‘Car stank of cannabis’ – one arrested on suspicion of intent to supply



‘Car stank of cannabis’ – one arrested on suspicion of intent to supply


OFFICERS came across a car ‘full of young people’ last night and arrested one on suspicion of intent to supply.

South Lakes Police made one arrest after they stopped a vehicle in Bowness that ‘stank of cannabis’.

A spokesperson for South Lakes Police said: “Came across a car full of young people tonight in Bowness and was about to give some crime prevention advice.

“However, car stank of Cannabis. One arrested for intent to supply and others coming in for voluntary interview.”


South Lakes Police
Result! Came across a car full of young people tonight in Bowness & was about to give some crime prevention advice. However, Car stank of Cannabis. 1 arrested for intent to supply +others coming in for vol interview. #teamworkworks #notinourarea @Cumbriapolice @CumbriaRoadsPol

9:53 PM – Sep 4, 2019 · Windermere, England






Perth man leapt from window as postie arrived with weed package during police raid



Perth man leapt from window as postie arrived with weed package during police raid


A man fled out a back window as a postman arrived at the front door with a secret cannabis package during a police raid on the flat.

Craig Merchant made a run for it but was caught with cannabis in his rucksack and he had left a trail of fingerprints on drug packages in the property.

Merchant was being chased by drugs squad officers while another answered the door to the flat and was asked to sign for a consignment of cannabis by an unsuspecting postman.

The illicit drugs were addressed to Merchant’s co-accused Steven Lorimer, who had been bragging to customers about being a “one-stop cannabis shop”.

Depute fiscal Eilidh Robertson told Perth Sheriff Court Merchant was linked with nearly half a kilo of cannabis with a street value of £4,680.


Solicitor Paul Parker-Smith, defending, said: “This took place at a dark and difficult time in his life. Time has moved on. He has turned a corner.”

Merchant, 25, of Scott Street, Perth, was ordered to carry out 275 hours’ unpaid work after he admitted being concerned in the supply of the drug.

Lorimer, 30, of St Madoes, had earlier been jailed for 39 months after he admitted supplying the drug in St Madoes between June 19 last year and February 12.

Miss Robertson told the court: “A member of staff intercepted a package at the Royal Mail sorting office as it smelt strongly of cannabis. The package was addressed to Lorimer.

“It was opened and three packages of cannabis, each weighing around 26 grams, was found within.”


She said a search was carried out on July 18 last year and the accused was detained after arriving smelling strongly of cannabis. Cannabis packages were found in his rucksack.

Lorimer had around £1,000 in cash and told officers: “Everything in the house is mine. I use cannabis for medical purposes.”

Miss Robertson said: “On 12 February 2019 a further search warrant was executed at Philip Redford Court, St Madoes. On this occasion both accused were traced in the property.

“As the officers approached the property they saw Lorimer hide items under cupboard kickboards and saw Merchant try to jump out the property through a rear window.”







Contaminant found in marijuana vaping products

Contaminant found in marijuana vaping products linked to deadly lung illnesses, tests show


State and federal health officials investigating mysterious lung illnesses linked to vaping have found the same chemical in samples of marijuana products used by people sickened in different parts of the country and who used different brands of products in recent weeks.

The chemical is an oil derived from vitamin E. Investigators at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found the oil in cannabis products in samples collected from patients who fell ill across the United States. FDA officials shared that information with state health officials during a telephone briefing this week, according to several officials who took part in the call.

That same chemical was also found in nearly all cannabis samples from patients who fell ill in New York in recent weeks, a state health department spokeswoman said.

Vitamin E is found naturally in certain foods, such as canola oil, olive oil and almonds. The oil derived from the vitamin, known as vitamin E acetate, is commonly available as a nutritional supplement and is used in topical skin treatments. It is not known to cause harm when ingested as a vitamin supplement or applied to the skin. Its name sounds harmless, experts said, but its molecular structure could make it hazardous when inhaled. Its oil-like properties could be associated with the kinds of respiratory symptoms that many patients have reported: cough, shortness of breath and chest pain, officials said.

“We knew from earlier testing by New York that they had found vitamin E acetate, but to have FDA talk about it from their overall testing plan, that was the most remarkable thing that we heard,” said one official who listened to the briefing but was not authorized to speak publicly.

The FDA also told state officials Wednesday that its lab tests found nothing unusual in nicotine products that had been collected from sick patients, according to another person who took part in the call.

The investigation has been particularly challenging for health authorities. “We don’t know what we’re looking for,” an official at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is leading the investigation, said last week.

