Give us legal weed’ Expert calls for ALL forms of cannabis to be available in UK


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Give us legal weed’ Expert calls for ALL forms of cannabis to be available in UK

Daily Star

CANNABIS should be made legal in all forms in the UK to give patients access to be the best medical treatment, an expert has claimed.

Medicinal forms of cannabis oil were made legal in the UK in November last year.

But advocates of the drug have argued this does not go far enough.

So far, only CBD elements have been made available in products and to healthcare professionals, where it is in limited use.

Forms of cannabis with the THC element remain illegal, and are still categorised as a Class B drug.

Beth Stavola and legal cannabis

Cannabis on the NHS

The THC element is what makes users “high”, with large amounts of it found in skunk.

But Beth Stavola, a cannabis entrepenuer and Founder & CEO of Stavola Medical Marijuana Holdings, has argued that patients with a number of ailments need THC.

She says the feeling of getting high should merely be treated as a good side effect.

This would benefit cancer patients and those with chronic pain, she claims.

Cannabis plant

She told Daily Star Online: “People should accept this sensation is merely a normally feel-good side effect to the THC as it goes to work therapeutically. Of all the side effects medicine can cause, this has to be one of very few pleasant ones.

“The type of people who therefore need THC include cancer patients with nausea and a lack of appetite, as well as many people with chronic pain, including those with cancer.

“Also, people with PTSD benefit from THC.  And it’s proving to be helpful in getting people off hard drugs, such as heroin, and even highly addictive prescription opiates.

“For medical cannabis to best serve people with unmet medical needs in the UK, such as terminally ill cancer patients, THC needs to be accepted as viable medicine by British physicians, not just CBD. And that’s still a steep educational curve.

Cannabis in Canada

Beth added once more research had been done, we could see medical cannabis in all forms in the UK in a number of years.

She also said: “The medical efficacy of cannabis for treating a wide variety of diseases and ailments is becoming increasingly well-accepted in North American society, including the medical community. But everyone is still waiting for more peer-reviewed scientific studies to quieten down the skeptics.

When that happens, the barriers to entry in the UK will also start to fall. On this basis, the widespread adoption of medical cannabis in the UK could be only several years away.

With a population of around 66 million people in the UK, the medical cannabis industry could easily become a multi-billion-pound business in just a few short years.



A student has pleaded guilty to selling cannabis after police raided her flat


A student has pleaded guilty to selling cannabis after police raided her flat


A STUDENT has pleaded guilty to selling cannabis after police raided her flat and found a ‘tick list’ within her pink diary.

Angelene Few, 20, was caught following a tip-off about her peddling drugs around Greenock from her red-coloured Ford Ka.

Officers found eight zip lock bags of the drug in the vehicle’s glove box and a subsequent search of Few’s Lyle Street home revealed more cannabis, scales and £2,520 in cash.

A total of £710 in mixed notes was stuffed between the pages of her diary, which was complete with the names of customers and the amounts of the drug she sold to them.

Prosecutor David Glancy told Greenock Sheriff Court: “Police were aware of confidential information regarding Angelene Few supplying persons with herbal cannabis from a red Ford Ka.

“Officers saw the vehicle stopped in West Blackhall Street and this is what started the engagement with her.”

Fiscal depute Mr Glancy said: “The pink book contained names and references to figures, including phrases such as ‘half-ounce’.

“It was clearly some sort of log or tick list.

“She admitted to the police that she lived alone and she was the only person with access to the vehicle.”

Few — who was detained by police on the morning of February 21 — initially claimed in court that she had ‘been taken advantage of by others higher up the supply chain’.

But she abandoned that position when it became clear that the handwriting in the diary was hers.

Her lawyer, Haroun Malik, said: “She has changed her position and now accepts full responsibility for the offence.

“Her family are very disappointed in her.

“She has displayed high levels of remorse and she has a clear understanding of her offending.”

Mr Malik added that first offender Few’s chosen career path to become a nurse has ‘gone up in flames’ as a result of her crime.

But despite this personal disaster, the court was told that West College Scotland has allowed her to continue with her coursework.

