Cannabis plants worth £130,000 found after police swoop on flat in Port Glasgow



Cannabis plants worth £130,000 found after police swoop on flat in Port Glasgow


HUNDREDS of cannabis plants worth £130,000 have been found after police swooped on a flat in Port Glasgow.

Officers pounced on a property in the town’s Highholm Street following a tip-off and made a major recovery.

They have described the set-up they found as bearing all the hallmarks of a sophisticated operation.

Specialist officers from the Violence Reduction Unit carried out the intelligence-led raid after obtaining warrants to search the property on Tuesday afternoon.

Just under 300 cannabis plants were found growing inside the four bedroom top floor flat.

Sergeant Allan O’Hare, who led the operation, said: “Acting on the concerns of the community my team led the operation to execute a sheriff drug search warrant at the property.

“This was an excellent high value recovery of cannabis and the discovery of what was a very sophisticated set-up to produce it.”

This is the second major cannabis cultivation to be smashed in the town in a matter of weeks, after plants with a street value of £1m were found in a disused factory in the Devol industrial estate.


Sgt O’Hare has praised members of the public for playing their part and fired a warning shot to drug dealers operating in the community.

He told the Telegraph: “Cannabis farms are a real threat to people’s safety, especially in a block of flats, due to the large volume of electricity and lighting involved.

“This leads to increased risk of fire.

“Drugs are a real concern, but with local people’s continued support and co-operation we can all make a difference and reduce the threat of such criminality.

“Those who think they can get away with peddling drugs without facing the consequences are wrong.

“We are and will continue to target anyone involved in drugs and the criminality around such products.

“We would encourage the public to continue to tell us who is supplying drugs in their community.”


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Edibles not likely to hit B.C. cannabis store shelves until 2020: Public Safety Minister



Edibles not likely to hit B.C. cannabis store shelves until 2020: Public Safety Minister


KAMLOOPS — As of yesterday, edibles were made legal across Canada — but that doesn’t mean they’re readily available.

B.C.’s Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Mike Farnworth, tells CFJC Today that consumers likely won’t see edibles on retail cannabis store shelves until next year.

“While edibles are now legal as of yesterday, the reality is I don’t expect to see them in retail outlets until probably January at the earliest,” Farnworth says.

New amendments to the Cannabis Act came into effect yesterday (Oct. 17), which established a regulatory framework for edibles, extracts and topicals. But producers could only start applying yesterday to produce and sell those products.



Drug addiction experts sound alert as Hong Kong youngsters take to cannabis, believing legalisation trend makes it all right



Drug addiction experts sound alert as Hong Kong youngsters take to cannabis, believing legalisation trend makes it all right


Cannabis may seem trendy, but experts warn against notion it’s ‘not that addictive or potent’

Some abusers say cannabis led them to experiment with other drugs, ending in addiction


Leung Chun-wing is hoping young people will learn from his experiences of taking drugs. Photo: K.Y. Cheng


Leung Chun-wing remembers going out as a boy with his grandmother and coming across a person lying unconscious near their home.
“My grandmother told me not to take heroin, or I’d end up like him,” Leung, 32, recalls.
But when he was a teenager, someone offered him cannabis and, curious, he did not refuse.
“I knew heroin was a drug, but I didn’t think cannabis was too,” says Leung, who was 18 when he started taking drugs.


Leung Chun-wing shares his experiences. Photo: K. Y. Cheng



He hung out at nightclubs with friends, and went from cannabis to ketamine, cocaine and ecstasy.
“It became very serious, with me having to go the washroom every 10 to 15 minutes,” he recounts.


He has struggled with the habit for the past 15 years, trying to quit multiple times.
While the total number of reported drug abusers in Hong Kong has declined over the past decade, there is a rising number of youngsters taking to drugs.
According to the Central Registry of Drug Abuse, 6,611 drug abusers were reported last year, down from 6,875 in 2017 and 14,241 in 2008.
The number aged under 21 went up slightly from 468 in 2017 to 471 last year. Newly reported abusers under 21 increased by 3 per cent from 2017 to 362 last year.
Significantly, a triennial government survey of upper primary to post-secondary students found that the number who had ever taken drugs leapt by 23 per cent in 2017/18 to 17,800 from three years earlier.
Experts also point out a worrying trend of cannabis, or marijuana, becoming increasingly popular in Hong Kong, as a few countries have moved in recent years to legalise the drug for medical or recreational usage, or under specific conditions.


