Hundreds of cannabis plants discovered at Reading home



Hundreds of cannabis plants discovered at Reading home


Neighbours saw police officers running down the road with tasers


Three hundred cannabis plants were discovered when police raided a home in quiet family neighbourhood in Reading.

The semi-detached house in Armour Road, Tilehurst, was raided by officers during the morning on Wednesday, January 29.

Police officers remained at the scene throughout the day and a “whiff of what was thought to be cannabis” could be detected in the air.

According to one neighbour, who asked not to be named, officers found “five rooms full of cannabis plants”.

Other people living in the street, who did not want to be named, said they saw police officers tasers drawn and running towards the home.

Two marked police cars attended the incident, and one unmarked police car was spotted by neighbours.


Although some neighbours were aware of the operation and police presence, some were oblivious to the raid in Reading, Berkshire.


A spokeswoman for Thames Valley Police said: “Officers carried out a section 23 drugs warrant in Armour Road on Wednesday, January 29.

“More than 300 plants, believed to be cannabis, were found within the property.

“Three suspects were detained and arrested.

“All three of have since been charged with possession with intent to supply.”

Neighbours said police were due to revisit the home on Thursday, January 30.





Cannabis farm found by Gwent Police after driver used false plates



Cannabis farm found by Gwent Police after driver used false plates


A cannabis farm was discovered by police. Picture: Gwent Police.

A CANNABIS farm was discovered by police after they spotted someone driving with false plates.

Police said they stopped a driver after a car was using false plates.

And after the driver admitted the “offence straight away”, their suspicions were raised.

A spokesman said: “When you stop a car on false plates and the driver admits the offence straight away, you think, there has to be more to this.

“There was.”

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The discovering was made by Gwent Police’s Area Support Unit East, who cover Newport and Monmouthshire.

It is not clear where the cannabis farm was found.




Aberdeen man jailed for six years over drug offences



Aberdeen man jailed for six years over drug offences


An Aberdeen man has been locked up for six years for his role in supplying cannabis and directing others to collect and transfer drugs.

Colin Stewart, 35, is currently serving a sentence of three years and 11 months for drug supply. The new sentence imposed will begin at the end of that.

The offences Stewart, a prisoner of HMP Grampian, was jailed for took place in August 2017.

He appeared at the High Court in Edinburgh for sentencing along with co-accused, Christopher Bruce, 42, who directed others to collect, store and supply drugs.

Bruce, of Dundee, who is currently in Perth Prison, was also involved in the supply of heroin, amphetamine and cannabis with a potential value of more than £400,000 on the streets.


Lord Arthurson told Bruce and Stewart they were convicted of “extremely serious drug trafficking offences”.

Both had denied a string of charges during trial but Bruce was convicted of the four he faced and Stewart was found guilty of two. Jurors heard that those involved in the direction and movement of controlled drugs tended not to have a hands-on involvement with the narcotics.

Bill Adam, counsel for Stewart, said: “He has no alcohol or drug issues. He is in good health.”





Drug grower caught with £300,000 of cannabis plants in business unit at Whittlesey jailed for 20 months



Drug grower caught with £300,000 of cannabis plants in business unit at Whittlesey jailed for 20 months


A MAN who was caught growing almost £300,000 worth of cannabis has been jailed.


Alexandru Imre, 30, filled a business unit in Kings Dyke, Whittlesey, with makeshift growing rooms and expensive equipment.

Officers from the Community Action Team conducted a drugs warrant on 5 January and found more than 300 plants at various stages of growth throughout the building.


Officers also discovered the electricity meter had been bypassed and power was being taken to help grow the plants.

Imre, of Kings Dyke, Whittlesey, admitted charges of producing a class B drug and using electricity without permission.


On January 28 at Peterborough Crown Court he was jailed for 20 months.

DC Ash Morgan said: “This unit was an organised production line and would have put a lot of cannabis on the streets. I’m pleased we have managed to disrupt this and that Imre has been jailed.

“We will continue to work hard to find and destroy cannabis farms and put the people behind them before the courts.”


If you suspect somebody is involved in drug production or dealing, you can report it to us online at or by calling 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.


