Scunthorpe cannabis farm worth £4m uncovered

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-humber-49177664

 

More than 15,000 cannabis plants with a street value estimated up to £4m have been found at an industrial unit in North Lincolnshire.

Three men charged over the discovery of the 15,000 plants in Park Farm Road, Scunthorpe, may have been victims of human trafficking, police said.

The men were charged with producing a controlled drug and are due at Grimsby Magistrates’ Court later.

Police said the case had been referred to the National Crime Agency

Humberside Police said the plants – found on on Monday – had been in various stages of cultivation.

Along with the equipment, the plants have been removed for destruction, the force said.

 

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UK hemp farmers ‘devastated’ after being forced to destroy crop

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jul/30/oxfordshire-hemp-farmers-devastated-after-being-forced-to-destroy-crop

 

 

Oxfordshire farmers launch campaign against Home Office policy on hemp cultivation

 

Two hemp farmers say they have been left devastated after they were forced to destroy 40 acres of the crop – the end product of which can be bought legally in high street shops.

Patrick Gillett and Ali Silk said they had to cut down their crop because the Home Office said they were no longer allowed to harvest it for cannabis oil, or CBD.

As they surveyed the Oxfordshire fields where their combine harvester tore up the hemp, the pair remained perplexed over the order to cease production at their cooperative farm.

Gillett and Silk are so incensed over what they believe was an unjust order from the Home Office that they have launched a national campaign to have the policy reversed.
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“For three years we operated openly and always kept the Home Office informed over what we were doing,” Gillett said as he lifted one of the remaining stalks scattered around the field.

“It was devastating to have to rip the entire crop up just because the Home Office changed its guidelines. In fact, one of their guidelines is that any cannabis oil extracted from the hemp plant only contains 0.2% of THC [tetrahydrocannabinol, the substance that produces a psychoactive high], which we also stuck by and indeed were upfront with the Home Office. We kept them informed every step of the way when we started this business in 2015.

“It seems like we are being punished for being upfront and honest about what we were doing, when we took the decision to extract cannabis oil solely for wellbeing purposes. Once we got started in 2016 after learning about CBD oil and how it was doing in America … we never hid it.”

Silk, who gave up a job in the City of London this year to pursue her dream of a more eco-friendly, organic lifestyle, said: “We are being banned from producing something organically, something which is also good for the environment by its carbon capture, that is available in shops on any British high street. You can go into health and wellbeing stores and buy CBD oil over the counter yet we can’t produce it here in these fields in England because the Home Office treats hemp like narcotics or firearms.”

Silk estimated that their company, Hempen, would lose about £200,000 as a result of the destroyed crop and while their overall projections for sales over the next few years were as high as £2.4m, she said it would be foreign hemp growers who would reap the benefits.
 

“Patrick and I worked it out that about £480,000 of our profits over the next few years would be taken away in tax. So that is a massive loss in tax revenue plus the foreign producers we can actually buy from, Swiss hemp farmers, will be the ones to benefit from the Home Office ban,” she said.

As the sun beat down on a slashed and stubbled field, Gillett said: “This is all very strange. No one in the Home Office up until the end of last year ever said to us: ‘Stop what you are doing, this is illegal.’ They allowed us to get started and then after a perfect year – wet spring and hot summer – we had a bumper crop which they made us destroy last Tuesday. It doesn’t make sense.”

A Home Office spokesperson said it did not routinely comment on individual licences. However, it is understood that Hempen never held a Home Office licence.

Silk and Gillett said they sought cooperation from the Home Office and wanted to be fully licensed “because any CBD oil we would produce would have been well within the legal guidelines of 0.2% THC”.

Gillett said Hempen had been in touch with farmers from Yorkshire to the Channel Islands in an attempt to build a national campaign to overturn the Home Office ruling.

“We need to persuade the government to take these decisions away from a department that deals with illegal drugs and guns, and put it in the hands of somewhere like the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. We need to get them to see the benefits of CBD and hemp in general rather than look upon it as a criminal matter.”

Neil Young swears by this common kitchen ingredient to combat weed-induced paranoia.

Neil Young swears by this common kitchen ingredient to combat weed-induced paranoia. Science says it works.

 

It’s a life hack that will surely spark doubt in paranoid smokers.

But, according to science and Neil Young, this calming trick actually works — chewing black peppercorns to reduce weed-induced paranoia.

 

It’s a dubious claim, but consequent reports from Leafly and more recently, the Growth-Op, confirm that it really does work. Actually, it’s kind of like using smelling salts to arouse consciousness.

