Delta marijuana company breaking into UK market



Delta marijuana company breaking into UK market


A cannabis producer that has a large-scale greenhouse operation in East Ladner is getting into the United Kingdom market.

AgraFlora Organics International Inc., which has a partnership with the huge Houweling Nurseries complex on 64th Street, a 2.2-million-square-foot facility called the Delta Greenhouse Complex, has announced that a subsidiary called Farmako Ltd. has received its Home Office Controlled Drug Licence in the UK.


Farmako was awarded the Licence less than one month following the successful completion of its inspection by the UK Home Office in December 2019, a news release states.

Farmako intends to commence wholesaling medical cannabis in the UK by mid-year 2020, including the importation of Bedrocan products from the Netherlands to the UK for patient distribution.

“The UK medicinal cannabis market has been estimated to reach US $1.3 billion by 2024, with up to one per cent of the UK’s population expected to be eligible to receive medicinal cannabis prescriptions by 2021,” said Katrin Eckmans, CEO of Farmako.

“Obtaining the licence is a key milestone for our European business, positioning Farmako Ltd. as an early leader in the rapidly developing UK medicinal cannabis market.”

The UK cannabis market is still in its early stages with recent legislative changes allowing specialist physicians to prescribe medical fulfilled through a pharmacy model, AgraFlora explains.

In addition, UK medical cannabis patients benefit from broad insurance coverage for medical cannabis provided by the UK’s National Health Service. 

In addition to its Delta greenhouse, AgraFlora owns an indoor cultivation operation in London, Ontario and is a joint venture partner in Propagation Services Canada Inc.

The company is also retrofitting a 51,500-square-foot good manufacturing practice edibles manufacturing facility in Winnipeg.



Epileptic East Kilbride boy could be first child in Scotland to have live cannabis trial



Epileptic East Kilbride boy could be first child in Scotland to have live cannabis trial


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Cole Thomson’s mum pleaded her case to Chief Medical Officer Catherine Calderwood in Holyrood who vowed to help the family.


Cole Thomson could become the first child in Scotland to undergo a live medical cannabis trial.

His mother’s crusade to access whole plant cannabis oil on the NHS took a giant leap forward this week when she pleaded her case in Holyrood in front of Chief Medical Officer Catherine Calderwood.

Lisa Quarrell from East Kilbride has long-campaigned for seven-year-old Cole to be treated with epilepsy drug Bedrolite, which has transformed his life. But she has to fork out £840 a month for a private prescription.

Last year the ex-cop, from Newlandsmuir, admitted in a BBC documentary that she smuggled the cannabinoid from Holland to save her son’s life.



Her campaign hit another setback last week when she was unequivocally told by NHS Lanarkshire and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde they couldn’t provide a prescription for Cole.

But, after a year-long fight there could be light at the end of the tunnel for the family.


At a meeting in the Scottish Parliament on Thursday, organised by Pauline McNeil MSP and pressure group Medicinal Cannabis Reform Scotland (MCRS), Dr Calderwood and Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, Professor Rose Marie Parr pledged to come up with solutions for patients waiting on an NHS Scotland prescription for cannabis-based medicines.

They also agreed to “open dialogue” with the NHS on what options Cole has to access a whole plant cannabis oil prescription. Campaigners were then thrilled to hear the suggestion that Cole could be part of a live trial that would grant him a free NHS Bedrolite prescription.


Lisa, 38, told the East Kilbride News:“Hearing the Chief Medical Officer saying she would help Cole, and do it in a short timescale, was phenomenal.“Both Prof Parr and Dr Calderwood were very sympathetic and listened with a view to finding a way to help me and seek what options we have through NHS Scotland.

“I feel reassured things are happening and look forward to what the next couple of weeks will bring.”

The mum-of-two added: “Cole has been on cannabis oil for 10 months – the longest of any child in Scotland. To take him off it now would be detrimental to his health.

