just a few meters away from the municipal hall.

Mustapha said Langco and his son-in-law, Moner Sangcopan, had fled before the police came on Tuesday after receiving a tip about their activities.

 

Sangcopan was tagged as the grower of the marijuana plants, which were planted on individual pots.
 

Aside from the plants, the police also recovered dried leaves from the house.

“It’s an indication that they have been doing it for a long time already.

It took us long to discover it because the plants were on the rooftop of the two-storey house,” Mustapha said.

He said the police had filed charges relating to the anti-drugs law against Sangcopan and Langco, who were still being hunted down.

 

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/985214/180-marijuana-plants-seized-in-lanao-del-norte

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