Stoned driver caught after police spotted a big clue



Stoned driver caught after police spotted a big clue


Turbo technician James Hovarth said he regularly used drugs


A red and watery-eyed driver stopped by police was under the influence of cannabis.

James Hovarth’s Volkswagen Scirocco was pulled over at 9am on August 25.

The 21-year-old was driving along De Lacey Avenue in Almondbury at the time, Kirklees magistrates were told.

Vanessa Jones, prosecuting, said: “As soon as the officers spoke with him they could smell a strong scent of cannabis and his eyes were red and watery.”

Hovarth was arrested and taken to Huddersfield Police Station after giving a positive roadside drug test.

He later gave a sample of blood which showed that he had 2.9 micrograms of delta-9-tetrahydrocannibinol (cannabis derivative) per litre of blood.


This is over the legal limit of two micrograms.

Hovarth, of Broadgate Crescent in Almondbury, pleaded guilty to driving with a proportion of a controlled drug above the specified limit.


In November last year he was handed a nine month suspended jail term for possession of a drug with intent to supply it.

Paul Blanchard, mitigating, said that his client was stopped for routine checks but did admit to being a regular drug user.

He told magistrates that despite this he holds down a job as a turbo technician working with motor vehicles.


However, he is unsure if he will now be able to keep this role due to his conviction.

Magistrates banned Hovarth from driving for 12 months.

He was fined £200 and must pay £85 court costs and £32 victim surcharge.


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Sunderland had cannabis hidden in Kinder Eggs



Sunderland had cannabis hidden in Kinder Eggs


Anthony McMahon, 20, pleaded guilty to a charge of possession with intent to supply when he appeared before Teesside Magistrates’ Court.

Lorna Rimell, prosecuting, said on November 1 last year police saw McMahon being handed something through a fence by another man, which they thought looked unusual.

She said they searched him and found a large bag of cannabis bush, which he said was for his cousin.


Ms Rimell said the officers searched his home and found other cannabis items including foil wraps and the drug inside Kinder Eggs.


She said McMahon, of Brandon Street, Downhill, has no previous convictions.

Jason Smith, defending, said: “He acknowledges and accepts he is a young man who has had a cannabis problem.

“He is, or certainly was, a very heavy cannabis user.

“His cousin has contacted him and asked if he could get him some. He went to his dealer and got some for his cousin.”


Mr Smith said when the police saw him being passed the drug he was not a dealer at this point, but a customer and he was going to pass it on to his cousin.

He said: “He is not making any profit, it is not for gain, he is doing his cousin a favour.”

A spokesman for the probation service said McMahon started using cannabis at a very young age following the loss of his father at the age of ten.

He said being arrested has had a profound effect on the young man who has never been involved with the criminal justice system before and as a result he has stopped using the drug.


The officer said: “It has served as a big wake up call for him.

“The arrest has been a blessing in disguise. He wants to turn his life around and make his mother proud. He wants to go back to college.”

McMahon was given a 12-month community order with 20 rehabilitation days. He was fined £80 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £90 surcharge.





London’s first Cannabis ETF to list as industry growth looks set to accelerate




London’s first Cannabis ETF to list as industry growth looks set to accelerate


The Medical Cannabis and Wellness fund has been set up by Canadian investment asset manager asset manager Purpose Investments in partnership with Deutsche Boerse


The launch of the Medical Cannabis and Wellness UCITS ETF (MCW) on the LSE on Wednesday will enter the books as the first cannabis exchange traded fund (ETF) to list on the London market.

Set up by Canadian asset manager Purpose Investments, in partnership with Deutsche Boerse, MCW consists of investments in publicly-listed companies engaged in areas such as medical cannabis, hemp and the burgeoning cannabidiol (CBD) industry, collectively known as the Medical Cannabis and Wellness Equity Index.


ETFs differ from more traditional investment trusts in that they are traded on stock exchanges and track specific indexes such as the FTSE 100, they are also transparent and incur lower fees than actively managed trusts.

UCITS, meanwhile, stands for Undertakings for the Collective Investment in Transferable Securities, a European Union regulatory framework that governs the management and sale of mutual funds. Funds certified as UCITS compliant are perceived as safe and well-regulated investments and are popular among those looking to invest across Europe.



Europe next step after success in Canada



Greg Taylor, chief investment officer at Purpose, says that following the company’s cannabis success in Canada, the group is bringing its investment knowhow to European investors.

