PETER HITCHENS: Conservative values? They are vanishing in a cloud of cannabis smoke



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PETER HITCHENS: Conservative values? They are vanishing in a cloud of cannabis smoke


Poisoners are bad, but doctors who poison their patients are a million times worse, traitors to their profession and their oaths. 

Something similar goes for people who obtain public office by claiming they are ‘Conservatives’ and who then side with forces which will destroy and ruin all the things they claim to defend.

I wouldn’t mind if they stood as Greens or Liberal Democrats, or for the Socialist Workers Party. Even the simplest voter could then see the health warning on the packet. 


But a surprising number of people are still fooled by brand names, loyally continuing to buy (or vote for) products which long ago changed out of all recognition.

So, while Crispin Blunt , the Tory MP, may appear to the casual observer to be a silly old sheep, pathetically trying to fend off middle age by adopting funky causes, I cannot take him that lightly. 

He does terrible damage by lining up with the drug legalisers. That is why they woo him.

I have tried to argue with him about his support for marijuana legalisation, which has now led him to take part in a well-funded lobby called the Conservative Drug Policy Reform Group. It is a waste of breath. 


Like all supporters of this policy, he simply does not listen to facts or warnings, and ploughs on as if he has not heard what I say.

In his case, it is perhaps because he is not very bright. But the big money backers of the legalisation cause are most certainly very clever. They don’t care marijuana use is increasingly linked to severe mental illness and now to violent crime.

These facts are a just a nuisance to them, as similar facts were a nuisance to the Big Tobacco companies in the 1950s and 1960s. 

Remember how many years and painful, gasping deaths were needed before they finally conceded that there might be something seriously wrong with the product that made them rich?



Today, for example, The Mail on Sunday reports that the problem of marijuana-induced mental illness is so severe that the first NHS-funded clinic for patients with psychosis as a result of cannabis use has opened in London [File photo]


All they see are the enormous profits they hope to make once marijuana is legalised, advertised and on open easy sale in the high street and on the internet.

People go on about how keeping drugs illegal leaves them in the hands of criminals. Well, of course it does. Criminals, for all their faults, cannot do anything like as much damage with a dangerous product as cynical legal businessmen can.

Anyway, legalisation would not get rid of the criminal gangs. Legal marijuana would be taxed heavily.

That is one of the reasons some stupid Tory ‘libertarians’ advocate this policy.

Well, legal alcohol and tobacco are smuggled in huge quantities in this country, to avoid the taxes paid on them. 


In the American state of Colorado, where marijuana is legal, criminal sellers continue to flourish, undercutting legal sellers on price, and deterring any attempt to impose strength limits on legal drugs. 

Legal traders continue to sell at devastatingly high strengths, for fear that they will lose business to the black market if they don’t.

Mind you, Mr Blunt is not that much worse than our supposedly tough Government, which sternly says it has no plans to weaken the drug laws, but which has winked for years at the refusal of lazy police forces to enforce the laws against marijuana.

We were falsely told that this would ‘free up’ officers to concentrate on supposedly ‘harder’ drugs. This is baloney. In fact, weak enforcement has spread, as I long ago predicted.


It was revealed last week that several forces now offer those caught with Class A drugs such as heroin, cocaine or crack cocaine the choice ‘between prosecution and an education programme’. 

The official maximum penalty for this crime is seven years in prison, yet police now treat it much as they treat a minor breach of the speed limit.

The Government knows this policy is disastrous. Today, for example, The Mail on Sunday reports that the problem of marijuana-induced mental illness is so severe that the first NHS-funded clinic for patients with psychosis as a result of cannabis use has opened in London. There will need to be more of these.

In a letter to Admiral Lord West, one of the few people in politics who is alert to the problem, the Tory Junior Minister Lady Blackwood recently admitted that ‘high potency cannabis can lead to psychosis,’ and that more than 50,000 people are now being treated by the NHS for marijuana-related problems.

Then she admitted: ‘We know that drugs are a key driver of the recent increases in serious violence.’

Did you get that? I get jeered at from all quarters for saying that drug abuse is linked with serious violence. But the Government knows it is true.

Yet nothing is done to dispel the stinking cloud of marijuana smoke that lingers in all our cities.

Fools and dupes are beguiled by heartbreak stories about how this terrible drug is a miracle cure for all kinds of ills – PR propaganda carefully designed to change its image. And people such as Crispin Blunt are praised for their supposed courage.