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Police find cannabis and stun gun in Basildon flat



Police find cannabis and stun gun in Basildon flat


Raid - the destroyed door of the flat police raided yesterday

A MAN has been charged after a police raid discovery drugs and weapons at a home.

The Basildon Town Centre Team have executed a second drugs warrant in less than a week as part of Operation Tarantula to tackle drugs in Basildon.

A spokesman for the team said: “Responding to intelligence we have been provided, about drugs activity in Brooke House, we forced entry and searched a premises within.

“We located a quantity of cannabis, a stun gun and a can of CS spray.

“One male was arrested and has subsequently been charged with possession of cannabis and two counts of possessing a firearm.

“He has been bailed to attend court.

“Thanks to the intelligence the people of Basildon continue to provide us, we have been able to take more dangerous weapons off the streets.”

On the same day, the Wickford policing team were targeting drug activity.

Following suspicious activity, officers stopped a car they believed was involved in drugs.

The vehicle and occupants were searched, and a quantity of heroin was located.

The occupants were arrested for possession with intent to supply controlled drugs and taken for questioning at Basildon Police Station.

Both individuals have since been released under investigation so forensic enquires can be completed.



Cannabis inspires fashion, art and media in the Northwest



Cannabis inspires fashion, art and media in the Northwest


Whether it’s clothes, glass art, photography or paraphernalia, ‘stoner culture’ has inspired all sorts of artists.

In Eastern Washington, Riley Schultz and Nick Michaels started Evergreen State of Consciousness two years ago. Their products are now carried at12 locations in the Spokane area, including representation at a holiday pop-up store at the Spokane Valley Mall.

The pair is giving life to up-cycled, or very gently used, clothing. Schultz said they used sacred geometry patterns from nature, represented in their Sacred Washington design, with the goal “keeping the state sacred.”


Portions of all proceeds from Sacred Washington gear goes toward planting trees throughout the state. They also use the flower of life design, which the refurbished Pavilion in Riverfront Park borrowed from as well, on some of their products. It represents connectedness and is also used on cannabis industry packaging, Schultz said.

Schultz and Michaels also design and make jewelry and cannabis paraphernalia with crystals sourced from local collectors and dealers. Some products, everything from crystal roach clips to bowl pokers to dab tools, are carried at Apex Cannagear on North Division in Spokane, which is next door to cannabis retailer Apex Cannabis. Unlike cannabis retailers, non-502 stores can sells branded apparel, as well as non-psychoactive CBD products and bath products.

Cannagear also carries a selection of dazzling glass products, many by local artists who have spent untold hours creating these works of art. Spokane-area artists Special K, Knuckles Glass, Fillajohn, and Kerby Glass are represented, as are licensed national brands.

One unique brand Cannagear carries is My Bud Vase, a line of pipes and bongs that look like elaborate flower vases or stylish decanters that you won’t need to hide if your grandmother pops in for a visit … she might even compliment your good taste!


On the West Side, Seattle-based videographer, photographer and social media influencer Alex Alexander, who goes by LexScope, has turned his creativity and appreciation for cannabis into a business.

Alexander works full-time at branding and works with a vast network of contractors and artists, directing commercials and music videos, and photographing people, products and plants. He also creates content marketing for individual dispensaries to bring awareness to their brands.

Alexander said it helps a brand to have a familiar face of an actual cannabis consumer in its advertising, adding that his logo is quite distinct in Seattle.

In October 2019, his short cannabis film, “PLZ DONT DIE,” had its world premiere at the Tacoma Film Festival at an event featuring a variety of shorts created by Pacific Northwest filmmakers.


A true Renaissance man of this millennium, Alexander has modeled for companies like Zig-Zag papers, Reebok, and Pac-Sun, and is a competitive skateboarder as well.

Linda Ball is a freelance journalist based in Washington State. In her 18 years as a journalist she has covered a wide variety of topics including environmental issues, city hall, arts and entertainment, education, human interest stories and now the rapidly-changing cannabis industry.
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‘It’s not fair’ says Plymouth vape shop boss cautioned for cannabis



‘It’s not fair’ says Plymouth vape shop boss cautioned for cannabis


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Lee Whittaker says he had no choice but to accept a caution because of legal costs – as he plans to open golf store instead


The owner of a Plymouth vape shop has admitted dealing cannabis.