Sheriff Derek Hamilton said: “First offender or not, this was clearly an operation designed to make money.

“She’s only taken responsibility now because she’s been forced to face up to it.

“Before she was happy to string me along and say it wasn’t down to her.”

The lawman added: “There has to be a message sent out here, and I don’t want that message to be that students can earn extra money by dealing drugs.

“Many students would love to have £2,500.”

However, Sheriff Hamilton — who issued a forfeiture order for the money seized during the police raid — decided not to jail Few.

He told her: “The fact that you come from a good family and have intelligence doesn’t make you any different from others who engage in this sort of activity.

“I have to take into account your age and the fact that the college is standing by you.

“I will give you the opportunity of a non-custodial sentence, but this is a one-off chance.”

Few has been ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work and will be electronically tagged to remain within her home between 7pm and 7am each day for 12 months.

The sheriff warned her: “If you breach either of these orders you are back to square one and you will go to jail.

“Let this be the last we see of you here.”



Police arrest 56 people in heavy crackdown on drugs and knives


Police arrest 56 people in heavy crackdown on drugs and knives

One bust saw a £100,000 drug factory discovered


A clampdown by police on drugs, knives and burglaries has led to 56 arrests in under two months.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary launched Operation Remedy using £15million in funds from a hike in its council tax precept.

As well as targeting the three types of crime, the operation will see 100 officers hired – the first recruitment over the force’s established levels since 2004.

Operation Remedy’s results from April 4 to May 9 are as follows:

Police have executed 16 warrants.

Officers have arrested 56 people and 40 have been charged to date, including offenders wanted for dwelling burglary offences, possession of knives and drugs. A wanted burglary offender was found and stolen items recovered included a bike worth around £3,300.
Nearly 1,000 extra hours of patrols have taken place. High-visibility patrols in areas of North Somerset have led to evidence of drug-dealing.
Police have recovered nearly 700 cannabis bushes. In one bust they found 100 cannabis plants as part of a sophisticated growing operation, worth around £100,000. Two people were arrested.
Officers have recovered 1kg of extremely pure cocaine.

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “In the short time since Operation Remedy, it’s fantastic to see the results that have already been achieved. From speaking to local people, I know they wanted the police to focus on knife crime, drug dealing and dwelling burglaries.

“We will continue to show local people the difference in the police’s fight against crime and our officers are working hard to intensify their fight against serious violence on our streets, in our town and in our cities.”


Chief Constable Andy Marsh added: “The officers have recovered many, many knives and have been actively visible in some of our most difficult hotspot areas.

“They have also been following up on burglaries and have solved an additional 30 already, putting the fear away from the victims of burglary to the people who know we are going to be squeezing their shoulder if they carry on.”



Cannabis and Bong Found in Erratic Truck Driver’s Cabin


Cannabis and Bong Found in Erratic Truck Driver’s Cabin

Weaving across the Highway at Urunga

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A Camden Haven truck driver will face court after allegedly being caught with cannabis on the Mid North Coast

About 6:30pm on Friday night, a semi trailer was observed by motorists to be driving erratically along the Pacific Highway at Urunga, south of Coffs Harbour.

Nearby motorists called triple zero after observing the semi trailer in a northbound direction swerving across both lanes and onto the shoulder.

The truck was also travelling at just 40kph in a 110kph zone.

Motorists continued to follow the driver, utilising their hazard lights alerting other traffic, until police were able to locate them along Keevers Rd at Raleigh.

Police stopped the truck and spoke to the driver.  Officers later searched the cabin, locating what police will allege to be an amount of cannabis, along with a glass pipe and a ‘bong’.

The 48 year old male driver from Camden Head was arrested after a failed sobriety assessment and conveyed to Coffs Harbour Hospital for blood and urine samples to be taken.

The driver was later served a Court Attendance Notice for Possession of a Prohibited Drug.

He is due to appear at Coffs Harbour Local Court 17 June 2019.

Samples of blood and urine obtained have been sent for drug analysis, pending further charges based on results.



