Cannabis ATMs flogging boozy Brits weed in hols hotspots Kavos and Malia



Cannabis ATMs flogging boozy Brits weed in hols hotspots Kavos and Malia


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The weed vending machines will flog Brits pot for €25


Kavos and Malia are known for their wild nightlife with young Brits heading to the Greek islands each summer, but there’s soon to be something new on offer to revellers.

Daily Star Online can exclusively reveal that vending machines in the party resorts are set to sell weed to Brit revellers as vending machines pop up all over Greece – and sales are expected to be through the roof.

The “Cannabis ATMs” contain packets of “Premium Quality Terre de Cannabis” on offer to revellers for as little as €25 a pack.

While the buzzword for wild nights out and frolics in the sand is usually Magaluf in Majorca, Kavos and Malia have seen a huge popularity surge in recent years.




Brits head to the wild destinations to enjoy beach, boat and paint parties.

The resorts boast intense nightclubs such as Buzz and Atlantis where lads and lasses can party all night.

But this summer they will be able to add another substance into the mix.

Greece legalised cannabis for medicinal use in 2017, and in March of 2018 it lifted a ban on growing and producing marijuana, in the hope of drawing foreign investment into the sector.


The construction of new facilities for marijuana growing are underway in several locations in Greece, and production of industrial and medical cannabis may begin as soon as late 2019.

Although the packaging of the Kavos cannabis points the users towards drinking the cannabis like tea leaves, Daily Star Online has been told it’s just a cover and meant to be smoked.

The news comes as new report points to an increase in the use of cannabis in Greece along with a significant decrease in that of heroin and other opioids.


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Cannabis-Fed Pigs Featured At Portland Farm-To-Table Dinner



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Cannabis-Fed Pigs Featured At Portland Farm-To-Table Dinner


A great dish with a story always resonates with guests, says Vitaly Paley, chef-proprietor of Paley’s Place Bistro and Bar in Portland, Oregon. “A dish with a story that is very tasty and unique to Oregon is much more powerful, meaningful and memorable.”

Paley’s story is cannabis-fed pigs.


Paley and David Hoyle, owner and farmer of Moto Perpetuo Farm in Forest Grove, Oregon have teamed up to offer the High on the Hog Dinner, an event centered around the roasting of a cannabis-fed pig and summer vegetables.

The pigs are grown on the same farm as cannabis and “it is an age old practice to feed hogs the bi-product of nearby agricultural production,” said Hoyle.  The animals were already receiving a portion of their diet from fruits and vegetables of the produce operation.

Cannabis cultivation generates bi-product, mostly in the form of leaf from pruning and post harvest. “We saw the potential for this material to become a supplemental feed stock for the pigs,” Hoyle said.


Some customers ask if feeding the pigs cannabis plants makes them high. The answer is no. Pigs have a very similar endo-cannabinoid system to humans, “which means that what minimal THC that exists in the feedstock would have to be decarboxylated (heated) in order to be psychoactive,” said Hoyle.

Cannabis has many other chemical components, many of which have medicinal applications he said, “so we feel that cannabis is a healthy part of their diet in the same way that kale or spinach would be.”


That said, Hoyle has shares his own anecdotal data that suggests that pigs raised this way gain weight faster, are more healthy and have a mellower disposition. The pigs he has fed cannabis plants are “the most docile” he’s ever raised.

Cannabis has been legally sold for recreational use in Oregon since the fall of 2015. Currently there is an oversupply of the plant in the state, but it is illegal to ship it to neighboring states, even if they also have legalized cannabis.


Raising pigs on a cannabis farm, “shows ingenuity, experience and know-how on David’s part, to understand the farm’s sustainable circle of life,” said Paley.

From the 1995 opening of his restaurant in a Victorian home in the Nob Hill section of Portland, Paley has been building  relationships with local growers and farmers. “The farm-to-table movement may be a new trend to some, while to us, it has been a way of life and part of doing business daily from the start,” he said.