The unusual ailment came to light when Howard Stern interviewed Young in 2014. In what has become somewhat of an iconic conversation, the two discussed Young’s strained relationship with David Crosby, his annoyance with the onstage cameras at Woodstock, his newfound love of paddleboarding and — perhaps most interestingly — his trick to smoking weed without getting the jitters.

 

Stern confessed that he avoids smoking marijuana because it makes him paranoid. He gave it up years ago. We don’t blame him — being uncomfortably high with a racing pulse and paralyzed limbs isn’t exactly our idea of a good time. But Young had an interesting solution.

“Try black pepper balls if you get paranoid. Just chew two or three pieces,” he said. “I just found this out myself. Try it.”

 

But how does this seemingly magical effect occur?

 

Shortly after the interview was held, Leafly had to find out if Neil Young was telling the truth, or just blowing smoke. They looked into a 2011 scientific review published by Ethan Russo in the British Journal of Pharmacology for answers.

It found that terpenes, or the aromatic components of marijuana, can have an impact on the type of high you might get when smoking. The study also pointed out that cannabis and pepper have very similar chemical traits. Specifically, pepper has a “phytocannabinoid-terpenoid effect,” which is known to help with pain, depression, addiction, and anxiety. By combining the terpenoids in pepper with the THC in cannabis, the compounds “bind to the same receptors in the brain,” generating a chemical reaction that yields calming results.

In other words, ingesting black pepper tells your high brain to calm down.

 

But if CBD is known to reduce anxiety, why does THC make you paranoid? A recent video from the Growth-Op reveals that THC can “over-excite neural pathways and trigger anxiety and paranoia.” And while scientists are uncertain that THC directly causes anxiety, it’s more likely that the compound triggers anxiety symptoms in genetically predisposed individuals. To combat unwanted effects, they recommend CBD oil, or a high CBD/low THC strain of flower.

If you don’t have either on hand, a trip to your kitchen pantry just might be a worthwhile one.

 

https://www.greenstate.com/lifestyle/celebrities/neil-young-swears-by-this-common-kitchen-ingredient-to-combat-weed-induced-paranoia-science-says-it-works/

activists dole out £800 worth of cannabis for FREE to eager passers-by in Manchester city centre

Moment activists dole out £800 worth of cannabis for FREE to eager passers-by in Manchester city centre
Video filmed on Sunday, July 14, in Manchester’s Piccadilly Gardens 
Stunt was pulled by men known as Outlaw, one of whom was stopped by police
The men unveil a well-designed poster and a queue of passers-by quickly forms
Police later seen stopping one of the men but it is not clear if they were arrested 
By HARRY HOWARD FOR MAILONLINE

PUBLISHED: 13:06, 29 July 2019 | UPDATED: 13:10, 29 July 2019

This is the remarkable moment activists give out £800 worth of cannabis for free to passers-by in Manchester city centre.

In a video filmed on Sunday 14th July, two men in balaclavas reveal a well-designed roller banner brandishing the words ‘free bud’

The poster instantly attracts a crowd, and quickly a large zip-lock bag is produced that is chocked full of little bags with cannabis in them.

The video has emerged as a group of cross-party MPs predicted today that the UK will completely legalise cannabis use within 15 years. 

 

This is the remarkable moment activists give out £800 worth of cannabis for free to passers-by in Manchester city centreTheir well-designed poster instantly attracts a crowd, and quickly a large zip-lock bag is produced that is chocked full of little bags with cannabis in them

The two men then hand out the free cannabis, which is a Class B drug, to excited members of the public in the city's Piccadilly Gardens

 

 

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https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7296897/Moment-activists-dole-800-worth-cannabis-FREE-passers-Manchester-city-centre.html

Former health minister took cannabis oil for BBC documentary

Former health minister took cannabis oil for BBC documentary

 

Lib Dem MP Norman Lamb has called for the legalisation of the substance

 

Norman Lamb, a Liberal Democrat MP and former health minister, has spoken about buying and using cannabis oil to relax himself before an important meeting as part of a BBC documentary about the legalisation of the drug in Canada.

Lamb visited Canada with the Labour MP David Lammy and the Conservative MP Jonathan Djanogly for the programme to learn about the effects of cannabis in Canada, where recreational use of the drug is legal.

 

As part of the documentary for BBC Radio 1’s Newsbeat, he bought and sampled cannabis oil, before flushing the rest of it down the toilet before his return flight to the UK.