Bord na Móna considering cannabis crops on Irish bogs in state body overhaul


Bord na Móna considering cannabis crops on Irish bogs in state body overhaul

Innovative new low-carbon projects could create 800 jobs in the midlands

'Medicinal cannabis - for which there is a rapidly growing multibillion-euro market - was not included in the planting trials because a licensing and regulatory process must first be undertaken nationally before it can be grown commercially' (stock photo)

Bord na Móna is considering growing medicinal cannabis on Irish bogs as part of ambitious plans to repurpose the organisation.

The semi-State company has made “a significant multimillion-euro investment” in a number of new climate-friendly projects to try and replace jobs that will be lost as it phases out environmentally unsustainable peat harvesting across the midlands.

Its analysis suggests potential exists for it to create up to 800 jobs in the midlands from the new projects.

“The growth of medicinal cannabis is being considered to see if it fits with the company’s new low-carbon, sustainable business model,” said a Bord na Móna spokesman.

Planting trials for medicinal herbs are already underway on an area of reclaimed bog at Bord na Móna’s Mountlucas wind farm in Co Offaly. Plants including yarrow, plantain, marshmallow and vervain were planted in the last 10 days. Bord na Móna hopes that the herbs will be used to supply the health and pharma sectors, it is understood.

“The herbs themselves are species typically grown on peatland. The trials will test if they can be produced in a sustainable commercial way for supply to the pharma or broader health sectors,” said a company spokesman.

Medicinal cannabis – for which there is a rapidly growing multibillion-euro market – was not included in the planting trials because a licensing and regulatory process must first be undertaken nationally before it can be grown commercially.

Other projects chosen for the ‘Brown to Green Strategy’ include an ongoing aquaculture pilot project with Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) that has developed a trial fish farm with 300,000 perch and trout.

The ‘closed loop’ fresh water facility at Mountlucas did not require any concrete or plastic because of the naturally impermeable soil in the cutaway bog. “There is a potential market globally of tens of billions of euros for low carbon freshwater fish as a food source,” said the spokesman.

It has also partnered with a maple syrup company from Vermont to tap birch trees growing on Irish bogs. “In February and March we used the same technology as is used to tap a maple tree to extract sap from wild birch trees to be pasteurised for use as a health product similar to coconut water but with lower calories. The trials were encouraging and took 20,000 litres from one hectare in Longford.”

Birch grows very well in rehabilitated bog and it is completely organic because pesticides have never been used in the area, said the spokesman.

“The company is going through a period of profound change at the moment,” he said.

“That involves moving away from the traditional businesses, accelerating the decarbonisation process and reorienting the company more towards renewable energy and resource recovery.”

The company is also developing a stream of new business projects that can be co-located with renewable energy assets such as wind and solar farms that it hopes to develop on Ireland’s bogs, he said.

As part of this the company is also looking at developing “energy parks” on the sides of motorways that pass through Bord na Móna bogs where electric vehicles can recharge using renewable energy generated nearby.

Bord na Móna said that the key criteria for each of the new projects is that they use the company’s existing assets, are environmentally sustainable, support sustainable employment and support the development of a low-carbon economy in the midlands.

“There is a big push on these projects because there is such an urgency for the company and the region to replace employment.

“We have a window until the middle part of the next decade to achieve a managed transition out of high carbon activities and to turn Bord na Móna into a low-carbon company,” said the spokesman.

The new projects are only at the trial stage to see if business cases can be developed for scaling them into commercial enterprises, he said.

“But we are getting good results so far. It is a challenge to go from trials to bring these ideas to business form but we are getting great support from the Government and other state agencies.”



Alan O’Keeffe: ‘Too many still unaware of harmful new breed of ‘weed”


Alan O’Keeffe: ‘Too many still unaware of harmful new breed of ‘weed”

Medical professionals are sounding warnings about strong cannabis available on the streets

'Professionals involved in addiction services told the Sunday Independent that many politicians and the public still underestimate the mental health dangers of new and more powerful cannabis available on the streets.' (stock photo)

Controversy over the use and abuse of cannabis has been reignited in recent days.

Medical experts expressing fears about proposed policy changes sparked criticism from people who are seeking change.