This year’s dinner featured CBD-infused drinks.




UK Cannabis legalisation would raise £1BILLION and is ‘pretty inevitable’ says campaigner



UK Cannabis legalisation would raise £1BILLION and is ‘pretty inevitable’ says campaigner




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The claim was made by Christopher Snowden, head of lifestyle economics at the Institute for Economic Affairs. He argued the current policy of “prohibition” has “never worked” and is slowly being replaced across the world. Recreational and medical cannabis was legalised in Canada last year, and is also permitted in 11 US states.


Speaking to about cannabis legalisation Mr Snowden said: “I think it will happen – I think the main reason it will happen is the tax revenue.

“We’re making something like 200 million pounds from the sugar tax, we could be making a billion pounds at least in various different taxes related to cannabis.

“You’re giving people a safer form of the drug and your not having to throw people in prison policing a prohibition that has never worked and never will work.”

Cannabis is currently classified as a Class B drug and its recreational use is illegal in the UK.


However its use in Britain for medical purposes was legalised in November last year following a high profile campaign.

Mr Snowden argued the impact of legalisation in parts of North America shows the policy can work.

He commented: “I was recently in Canada and seeing how it’s worked there.

“There have been quite a few teething problems but the principles of it seems to have gone down well.


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“You’ve got eleven states in the US, including big ones like California, that have legalised pretty successfully – the government taking lots of tax revenue, the black market is being gradually trampled and will disappear ultimately.

“Pretty much everybody’s happy – there’s not much of a move to bring in prohibition again.

“I think because the USA has embraced legalisation to such an extent I do think it’s inevitable that European countries will follow suit.

“My sense is that middle England’s pretty laid back about this now.”


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Cannabis user gets police backing to grow own marijuana so she can live ‘pain-free’



Cannabis user gets police backing to grow own marijuana so she can live ‘pain-free’




EXCLUSIVE: Carly Barton, who has suffered neuropathy and fibromyalgia since having a stroke at 24, has gained support from top cops and MPs


Five crime commissioners are backing a bid to let seriously ill people grow their own cannabis without fear of arrest.

They are calling for a change in the law to allow some patients with grave health conditions to legally cultivate the drug.

The campaign, called Carly’s Amnesty, is supported by cross-party MPs, ex-police chiefs and the Police Federation – the union for rank-and-file officers.

It is opposed by people who say the laws against cannabis must not be watered down and point to the psychotic side-effects experienced by some users.




Stroke sufferer Carly Barton, 32, launched her campaign after she became the first UK adult to get a private prescription for cannabis only to find she could not afford the £1,400 cost of legal supplies.

The Sunday Mirror revealed in May that she must either score the same amount from a dealer – only £300 but possibly toxic – or grow her own.

“To have your wellness criminalised does not make any sense,” says Carly, who suffered agonising neuropathy and fibromyalgia after having a stroke at 24.

She wants MPs to remove the “fear of a kick in the door in the night” felt by patients who use cannabis to stay well.


Despite a raid after telling her local Police and Crime Com­mis­sioner she was growing cannabis, she is now backed by senior figures such as PCCs Martyn Underhill of Dorset, Hardyal Dhindsa of Derbyshire, Durham’s Ron Hogg, North Wales’ Arfon Jones and West Midlands’ David Jamieson.

Mr Underhill said: “It is wrong that patients with a prescribed medical need are suffering because of access issues or financial constraints.”

Simon Kempton of the Police Federation said officers “did not join to criminalise people who merely wish to live pain-free”.

And MP Crispin Blunt of the Conservative Drug Reform Group said: “British drug policy is riddled with cruel absurdity.”


The news comes amid claims that hundreds of people with conditions such as epilepsy and MS pay private clinics up to £800 a month for medical cannabis.

However, new draft guidelines from NHS drug watchdog NICE say the drug cannot be approved for severely epileptic children due to lack of evidence that it helps.