“I’m paying £840 a month for a private prescription and the money is running out – we need to look at a long-term solution.

“I’m delighted he could now be part of the research and set a precedent for everyone. I’ve been told I will hear back within a few weeks what the outcome will be and I’m really hopeful they will stick to their word.”


MCRS founder Bernadette McCreadie was also delighted medical chiefs had committed themselves to the cause.

She said: “Catherine Calderwood turned up ready to help people, and not with rehearsed excuses. Both the CMO and the CPO are committed to finding a solution for everyone. In the short term the CMO has committed to helping these kids. And in the long-term, open a dialogue and look into trials.

“Dr Calderwood was also disturbed to hear about the trouble patients are having trying to have a conversation with their doctors about cannabis because it goes against everything in her ‘realistic medicine’ approach for NHS Scotland, and she has assured us she will address this matter.


“MCRS now have 31 cross-party MSP’s supporting our Right to Choose campaign and our push for a Scottish Cannabis Inquiry.

“We were told today the amount of politicians who willingly support us and attend our events is unprecedented. We have their attention but most of all we have their support. They know this is a problem they can’t ignore anymore.”

Anna Ross, Convener of the Scottish Drug Policy Conversations, said: “After four years of trying to engage with policy makers and politicians on the issue of medicinal cannabis we have finally got somewhere.

“The CMO seems genuinely engaged, and while other issues such as prescriptions for a wider range of conditions, and issues surrounding criminal justice measures are still to be addressed, we feel hopefully that finally we are beginning a respectful dialogue between all those concerned.”


The scheduling of cannabis- based products for medicinal use is reserved to the UK Government. The Scottish Government said it welcomes the prescription of such products where there is clear published evidence of benefit.

A Scottish Government spokesman said: “Watching a loved one suffering, especially a child, is heartbreaking and Ministers understand why Cole’s family feel so strongly about this.

“The Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer met with MSPs and other interested parties, including family members, last week to discuss cannabis-based products for medicinal use.

“The Chief Medical Officer will write to those in attendance to confirm the agreed actions following the meeting.”






Jamaica helps illegal cultivators into legal cannabis industry



Jamaica helps illegal cultivators into legal cannabis industry


Jamaica wants to eliminate illicit cannabis growing by helping growers into the legal industry through its new Alternative Development Programme.

Jamaica’s Cannabis Licensing Authority has set up the new ‘Alternative Development Programme’, approved by the Cabinet of Jamaica. The programme is a one-year pilot project geared towards transitioning current illicit cannabis farmers into the legal regulated cannabis industry.


It hopes to increase the legitimate earning potential of small, marginalised communities that have been disproportionately impacted by drug policy and regulation and that currently operate within the cannabis black market.


Speaking in the house of representatives, Minister of State for Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Floyd Green, said: “What we will be doing in 2020, is looking for more community groups of traditional growers that we will engage and provide the technical support for them to transition into the medicinal marijuana industry.


Cannabis pilot programme


Jamaica is world-renowned for its cannabis culture and cannabis product, with many residents practising Rastafarianism. The Alternative Development Programme pilot project aims to ensure inclusion of the small traditional farmers who established the Jamaican brand in the global cannabis industry, and who have suffered for the cause of creating a legal cannabis industry. It hopes to channel the cannabis cultivation process through legal streams.


The pilot project allows for a special regime that increases the legitimate supply of cannabis product for Processing and Research & Development (R&D) facilities, and reduces the sources of supply for illicit traffickers of cannabis by demonstrating the alternative livelihood available to individuals who have traditional knowledge and expertise in cultivation.

The programme also provides technical support and seeds to the communities.
project focusses on community groups and has officially kicked-off in Accomping, St. Elizabeth with a group of farmers. The programme aims to teach growers about standards in the medical industry and will provide communities with seeds and information to teach them further about cannabis growing.