Professionals involved in addiction services told the Sunday Independent that many politicians and the public still underestimate the mental health dangers of new and more powerful cannabis available on the streets.

But their claim that moves for freer access to cannabis for medicinal purposes could be used by others to seek an easing of the ban on recreational cannabis proved controversial.

People Before Profit TD Gino Kenny said he was “furious” that a link was somehow being made between the campaign for improved access to medicinal cannabis and the liberalising of cannabis laws generally.

His own bill in the Oireachtas, which promoted medicinal uses for cannabis, has remained “in limbo” but he welcomed moves by the Department of Health to launch an access programme in the near future to allow doctors to prescribe medicinal cannabis products with fewer restrictions.

Twenty patients in Ireland are being treated by doctors with special licences to prescribe cannabis-based medications.

He declared he would also be in favour of legalising the recreational use of cannabis in Ireland in future, in a similar way to what has happened in Canada and in some states in the US.

Twenty senior doctors, members of the new Cannabis Risk Alliance, said lawmakers should be wary of changing restrictions on cannabis.

Decriminalisation and the introduction of medicinal cannabis use in some countries were followed later by laws legalising recreational cannabis use, as happened in parts of the US and Canada, they claimed.

Professor Mary Cannon, a consultant psychiatrist at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin and a member of the alliance, said too many people still think cannabis is a relatively harmless substance while being unaware that modern, stronger versions are causing serious mental illness for some people.

She said politicians and members of the public seeking to ease restrictions and penalties for using cannabis need to realise it is very different from the weaker version circulating several years ago.

Stronger cannabis on sale on the streets is causing an increasing number of psychotic episodes among some users. She said she recently had two patients within a single week who developed schizophrenia brought on by psychotic episodes caused by cannabis.

She said research showed regular cannabis use was responsible for reducing the IQ of students and hampered academic achievement at a crucial stage in their lives.

Too many young people believed cannabis use was harmless and they needed to be informed that cannabis was now the drug that resulted in the most cases of patients needing treatment for addiction, she added.

A spokeswoman for Junior Health Minister Catherine Byrne, the minister responsible for the national drugs strategy, said a report has been completed which looked at alternative approaches to criminal sanctions for the possession of drugs for personal use.

A memo on the report will be prepared for Cabinet and it will be published afterwards.

There are indications that people caught with a small amount of cannabis may in the future be referred to addiction counselling rather than the criminal courts.

“It’s all very well saying you will reduce the criminal sanctions and move people into counselling, but let’s put those services and staff in place first,” said Prof Cannon.

“I work in the mental health services and I know on the frontline how hard it is to get staff and keep staff.

“So I would be very wary about taking off criminal sanctions unless all the things they are promising are already in place and working properly.

“My worry is they will take away the criminal sanction and there will not be the alternative of services for people. They are not ready now.”

The Department of Health stated: “There are no plans to legalise cannabis in Ireland.

“It is important that the working group’s report is not misinterpreted as legalising access to controlled drugs, promoting the use of cannabinoids or diminishing the harms associated with illicit cannabis use.”

Ms Byrne said imposing the stigma of drug convictions on young people can make life very hard for those who have turned a corner and seek to put their past mistakes behind them.

The minister told the Sunday Independent: “We need to take a more compassionate approach to problem drug and alcohol use, treating it first and foremost as a health issue.

“Our focus must be on supporting people to break that cycle of drug use and give them a second chance in life.”

Dr Hugh Gallagher, a coordinator of HSE addiction services in north Dublin, said highly addictive cannabis was reducing the motivation of young people to continue with their studies and sporting activities.

Some cannabis is now 10 times stronger than earlier versions, he said.

Cannabis addiction was causing addicts to become angry and abusive at home and can lead to homelessness for some.

He has worked with opiate addicts on methadone programmes for many years and found that cannabis robbed addicts of motivation to combat their opiate addictions, he said.

“Cannabis is now the most common reason for people presenting to the drug addiction services,” he said.

Making cannabis legal in parts of the United States has not been a success as a black market run by criminal gangs remained for stronger versions of the drug and it only served to normalise its use, he added.