Alfie Dingley, 7, had 75 seizures a day until he started taking cannabis oil. One year after the law was changed to help him, the jury is still out on whether it really works



Alfie Dingley, 7, had 75 seizures a day until he started taking cannabis oil. One year after the law was changed to help him, the jury is still out on whether it really works


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Young Alfie Dingley is behaving like a typical seven-year-old boy: fidgeting and playfully interrupting as his parents and doctor discuss his health.

It is difficult to believe this is the same child who once was crippled by up to 75 seizures a day and was barely able to communicate.

His life was constantly at risk from the rare and hard-to-treat form of epilepsy he was born with. Yet here he is, holding court during a consultation with his paediatric neurologist at King’s College Hospital, London. The reason for this apparent medical miracle? Cannabis.

Alfie Dingley, pictured here with his mother Hannah, left, used to suffer 75 seizures a day until he was prescribed an oil-based cannabis tincture overseas. His case saw the then Home Secretary Sajid Javid change the law to allow the use of cannabis oil by the NHS



Not the illegal narcotic most commonly associated with criminal activity – but medicine derived from the plant. Last year, the plight of a handful of young epilepsy patients – including Alfie – caught the attention of the then Home Secretary Sajid Javid. The youngsters had been prescribed medical cannabis overseas, in countries where the treatment is legal, and it had turned their health around. But they were denied the lifeline, an oil-based cannabis tincture, on the NHS, due to the UK’s drug laws.


In November, after intense campaigning by a handful of parents, the Government moved to legalise cannabis-derived medication, by allowing specialists to prescribe it on a case-by-case basis. It was a ruling that could, in the next few years, pave the way for thousands, possibly millions, of patients in Britain to be given cannabis-based medication for everything from epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease to cancer and mental illness.

Yet, earlier this month medical watchdog the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence discouraged doctors from offering it widely. It said: ‘There was a lack of clear evidence that these treatments provide any benefits.’ Now a ground-breaking new BBC Horizon documentary – Cannabis: Miracle Medicine Or Dangerous Drug? – explores the drug’s pros and cons and asks whether it really warrants a place in medicine’s arsenal of weapons.


The programme follows Alfie’s story – in which we see, a year after he started taking it, that he is still well – charts changing attitudes to the drug and highlights how suppliers are gearing up for a surge in demand from the UK.

Its presenter, A&E specialist Dr Javid Abdelmoneim, even visits a former tulip farm in Denmark that has been converted to grow cannabis to cope with the anticipated growth from Britain and the rest of Europe.

He says: ‘For the first time, doctors can legally prescribe medicinal cannabis in the form of oils, pills or capsules in the UK. And I’ve heard it called a miracle cure for all sorts of conditions.’ But is cannabis really the panacea for all ills, or an over-hyped narcotic with little evidence to support its wider use in medicine?


‘He was a zombie – now he rides his bike’


After years of getting nowhere with conventional prescription medicines, the change in Alfie’s health due to cannabis therapy was astounding, says his mother Hannah Deacon, 40, from Kenilworth, Warwickshire. But it took six months before the daily ritual of swallowing drops of cannabis oil started to bear fruit.

‘He was a zombie on prescription medicines – now he cycles, can go horse riding and attends school every day,’ says Hannah, who also has a four-year-old daughter, Annie, with her partner, 41-year-old landscape gardener Drew Dingley.

‘It was extraordinary. He went from being admitted to hospital 48 times in one year – almost once a week – to going without a single seizure for 11 months thanks to cannabis. Yet I remember when I first mentioned the drug to his neurologist and I was told that if I brought the subject up again I would be referred to social services.’

The family initially moved to Holland, where the drug is legal, to gain access to treatment but eventually returned home to campaign for it through the NHS. In June 2018, the Government announced a review of medicinal cannabis and granted Alfie the first licence of its kind, allowing him to access the drug. The decision led to changes that mean it is now legal for a select number of conditions – including nausea caused by chemotherapy and the neurological condition multiple sclerosis. However, only hospital specialists – not GPs – are allowed to offer it. And a lack of evidence that it works better than available treatments means many doctors remain sceptical and unwilling to prescribe it.