While 2019 was something of a mixed year for the industry, particularly in Canada where the weaker operators have fallen by the wayside, the sector has come through the other side stronger.

“Now we have well-managed companies with good business plans, but this could still be the chance to get in on an early stage investment opportunity”, Taylor told Proactive.

The new ETF is targeting not just cannabis companies, but also what Taylor calls “ancillary” firms such as those who supply growers, or cannabis-focused real estate investment trusts.

He says that this method follows that used by similar exchange traded funds in North America, which initially focused on more conservative elements of the industry before adding more companies in different areas as laws around the sector liberalised.

Should cannabis laws be relaxed in the UK and Europe, Taylor says the MCW is likely to follow a similar path in chasing slightly more exotic investments.


“Huge” opportunity in medical cannabis



While most of the buzz in recent years has been around the financial opportunities of recreational cannabis, Taylor said the somewhat overlooked medical market offers a “huge opportunity”, particularly as populations age and individuals seek out more naturally-derived medicines.

“We’re just scratching the surface”, Taylor said, adding that the ETF will “absolutely” look to add new, innovative firms to its roster through its quarterly rebalancing mechanism.


Everyone waiting on the US


However, the CIO said that in terms of cannabis legalisation, there will likely be very few changes in laws across the world until the US takes decisive, federal action to reform its policy on the drug.

“The US is the world police…and right now there are 33 states with [legal cannabis] and there is bipartisan support to federally legalise cannabis. Once that happens it will globally advance the cause…we’d expect other countries such as the UK and Australia to follow on behind that”, he added.


Strong investor interest


While a change in the US may be the catalyst for other countries to relax their laws, Taylor pointed out that investor interest in the firm’s ETF and the sector as a whole is already strong.

“Cannabis is a market that’s huge and it’s not going away…There’s a lot of money in the sector that hasn’t yet been brought into the public marketplace…bringing an investment vehicle into the space shows that there are a lot of opportunities here that investors will want to add to their portfolio,” he said.

For those considering whether this is the right time to get into cannabis, Taylor said the sector went through a “reckoning” in 2019, when the value of the market dropped 40-50% after an initial period of ‘hype’, and now investors can be “more reassured” that they are buying companies that have “been through growing pains and now have a path to accelerate higher”.







The huge cannabis factory crammed inside a house in Newport



The huge cannabis factory crammed inside a house in Newport


Gwent Police seized 200 plants in the raid on Saturday


A huge cannabis factory has been discovered in a residential street in Newport.

Gwent Police executed a drugs warrant in the early hours of Saturday, January 18, at a property in York Place.

Officers discovered a large quantity of cannabis and about 200 plants were seized.

Pictures taken by officers at the scene show hundreds of plants, sophisticated equipment and a large pile of harvested cannabis.



Gwent Police said a 41-year-old man from Newport was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the production of a controlled Class B drug.

A force spokesman added that the man had been released “under investigation”.


Gwent Police asked anyone with information about the supply of drugs to contact them on 101, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.



Drug addict dad converted Stoke-on-Trent home into cannabis factory



Drug addict dad converted Stoke-on-Trent home into cannabis factory



David Mason grew the plants to write off his £3,000 drug debt



David Mason


Drug-user David Mason grew thousands of pounds of cannabis in his Stoke-on-Trent home.

The 34-year-old was arrested after police raided his Baddeley Green address.

Officers discovered a drugs factory with a total of 35 plants.

Now Mason has been handed a 10-month prison sentence suspended for 18 months at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.

Prosecutor Paul Spratt said police visited the defendant’s property on January 30 last year.

He said: “He was growing 35 plants and anticipated a financial gain from the cannabis to write off his £3,000 debt. 


“Somebody bypassed the electricity in the street causing significant disturbance. In interview he said it was for personal use and he was uncooperative in every sense.

“We will order forfeiture and destruction of the plants.”

Mason, who now lives in Noble Street, Wem, Shropshire, pleaded guilty to producing cannabis.

The court heard that Mason was struggling with a drug problem at the time.

Mark Nicholls, mitigating, said: “It could have got worse, but it didn’t and from the time he was arrested he has done all he can to correct things.


“His children were taken away from him and rather than dealing with that like he should have done, he took to taking a lot of drugs. He built up this debt. 

