US craft brewer Lagunitas has launched “IPA-inspired, THC-infused sparkling water,” making parent company Heineken the first big beer brand to enter the US’ psychoactive drinks market.


Hi-Fi Hops, which was launched on Tuesday 26 June, is available in two versions — one with 10 mg of THC, and one with 5 mg of THC and 5 mg of CBD. The new product will be sold in California’s cannabis dispensaries and will be available on shelves on July 30.

Hi-Fi Hops is the result of a collaboration between AbsoluteXtracts, a manufacturer of cannabis-based products, and Lagunitas.

“The idea of being a part of a no-calorie beverage infused with cannabis seemed like a perfect next step in our product innovation, and a natural way to marry our past with our future,” said Lagunitas CEO Maria Stipp.

Jeremy Marshall, Lagunitas’ brewmaster, added: “We often dream of hops and their cannabis cousin partying together at their family reunion. We wanted to bring this party to life in a drink. We believe that it’s high-time that good beer inspired a provocative yet refreshing tasting non-alcoholic alternative – bubbly, aromatic, bitter, fruity and herbaceous with no gluten, no carbohydrates and a smidge of California sun-grown cannabis in every sip.”

Heineken acquired a 50% stake in the brewer in 2015, and since that time has worked to expand Lagunitas’ global presence, expanding existing markets in the UK, Canada, the Netherlands and Japan and creating entirely new markets in France, Mexico, Italy and Spain.

It is the first time a major brewery has successfully and legally been represented in the THC-infused beverage space, while drinks firms such as Constellation have been busy making moves to release THC-infused products of their own.

Last October, Constellation Brands bought a 9.9% stake in Canadian marijuana company Canopy Growth Corp for £141 million.

The new market has the potential to threaten the drinks industry, particularly craft beer producers, as analysts in the US have already warned that drinkers are moving away from wine and beer to no-ABV alternatives infused with THC; the psychoactive chemical component of the plant.

BDS Analytics, which provides data and market insights for cannabis producers in the US, held a webinar on Wednesday 27 June dedicated to the intersection of the cannabis and drinks industries.

“It can be very tempting to see cannabis and alcohol as a black and white issue,” Jessica Lukas at BDS, told db ahead of the session, “but the market is far more nuanced than that.”

Looking at the current cannabis market in legal US states, edibles make up 15% of sales, while drinks make up just 5%, according to the research firm.


Gotcha! Man caught growing huge amounts of cannabis in two bedrooms in his house

Gotcha! Man caught growing huge amounts of cannabis in two bedrooms in his house

A man has been jailed for three years after police drone footage uncovered a cannabis farm at his home.


A drone operation over the property detected a heat source coming from Mark Lovell’s property in Chapel St Leonards.


Officers carried out a raid as a result of the evidence provided by the drone. They found what was described as a professional cannabis growing operation with the potential to produce more than £50,000 worth of the drug.

Lisa Hardy, prosecuting, said that two bedrooms in Mark Lovell’s home in Chapel St Leonards had been converted to grow the drug with a third bedroom used for growing and for storage of equipment.


Miss Hardy said: “A drone operation over the property highlighted there was a heat source from the building.


“Officers executed a search warrant. On arrival the police explained the purpose for their visit. Mr Lovell said there were plants inside the premises. He was immediately arrested.

“There were three bedrooms. Each of the bedrooms was converted for the purpose of growing cannabis.”


Miss Hardy said lighting and watering systems had been set up in the rooms and the walls had been lined. A total of 87 cannabis plants were found

“It was a professional set up. It was well established. All of the plants were healthy. If sold in one ounce deals it could have produced cannabis worth anything between £15,470 and £54,800.”


Mark Lovell, 54, of Anderby Road, Chapel St Leonards, admitted a charge of producing cannabis as a result of the police raid which took place on October 26 last year. He was jailed for three years.

The court was told that Lovell had previously been jailed for a similar offence when police found over 200 cannabis plants after they raided the same property in 2012.


Recorder Rebecca Herbert, passing sentence, told Lovell: “It is clear that you had been engaged in this for some time. It was a sophisticated commercial enterprise.

“This offence is clearly aggravated by your previous conviction for exactly the same offence. It seems you did not learn your lesson from that. ”


Neil Sands, in mitigation, said that since his arrest Lovell has sought help for his drug problem.


He said: “He has referred himself to Addaction and has been doing all within his power to put matters right.”

Mr Sands added that Lovell realised that it was inevitable that he would receive a prison sentence.


Following the sentence Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones said: “I’m delighted to see yet another fantastic example of the impact drones can have on our operational capability.

“The investment in this equipment has already proved its worth in its cost effectiveness and in its ability to help our front line officers keep our communities safe.

“We will continue to look for new ways in which the latest technology can aid us in our drive to be the most effective and efficient force possible.”


Philippines: Pro-marijuana solons told: go to Canada

Lito Atienza has always been a prize wanker staunch prohibitionist


PRO-MARIJUANA Filipino lawmakers should just migrate to Canada instead of pushing for the backdoor legalization of the highly addictive drug in the Philippines. They are free to smoke as much poison as they want in Canada.

There’s nothing we can do if other countries want to destroy themselves and turn their citizens into zombie-like creatures. But here, we will fight tooth and nail any and all initiatives to decriminalize marijuana, whether for supposed medical or recreational purposes.

Canada is set to create a legal market for marijuana after lawmakers there passed a bill allowing the recreational use of the drug known to contain brain-altering chemicals that change perception, mood, consciousness, cognition and behavior. The World Health Organization considers marijuana a toxic and harmful substance that produces a dangerous dependency in users.