Alfie relapsed… so it’s no miracle cure



A year on from the landmark ruling that opened to door for medical cannabis in the UK, Horizon caught up with Alfie. The schoolboy is now nearly eight and doing well. But it hasn’t all been plain sailing and mother Hannah is keen to stress that cannabis is no miracle cure. After being seizure-free for months on end, Alfie relapsed earlier this year.

He is one of only nine children in the world with his particular form of epilepsy. His fits – which come in clusters of 20 or 30 that can last for days on end – returned as his condition became resistant to the particular cannabis formulation placed on his tongue each day.


It contained high doses of CBD and a tiny amount of THC. ‘We knew it could happen,’ says Hannah. ‘Alfie has a treatment-resistant form of epilepsy which can stop responding to therapy. But none of the pharmaceutical drugs he was given helped him at all. On cannabis oil he had a whole 11 months seizure-free and out of hospital, which was amazing.’

Now, Hannah says, a new cannabis product has been licensed for use in Alfie’s case and he is responding well to the treatment once again. His fits are becoming less frequent. It contains a different form of THC – called tetrahydrocannabinolic acid – that is not psychoactive but may also have health benefits. ‘I’ve always said this is no magic cure for Alfie,’ says Hannah. ‘It’s about giving him the best quality of life possible.’



Studies disproved pain relief claims


THERE are already a handful of cannabis-based pharmaceutical medicines on the market. British drugs firm GW Pharmaceuticals makes Sativex, a cannabis-derived peppermint-flavoured drug in the form of a mouth spray for multiple sclerosis, to ease painful muscle spasms. 


But at £500 a month, it is deemed ‘too expensive’ for the NHS, so patients rarely get it. The same firm also makes Epidiolex, a cannabis-derived liquid for certain hard-to-treat forms of epilepsy, which is currently awaiting approval for sale in Europe.

Cannabis contains around 400 different chemicals. The one most people know is tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which produces the characteristic ‘high’ from the drug.

Yet it’s not THC that has been attracting scientists’ attention but CBD, or cannabidiol, an entirely separate ingredient that does not have any psychoactive effects.

In epilepsy it is thought to work by blocking the abnormal electric signals that can trigger seizures.

However, the recent NICE guidence looked specifically at evidence that it reliably and consistently did ease epilepsy patients’ suffering – and stated that more research was needed before it could be reccommended.

Advocates also claim CBD could treat chronic pain – long-lasting discomfort that is largely unresponsive to mainstream drugs. 

Indeed, the Horizon documentary shows one female stroke patient in Israel – where cannabis has been embraced wholeheartedly as a legitimate form of medicine – visiting a clinic to inhale a cannabis-derived drug prescribed by a doctor for her constant agony.

But Dr Amir Englund, researcher in psychopharmacology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London, says studies have disproved the effect: ‘CBD does nothing at all for pain relief,’ he says.

Scientists in the UK are now investigating whether CBD could halt the spread of cancer, and even help prevent dementia. But at this stage, these are simply theories backed up by small-scale studies on lab mice.


Promising results in mental health trials


One of the few areas where CBD has hinted promise, in humans, is treating mental illness. It is now well known that one in four cases of psychosis is linked to narcotic cannabis abuse. It is THC that triggers the psychotic reactions, yet high doses of CBD may have the opposite effect.

Dr Englund and his team gave 88 schizophrenia patients either CBD or a dummy drug for six weeks, alongside existing medication, and found a significant reduction in psychotic symptoms, such as paranoia and hallucinations. ‘We found CBD was just as effective as anti-psychotic drugs but without any of the nasty side-effects, such as sexual dysfunction and extreme weight gain,’ Dr Englund said.