Blooming cannabis market

Professor Cheung Yuet-wah, head of Shue Yan University’s department of sociology, says heroin was the dominant drug in the colonial times, but since the 1990s has been overtaken by psychotropic drugs like ketamine and cannabis.
Psychotropic drugs are capable of affecting the mind, emotions, and behaviour.
While cannabis has been around a long time, it has been gaining popularity among youngsters since a number of other countries have eased up on its use.
“Young people might think that with it legalised in Canada, they should at least be allowed to try it here in Hong Kong,” he says.


Leung Chun-wing (left) and Nathan Lin Wong-sing in Yuen Long. Photo: K.Y. Cheng


Last year, Canada decriminalised cannabis, pardoning those with a record of possessing 30 grams of the drug or less. Uruguay, the Netherlands, Portugal, Georgia and South Africa allow the use of marijuana under some conditions, and recreational use of marijuana is also allowed in several states in the United States.
These changes send a dangerous message, Cheung warns, as many might underestimate the harm the drug can cause.
“They may have the perception that cannabis is not that addictive and potent, and that it is trendy and acceptable,” he says.

Research has shown that cannabis can affect memory, make a user feel anxious and increase the risk of developing a psychotic illness, such as schizophrenia.
The legalisation of marijuana in some jurisdictions has sparked debate, with most countries remaining firm on keeping it illegal, both for recreational and medicinal use.
While the use of most drugs has declined in Hong Kong, reported cases of people using cannabis have risen from 402 in 2017 to 472 last year. In the first half of this year alone, there were 316 cases, sharply up from 234 over the same period last year.

The amount of marijuana seized by Hong Kong customs also surged threefold to 227kg in the first eight months of 2019, compared with the same period last year.
A law enforcement source said it has become easy for drug dealers to bring in marijuana from North America. Most of this year’s 103 seizures involved air parcels sent to Hong Kong by mail from Canada or the US.


Pastor Sam Cheng Chun-wah, 62, a recovered addict who runs Christian New Life Association, a non-government organisation which helps drug addicts, says many may think taking cannabis recreationally or in social gatherings is not an issue.
But he worries its rising popularity may trigger a wave of drug abuse.
“Cannabis might not be so harmful but it can be the entry point to stronger drugs when a person feels it cannot satisfy his addiction,” says the pastor, who overcame heroin addiction 36 years ago.


The hidden ones

Cheng believes the official figures do not show the full picture as substance abuse, although still serious, is hidden nowadays because people are using drugs at home.
This is unlike in the past, when it was easy to find drug users in large discotheques, which have mostly closed over the years.
“It is now easy to buy drugs with a phone call or WhatsApp message, you do not even need to get out of your home,” he says.
And whereas drug users in the past tended to come from lower-income backgrounds, he says, today’s users include those from better-off families, with good education, some of whom are even working as professionals.
He has also heard of drug users as young as 12.
Hidden drug use is reflected in the central registry data, where half the new cases of drug abusers last year had been taking drugs for at least 4.7 years. As many as 58 per cent of all reported abusers took drugs only at home or at a friend’s home.
Last year, the most common reasons abusers gave to explain their habit were “to avoid discomfort of its absence”, “to relieve boredom/depression/stress” and “peer influence/to identify with peers”.


Former tour guide Lin Wong-sing, 34, started taking methylamphetamine, more commonly known as ice, four years ago after injuring his spine while leading a group tour in Japan.
“I injured my spine while taking a group on tour in Japan, resulting in me having difficulties walking in my right leg,” he recalls.

He hit a rough patch, including financial woes, a court case with his former company over compensation, and breaking up with his boyfriend.
“I was having a lot of troubles and wanted company,” Lin says. “I met someone online and started taking ice with him.”
Using drugs offered some relief initially, but his addiction became more serious and there were days when he took ice three times a day. He also began having unprotected sex, something he had avoided in the past, and ended up being infected with HIV.

“I realised drugs make you indifferent to many things,” Lin says.


Weeding out the problem

Over the next few years, Lin tried to quit drugs several times but failed. He even attempted suicide.
Religion has helped him, he says. He has been free of drugs for four months and is committed to finishing a six-month rehabilitation programme run by the Christian New Life Association.
His relationship with his family has also improved.
Professor Cheung believes the government has been doing a good job with around 20 years’ prevention work, but feels more resources are needed, especially to deal with cannabis use.
Pastor Cheng’s wish is for society to provide more opportunities to those who quit drugs and that the government will devote more resources to helping them lead new lives.
Grateful that he was able to turn his life around and pursue his education in theology and psychological counselling, Cheng feels young people — especially those who do not feel loved — need more support in developing life skills.

“In a sense, drugs help to numb those who are lacking love, care and acceptance,” he says.
Leung, the boy who grew up and ignored his grandmother’s advice to stay away from drugs, recalls a painful past.
He was from a well-off family of four, but his parents quarrelled frequently and drugs provided an escape.
“I seldom talked to my dad because of his work. In fact, we did not really chat for six to seven years when I was studying,” says Leung. “I felt neglected by my parents, who only satisfied my material needs.”