Austin Prior, an addiction counsellor at the Rutland Centre in Dublin, said: “I realise most people using cannabis do not experience the chaotic downside suffered by other cannabis users.

“But I have seen young people who understand that their addiction to cannabis has led to them letting go of their schoolwork and sports. Yet they still have no desire to stop.

“I’ve seen how parents look on as the children who were the apple of their eye undergo massive change with cannabis addiction.

“These young people can lose all motivation and are prone to angry outbursts and disregard the effects it has on their families.

“In the last five to 10 years, cannabis is causing very serious problems, including depression and psychotic episodes. It is extraordinarily difficult to give up.

“We need more discussion. The belief that cannabis is a harmless drug is a myth.”



Epican hopes MoBay outlet will boost cannabis appeal


Epican hopes MoBay outlet will boost cannabis appeal

Jamaica Observer.


NOW that Epican, Jamaica’s first legal cannabis dispensary, has opened its doors to the people of Montego Bay, St James, and its environs, officials of the company are hoping that its success will help to fertilise the growth of other entities that they plan on introducing to the market.

Epican, which is headquartered at the Marketplace business centre in St Andrew, opened its second outlet on May 16 along the Hip Strip in the western tourist city, recently renamed Jimmy Cliff Boulevard.

“Things are looking up now that we have finally managed to open the Montego Bay outlet after a delay,” stated Epican’s President Dwayne McKenzie in an interview last week with the Jamaica Observer.

The outlet, officials are hoping, will fill a need for the people of the western region who are inclined to indulge in cannabis-based products.

“Our clients in the Montego Bay region will be ensured of continued high standards. It marks the end result of hard work and patience by everyone involved,” added Epican’s head of marketing Jermaine Bibbons, a football player of merit. “The Montego Bay community has accepted us in the short space of time that we have opened up our doors. I’m very happy with the response of the community as a whole, but more so from the hotel sector and the business sector,” Bibbons continued.

The move was in keeping with the company’s plan to go into Montego Bay and then Negril, which should come within eight months from now. “After we go into Negril, we will analyse the business and look at how we can expand,” McKenzie said.

“Two outlets in 10 months was not in the time frame we had originally. We wanted to open the second branch before that. We had the location for a year, paying rent, but the whole licensing process took longer than we had anticipated. There are similar challenges with Negril, but we are hoping that within the next eight months we can get that outlet open. With the tourist influence and the turnover of people it has the potential to become huge,” said McKenzie, the older of two brothers in the high echelons of the company’s leadership.

Epican runs its farm, as described by officials, “in the middle of nowhere” in the Blue Mountains, from which several exotic products are manufactured, and some of the finest grades of cannabis sold to those who have the inclination to smoke.

Epican’s Chief Executive Officer Karibe McKenzie, Dwayne’s younger brother, suggested that an education programme was key to getting more people, in particular the apprehensive lot, to accept cannabis products.

“Things have been very good, but could be better. We accept this based on the learning curve that the society has to go through in terms of the acceptance of the product, so we are kind of gearing up ourselves and putting ourselves in a position to educate our society and making people realise that interacting with cannabis is the same way how you take a multivitamin. That is the perspective. Once people get over all of these bad and negative thoughts, sales will pick up and people who would not normally smoke will feel comfortable to come and do so,” Karibe McKenzie said.

Epican’s directors are not overly perturbed by the industry’s inherent security concerns at this stage, but it’s the creeping in of some other issues — like people on the street trying to imitate the company’s products — that has caused them to raise a few eyebrows.

The problem is not severe, though, Dwayne McKenzie insisted: “Right now we don’t have any internal security problems physically, but people on the street who have been selling on the black market have been mimicking what it is we are doing. We are selling Sour Diesel, Girl Scout cookies, etc, and all of a sudden we hear people selling Purple Dream, Girl Scout, etc. So the street has been mimicking to leverage themselves with what we have here. It’s not a serious concern to us, because people who know, know the difference.

“I was driving on the road to the country a couple weeks ago, stopped at a gas station and a guy came up to me [to] tell me that he has the Epican strain and I bought it… $500 for the worst bush weed you ever smoked in your life, so there is no comparison to what we have.”