Officials are trying to come up with a consistent definition of the illness and a standardized system for collecting information from the states. Unlike certain infectious diseases, such as measles, which are required to be reported to federal authorities, states are not required to report possible cases of vaping-related illnesses to the CDC. And they still don’t know what vaping ingredient or ingredients are causing the lung injuries.

State health departments are reporting new cases weekly. As of Aug. 27, there were 215 possible cases reported by 25 states. Additional reports of lung illnesses are under investigation, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is leading the investigation.

On Wednesday, Oregon health authorities said a middle-aged adult who died in late July of a severe respiratory illness had used an e-cigarette containing marijuana oil purchased from a legal dispensary. It’s the second death linked to vaping nationwide and the first to be linked to a product bought at a store. Illinois officials reported the first death last week. They did not specify what kind of product was used in that case.

State and federal health authorities have said they are focusing on the role of contaminants or counterfeit substances as a likely cause of vaping-related lung illnesses. Many patients have told officials and clinicians that they bought cannabis products off the street. Many of those who have fallen ill say they have vaped products containing marijuana, but others said they used traditional nicotine e-cigarettes. Many report using both. Authorities said they are not ruling out adulterants in nicotine vaping products.

Although the discovery of a common chemical in lab tests from the FDA and New York’s highly regarded Wadsworth Center lab offers a potential lead, officials cautioned that they are a long way from understanding what exactly is making so many people sick.

An FDA spokesman said the agency is “looking into potential leads regarding any particular constituent or compound that may be at issue.” The FDA is analyzing sample for a broad range of chemicals, including nicotine, THC, other cannabinoids, “cutting agents” that may be used to dilute liquids, other additives, pesticides, opioids, poisons and toxins.

“The number of samples received continues to increase and we now have over 100 samples for testing,” FDA spokesman Michael Felberbaum said Thursday.

Not all the samples are suitable for testing. The FDA analyzed 12 viable nicotine samples and 18 viable THC products, state officials said. Vitamin E acetate was found in 10 of the 18 THC products.

“This was the only thing that seemed to show up in 10 of the 18 cannabis products,” said one state official who took part in the call.

The federal lab results seem to confirm findings from New York State. Late last week, its lab found “very high levels of vitamin E acetate in nearly all” its cannabis samples tested. More than a dozen samples were tested, a health department spokeswoman said Thursday. At least one vape product containing vitamin E acetate has been linked to each patient who submitted a product for testing, the department said.

“Vitamin E acetate is not an approved additive for New York State Medical Marijuana Program-authorized vape samples and was not seen in the nicotine-based products that were tested. As a result, vitamin E acetate is now a key focus” of New York’s investigation, New York State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said in a statement Thursday.

As of Thursday, New York had received 34 reports from doctors of severe pulmonary illness among patients who ranged in age from 15 to 46 who were using at least one cannabis-containing vape product before becoming sick. All patients reported recent use of various vape products, officials said. Many are suspected to be counterfeits or recreational cannabis-containing vape products available in other states.

The second report of a death has emphasized the danger of this lung disease. “It was surprising that the patient suddenly appeared without any other underlying health conditions and became ill enough to die from this syndrome,” said Ann Thomas, a physician with the Oregon Health Authority.

Vaping refers to the increasingly popular practice of inhaling vapor from an e-cigarette device, which frequently involves heating a liquid that can contain nicotine, marijuana or other drugs.

Vitamin E acetate is basically grease, said Michelle Francl, a chemistry professor at Bryn Mawr College. Its molecular structure means that “you have to heat it up pretty hot” for it to vaporize. Its boiling point is 363 degrees Fahrenheit, which is well above the 212 degrees F boiling point for water, and nearly four times higher than normal human body temperature.

Once the oil is heated hot enough to vaporize, it can potentially decompose, and “now you’re breathing in who-knows-what,” Francl said.

When that vapor cools down in the lungs, it returns to its original state at that temperature and pressure, she said, which means “it has now coated the inside of your lungs with that oil,” she said.

In Utah, clinicians have treated several patients with acute lung injuries who were diagnosed with a rare condition known as lipoid pneumonia, with symptoms including chest pain and difficulty breathing. Those patients had abnormal immune cells filled with lipids, doctors said.

Unlike the human digestive tract, which can break down and get rid of foreign substances, the lungs aren’t designed to handle anything except gases, experts said.

Laura Crotty Alexander, a lung inflammation and e-cigarette researcher at the University of California in San Diego School of Medicine, said it’s not clear whether the chemical itself or its byproducts could be toxic.