NHS is forced to open Britain’s first clinic for cannabis psychosis to treat addicts of the mind-altering drug



NHS is forced to open Britain’s first clinic for cannabis psychosis to treat addicts of the mind-altering drug


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Cannabis-induced psychosis has reached crisis levels, forcing the NHS to open the first clinic specifically treating addicts of the mind-altering drug, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

The clinic has been launched by a leading psychiatrist who warns that psychosis among users of skunk – a very strong strain of cannabis flooding the streets – has become ‘a crisis that we can simply no longer ignore’, with tens of thousands of people affected. 

In recent years there has been a series of shocking killings committed by cannabis users who had developed psychosis due to their use of the drug. They often become delusional and hear voices.


Treatment comprises a mix of anti-psychotic medication, sessions with therapists, and motivational meetings to wean patients off cannabis. Calls for the legalisation of cannabis for recreational use have grown in the last year, helped by the Government permitting its limited use for medical treatment [File photo]


The clinic launch comes amid mounting calls for the legalisation of cannabis for recreational use, with Tory MP Crispin Blunt among the pro-campaigners.

Drug users who have experienced psychosis for the first time after using skunk will undergo a three-month programme, including specialist psychological help aimed at weaning them off the drug.

Among the current patients is a former trainee teacher who is now too addled to even read a book.

Dr Marta Di Forti, one of the principal doctors at the clinic, based at the South London and Maudsley NHS foundation trust, told The Mail on Sunday: ‘This is a crisis of high potency cannabis that we can simply no longer ignore.‘This clinic is now responding to that crisis.


‘For years, desperate families have been unable to access the treatment their loved ones need and they have simply fallen through the cracks. This kind of clinic is more urgent than ever.’

Dr Di Forti, a consultant adult psychiatrist and lecturer at King’s College London, said she decided to launch the clinic after being overwhelmed by the number of psychosis patients with a history of cannabis use.

‘It became ridiculous how many psychosis patients were also cannabis smokers,’ she said.

‘It got to the point where two-thirds of my psychosis patients had a history of cannabis use.’


Talking about the former trainee teacher, Dr Di Forti said: ‘He has a degree and professional skills but because he’s stoned all day, he can’t even read a book at the moment. He was training to be a teacher before cannabis took over his life but right now his main goal is simply to be able to use his brain again.’

Calls for the legalisation of cannabis for recreational use have grown in the last year, helped by the Government permitting its limited use for medical treatment.

But Dr Di Forti warned against following the lead of Canada and the US states of California and Colorado, where legalisation has seen usage increase.

‘My concern is that there is no way you can legalise recreational cannabis without cannabis use going up, as has happened in America, and there is a potential for a lot of people to come to harm,’ she said. 

‘You therefore need resources to help those people and you also need education to teach people about the dangers.’


Consultants at Dr Di Forti’s clinic – The Cannabis Clinic For Patients With Psychosis – include Professor Sir Robin Murray, the first British academic to prove a link between cannabis and psychosis, and Professor Ann McNeill, the UK’s leading smoking and tobacco expert.

The clinic, which is funded by the Maudsley Charity, opened earlier this month. 

Treatment comprises a mix of anti-psychotic medication, sessions with therapists, and motivational meetings to wean patients off cannabis.

Dr Di Forti said: ‘The problem has been that while you’re trying to do all these things to help patients with their psychotic episodes, they are smoking from half-an-hour after they wake up until just before they go to bed, so they’re basically stoned all the time.

‘Trying to reintegrate them by getting them to join a local football team or do an art class is very difficult. Often they will be so stoned that they will have no m




Home Office backs move to allow drug users to test their cocaine and heroin for purity and quality at special city centre labs without fear of arrest



Home Office backs move to allow drug users to test their cocaine and heroin for purity and quality at special city centre labs without fear of arrest


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Drug users can get their class A substances tested without fear of persecution, under new government plans that critics think has the UK heading towards decriminalisation. 

The Home Office insists this is not the case but they will be licensing a series of laboratories where addicts can take their dose-size samples to go under the microscope. 

The Loop, a non-profit organisation that tests drugs at music festivals, are planning five centres in regional hubs like Manchester and Bristol. 

Users will take their heroin and cocaine, for example, and after a 20-minute consultation with a Loop healthcare professional they will receive the results from the substance testing. 


During the testing, the user will be subject to an assessment on their drug and medical histories and then given advice on their usage. 

A lot of drugs are not what their sellers purport them to be and The Loop see their work as a way of combating fake, and potentially dangerous drugs. 