“And there was a man in Duhaney Park who was selling weed and even named his weed after ours — E1, E2, E3 (E meaning Epican), but their quality is inferior,” Karibe McKenzie interjected.

“It’s very hard to replicate the Epican products,” Bibbons emphasised.

Now, the company is riding high, acknowledging that its leading sales days are weekends, party nights, and “payday”.

Bibbons insisted that the company was strict in maintaining that no one under age 18 would be allowed into any of its establishments, and further, as a condition of the company being granted its licence to operate, a medical consultation is required, in particular for first-time users.

“We experience quite responsible consumers. You will be surprised about how responsible the people who come in here are to interact with the cannabis — quite different from what happens out there.

“We have to do a quick consultation. For the first time, you must have a doctor’s consultation. So for any medical issues, specifically that you want to address, you have that opportunity to speak with a doctor who gives you his recommendations. Sometimes we have doctors physically here, or they are available via Skype. We have over 10 doctors available now. We provide that service here on site and it’s a quick process,” Bibbons said, adding the the process eliminates the need for security personnel throwing anyone out.

In all of the positives, there are still those who ‘burn out’ cannabis, who, according to Karibe McKenzie, do so because they are not fully sensitised about what the products stand for.

“There are some people who are against it, yes. They say we are selling drugs and leading young people in the wrong direction… those kinds of things. But if they are open to a conversation, we usually get the opportunity to turn that around. And most of these things are based on ignorance.

“I try to be very patient in explaining to people what’s actually going on, because it’s amazing that although we are the number one brand for cannabis in the world we still are the most ignorant nation about cannabis,” he said.

“It’s actually a bit embarrassing on the international platform whenever my brother and I travel and engage people at the international level they look up to Jamaica in that sense,” Dwayne McKenzie interjected. “Some people thought it would never have happened, others have backed out after the first six, seven or eight months. But we have to realise that we have to own this international property that we have,” Dwayne McKenzie argued.



Police charge three men over the cultivation of cannabis at a Singleton Heights home


Police charge three men over the cultivation of cannabis at a Singleton Heights home


MORE than 300 cannabis plants and two kilograms of cannabis leaf have been uncovered at a Hunter Valley home, police say.

Three men have been charged after the discovery of the hydroponic cannabis set-up at a home in Singleton Heights.

About 9.30pm on Friday Hunter Valley Police District officers attended a home on Gentle Close after receiving information regarding cannabis being grown at the address.

When officers entered the home they found 325 cannabis plants being cultivated inside, as well as more than two kilograms of cannabis leaf, NSW Police said.


A crime scene was established and specialist police attended and examined the scene.

Three men, aged 24, 33 and 41, were arrested at the home and taken to Muswellbrook police station where they were all charged with knowingly take part in cultivation of a commercial quantity of prohibited plant. The oldest man was also charged with possess prohibited drug.

They were all refused bail and faced Wyong Bail Court on Saturday, when they were remanded in custody. The trio will face Newcastle Local Court on Monday, May 27.



Puffing iron: Pairing exercise with pot a budding trend in Colo.


Puffing iron: Pairing exercise with pot a budding trend in Colo.

When it comes to preparing for exercise, Puebloan Heather Montelongo has a routine.

Prior to taking off for the gym, which she does three to five times per week, Montelongo motivates herself for her workout with the help of her favorite supplement – one that defies most stereotypes that typically surround its users: marijuana.

“A lot of people don’t associate marijuana with activity,” Montelongo, who works as the facility manager for the 404 Dispensary, said.

“Everybody thinks that stoners are lazy. They have that kind of stereotype already. But with me, I’m a go-getter when it comes to smoking marijuana and being an athlete.”

By smoking a dab – a concentrated dose of cannabis made by extracting THC and other cannabinoids – or a prerolled cannabis joint prior to each workout, Montelongo said she helps put herself in the right state of mind to tackle each rep with maximum effort and output.

“With marijuana … I feel zoned in and more focused throughout the whole entire workout,” Montelongo said.

“I can just zone out. Sometimes I don’t even recognize that the gym is full, just because I am so in-tune with what I am doing … it’s just amazing how it makes me feel in the gym.”