 

The cannabis oil tried by Lamb contains compound Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is a psychoactive ingredient that makes it different and more potent than the legal cannabidiol (CBD oil). It can be prescribed for medicinal use but is difficult to access and parents have had difficulty importing it for their epileptic children.

 

Lamb, a long-term advocate of the legalisation of cannabis and who previously tried the drug as a student, told the programme: “Taking this oil is purely for sleeping, for relaxation, I will take it before bed and before my flight home.

“I was really anxious because I had the hearing of the technology and science select committee the next day and I was travelling back overnight, and I just thought if I get back having had no sleep it will be a challenge.”

 

He said it was “ridiculous” that he had to dispose of it down the toilet before returning to the UK “because to bring it back into the country would have been a criminal act”.

He said he did not feel “high” but it did help him fall asleep. “I slept incredibly well. I took the drops and I slept very well on the plane home, I actually slept through breakfast.”

 

Lamb told the Guardian ahead of the programme, which is due to appear on iPlayer on Monday: “I wanted to demonstrate that a very nondescript act like buying cannabis oil to help you sleep and putting a couple of drops under your tongue amounts to a criminal act.

“It just demonstrates to me how ludicrous it is that we continue to criminalise people who use cannabis with all the disastrous consequences of prohibition, like extreme violence that goes with it always in the poorest communities, the billions of pounds going to organised crime on a plate and the criminalisation of young people. I wanted to demonstrate the approach we have at the moment is ludicrous and there is a much better evidence-based approach.”

 

In the programme, Lammy said he had a significant shift on his position and said he now backs legalisation in the UK.

 

“I want the market legalised and regulated, taken away from criminal gangs, young people not criminalised by use and properly educated. But I want to see the strength of the stuff reduced, labelled and properly organised in our country,” he said.

“I am really worried about the amount of seriously hard, potent, skunk-type cannabis that young people are consuming and for some of them, it is leading to mental health issues and psychosis. But in Canada, you see proper labelling.”

 

Djanogly did not back legalisation, but said he remained open to the idea. He said: “I think we have got a lot to learn before the legalisation of recreational cannabis, which I think will happen at some point. I think we’re on a 10-to-15 year cycle, which would mirror what has happened in Canada.”

 

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jul/29/former-health-minister-took-cannabis-oil-for-bbc-documentary

Nol Van Schaik – RIP

It would appear that Nol (Willie Wortal’s) has died in his sleep on the 28th of July :skin_up:so light up and toke at least one for him :oldtoker: Bom Shiva

Cannabis cake mistake led to court

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Cannabis cake mistake led to court

 

Mistakenly eating a cake laced with Class B drugs put a lorry-driver’s job in jeopardy.

Ben Layton Davies, of Burnside, Neath, appeared at Haverfordwest magistrates court on Tuesday, July 23.

He pleaded guilty to being in charge of a vehicle while over the controlled drug limit.

 

Sian Vaughan, prosecuting, said police could smell cannabis when they spoke to Davies in Haverfordwest at 9.15am on April 16, and a drug swipe taken at the scene was positive.

Tests revealed Davies, 32, had a cannabis derivative in his blood while in charge of a lorry on the A40 at Arnolds Down.

Mike Kelleher, defending, said Davies had eaten a cake which he had not realised contained cannabis while at a party.

“He is not a cannabis user. It was some while before he drove. He had no effects left from the drug, but cannabis can stay in the blood for some time and he was still over the limit when spoken to by the police.”

 

Mr Kelleher added that Davies, who previously held a clean licence, worked as a driver.

“This is not a deliberate flouting of the law.”

Magistrates added ten points to Davies’ licence and fined him £230. He was ordered to pay £85 costs and a £30 surcharge.”

 

https://www.westerntelegraph.co.uk/news/17800005.cannabis-cake-mistake-led-court/

 

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Intended to Usher in the New Age of Medical Cannabis, Israel’s Reform Puts the Breaks on Everything

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Intended to Usher in the New Age of Medical Cannabis, Israel’s Reform Puts the Breaks on Everything

Two-thirds of patients have seen the price of their cannabis increase, growers and manufacturers are losing a piece of their pie to pharmacies, and Israel’s Ministries of Health and Finance cannot find a middle ground

 

A reform spearheaded by the Israeli Ministry of Health in 2016, intended to regulate the entire production and supply chain of medical cannabis in Israel, has been wreaking havoc in the country since it came into effect three months ago.
 