Critics have their concerns but the Home Office says their policy on drug possession is not going to change during this government. 

A spokesperson from the Home Office said: ‘It would be wrong to suggest that the decision to issue a licence represents a change in this policy.’ 

The licence will make it legal for Loop workers to handle the class A substances and last month a team in Bristol city centre made of of the charity workers and an affiliate group tested drugs in a pilot scheme. 

The groups director said any drug use is potentially dangerous but likened their work to giving condoms to underage children. 


Stock image of man injecting class A drugs. The Home Office says their policy on drug possession is not going to change during this government



Fiona Measham, director of the group and also a criminology professor at Durham University, said: ‘it’s a bit like giving young people condoms. 

‘You don’t want to be seen to encourage under-age sexual activity but you prefer people to use a condom than have teenage pregnancies.’ 

If a dodgy batch of drugs was found during testing, The Loop would call emergency services and put out a warning on social media, detailing areas where the adulterated batch may have been sold. 

Addicts will be advised to hand in suspected drugs for destruction. 

This is what two thirds of festival goers did previously with the organisation after finding out the substances weren’t what they thought they were. 

Professor Measham has now called on the government to fund a Holland-style monitoring system instead of NGOs having to rely on volunteers. 

She said: ‘We need money to spend on prevention to save money on health and emergency services.’




Morocco Remains Top Producer of Cannabis, Report Confirms



Morocco Remains Top Producer of Cannabis, Report Confirms


Morocco continues to be the world’s largest producer of illicit cannabis, despite government crackdowns and a renewed focus on combating the drug trade.


Employing at least 40% of the workforce in Morocco, agriculture remains one of the most important industries in the kingdom.

For numerous crops such as olives and almonds, Morocco remains among the world’s leading producers, helping to maintain the country’s international presence and participation in trade.

However, on the darker side of agriculture in Morocco lies a massive network dedicated to the production of one substance in particular: cannabis. 


Morocco has gained an international reputation for cannabis production, with an entire industry dedicated towards “drug tourism” having recently developed, especially in cities throughout the Rif region, where a majority of the country’s cannabis is grown.

The kingdom has also become notorious for its substantial hashish production, which at one point fueled over 70% of European consumption of the substance and continues to be the largest producer of hashish in the world.


Meanwhile, this notoriety has been confirmed by a new report released by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), which confirmed that Morocco remains the world’s largest producer of cannabis, producing over three times more than the next highest contender, the European country Moldova.


Additionally, the report revealed that cannabis production in the country continues to grow, with the production of cannabis herbs increasing from 35,653 tons in 2016 to 35,703 tons in 2017.

However, in reality, this number is even higher, as these figures do not include the production of resin and other forms of cannabis.


In an attempt to mitigate this growth, Moroccan authorities have continued to place heavy pressure on the illicit drug trade since the government announced in 2018 that it would be placing more focus on combating the drug trade.

Last year, Morocco announced the implementation of “a multi-dimensional national strategy to fight illegal drugs and is determined to place civil society in the forefront of this national strategy.”

This week on June 23, police seized over 600 kilograms of cannabis resin near Zagora in southern Morocco, arresting two suspects as a result.

Earlier this month, on June 12, nearly 13 tons of the substance were seized in Nador, as well.


In addition to making strides in combating the trade of cannabis, the government has been working towards countering the distribution of other drugs, such as cocaine and various psychotropic substances.

On June 16, police in Agadir seized 100 grams of cocaine and over 31,000 psychotropic tablets, leading to three arrests of individuals involved in the trade of these substances.


Mustapha El Khalfi, Morocco’s government spokesperson, announced that more than 107,000 people were prosecuted for drug crimes in 2017, and this number is expected to increase as the implementation of the government’s new strategy becomes fully realized in the coming years.

Malaysia decriminalizes use of everything



PETALIN JAYA: The Government is moving towards a removal of penalties against drug possession for personal use, but this is not to be mistaken for legalising these substances, says Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad (pic).

“Malaysia is about to embark on a significant game-changer policy of decriminalisation of drug addicts and addiction.


“This is not to be mistaken for legalising drugs, and I again categorically emphasise that decriminalising does NOT mean that we are legalising drugs,” he said in a statement on Thursday (June 28)

Dr Dzulkefly clarified that decriminalisation is the “removal of criminal penalties for possessing and using a small quantity of drugs for personal use, as opposed to those who are involved in trafficking of drugs”.

He added that drug trafficking will continue to remain a crime.