Thus I am opposing House Bill (HB) 6517, or the proposed “Act Providing Filipinos Right of Access to Medical Marijuana or Cannabis.” The bill is now subject to floor debate after it was endorsed by the House committee on health for plenary approval.

There’s no point in legalizing medical marijuana because the Dangerous Drugs Board already allows specially licensed Filipino physicians to prescribe, when needed, highly potent pain killers such as morphine and Fentanyl. At present, marijuana is classified as a prohibited substance, just like shabu or methamphetamine hydrochloride, cocaine and heroin, under the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.



Doctor leading cannabis review ‘blocked Billy Caldwell’s care’

From the Times today:

The new head of a panel advising ministers on the medicinal use of marijuana is facing calls to resign after being accused of blocking the treatment of a epileptic boy whose care forced the government to reconsider its position.

The Home Office appointed Michael McBride, the chief medical officer of Northern Ireland, to lead the body. Within 24 hours, however, the mother of Billy Caldwell said that she had “no confidence” in his leadership.

Charlotte Caldwell, 50, told The Times that Dr McBride had been involved in her son’s care for a decade but “never to his benefit”.

“I have no confidence whatsoever in the panel with Dr McBride chairing it,” she said. “I am calling for him to remove himself in view of his previous involvement with Billy. Not one of the families campaigning for access is happy with this appointment. People should be asking Dr McBride about his views on the merits of medical marijuana.”

This month, customs officials seized the cannabis oil that Billy, 12, used to treat his severe epilepsy. His mother had gone to Canada to pick up supplies after the Home Office banned his doctor in Northern Ireland from prescribing the drug.

The department said that the medicine was illegal because it contained a small concentration of the psychoactive element THC.

Billy suffered up to 100 seizures a day but after taking the medicine did not have a fit for 250 days. After the drug was withdrawn, his seizures started again and he was rushed to hospital.

The Home Office issued an emergency licence to return his medicine and announced a review of medicinal marijuana. In the interim it established a panel, headed by Dr McBride, to consider applications for the drug.

Ms Caldwell claimed that Dr McBride had told the Home Office that Billy’s doctor was prescribing cannabis oil. “I advised the health department of Northern Ireland about the formula of Billy’s medicine because I wanted everything to be above board,” she said. “We then received a letter from the Home Office saying we couldn’t use the drug. I believe Dr McBride was instrumental in stopping Billy’s prescription and pushing us into a crisis situation.”

She also accused Dr McBride of blocking Billy from seeing a specialist in Chicago in 2007 and going to Oxford in 2010 for specialist physiotherapy.

The campaign group Families 4 Access also raised concerns about the panel. A spokesman said: “It’s worrying that the government doesn’t seem to have provided clinicians with any guidance to enable them to provide the appropriate assessment of needs.”

Sources at the Home Office defended the appointment and denied that Dr McBride had contacted it about Billy’s medicine. “Dr McBride is aware that this is a complex and emotive area and is committed to leading the expert panel to make sure patients get access to the treatments that they need,” a spokesman said.

Nick Hurd, the police minister, said: “We are determined to strip this process of unnecessary bureaucracy. Any application can expect to receive a final decision within two to four weeks.”

In a separate report the Institute of Economic Affairs concluded that legalising cannabis could raise more than £1 billion a year in tax revenues. It said that allowing the drug to be sold in licensed premises would create jobs.

UK: Medical cannabis prescriptions may be available within two weeks

Doctors will have to show there is an ‘exceptional clinical need’ and no other medicine would be suitable for their patient.




Prescriptions for medicinal cannabis in exceptional cases could be available within a fortnight.

An expert panel announced by the Government amid outcry over the case of severely epileptic boy Billy Caldwell began accepting applications for licences for the drug from senior clinicians on Wednesday.

The Home Office announced the panel will make “swift” recommendations to ministers, who will then sign off on applications within two to four weeks.

If given approval, doctors can then start writing prescriptions for their patient, while ministers decide whether to remove cannabis’s banned status as a medicine.

Doctors will have to show there is an “exceptional clinical need” and no other medicine would be suitable for their patient in order to convince the panel.

Clinicians must be at the heart of the process to provide the reassurance that prescribing unlicensed and potentially untested products is in the best interests of the patient

Nick Hurd

They would also have to accept “full responsibility for risks and liability”, the Home Office said.

The panel was announced during the controversy surrounding the department’s confiscation of cannabis oil from Charlotte Caldwell as she attempted to bring it into the UK for her 12-year-old son.

A 20-day emergency licence was granted for Billy, from Co Tyrone, after he was admitted to hospital in a critical condition having suffered multiple seizures.

Ms Caldwell said she has “grave concerns” that clinicians will lack sufficient knowledge on cannabis.

“They may also be concerned by references in the legislation to them having to take full responsibility for risks and liability,” she added.

The panel is a temporary measure while Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies carries out a review into whether cannabis should be made available for therapeutic use.

The Government also announced it would review how much the NHS must pay for a licence, which currently stands at £3,655.

The Home Office said patients and their families will not be asked to contribute to the cost.

The panel will begin meeting this week and will be led by Northern Ireland’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Michael McBride.

Policing minister Nick Hurd said the panel will ensure patients get the best treatment based on medical evidence.

“Clinicians must be at the heart of the process to provide the reassurance that prescribing unlicensed and potentially untested products is in the best interests of the patient,” he added.



Link – https://home.bt.com/news/science-news/medical-cannabis-prescriptions-may-be-available-within-two-weeks-11364280596775

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