“He doesn’t take any Class A drugs anymore and he has tried to right the wrongs. He now speaks to his children daily and sees them every other weekend.

“He’s moved away to Shropshire, away from all of the people he was seeing and he has a new relationship. He’s a hardworking father, take a chance on him.”

Judge Paul Glenn told him: “You’re 34-years-old, you have convictions going back to 2004. There are some significant gaps in your offending. 


“A gap from 2007 to 2011 and another gap up until 2018. You are capable of keeping out of trouble. When police attended this house, you were the tenancy of the house and inside police found 35 plants and a number of rooms had been converted with specialist lighting.

“When you were interviewed you chose to make no comment. You had ample opportunity to put forward the account that you now put forward that you were put up to it to clear a debt.

“The yield of this crop was significant, 3.67 kilos. You needed to pay off a drug debt of £3,000 and you agreed to grow the plants. You claim that you’re now free of class A drugs.

“You did not in fact receive any money from your involvement but that was the motivation for this. You are holding down two jobs.”

The defendant was also handed a 30-day rehabilitation activity requirement and 180 hours unpaid work.







New cannabis compound 30 TIMES more potent than THC found in one marijuana varietyuk



New cannabis compound 30 TIMES more potent than THC found in one marijuana variety




A NEW cannabis compound has been discovered and it may be 30 times more potent than THC.

Scientists aren’t yet sure whether the compound causes a high or has medical benefits so they’ve been conducting tests to try and figure this out.


The compound is one of two newfound cannabinoids that have been discovered in the Cannabis plant glands of the sativa L species.

Cannabinoids is the collective term for the group of diverse chemical compounds that act on the cannabinoid receptors of the brain.

THC is just one of these cannabinoids and it’s currently considered to be the principal psychoactive component of cannabis.

THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, plugs into brain receptors and can alter our ability to co-ordinate movements, reason, record memories and perceive things like time and pleasure.


It’s thought that cannabis contains over 140 similar chemicals that can interact with receptors all over the body.

However, THC is currently the only one we know can result in a high spaced out feeling.

Of the two new cannabinoids discovered, one looks similar to the compound CBD, which isn’t psychoactive.

The other appears similar to THC but may even produce stronger mind-bending effects.

This THC lookalike is called tetrahydrocannabiphorol (THCP).

Recent research suggests that it interacts with the same brain receptor as THC but has slight differences in its chain of atoms.

The slight difference in shape of THCP means it can technically fit more snugly into its preferred brain receptor than THC.

A test showed that the compound can actually bind 30 times more reliably than THC.

When given to lab mice, the THCP made them behave as if they were on THC with slower movements and decreased reactions to pain.

The mice reached this state with a much lower dose than would have been required with THC meaning the new compound is stronger.

However, this lab experiment still doesn’t mean that the same effect would happen in humans.

THCP doesn’t appear to be present in large amounts in cannabis plants but even if it was, increased psychoactive properties would still not be guaranteed.



In other news, Elon Musk is sending marijuana to astronauts on the ISS – and could create new ‘mutant’ weed.

Ancient cannabis pollen has been discovered near a Viking settlement in Canada.

And, last year, a historian revealed that hedgehogs, cannabis bread and horse placenta were amongst some of the most popular health foods of ancient times.

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Prince Harry Used to Smoke Marijuana, but Have Any Other Royal Family Members Tried It?



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X-Prince Harry Used to Smoke Marijuana, but Have Any Other Royal Family Members Tried It?


Everybody knows just how conservative the British royal family can be. But some of the younger members of the family occasionally cause trouble for a matriarch like Queen Elizabeth II. An easy example? The brush that Prince Harry had with marijuana — and the numerous tabloid headlines it sparked.

Prince Harry has definitely experimented with marijuana. But have any other members of the royal family tried it? Read on to get all the details, including how one of Queen Elizabeth II’s predecessors might have used the drug


1. Prince Harry started smoking marijuana at age 16


The New York Times reported in 2002 that Prince Harry started drinking and smoking marijuana at age 16. Harry reportedly used the drug at private parties, as well as at Charles’ Highgrove estate in Gloucestershire. And the Times reported that the first time Harry was alone at home from Eton — his boarding school — he tried drinking at a country pub. His father was away in London, and his brother, William, was out of the country during his gap year.