Since pharmacists were added as middlemen, medical cannabis prices have rocketed, leading patients to appeal to the Israel Supreme Court to put a stop to the new regulations. The health ministry, on its end, has asked that a price cap for medical cannabis be put in place, meeting resistance from the Ministry of Finance. Israel’s medical cannabis manufacturers are also against the price cap, already seeing their revenues diminish now that pharmacists are taking a cut of the pie. Israel’s veteran cannabis growers, on their end, just want the go-ahead to start exporting come September—a process headed by the finance ministry that could net Israel as much as $1 billion a year. Meeting that export date depends on the health ministry, which is conditioning its approval on the requested price cap.

 

Medical cannabis. Photo: Getty Images

 

Until the reform came into effect earlier this year, patients with a medical cannabis license in Israel bought cannabis directly from the growers, paying NIS 370 ($105) a month, plus NIS 100 ($28.4) in delivery costs, regardless of the amount they used. The demand to make all transactions through pharmacies is intended to add a quality control layer, but it has also caused a change in prices. Now cannabis is priced at NIS 180 ($51.1) per 10 grams, meaning anyone buying over 30 grams a month has seen their medical expenses increase following the reform. Of Israel’s 46,225 medical cannabis licensed users, 64% are over that threshold.
 

The group that has seen its monthly expenses increase includes 31% of cancer patients that are receiving medical cannabis during their chemotherapy, and 41% of cancer patients that are receiving it to treat active symptoms. It also includes 51% of those who receive medical cannabis for psychiatric reasons.
 

The cap the health ministry is demanding will see 91% of all medical cannabis patients pay up to NIS 591 ($167.8) a month, compared to the NIS 470 ($133.5) set price of the old system. The ministry also wants to put a maximum cap, at NIS 984 ($280) for 120 gram, compared to the NIS 2,160 ($613.3) it costs now post-reform. Under the new cap, cancer patients and children who are treated with medical cannabis will also receive a 45% discount.
 

During the current transition period, 60% of patients still receive their medical cannabis from growers and pay a set price of NIS 470, while the rest buy it from pharmacies. That means that patients who buy 50 grams of cannabis are paying almost twice for the same amount if they are getting their product from pharmacies, and the larger the dose, the larger the discrepancy.
 

The big question is whether the profit margins of all the players in the supply chain are big enough to handle regulated prices, or whether, as some of them claim, a price cap means some of them will be selling at a loss. If it is not financially viable, then another question arises: why is the state not subsidizing medical cannabis? Regardless, it is clear that the current regulatory standstill is mainly hurting the patients.
 

The new regulation mean the profits are split in the following manner: first, Israel takes its cut in the form of 17% value-added tax. Of the remaining sum, pharmacies take 40% as brokerage fees, but that percentage is set to go up in the future. Distributors take 6%. Cannabis manufacturers, which turn the product into oil or cigarettes, take 10%-30%. The growers get to pocket the rest. It costs around NIS 3.5 ($1) per gram on average to grow medical cannabis in Israel, with a slight variance depending strain and method of growth.
 

The health ministry has marked the growers as the most profitable players, and is estimating their profit margins will increase even more after they have made the switch to the GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) standard.
 

Israel has eight veteran medical cannabis growers and a ninth grower that joined the ranks earlier this year. Until March, Tikun Olam Ltd. held a third of the market. Breath of Life International Ltd. (BOL Pharma) became the largest supplier after Tikun Olam had to cease supplying buds to 8,000 of its patients due to the reform, which now only enables the company to supply CBD oil. 51 additional growers have applied for cannabis growing licenses following the 2016 reform but it is not yet known how many of them will receive permits, or when. It is estimated that once approved, most of the future production will go towards export. Growers are objecting to the price cap, saying that with the new regulations ordering the use of cleanrooms, production would become so costly as to leave them with little to no profit.
 

There are currently three medical cannabis manufacturing facilities in Israel. Bazelet Pharma’s is the largest; BOL operates its own in-house facility that manufactures exclusively for the company; and the third is Panaxia Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., which manufactures for most of the market. Univo Pharmaceuticals Ltd. has a facility that is currently in the process of receiving approval. People in the industry estimate that around 10 new facilities will be established in the next two years, increasing competition for raw product and causing manufacturers to worry that their profits will diminish even more, especially if export is delayed.
 

Pricing regulation at the level the health ministry is looking to implement is “suicide” for the sector, Meir Ariel, Bazelet’s CEO, told Calcalist. “There is no profitability in the prices stipulated, and we could not endure it.”
 

Other industry people who spoke with Calcalist said that if a price cap is implemented, growers will slash their payments to factories even more in order to keep their profit levels. Some of the growers are already in the process of establishing facilities to compete with existing manufacturers. Still, some manufacturers say that they could have managed the added competition if only export was underway.
 