Cannabis plants found fly-tipped at Stoke Woods



Cannabis plants found fly-tipped at Stoke Woods




Forestry England says the beauty and health of Stoke Woods, and its visitors, is being put at risk because of fly tipping. 


The latest heap of rubbish appeared only days after a quantity of tyres were flung into the woods, and included a number of cannabis plants, construction materials, and pizza boxes. 

Police from Exeter seized the plants and are trying to trace the contact details on the pizza boxes in the hopes of identifying the culprits.

Forestry England ranger, Rob Greenhalgh, said: “It’s baffling that a small number of people think it’s acceptable to treat beautiful places like Stoke Woods with such contempt. We should all be doing everything we can look after nature’s special places, now more than ever when the climate crisis is so high on the agenda. Stoke Woods is a protected habitat, much loved by the visitors who use it, and it’s upsetting to all involved when we find it in this condition. The rubbish is removed at our cost, which is public money that could be better spent caring for the forest.”


St Davids resident, Debbie Laming, said: “The vast majority of people who visit these special woods come and go without leaving a trace. But our beautiful little safe havens are all falling victim to this litter culture, it’s just everywhere and it’s constant. I often pick up rubbish around the woods, and these fly tips make me so frustrated, sad and angry. I find huge amounts of builders’ waste, every kind of fast food container, and wet wipes and picnic wrappers. It all has a devastating impact on the wildlife and habitats here and at other woodlands and forests. There’s a big push to pick litter up from beaches but we need to educate people generally how to dispose of rubbish correctly. We are all keen to help in any way we can.”


PCSO Paul Goodier, Exeter Neighbourhood Police Team, said: “We are supporting Forestry England rangers to discourage this irresponsible behaviour. Residents can help by always making sure that any rubbish produced in their home is collected by a waste carrier licensed by the Environment Agency. Fly tips can be reported to Exeter City Council, or on 101, to be investigated and removed.”


Fly tipping is a criminal offence which carries large fines and even prison sentences. Members of the public shouldn’t look through the waste themselves, in case there are sharp or hazardous items. Fly tipping should be reported to the relevant district council.




Man on trial accused of murdering his ‘best friend’ after they allegedly fell out over a cannabis farm



Man on trial accused of murdering his ‘best friend’ after they allegedly fell out over a cannabis farm


Mohamed Khashkhush, 25, denies the murder of 21-year-old Hamze Ismail




A man is on trial accused of murdering his ‘best friend’ after they allegedly fell out over a cannabis farm.

Mohamed Khashkhush, 25, denies the murder of 21-year-old Hamze Ismail, who died at his own home in Beswick after being repeatedly stabbed.

Manchester Crown Court heard that the pair were both involved in a business selling furniture and other household items, but that they also grew cannabis at a house in Offerton, Stockport.

Prosecutors claim that the relationship between the pair, who were once said to have been ‘the best of friends’ and ‘extremely close’, had become ‘strained’.


They allege that Mr Khashkhush turned up at Mr Ismail’s home at about 2am on May 5 last year and stabbed him to death.

Neighbours told how they were woken by screaming.


Mr Ismail was able to stagger to the phone to call for an ambulance but later died.

Mr Khashkhush is expected to say that he was acting in self defence and that he was ‘terrified’ of Mr Ismail.

Opening the case for the prosecution, Paul Reid QC told jurors: “The reason for the attack was likely to have been a falling out between the two men over the supply of cannabis that they had been cultivating at a cannabis farm in a house in Stockport.”

Jurors were told that in 2018 the pair had set up a business called Major Market Enterprise, which sold furniture and household items online and had premises in Droylsden.

A few months later, in September, the pair rented a house in Offerton which they used to set up a cannabis farm.

A friend of both men described their relationship as ‘the best of friends and extremely close, their relationship got stronger with time’.

But in the weeks leading up to Mr Ismail’s death, their relationship started to become ‘strained’, prosecutors said.