Dr Dzilkefly said that decriminalisation would be a critical next step towards achieving a rational drug policy that puts science and public health before punishment and incarceration.

He said drug use and addiction is a complex chronic relapsing medical condition with many factors.

Among the factors for drug use and addiction, he cited, include genetic predisposition, surrounding environment such as poverty, family breakdown, school and peer pressure.

As such, he said it is hard to reverse the biological changes experienced by a person who has continuously used drugs.

“Certainly putting them (addicts) in prison is not going to change that. It is not just a matter of someone having weak will power,” he said.

“An addict shall be treated as a patient (not as a criminal), whose addiction is a disease we would like to cure,” he added.

He said that decades of evidence has shown that decriminalisation would reap both human and fiscal benefits while protecting families and communities.

He noted that more than 30 countries have adopt decriminalisation, with research showing that it has not led to increase in drug use and drug related crimes.

He added that research also showed that decriminalisation reduces the costs in the criminal justice system while improving social outcomes.

“This is an important journey that we are about to undertake and we must tread on it with care and tact,” he cautioned.

Minister expects medicinal cannabis cultivation to start in Jersey next year


A Jersey Minister expects the cultivation of medicinal cannabis to start next year.

Senator Lyndon Farnham attended a medicinal cannabis conference in London earlier this week.

The Minister was joined by environment and economy officers to speak to experts in the field and show Jersey’s intentions to develop a medicinal cannabis industry.

Our aim is to become a very highly regulated jurisdiction for the production of medicinal cannabis. We’re now in the process of considering license applications which we hope to be complete between the end of the summer and early autumn.

It’s important that licences are issued this year so the infrastructure can start to be built. I would envisage production, cultivation, extraction, manufacturing to start next year. But of course it’s a new industry globally it’s going to be evolving for years.That’s why it’s so important for Jersey to be one of the first into the market, so we can establish ourselves early.

– Senator Lyndon Farnham, The Minister for Economic Development, Tourism, Sport and Culture

The government has been investigating the benefits of the crop as part of a 20 year plan to ensure the continued growth of the economy.

A medicinal cannabis company has already applied for planning permission to grow crops in St Mary.

The plans include an area at Le Pepiniere Farm where the company would grow medicinal cannabis for research purposes.

The plans would replace two old agricultural buildings with a modern one which will be fitted out to grow medicinal cannabis.

The crops will ultimately become human medicine and could lead to some local trials with patients in future

‘Death trap’ cannabis farm worth £500,000 found across three rooms of Speke house


A cannabis farm worth half a million pounds was found spread across three rooms of a Speke home.

Merseyside Police found 125 plants and equipment in a property in Alderwood Avenue.

The discovery, made at around 7.50pm on Wednesday, was found after a warrant was executed at the address.

In the property officers from the Cannabis Dismantling Team (CDT) found that the the electricity supply had also been breached and the house was made safe and forensically examined.


A cannabis farm worth half a million pounds has been seized from a house on Alderwood Avenue in Speke

Items including growing equipment and cannabis worth £500,000 were then seized and taken away.

Enquiries are ongoing to find the occupants of the property.

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Matt Brown, Manager of the CDT, said: “This is another significant find by our officers and we’re very pleased to be removing another death trap from the streets of Merseyside.


A cannabis farm worth half a million pounds has been seized from a house on Alderwood Avenue in Speke

“The larger the set-up, the more risk to the communities we serve and protect.

“Fire, flood and serious violent crime can all be the consequences of cannabis farms, and we want to keep those we have the misfortune of living next to one.

“It is vital that we keep dismantling these premises, and disrupting those who choose to endanger others.”

The things you can do if your neighbours are smoking weed. It’s readily accepted by many in Bristol – but some situations are far from ideal


Cannabis is often thought of as a popular and seemingly accepted in the diverse city of Bristol.

But while most of us would just ignore a slight whiff in the air as we pass houses and people in the street, for others it can be a real issue.

It may be more difficult to have a relaxed stance if you’re living next to a cannabis factory or knowing your neighbours were using drugs with children in the house.

Is cannabis legal?

No, is the simple answer. But Avon and Somerset Police has confirmed in the past that it does not target the personal use of cannabis.

There has been a significant drop in arrests for possession of the drug as a result, falling from a high of 4,558 in 2011 to just 1,457 in 2015.

But the force insists it is not ignoring the drug – and says it will not tolerate cannabis being smoked in front of vulnerable people, such as children, or near schools and colleges.


And officers will continue to crack down on the drug’s commercial production and cannabis factories.