He did not do well at school, and went on to do odd jobs while he started his drug habit. His father also lost his job.
Over the past eight years, Leung has tried to quit drugs but failed repeatedly. It led him to become estranged from his family.
“I didn’t think quitting drugs would be so complicated,” he says.
Recalling how he relapsed after being drug-free for a year, he says: “Once I came out of rehab, I felt bored and couldn’t resist the urge to meet friends from the past who did drugs.”
Leung is now on his fourth attempt to quit. Encouraged by friends who gave up drugs, he admitted himself into the treatment programme at the Christian New Life Association.
Having stayed clean for half a year, he says his relationship with his family has improved, and he has picked up playing the piano too.
He has also begun making plans for the future. He has started on a diploma programme and hopes to train to become a social worker eventually.
Pastor Cheng is confident, from observing Leung, that he will turn around this time. That is why the centre agreed to let him start pursuing his studies, which requires leaving the association’s premises.

Leung says: “I hope to help young people with my experience of going astray, so they will not have to go through what I did.”




Matt Every suspended after testing positive for cannabis



Matt Every suspended after testing positive for cannabis


Matt Every



American Matt Every has been suspended for 12 weeks for violating a drugs policy.

The 35-year-old two-time PGA Tour winner said in a statement he had tested positive for cannabis, which he uses for a “mental health condition”.

Cannabis is legally prescribed for medical use in Florida, where Every is based.

He will be eligible to return to the PGA Tour from 7 January 2020.



This couple make cannabis oil that you can add to your food and drink (and it’s all perfectly legal!)



This couple make cannabis oil that you can add to your food and drink (and it’s all perfectly legal!)


Daisy and Bart of Daiba Organic


THE cannabis industry is on a roll. Over the last year, a budding array of hemp products have started appearing on the high street. Leading this green revolution is Westbourne-based, Daiba Organic. The company sell the compound Cannabidiol (CBD) oil, which has been credited with helping relieve pain and reduce anxiety. The oil won’t get you high and is legal in the UK and Europe. It’s currently classified as a food supplement, but you do have to be over-18 to buy it.

Daisy Smith, who runs Daiba Organic with her partner Bart Majkut, have been selling CBD products since 2017.

Daiba Organic’s range of CBD infused products include crafted organic oils, tea and chocolate. Daisy and Bart recommend taking a few drops daily orally or adding to your favourite drinks or recipes. The oil is grown organically and in accordance with the European Union law. To extract the oil from the plant they use a cold press extraction process, which ensures the best quality oil with no heat damage.


Daisy, 33, says: “More people are becoming aware of the benefits of hemp and CBD products. It’s moving away from the previous associations of recreational drug use to the more beneficial properties of CBD. Our oil is 100 per cent organic and our products’ packaging are eco and vegan-friendly.”

The pair describe cannabis as a versatile and powerful plant, packed full of flavour and fragrance, with a whole range of natural benefits.

A World Health Organisation (WHO) report suggests CBD oil could be used to treat anxiety and depression but in spite of the reported health benefits, NHS England’s website said the quality and content of many cannabis-based products is not known. It reads: “Some products that might claim to be medicinal cannabis, such as CBD oil or hemp oil, are available to buy legally as food supplements from health stores. But there’s no guarantee these are of good quality or provide any health benefits.”


Daisy added: “Most of our followers are quite astute and already aware of the growing popularity and benefits of CBD products. Our oil is perfectly safe to use, and we make sure we choose the right plants at our farms. CBD oil is currently classified as a food supplement and not a medicine. The government legislation is very strict with claiming any medical benefits, but I can only say that we have many happy customers that are using our oil and they are finding life a lot more pleasant!”

Here’s one of Daiba Organic’s recipes, created in collaboration with Epi-Foods, to try at home.


CBD Power Balls SkinFood

Ingredients (basic dough):

100g dates, soaked for at least 4 hours or overnight

100g roasted almonds

1 or 2 full droppers of Daiba CBD Oil 5.5%

Toppings (optionally):

Coconut flakes


Cranberry Powder


Grated Almonds

Cocoa nibs

Grated Daiba CBD Chocolate



Blend your soaked dates to a fine puree. Chop the roasted almonds with a large knife and mix with the date puree and Daiba CBD Oil into a dough. Form small balls from this dough. Roll these balls through any ingredient from the “Toppings” list above and garnish on a plate or wrap in sandwich paper.

* Daiba products are also stocked at Sunrise Organics and Earth Foods




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