Tests suggest the cannabis ingredient may work by boosting levels of the feel-good brain chemical serotonin. Another small trial has suggested CBD might help ease anxiety.

Researchers warn of safety risks

Campaigners for medical cannabis products made with CBD argue they are entirely natural and side-effect free. But are they really? New research in the latest issue of the Journal Of Clinical Medicine by scientists at Florida University’s Centre for Drug Evaluation suggests otherwise. They tracked hundreds of people using CBD products, such as oils, gels, sweets or capsules, and found almost half complained of side effects ranging from sleep disturbances and increased infections to anaemia and liver problems. They also found that CBD could interact with other common medications, potentially reducing their effectiveness.

The scientists warned: ‘Patients and consumers should be made aware of potential safety issues with CBD use.’

And in June a team of US and Italian researchers warned that, in animal studies, high doses of CBD had damaged the central nervous system, the liver and male reproductive system.

Writing in the journal Current Neuropharmacology they said: ‘CBD is not risk-free.’

Dr Englund says it’s hard to tell precisely how medical cannabis works, as it acts on so many different parts of the body.

‘The effects will vary from one cannabis product to another and, as with any medicine, not all patients will benefit. But for some it might be transformative.’ 


Over the counter cannabis oils are just a waste of money 


With high-street outlets such as Boots, Superdrug and Holland & Barrett all stocking CBD oils, tinctures and even gummy sweets, sales are booming.

The ingredient is hard to miss – even added to lip balms, make-up, moisturisers and body wash.

Some research suggests that as many as 1.3 million Britons are spending more than £300 million a year on these products – with the market expected to be worth £1 billion by 2025.

But are they simply wasting their money? If they are hoping to boost health, ease pain and improve the skin by doing do, the answer is yes.

CBD oil can cost nearly £10 for a 10ml bottle – roughly 240 drops. In gummy bear sweet form, it’s £1 a time.


Most oils or oil-based products sold online or over the counter contain between two and ten per cent CBD. Experts say much higher concentrations are needed to have any therapeutic effect.

For example, Epidiolex, an epilepsy drug, contains 98 per cent CBD. The oil used by Dr Englund and colleagues in the research on people with mental illness was 100 per cent CBD and nothing else. He says: ‘With some of those over-the-counter products, you would have to drink a whole bottle of oil or more before you would begin to get any benefit at all.’

CBD is poorly absorbed by the body as it can easily be broken down in the gut and the liver. This means only a fraction of what is swallowed – no more than six per cent according to Dr Englund – reaches the bloodstream.

CBD products are sold as food supplements rather than medicines and suppliers are careful not to make specific claims. Many instead say it can ‘maintain’ health or ‘support wellbeing’ if used regularly.

However, experts warn CBD products may not even contain what they say they do on the packet. One study involved testing 30 shop-bought CBD products. Researchers found one 30ml bottle, retailing for £90, contained no CBD at all.

Half contained THC, making them illegal. And one was so high in ethanol that it would be considered an alcoholic drink.

Dr Abdelmoneim says: ‘Lots of people self-medicate with these products but I suspect there’s a huge dose of placebo involved, rather than the products having any real effect.’


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Cannabis, cars, family pets and even HANDCUFFS are among the items stolen from the police as figured reveal almost 1,800 thefts from forces since 2015



Cannabis, cars, family pets and even HANDCUFFS are among the items stolen from the police as figured reveal almost 1,800 thefts from forces since 2015


Handcuffs, cannabis plants and a family pet are among the unlikely items stolen from embarrassed police forces in Britain.

Other things ‘lifted’ from police stations or vehicles include drugs, tear gas and £95,800 in cash. 

New figures reveal that since 2015 there have been 1,784 recorded incidents of theft at 32 forces.

More than half the thefts were from the Metropolitan Police, which recorded 971 stolen items worth £198,402, including 14 laptops, 24 items of official uniform and a domestic pet.