The Avon and Somerset police statement, first issued last year, stated: “We have never targeted the personal use of cannabis, colloquially known as weed, unless that use is in itself creating a more harmful situation and endangering vulnerable people (i.e. the smoking of cannabis around children or close to educational premises).

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“We do receive information from the public about suspected cannabis cultivation sites on a daily basis, so the growing of cannabis is clearly a concern for many within our communities. As the public would expect, that intelligence is researched and when appropriate, a warrant is applied for and executed.


Smoking a joint of cannabis (Image: Getty Images)

“We do, however, target organised groups who are responsible for the supply and production of cannabis on a commercial scale and some of the tactics used by these groups can involve small grow sites consistent with ‘personal use’.

“These sites are taken very seriously as they can often involve vulnerable people being forced to grow cannabis against their will.”

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Will your neighbours know if you report it?

The police in Derby say no.

A spokeswoman said that police would “never give away a caller’s identity”.

She said: “We wouldn’t say information has come from a neighbour as that narrows it down. We’d just say we received a call about x.”

She added that officers on patrol might also use tip-offs to inform where they go on patrol.

Police say this cannabis factory discovered in Knowle contained 80 plants

Police say this cannabis factory discovered in Knowle contained 80 plants

If they were to smell the cannabis themselves, they might knock on the door and broach the subject that way.

She added that people could always call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 if they wanted to remain anonymous throughout the process.

What will happen to my neighbours if you called the police?

That would depend on whether they were growing or just smoking and what was found by the police.

Those in possession of cannabis face up to five years in prison, or an unlimited fine or both.

In Avon and Somerset last year 721 people were arrested for the possession of cannabis, but just 158 were cautioned and 360 charged.


Smoking a cannabis joint (Image: Getty Images)

Meanwhile those looking to supply the class B drug can face up to 14 years in prison, or an unlimited fine or both.

Of those caught in 2016, 131 were arrested, just three cautioned and 53 charged.

If they’re renting, what about telling my neighbour’s landlord?

Telling a landlord is an option, but they are not bound to keep your identity a secret. If the tenancy agreement has been drawn up properly, they’ll be in breach of it.

But you also need to bear in mind that there are constraints as to what a landlord can do.

A spokesman for the National Landlords Association, said that, if landlords suspect cannabis use, they should “arrange for a visit to the property, provided they have given the tenant advance warning”.


Skinning up in St Andrews Park, Bristol, as part of 420 cannabis day last week (Image: Jon kent)

He said: “If they see or smell what they believe to be evidence of cannabis use, they should remind and warn the tenant/s that such actions are in violation of the tenancy agreement.

“If, when they next visit the property, they see the same evidence they may then wish to resort to serving a section 21, or eviction, notice.”

I am the landlord. What can I do to stop cannabis being used at my property?

Chris Norris, of the National Landlords Association, said: “While we recommend taking references of prospective tenants from former employers or landlords before offering a tenancy, it can also be necessary to make checks on the property after they have moved in.

“These should be carried out quarterly if there are any concerns but make sure that you give the tenant or tenants sufficient notice beforehand so as not to disrupt privacy.

“Lastly, get to know the neighbours and local residents, as they can help alert you should they either see or smell what they suspect to be cannabis use on the property.”

How can I find out who the landlord of a property is?

A good starting point is to find out who the Land Registry have as the owner of the property.

It’ll cost a few quid but you can get the information from the Land Registry Documents website.

Surrey police found living in the past…

More than 3,000 cannabis plants have been seized by Surrey Police in raids on drug farms in the last year.

The plants, which can produce up to £1,000 worth of drugs each, were discovered in 26 separate cannabis farms across the county between June 2018 and May 2019, according to details released under the Freedom of Information Act.

More than half the farms, defined as anywhere with at least 25 plants or specialist growing equipment, were located inside the M25, including six in Spelthorne.

Using the information provided by the police, SurreyLive has produced a map below, showing you where the cannabis farms were found – and how close they were to your home.

The map will also show you how many plants were found at each location, as well as if any specialist equipment was recovered.

However, one farm is not included in the map. Officers discovered more than 600 plants at an address in Woking, but the force declined to release the street where they were discovered as this might identify the specific property involved.

But the largest find was in Cobham, where more than 700 plants were discovered by officers responding to reports of a burglary. Two men, 20-year-old Eraldo Qafa and 43-year-old Baki Shabanaj, both of Brookfield Place, Cobham, were arrested in connection with the farm off Fairmile Lane.