As cannabis growers are blaming pharmacies for the recent increase in prices, the pharmacists are hitting back. “Those companies had a NIS 200 million ($56.79 million) a year market that was suddenly taken from them,” David Papo, chairman of the Pharmaceutical Association of Israel, told Calcalist.
 

Hagai Shor, owner and CEO of pharmacy chain Shor Tabachnik, told Calcalist that until now, growers produced their product at low costs and distributed to patients with no regulation. “The new reform forces them to pass rigid tests that forbid the use of pesticides, require the identification of contamination such as mold, and more,” he said. When the growers cannot meet the standards they are forced to destroy their product, leading to shortages in the market, he added. “I have a feeling that the growers have an interest in the existence of shortages in the market, maybe out of a delusion that the old regulation will be reinstated.”
 

 

While the reform is intended to benefit patients, some of them are less than enthused. On Thursday, Israeli organization Medical Cannabis Association filed a petition to the Israel Supreme Court, asking for an interim injunction against the reform. Dana Bar-On, the association’s founder and CEO, told Calcalist that the association has received dozens of reports from doctors and their patients who came to harm due to unsuitable products. Over 4,000 people were left with no medicine due to acute shortages, she said, while others paid exorbitant prices for their medication.
 

“It is not a medical reform but one that benefits the manufacturers, and harms Israel’s sickest people for the sake of money,” Bar-On said. “It must be stopped before it is too late.”

 

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctech/articles/0,7340,L-3767194,00.html

 

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Police fail to take action against two East London cafes exposed for selling high-strength cannabis

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Police fail to take action against two East London cafes exposed for selling high-strength cannabis

 

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Police have failed to take action against two cafes exposed for selling high-strength cannabis.

The Mail on Sunday revealed last weekend how ‘Cali’ cannabis was being openly sold at the Rich Nerdz and The Den cafes in East London.

Our investigators’ hidden cameras caught staff selling the drug – priced at between £30 and £40 per gram – and provided details of the premises in Shoreditch and Limehouse to the Metropolitan Police. 

 

Last week, our reporters visited two cafes in London and found both doing a brisk trade. Rich Nerdz, in Shoreditch, East London, served one of our reporters some cannabis

 

Despite this, both cafes appeared to be operating with impunity on Thursday and Friday.

The inaction will deepen public concern that police have simply surrendered the battle against cannabis.

The number of convictions for possession of cannabis, which was reclassified as a Class B drug in 2009, has fallen from 23,550 in 2013 to 12,824 last year. 

The number of fines has also dropped from 11,991 to 6,894 and convictions for supply from 616 to 357 over the same period.

The Met, which has not requested access to the undercover footage, said last night: ‘Officers from the Central East Command Unit are aware of a number of “cannabis cafes” in East London. They are working alongside the local authority to take appropriate action.’ 

 

On Thursday, two plainclothes officers wearing stab vests parked outside the Rich Nerdz cafe, but only so they could walk to a nearby takeaway to buy food. 

The following evening, two bouncers stood outside the premises to check customers seeking access to the ‘speakeasy’-style cafe.

At The Den, located barely half a mile from Limehouse police station, customers ambled up to the entrance inside a railway arch. 

In contrast to the police response, Instagram last week shut down the Rich Nerdz account, which had 12,000 followers, after being contacted by this newspaper.

After being tipped off about illegal activities in the cafes, our reporters used the Instagram account to be added to a guest list at Rich Nerdz.

Our team was frisked before being shown into the plushly decorated interior, with a bar counter displaying cannabis pots, alongside soft drinks and snacks in fridges behind.

 

After following a series of cloak- and-dagger instructions, they gained access to the club – which is registered at Companies House – and saw groups of people smoking joints.

They later visited The Den, which can accommodate about 50 people.

Laboratory tests on the cannabis bought in both premises showed they contained THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, but no CBD, which moderates its effects.

 

‘Cali’ cannabis is typically made from hybrid strains with THC levels of up to 70 per cent, compared with 15 per cent in most varieties available in the UK.

It is illegal to sell cannabis substances containing THC. The maximum sentence for supplying the drug is 14 years in prison.

According to the most recent figures from Public Health England, cannabis was the cause of more than 25,000 new cases at treatment centres in 2017-18.

 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7293473/Police-fail-action-against-two-East-London-cafes-exposed-selling-high-strength-cannabis.html

 

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Or they could actually focus on real crime like the knife murders! Who cares if you have cafe full of folks chilling out and listening to music. No harm done!

 

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