The rent on their premises in Droylsden had not been paid for three months, and Mr Khashkhush had taken £4,000 worth of computers from the unit.

The day before his death, Mr Ismail had agreed to settle their rent arrears of about £2,500 by handing over a van the company used for deliveries.


He told the landlord of the premises that his partners had ‘let him down’ and that he was carrying on the business alone.

Despite this, the landlord said Mr Ismail seemed ‘very happy’ and had told him that he was due to get married.

The day after, prosecutors say that Mr Khashkhush went to Mr Ismail’s home on Hinckley Street before 2am, arriving in a Kia Picanto hired a few weeks earlier which he parked away from the property.

In an alleged attack that ‘only lasted a few seconds’, Mr Ismail suffered nine wounds to his legs, as well as ‘defensive’ injuries to his hands.

Neighbours were woken after hearing ‘high pitched screaming’.

Mr Ismail was able to get from his ground floor front door, up the stairs to his first floor flat before calling an ambulance.

It was only after Mr Ismail’s locked phone was accessed by the police that they became aware of his and Mr Khashkhush’s alleged involvement in growing cannabis.

The landlord of the house in Offerton had reported it but ‘it appears that local police did not investigate the use of the house by the two men for growing cannabis’, Mr Reid said.

On the phone they found two videos recorded by Mr Ismail, which show him and Mr Khashkhush and the cannabis plants.

Describing the cannabis farm, Mr Reid said: “This is not just a couple of pot plants in the corner of the living room.

“This is a proper organisation set up for growing cannabis.”


Further analysis of the phone showed that after April 22 last year there was little phone contact between the pair, and no text messages.

Prior to that they had exchanged ‘argumentative’ messages where Mr Khashkhush spoke of being ‘broke’.

Mr Ismail replied: “So we are supposed to be a team.

“Why you making me enemy?”

Police also found an email Mr Ismail had written to Mr Khashkhush on May 1, which prosecutors said they couldn’t be sure he had actually received.

In the email he says the landlord of the property in Offerton was ‘very angry’.

“I am telling you now if you want peace I suggest you end this now,” the email written by Mr Ismail read.


Prosecutors say that the night before Mr Ismail died, Mr Khashkhush parked round the corner from Mr Ismail’s home on Hinckley Street.

They suggest there ‘cannot be an innocent reason’ for the journey, saying Mr Khashkhush used it as a ‘recce’ or he may have got ‘cold feet’ or whether Mr Ismail was not home.

After the alleged murder, Mr Khashkhush went into the city centre and went to McDonald’s on Oxford


He is said to have made a ‘number of calls to escort agencies’ before checking into Sacha’s Hotel just after 7am.



Mr Khashkhush left the hotel after 10am and that afternoon went to Longsight police station, telling an officer ‘I have come to hand myself in’.

“I stabbed someone last night in Beswick,” Mr Khashkhush told the officer.

Prosecutors say that Mr Khashkhush may have seen an M.E.N. story on the incident in Beswick which revealed details of a car police were tracing.

Mr Reid said: “It may therefore be the case that Mr Khashkhush realised that his attempt to hide the identity of the car he was using had failed, and it was therefore only a matter of time before the police would be looking for him.”

Before being interviewed, he is said to have told another officer ‘I am going to plead, it was self defence’.


When asked if he was responsible for Mr Ismail’s death, jurors heard he said ‘I think so, yeah’.

Mr Khashkhush told officers during interview that he had lent Mr Ismail up to £3,000 and that when he started running out of cash, Mr Ismail started to become ‘abusive and aggressive’ to him.

He had decided to leave the business and took the computers to start a new venture, Mr Khashkhush said.

He told officers that Mr Ismail had threatened him and claimed that he could order his kidnapping.

Mr Khashkhush said that he was ‘terrified’ of Mr Ismail, and that on the night he died Mr Khashkhush had gone to his home armed with a knife, to tell him to leave him alone.

He said the knife belonged to Mr Ismail who had left it at his home previously.