They later pleaded guilty to cultivating cannabis and were sentenced eight months in jail on May 23.

If theory, people found cultivating cannabis on this scale could face prison sentences of up to 10 years if they are found to have played a leading role in producing the drugs. Those who play less important roles face shorter prison sentences.

A Surrey Police spokesman said: “The production of cannabis is illegal and will not be tolerated. We will continue to investigate offenders with the intention of bringing them before the courts to face justice.

“Residents are likely to be the first to notice unusual activity which could be a cannabis factory and I would appeal to the community to report their suspicions.

“If you recognise any of the signs, continue reporting these concerns or information to us. This information helps us gather intelligence, build a picture of local activity, identify possible offenders, target patrols and make the most of any other suitable preventative measures.”


Signs of a cannabis farm include:

A distinctive strong and sickly sweet smell

Equipment to grow cannabis being taken into a house. For example, lighting and ventilation equipment

Constantly covered or blocked-off windows. Cannabis factories often have constantly pulled curtains, black-out blinds or foil coverings

Unsociable coming and going at all hours or neighbours you never see

Strong and constant lighting day and night

High levels of heat and condensation. Cannabis factories often give off heat and the windows stay misted up

Constant buzz of ventilation. Listen out for a whirring sound as the growers try to create an ideal climate for the plants to grow

Lots of power cables. Gangs sometimes dig underground to lay cables that hook up to things like lamp posts so they don’t have to pay for the enormous amounts of electricity they use. They can easily run up a £20,000 utility bill

Often the gangs will use modern slavery victims to tend their plants – people who are smuggled into the UK illegally and forced to work in dangerous conditions for little or no reward



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The Queen Goes Green: UK’s Centre For Medicinal Cannabis Releases New Report On CBD



The Queen Goes Green: UK’s Centre For Medicinal Cannabis Releases New Report On CBD


The Queen Goes Green: UK's Centre For Medicinal Cannabis Releases New Report On CBD


The UK’s Centre for Medicinal Cannabis released its latest report Thursday. Titled “CBD in the UK: Towards a responsible innovative, and high-quality cannabidiol industry,” the report provides wide-ranging recommendations including amending existing out-of-date legislation; clarity relating to current policy; investment in medical research; and self-regulation among existing business owners.

The CMC report was released at the CMC’s inaugural full day event attended by leading public health officials, academics, company medical and science officers and researchers. It fell on the final day of the inaugural European Cannabis Week, which included Cannabis Europa, a two day business summit at the Southbank Center, the IC3 Institutional Cannabis Investor’s summit, and the inaugural meeting of the Medical Cannabis Clinician’s Society (founded by Dr. Mike Barnes, who obtained the first medical cannabis licenses in the UK for Sophia Gibson and Alfie Dingley).

Good Timing
The CMC report comes a few weeks after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration held a long awaited public hearing on CBD.




“CBD should be produced in GMP-certified facilities that have reliable, accurate and consistent testing labs and be accurately labeled,” Mr. Christian Hendriksen of Mile High Labs said during an exclusive conversation.

While CBD is increasingly available, seemingly everywhere, consumers are largely unaware of what it actually is: one of many molecular compounds called cannabinoids that are found in cannabis.

If harvested from hemp, CBD is distilled to extract the cannabinoids and further refined to remove impurities. The final product is called “isolate,” a white, nearly odorless and flavorless powder.


Key Points

In addition to a call for regulation, the CMC report provides insight into the state of CBD in the UK. Among the findings:


  • Approximately 6 million people have tried CBD in the UK.

  • 11% of the population had consumed a CBD product in the last year.

  • Use is higher in certain parts of the UK, namely Wales and Northern Ireland

  • Two most important factors in choosing a product were (i) knowing the CBD product was made by a supplier that met standards, and (ii) knowing that contents were not contaminated with pesticides or heavy metals.


According to the CMC, “The political interest in cannabis policy is growing as more and more countries choose to legalize and regulate the drug for medicinal purposes,” and the UK’s recent reforms “are part of a global shift in favor of medicinal cannabis regulation across the world.”

Benzinga Cannabis’ Managing Director and best-selling cannabis business book author Javier Hasse commended the U.K.’s Home Office for moving quickly in 2018, when the industry first developed strong regulations intended to benefit consumers. “Providing a pathway towards a well-regulated industry was fundamental in the early days of cannabis in the U.K.,” he concluded, adding more action and expanded access is still needed to reach all patients.



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