Whether her workout routine consists of upper body lifts, heavy cardio sessions on the treadmill or stair stepper, or a concentration on legs and lower body exercise, marijuana is Montelongo’s constant companion at the gym.

But it’s not just for motivation to go to the gym that Montelongo sees value in using marijuana, she said she’s also found that using the plant helps her to recover when her muscles are sore from the day’s lifts.

“What I use to help with recovery is we have topical creams,” Montelongo said.

“For me personally, I think the strains that are Indica dominant help me to relax myself, relax the body and everything else. The stuff that is high in CBD and kind of mild in THC also help with recovery. It helps with muscle growth and your tissue being repaired after strenuous activity.”

Asked where she learned the positive effects of using marijuana with exercise, Montelongo said most of her knowledge comes from self-experience rather than scientific studies, which, due to marijuana being illegal at the federal level, are extremely sparse and largely inconsistent in their findings.

“There’s not very many studies just because it’s not federally accepted by the government so it’s hard to get those kinds of studies going and funded,” she said. “So what I know is all from experimenting and finding what really works with me.”

Montelongo is far from alone in her praise for marijuana’s effect on exercise, according to an April study by researchers at the University of Colorado.

Their research examining the relationships between cannabis use and exercise behavior in states with legalized cannabis found that more than 80 percent of marijuana users in states with full legal access endorse using the drug before or after exercise — or both.

The research was mostly compiled through an anonymous online survey regarding cannabis and health that targeted individuals age 21 and over who “liked” on Facebook pages related to cannabis. In Colorado, the survey was also advertised in medical cannabis card registration clinics and dispensaries in the Boulder and Denver areas.

Among the 620 survey participants in the states of Colorado, California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, 605 opted to answer the question regarding cannabis and exercise, 494 of whom endorsed using the drug with workouts.

“The majority of participants who endorsed using cannabis shortly before/after exercise reported that doing so enhances their enjoyment of and recovery from exercise, and approximately half reported that it increases their motivation to exercise,” the study’s authors report.

“This study represents an important step in clarifying cannabis use with exercise among adult users in states with legal cannabis markets, and provides guidance for future research directions.”

As for that stereotype that marijuana users are largely inactive and prone to long days of snacking on junk foods while watching television, Montelongo said she is living proof such blanket-statement perceptions are untrue.

“It is definitely false, without a doubt,” she said. “It’s just a matter of the ambition the person has in general.

“People associate marijuana just with being lazy and being, like, this couch potato. But from my point of view, no way, we’re go-getters.”


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A man with a sawn-off shotgun and two cannabis ‘gardeners’ were among those jailed in Suffolk this week


A man with a sawn-off shotgun and two cannabis ‘gardeners’ were among those jailed in Suffolk this week

A drug dealer, two cannabis ‘gardeners’ and an Ipswich man found with a sawn-off shotgun were sentenced to a combination of nearly 11 years in prison this week.

Harwich drug dealer jailed for nearly four years

Daryl Warner, a Harwich man of no fixed address, has been jailed for 44 months after he was tracked down by officers following a trail of seizures. The offences date back to January when a van was discovered containing freezer bags of cannabis, cocaine and a set of scales.

More drugs were then found at an address and using forensics police were able to identify Warner.

Man found with sawn-off shotgun in Ipswich is jailed

Police were called on Friday, September 21 by a member of the public who believed someone at a house in Allenby Road was in possession of a firearm.

James Logan was stopped by officers as he tried to enter Allenby Road and when a house, where he had been staying, was searched a double-barrelled sawn-off shotgun was found in the garden.

Logan was jailed for 44 months – find out more details here.

Illegal immigrants jailed after discovery of cannabis factory

Two illegal immigrants have each been jailed for 20 months following the discovery of a large cannabis factory.

Police raided an industrial unit in Redgrave, on Monday, March 25, after an electrician who was working in the area noticed the smell of cannabis.

Officers found more than 800 cannabis plants at the premises.

Eglant Selenica, 35, and 30-year-old Daniel Muhaj, both of Redgrave, admitted producing cannabis.


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