Lee Whittaker, aged 37, has accepted a caution from police for possession of a Class B drug with intent to supply.

It comes 16 months after Vaping is Personal in Devonport was searched by officers under a drugs warrant and products seized.

But Mr Whittaker, co-owner of the shop, said he had no choice but to accept a caution rather than face legal costs of £30,000 if the case went to trial.

He said that the products were the same as sold in other vaping shops plus established health stores.


Vaping Is Personal in Devonport

Mr Whittaker, who was not arrested during the police search, was later charged.


He denied possession of cannabis with intent to supply when he faced city magistrates on December 18 last year.

Mr Whittaker, of Beverston Way, Widewell, pleaded not guilty.

But Plymouth Crown Court heard that he had accepted a caution for the offence on January 26.


It means he accepts guilt but does not stand convicted.

He said: “I still think there is a legal grey area. I was told that I had a good case but I am not eligible for legal aid and I was told that if I lost I could end up paying defence and prosecution costs.

“I could not afford to take a £30,000 gamble.”


Lee Whittaker, co-owner of Vaping is Personal

The Crown Prosecution Service has formally dropped the criminal case.

Plymouth Live understands that prosecutors accepted a caution because of the low levels of the psychoactive substance THC in the products.

Mr Whittaker is also a man of good character.

The shop has been rebranded as Lee Whittaker Golf and is filled with sports stock. It opens next month.

A message left on the Vaping is Personal Facebook page said on December 10. “With the expansion of the Golf side of the store, the vape side is now closing on Saturday 14th Dec for good.


“We would like to thank our customers who have been with us since June 18, but the golf side now needs to expand. Look out for a new location soon.”

Five officers in plain clothes entered the store in Phelps Road with a drugs warrant under the Misuse of Drugs Act on September 10, 2018.



Lee Whittaker Golf has taken over the old Vaping is Personal store

He said that the officers seized every CBD product on sale. Mr Whittaker said he did not even have a chance to take a list of the stock.

Mr Whittaker told Plymouth Live today: “I was in a no-win situation. I am still pursuing my complaint against the police because I believe they breached the terms of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act.”

He added that the publicity around the police search turned customers away and he had never had his stock returned. Mr Whittaker said he was offered a caution before but refused to accept one because he was not told of the potential costs.

Mr Whittaker said: “It was just not financially viable to go on with the vaping business so I decided to turn it entirely into a golf store.”


The golf fan added that there was always a sports side to the business but Lee Whittaker Golf was due to fully open as the city’s only independent specialist store in February.

He added it had a simulator which allowed customers to play any golf course in the world without leaving the store.


What’s the difference between cannabis oil and CBD – and is it legal?

Vaping Is Personal, in Devonport, is being raided by police

While shops as established as Holland and Barrett are still selling cannabidiol (CBD) products, the issue still appears to raise confusion and controversy.

Police raided a vape shop in Plymouth and seized several CBD-related products.

The incident has resulted in widespread discussion – and outrage from CBD advocates.

What does the law say?

According to a number of reports in the national newspapers in April this year, while cannabis oil itself remains illegal to possess, supply or use, a change in the law recognised cannabidiol as a medicine.

This was down to scientific studies into its use. In essence, the CBD ‘oil’ is now legal in the UK.

Home Office guidance on the matter notes that CBD, or cannabidiol, in its pure form is not controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. So, where it can be extracted and isolated from the controlled substances in cannabis it would not require a licence from the Home Office.

However, a CBD product, which contains any trace of the psychoactive compounds that are found in cannabis, such as THC, or ‘tetrahydrocannibinol’, is considered to be a controlled substance under the 1971 Act. It is therefore unlawful to possess and supply unless it fits the criteria for an ‘exempt product’ under the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001.

A Home Office spokesman said they were unable to comment on specific cases. They added: “It is the responsibility of retailers to ensure they have any necessary licences for products they sell.”

The expert explains

A spokesman for the Cannabis Trades Association UK – which represents the UK’s cannabis industry – told Plymouth Live: “Full flower or bud is illegal unless processed legally by a licensed company.

“This means that hemp from a field is deseeded and the remnants of the bud can then be sold as it is no longer defined as cannabis in UK law.