“We haven’t looked at the toxicity of vitamin E in the lungs,” she said. “The lungs are designed to exchange gas molecules; they’re not designed to be exposed to other chemicals.”

When the lung cells die, that often provokes an inflammatory response, and “other cells need to come in and clean up the cell debris,” Alexander said. But the lungs are very delicate. When extra cells enter, “they get in the way of gas exchange,” she said. That makes it more difficult for oxygen to get into a person’s bloodstream. The inflammation can cause liquid to accumulate in the lungs, making it difficult for someone to breathe, she said.









CBC (Canada) – Quebec’s ban on growing cannabis at home unconstitutional, judge rules



Did i ever explain why i refer to the “Légaleezation” of trudeau?  Here’s a hint:


[ https:// www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/quebec-cannabis-homegrowing-1.5269046 ]

CBC:  Quebec’s ban on growing cannabis at home unconstitutional, judge rules (2019-Sep-3)


Apparently its revolving around some legalist technicality, based on arguing that criminal legislation belongs to a federal jurisdiction…  As if nobody could think of it earlier.  Worse, the province still may want to appeal in court or even just adapt its present self-cultivation ban to render it “constitutional”!


Meanwhile landlords who retroactively modified residential lease agreements, unilaterally, may still ask for lawful eviction of cannabis consumers.  Which is only a sample of this whole mess, etc., etc.


Good day, have fun!!  :sorry:


Cannabis vs pregnancy studies…



This showed up on my Google radar recently and i’m sure you’ve already read similar articles repeatedly:


https:// undark.org/article/jamaica-study-cannabis-researchers-pregnancy/ ]
To justify using weed, pregnant women cling to an old and dubious study (2019-Aug-28)


While i doubt such sample of science ever cared to also mention that one as well:


[ https:// www.nature.com/articles/srep16921 ]

Nature:  Prenatal exposure to recreational drugs affects global motion perception in preschool children (2016-Nov-9)
« …global motion perception was improved…  »
…marijuana reduced the negative effect of alcohol exposure… »


Or just this:


[ https:// patents.google.com/patent/US6630507B1/en ]
Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants


Good day, have fun!!  :sorry:

Seagulls llike weed too.

Man Avoids Weed Charges After a Seagull Flies Off With His Baggie


Aug 29, 2019 06:45 PM PST

by Randy Robinson

Can a bird be cited for weed possession? If so, good luck catching it.

If you toke long enough, and you happen to reside somewhere where weed is still illegal (you unfortunate souls), you’re eventually going to run into the cops. And that run-in can go one of two ways: Either you catch some charges, or you get lucky after a deus ex machina intervenes to save the day. 

For one man in Sweden, that intervention took the form of a seagull who loves weed (or plastic, we’re not sure which, exactly). 

Recently, The Leaf Desk reported that a man and woman attending the Gothenburg Cultural Festival were approached by plainclothes police officers. The cops had caught the woman openly blazing a joint, and the man, fearing he was next up for a search, tried to ditch his bag of weed in some bushes to avoid arrest. 

In Sweden, possession of even a single joint can mean six months in prison and heavy fines. According to the man, his bag held about 10 grams of primo pot.

Despite his best efforts, the police spotted the man trying to stash his, well, stash. As they walked over to question him and inspect the site where the bag of weed was dropped, a seagull swooped in, grabbed the bag, and flew off.

“The policemen stood and watched the evidence disappear into the sky,” said police spokesperson Stefan Gustafsson.

Gallery — Animals Love Weed, Too:

The man, who formerly had the bag, ducked out shortly after the stash went airborne. After all, if there’s no evidence, there’s no crime, right?

“I’ve heard a lot during the years I’ve worked in the police, but never anything like this,” said Camilla Fogelhamre, another police spokesperson. “We did not spend any major resources on finding the right seagull. It was a little difficult to follow, and we did not deploy a helicopter.”

Birds on weed has not been thoroughly studied, though birds do love eating seeds produced by cannabis flowers. 

The woman who was initially spotted by police smoking a joint didn’t skate free, however. She was booked and charged for weed possession and being under the influence of an illegal drug.

Public opinion regarding weed varies by country in the European Union, just as it does by state in the US. Although Sweden has some of the strictest anti-weed laws in the West, other EU members such as the UK (which may not be in the EU much longer), Germany, and Spain have enacted medical marijuana reforms or weed-tolerant policies. Luxembourg is set to become the first EU nation to legalize marijuana for recreational or adult use; Portugal decriminalized weed (and all other drugs) over 18 years ago.