The most expensive theft was the £95,800 in cash from a police station in South Yorkshire, which also suffered several thefts of Class B drugs.

Cannabis plants disappeared twice from police stations in Liverpool, while evidence bags and a police shield were lost in Lincolnshire.

West Yorkshire Police had £42,727 of goods stolen including 17 bicycles, three quad bikes and ten vehicles, alongside flares and tear gas, batons, a body camera and a dozen pairs of handcuffs.

In total, 91 bicycles and 17 cars or vehicles were stolen, including a three-and-a-half- ton Ford Transit van from Norfolk Constabulary.


Other forces that lost vehicles included Durham, Dorset, Essex and West Midlands.

The figures highlight the frequency with which dangerous or heavy police equipment routinely goes missing.

North Wales Police incurred the loss of body armour and captor spray – an incapacitating device used to project a jet of liquid into a person’s eyes to cause immediate burning pain.


In Scotland, an Enforcer battering ram – commonly used to break down doors in drug busts – was stolen in Lanarkshire and never recovered.

Northern Ireland’s police service, meanwhile, lost a magazine and 17 rounds of live ammunition in the area around Londonderry where journalist Lyra McKee was shot dead in April.

Among the more unusual stolen items were a log book, nine cans of Strongbow cider and a St George’s charity box taken from Lancashire police.

A wooden spear and a PlayStation with the FIFA 14 game disappeared from Cambridgeshire Constabulary, while Northumbria’s records list the disappearance of a £2,000 pressure washer.

Low-value items that have been stolen included a £5 watering can in Devonport, £4 worth of Tetley tea in Bedlington, Northumberland, and a Saltire flag in Glasgow. 

Derbyshire’s one recorded theft was a chiminea, with Hertfordshire and Suffolk being the only two forces to have no items taken.


The overall bill for goods recorded as stolen came to £436,979 but around half of the items listed had ‘no value recorded’, meaning the true cost is likely to be much higher.

The Metropolitan Police later said they had made a mistake about the pet and it was in fact tied up outside the police station. 

They also said its figures needed to be considered in the context of it being the biggest police service in the country.


Scores of VIP cops hit by misconduct probes


More than 60 elite police officers who protect Royals and VIPs have been investigated for misconduct in just two years.

Officers have been accused of corruption, sexual assaults, other assaults and ‘improper disclosures of information’.

In total, 64 officers from the specialist protection units have been investigated over 74 accusations between 2017 and 2019.

The complaints, revealed after a Freedom of Information request, come despite the Metropolitan Police overhauling the protection teams in 2015 following a string of concerns about officer culture.


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Burglar with underwear on head attempts break-in to cannabis store



Burglar with underwear on head attempts break-in to cannabis store


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OTIS ORCHARDS, Wash. – A man was caught on camera trying to break into a Washington cannabis dispensary with underwear on his head.

pex Cannabis, located in the Spokane area, posted a video of the attempted break-in Tuesday to its Facebook page. Surveillance video captured the would-be burglar Sunday morning.

“The suspect prepared for the many security cameras at the cannabis shop by wrapping underwear around his head in a mask-like disguise,” the post said. “He used a pry bar to attempt entry but set off the alarm alerting law enforcement.”


Officers with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Department and Liberty Lake police responded to the scene, Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Gregory told The Spokesman-Review. The suspect didn’t listen to police commands and tried to get back in his vehicle, which can be seen in the video.

After a struggle with officers and a K-9, 55-year-old Scott Hedge was arrested, Gregory said. He was booked into the Spokane County Jail on charges of malicious mischief, resisting arrest and burglary in the second degree.

“Everyone affiliated with Apex Cannabis – our staff, vendors, customers and friends – sends a huge thank you to local law enforcement for their quick action,” the Facebook post said.

This isn’t the first time burglars have targeted the store. Apex Cannabis owner Stacey Peterson told the Spokesman-Review that there was at least one other unsuccessful burglary attempt on the store, which prompted staff to install extra security bars to the building.




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