“Many people confuse the 0.2 percent THC level that defines hemp from marijuana and believe that this is the threshhold for legal sale but in fact any product on the marketplace today that has more than 1mg of THC is illegal.

“This is more than likely the reason why he [VIP Vaping shop owner] has had police come into the shop as all the other compliance issues that I have noticed would be dealt with by the FSA and the MRHA [Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency] as medicinal claims are being made on products that are registered as food supplements.”

What is Cannabis oil?

Cannabis oil is a thick, sticky, resinous substance made up of cannabinoids, such as THC and CBD, that is extracted from the cannabis plant (Cannabis sativa or Cannabis indica).

Cannabis oil is a cannabis based product obtained by separating the resins from cannabis flowers using a solvent extraction process. Cannabis oil can also be known as marijuana oil, Rick Simpson Oil (RSO), Full extract cannbais oil (FECO), hash oil, dabs, shatter, or wax.

Cannabis oil is the most potent of three main cannabis products, which are the actual cannabis flower (marijuana), resin (hashish), and oil (cannabis oil).

Cannabis oil is the most concentrated form of the three main cannabis products. That is what makes cannabis oil the most potent.

What is the difference to cannabidiol (CBD)?

Marijuana is the breed of Cannabus that contains tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), this is the chemical that produces psychotropic effects that get people “high”.

Hemp is also a breed – but it’s bred without THC. It’s rich in cannabidiol (CBD) which is the “nonpsychoactive component of Cannabis sativa”.

CBD oil does not produce a high, as it has less than 0.2% of the psychoactive ­tetra­­­hydro­­cannabinol, so it is legal in the UK.

CBD oil is used to ease the symptoms of multiple ­sclerosis, joint pain, anxiety and depression, along with a range of other conditions.

It is made by pressing hemp leaves and flowers.

The use of the word ‘oil’ is also misleading.

Hemp oil is available online as a food product, CBD oil contains high levels of cannabidiol and low THC, so it’s seen as medicinal.

Cannabis oil is an extract and is taken orally, but it’s different to the other two. The gist is cannabis oil gets people high, CBD oil doesn’t.

CBD for medical purposes

In 2016, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said that CBD products, if advertised for medical purposes, needed to be licensed.

CBD oil does not produce a high, as it has less than 0.2 percent of the psychoactive tetrahydrocannabinol, so it is legal in the UK.

Advocates of CBD oil claim it is used to ease the symptoms of multiple­sclerosis, joint pain, anxiety and depression, along with a range of other conditions.

In October 2016 a spokesman for the MHRA said the regulatory body, which advises the Government on legislation regarding drugs, had come to the opinion that products containing cannabidiol (CBD) “used for medical purposes are a medicine.”

As such, any medicinal product “must have a product licence (marketing authorisation) before they can be legally sold, supplied or advertised in the UK, unless exempt.

“Licensed medicinal products have to meet safety, quality and efficacy standards to protect public health.”

The MHRA said it had written to UK CBD stockists and manufacturers to inform them of their view, adding that they could provide regulatory guidance to any company who may wish to apply for a licence.

Patient safety

The following month, the MHRA added more clarity to its statement, saying it had “carefully considered the needs of individuals using CBD products to treat or manage the symptoms of medical conditions.”

They added: “Our primary concern is patient safety. In order to ensure that products remain available until individuals have the opportunity to discuss their treatment with their doctor, companies now have until 31 December 2016 to voluntarily operate within the law, by withdrawing their existing products from the market, or working with MHRA to satisfy the legal requirements of the Human Medicines Regulations 2012.”

Again, they stated they had written to CBD manufacturers alerting them to the new timeline.

The following month the MHRA released a third statement stating that people taking cannabidiol products to “treat or manage the symptoms of medical conditions should discuss their treatment with their doctor.”

The MHRA said it would “now work with individual companies and trade bodies in relation to making sure products containing CBD, used for a medical purpose, which can be classified as medicines, satisfy the legal requirements of the Human Medicines Regulations 2012.”


The golf fan added that there was always a sports side to the business but Lee Whittaker Golf was due to fully open as the city’s only independent specialist store in February.