Parents of epilepsy and multiple sclerosis sufferers continue to pile pressure on the British government to open up a proper medical cannabis industry.

The Home Office legalized medical marijuana in October 2018 and doctors were permitted to begin prescribing it the following month. However, overly stringent NHS guidelines laid down by the Royal College of Physicians and The British Paediatric Neurology Association have prevented all but a couple of patients from actually receiving it.

Last week the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) sparked fury among campaigners by ruling that cannabis should not be used to treat MS and chronic pain. It cited a lack of evidence and high costs for its guidance.


Every week local and national media outlets are running stories about parents that are spending small fortunes to secure the cannabis their children need. This week the BBC focused on an epileptic teenager whose family must pay £4,000 per month to secure marijuana for him.


Bailey Williams suffers from Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome, which can lead to several seizures per day, but cannabis has reduced his symptoms and allowed him to actually speak and play with toys. He has been prescribed a high-CBD, low-THC cannabis oil called Bedrolite from a private clinic in London, but his parents have to pay through the nose to import it from the Netherlands.

“Because the UK have got to import it, you’ve got your importation fees, you’ve then got your pharmacy costs on top, so that same £150 bottle becomes £500, which Bailey needs every two-and-a-half to three days,” said his father, Craig Williams.


Earlier this month, ITV News featured a family that remortgaged their house to be able to pay £2,500 a month to buy cannabis for their daughter. They say it allows her to walk and talk and her intelligence has shot up, but without an NHS prescription the cost is sky high.


Cases like these forced the UK government’s hand in the first place, and the ongoing pressure could eventually force the NHS into a climb-down. A number of British politicians are campaigning for the country’s cannabis laws to be liberalized, and Tommy Corbyn – son of opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn – has even opened a cannabis products shop called the National Hemp Service in a mocking reference to the NHS.





Boris Johnson Appoints Cannabis Backers to His Team



Boris Johnson Appoints Cannabis Backers to His Team



Hopes for a more liberal approach to cannabis regulations from the Boris Johnson Government have risen with the appointment of two cannabis supporters to his team.
Blair Gibbs, former Policy Lead at the Centre for Medicinal Cannabis, who worked with the new Prime Minister when he was Mayor of London, has joined the No 10 Downing Street policy team. Where he will be working with fellow cannabis supporter Danny Kruger, the Prime Minister’s new Political Secretary, who has also called for an end to the prohibition of cannabis.


Tough Stance on Drugs

While the new PM says he enjoyed cannabis in his younger days he has since gone on to take a firm stance against decriminalization of most drugs.One of Mr Gibbs initial tasks may be to focus on establishing clearer regulations for the U.K. CBD industry which currently operates in a regulatory lacuna.

And, secondly, the frustrating situation where raw ingredient CBD – for use in all British retail CBD products – has to to be imported into the U.K.



CBD Regulations On The ‘To Do’ List?

In a recent interview with CBD Testers he expressed his irritation: “We have the perverse situation where farmers must pay the Home Office – the national security department of the British state – for a licence to grow hemp from a list of approved hemp seeds all of which have guarantees to certify they will produce no more than 0.2% THC.

“Once licensed, however, they are mandated to remove and destroy the most valuable part of the plant. That isn’t sustainable, and explains why the U.K. hemp sector is so small in stark contrast to the boom on the Continent. In practical terms there is nothing more radical that needs to happen than DEFRA and the Home Office jointly agreeing changes to the licensing conditions for hemp. A small change at a stroke would give the U.K. the ability to have a domestic hemp industry supplying CBD in to the U.K.”

At the CMC, Blair Gibbs worked with Government on devising clearer guidelines for the CBD industry telling CBD Testers we need to encourage the ‘the adoption of a credible and robust system of voluntarily self-regulation’ for the sector. He said: “I’m, not sue we quite have that yet.”


The Victorians Did Not Ban Everything

Having lived in Canada he is said to favor the Canadian Government’s legalization route recently posting the following on twitter. “When the UK gets round to legislating to regulate a legal market for recreational cannabis it will need to learn from other models but also devise one that fits its own culture and institutions best.”

Mr Kruger is a former speech wirier for ex-Prime Minister David Cameron, and in 2017 said: “We do not need to ban everything bad. After all the Victorians never prohibited alcohol.” Earlier this year CBD Testers reported how the British public is now in favor of cannabis legalization and some politicians believe it could happen within five years.





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