At Mr Ismail’s home, Mr Khashkhush said that his friend was ‘about to come and grab me’ and he ‘panicked’.

A post mortem examination found that the cause of Mr Ismail’s death was multiple stab wounds.




Teenager who killed his best friend in a car crash while high on cannabis is jailed for three years as his heavily tattooed family turn out to support him in court



Teenager who killed his best friend in a car crash while high on cannabis is jailed for three years as his heavily tattooed family turn out to support him in court


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An Adelaide man who killed his friend in an ‘utterly senseless’, drug-fuelled car crash has been jailed for three years.

Hayden John Pepe, 19, was driving on a suspended licence when an unmarked police car began following him at Para Hills, north of the CBD, in December 2018.

Pepe was pursued for 30-40 seconds while driving at speeds of up to 120km/h before he oversteered and vaulted across a gully, slamming into large trees and bushes.

Hayden John Pepe was jailed after pleading guilty to aggravated death by dangerous driving over the crash that killed 19-year-old Phillip Frith (Frith pictured with a friend)



His silver Ford plunged down a gully less than two minutes later, hitting several trees



His passenger, Phillip Frith, 19, died at the scene, while Pepe was taken to hospital with serious injuries.


Sentencing him in the District Court on Wednesday, Judge Barry Beazley said a sample taken after the crash revealed Pepe had a high level of cannabis in his blood.

He acknowledged Pepe had not intended to kill or harm his friend, but said his actions had devastating consequences.

‘It was utterly senseless and, in my view, can only be properly explained by your immaturity,’ he said.

‘Mr Frith was undoubtedly loved by his family and friends… a court cannot do justice for the pain and anger of any family members.’

Judge Beazley said Pepe’s attempt to escape police, his disqualification from driving and the cannabis in his system made his actions particularly serious.

Hayden John Pepe, 19, was driving on a suspended licence when an unmarked police car began following him at Para Hills, north of the CBD, in December 2018


‘Young people… think they’re bulletproof, nothing will happen,’ he said.

‘In your case, while your escape from a pursuit was spontaneous, it made it infinitely more dangerous.’

Pepe, who pleaded guilty to aggravated causing death by dangerous driving, was jailed for three years with a non-parole period of two years, five months.

The sentence was backdated to January 2018, when he was first taken into custody.

Pepe will also be disqualified for driving for 10 years after his release from prison.




‘Nervous’ driver had cannabis in his car and a crop growing in his flat



‘Nervous’ driver had cannabis in his car and a crop growing in his flat


Barry George initially told police he found cannabis on a park bench but he turned out to be producing it





Police who spotted a “nervous” looking driver found he had drugs in his car and at his flat.

Officers spotted Barry George driving in Bristol in the early hours of February 24 last year.

When they pulled him over he was found to have cannabis in his car boot and a cannabis growing set-up at his rented home in Knowle West.


George, 43, formerly of Leinster Avenue in Knowle West but now of Blackthorn Road in Hartcliffe, pleaded guilty to cultivating cannabis.

Judge Martin Picton imposed a 12-month prison sentence suspended for 12 months.

He told George to perform 150 hours’ unpaid work and ordered him to pay £200 costs and a victim surcharge.


He told George: “You decided to grow some cannabis clearly for a financial benefit.

“Do not come back to court.”




Julian Howells, prosecuting, told Bristol Crown Court police found 18.4g of cannabis in the boot of George’s car.

Mr Howells told the court: “He said he found it on a park bench in Hartcliffe.

“A search of his home revealed quite a significant set up, with 24 plants in pots and a bucket containing 354g of cannabis material.”

Mr Howells said the likely yield of George’s cannabis crop was some 960g.


Clare Fear, defending, said a factor which contributed to her client’s offending was the end of an 18 year relationship.

Miss Fear said her client had potentially got a job.

She said: “He wants to put this matter behind him and get on with his life.”








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