He added it had a simulator which allowed customers to play any golf course in the world without leaving the store.




Inside cannabis house of ganja gran who walked free



Inside cannabis house of ganja gran who walked free




A gran said she was growing cannabis to make medicine when police discovered a bizarre operation set up in her Liverpool home.

Lisa Harper, aka Phillips, was caught with a sophisticated farm in the loft of her family’s terraced house in Elm Vale, Fairfield.

Photos reveal the 49-year-old filled kitchen jars with cannabis oils and syringes with THC – the psychoactive compound in cannabis.

She even used kebab skewers as syringe stoppers in a house littered with drugs and smoking paraphernalia – despite young children clearly visiting and staying over at the home.


But she walked free from Liverpool Crown Court after admitting simple possession of the Class B drug, rather than any intent to supply.

Police receiving a report of a strong smell of cannabis coming from the house and went to Harper’s home on December 31, 2018.




Christopher Taylor, prosecuting, said the gran invited officers inside and they immediately noted a “pungent smell of cannabis”.

Upstairs in the loft they found the cannabis farm, which appeared to have been partly dismantled, and 15 new plants in pots.


Mr Taylor said: “She was starting off what the Crown would say would be a future crop.


“Also scattered around the kitchen area were various jars containing either cannabis skunk or various oils, and THC, the potent component of cannabis, in syringes.

“The defendant was cautioned and arrested during the search, but did tell officers ‘it’s all mine, I use it to make medicine’.”


Harper gave a no comment interview, but later admitted producing cannabis, possessing cannabis and amphetamines, and abstracting electricity, through a bridged meter.

Mr Taylor said she told the author of a pre-sentence report she was addicted to cannabis but gave “no explanation in relation to the cannabis oil”.

He said her son who also lived at the property was arrested, but excluded from the investigation as there was no forensic evidence against him, whereas Harper’s fingerprints were found on a light in the loft.




Police boss says UK should regulate cannabis and allow home grows



Police boss says UK should regulate cannabis and allow home grows


A UK police boss has said that the UK should regulate cannabis and people should be allowed to grow a small amount in their own home.

Arfon Jones, the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Wales has long advocated the legalisation of drugs. In 2017 he visited Portugal to learn about the country’s decriminalisation model, and has more recently visited Uruguay to find out more about how the UK could regulate cannabis.

Following his letter to the home office requesting that UK cannabis patients not be persecuted, Jones spoke to Medical Cannabis Network about his views on regulating medical cannabis.

Jones said that the UK government should adopt a new regulatory model, begin selling cannabis in pharmacies and assist those with previous drug convictions to help them back into work. He also said that the UK should allow people to grow their own cannabis, and follow a model similar to the Spanish cannabis clubs.

Regulating cannabis in the UK

Jones believes that the UK’s approach to drugs needs to change.

He said: “In my policing career I have never met anyone who has caused violence through cannabis, as opposed to the hundreds of violence cases I have seen related to alcohol, which is a legal substance.

“The penny dropped for me many years ago and I thought ‘why are we doing all this?’ I know many people who use cannabis both medicinally and recreationally – they hold down good jobs and are good people.”

Jones has recently launched Checkpoint Cymru in North Wales, developed by Cambridge University and successfully trialled in Durham. The programme is designed to divert low level offenders away from criminality through a four-hour education course instead of handing them a conviction.

“Checkpoint Cymru is a course that aims to educate people instead of giving them a criminal conviction and ruining their life chances over possession of a small amount of drugs,” he said.

“I have been to both Portugal and Uruguay to see how they deal with drugs there, and I think the UK would be smart to adopt a model like Uruguay’s.

“Cannabis should be regulated just like alcohol and tobacco – which actually causes more harm to individuals and to society in general. We should introduce a licencing system so that cannabis can be sold through pharmacies and in shops as happens in Canada, Uruguay and certain states in America.

North Wales Police has contended with £30m (~€35.67m) in austerity cuts since 2010. We need to be focussing instead on the supply of illegal substances because of the violence associated with it, the problems it causes and the exploitation of young people and vulnerable people.

“It is unfair that a conviction for minor cannabis possession can blight a person’s future career as that’s what happens when people go through the criminal justice system. So, we need to look at a different way, and we are doing that here in North Wales.

“I recently visited Montevideo which is one of the most prosperous capital cities in Latin America, so clearly when they regulated cannabis back in 2014 the sky didn’t fall in. It’s a lesson we should learn here.”

Beyond cannabis, Jones is an advocate of compassionate care and highlighted the success of the Teeside and Glasgow mobile clinics and injection rooms.

He said: “The UK should begin rolling out these clinics and heroin assisted treatment rooms, as we can now see how they drastically reduce drug related deaths.”

Home growing cannabis and reducing organised crime

As criminal gangs across the country violate young people through criminal activity – Jones believes the legalisation of drugs would help to reduce organised crime.

Jones said: “The best way to reduce the role of organised crime in the supply of drugs is to put it in commercial hands and to price it appropriately so people don’t need to go to the illegal market. Commercial organisations have taken over the medicinal cannabis market and are selling prescriptions at a vast cost even though it is cheap to grow. That’s just exploitation in my book.

“My view is that people should be allowed to grow a limited number of cannabis plants for their own use. Let’s face it there are probably hundreds of thousands of people in this country who grow cannabis in their own homes now. They’re not harming anybody else and there is no reason why they should be punished through the criminal justice system. It would be sensible to follow the example of Spanish cannabis clubs where people are allowed to grow seven or eight cannabis plants in the club.

“If you were starting from scratch, I think cannabis would be more lightly regulated than alcohol is now because I think everybody agrees that alcohol is far more harmful to individuals than cannabis is. Just like alcohol, you should have age restrictions on the purchase and consumption of cannabis is a regulated market.”

The failed war on drugs

Jones believes the ‘war on drugs’ is not working and rather than overloading an already creaking criminal justice system, the UK needs a more enlightened and more effective approach.

He said: “What I am clear about is that chasing and prosecuting recreational users of cannabis should not be a police priority when they are causing absolutely no harm to anybody else.

“We need to recognise that 90% of drug consumption, including cannabis, is recreational use and non-problematic. In those cases, people should be given some educational information and that would be the end of the matter.

“Meanwhile, the legal position in relation to medicinal cannabis has been well and truly fudged as a matter of political expediency to avoid a PR disaster caused by the heart-rending cases of several children like the chronically ill Billy Caldwell who needs cannabis oil to ward off life-threatening fits.

“It is unjust and cruel that people living with conditions like multiple sclerosis who use cannabis are putting themselves at risk of being prosecuted.”



Israel Begins Exporting Cannabis to the UK



Israel Begins Exporting Cannabis to the UK


A new era of medical cannabis exports is underway in Israel after a Revadim-based firm sent a shipment to the UK.

It is precisely one year since the Israeli government approved cannabis exports, but licenses have been held up in red tape. At one point the government was even pledging to expedite applications for producers that fell in line with new domestic regulations requiring them to sell marijuana via pharmacies rather than direct to consumer.

BOL Pharma, a cultivator based in the kibbutz of Revadim in the south of Israel, said it has received a license and sent its first batch to Britain. It is destined for centers that specialize in the treatment of children with epilepsy and autism.

BOL Pharma chief executive Dr Tamir Gedo called it “a real breakthrough” for the Israeli medical cannabis market. He said that Israel has a huge competitive edge over rivals in the emerging sector and added: “Further opening of the market to exports will enable Israel to become a world leader in the coming years.”

Israel has a long history as a pioneer within the field of medical cannabis. In Novemeber 2019, government mapped out ambitious plans to grow the country’s medical cannabis sector in a new white paper aimed at overseas investors.

However, the volume of production remains relatively modest. The government feared exports would lead to an increase in production, which would cause an overspill that increased the country’s black market.

Producers threatened to up sticks and move to Europe if the government did not relent, so it eventually legalized exports. Israel is well placed geographically to serve the European cannabis market, which is tipped to become the largest in the world within a few years.

The UK has the potential to develop into one of the largest markets in the world, due to the size and affluence of its population. It legalized medical cannabis in November 2018, but the first products are only just starting to be approved for NHS prescriptions.

Campaigners have spent the past 14 months calling for better patient access and they may be cheered to learn of BOL Pharma’s export deal.



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