As the Times explained, “A member of the royal staff reportedly alerted Prince Charles after smelling marijuana at a Highgrove teenage party, and friends confirmed that the youth had been a regular and sometimes boisterous drinker at the Rattlebone Inn in Wiltshire.” Plus, the Mirror reported the prince even earned the nickname “Hash Harry” at Eton.

Next: This is how Prince Charles responded when he learned about Prince Harry’s experiments with marijuana. 


2. Prince Charles sent Prince Harry to rehab for his marijuana use


The New York Times reported in 2002 that Prince Charles sent his son to rehab — but only for a day. While at the drug clinic, Featherstone Lodge in South London, Prince Harry met recovering drug addicts. Many praised Prince Charles for the parenting decision and contrasted it with what Charles’ own father might have done in a similar situation.

Bill Puddicombe — then chief executive of the Phoenix House Treatment Service for Drug Dependency, the charity that ran Featherstone Lodge — said of Prince Harry’s visit to the facility, “He met some people in recovery — heroin and cocaine addicts mostly — and heard their life stories, complete with harrowing details.”


Prince Charles also helped a marijuana grower avoid jail time


Civilized reported that Prince Charles once helped a marijuana grower avoid spending time in jail. In 1998, Prince Charles met a patient with multiple sclerosis and asked whether she had tried using medical marijuana — a comment that caused controversy due to the legal status of the treatment.

As Civilized explained, however, “His comment has had an impact on British drug policy.” Years later, a multiple sclerosis patient who was arrested for growing cannabis for personal, medical consumption “was given a conditional discharge after using Prince Charles in her defense.” She told the judge she began using cannabis to treat her symptoms after hearing his comment from 1998.


4. Prince Harry later got in trouble for a party in Las Vegas


About 10 years after news broke of Prince Harry’s teenage marijuana use, the prince made headlines again for what The New York Daily News characterized as a “naked Las Vegas pool party scandal.” Prince Harry seemed to have enjoyed a late night of partying in Vegas, throwing a party that involved strip billiards and some pretty serious drug usage.

Guests at the party — held at Harry’s suite at the Wynn Las Vegas — reportedly had cocaine, shrooms, and marijuana. But none of the witnesses said Prince Harry himself partook of any of the illegal drugs, even marijuana.


5. Prince William and Kate Middleton traveled to a country that grows a lot of marijuana



E! News reported ahead of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s 2016 trip to Bhutan and India that the couple would be “surrounded by cannabis” when they stayed in Bhutan. “There the plant grows like a weed and is found everywhere; in the fields, on the side of the road, you can even see it growing on the roof of houses.”

The publication noted most Bhutanese don’t use much recreational marijuana. But they do feed it to their animals. And some locals produce cannabis-infused milk. Of course, we have no word on whether the duke or duchess partook — though we’d assume they probably didn’t.


6. Meghan Markle’s nephew created a strain of cannabis named for her


The Cut reported Meghan Marke’s nephew Tyler Dooley is a cannabis farmer. Dooley announced he created a new strain of cannabis he’s calling “Markle’s Sparkle” as a wedding present for his aunt. Dooley lives in Oregon, where recreational marijuana is legal. But as The Cut noted, cannabis remains “completely illegal in England.” As the publication explained, “If Markle and Harry ever want to get blazed off of Markle’s Sparkle, they’ll instead have to take a trip to visit Markle’s family.”

Cosmopolitan reported Dooley hasn’t spoken to Markle in years. But he thinks she likely has progressive views on marijuana. “Meghan grew up in California and I am sure has an American view on pot,” he said. “I know in England that marijuana is still a taboo subject but it’s more normal to us here because we grew up around it in high school. Everybody experiments with it here.”



7. Meghan and Harry may have smoked marijuana at a wedding in Jamaica


Vanity Fair reported in 2017 that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attended the wedding of Harry’s best friend, Tom Inskip, in Jamaica. The two reportedly celebrated “into the early hours” of the morning. But otherwise, the details of Vanity Fair’s report seemed quite tame.

The Daily Star, on the other hand, made a show of reporting that guests at the wedding smoked marijuana at “the Jamaican-themed” wedding. One source said Prince Harry became so intoxicated — on rum cocktails, according to the publication — that he knocked over a tray of drinks.


8. Queen Elizabeth II’s predecessor used medical marijuana


Despite a few memes and satirical “news” stories, we have no reason to think Queen Elizabeth II has tried marijuana. But if she did partake, she wouldn’t be the first queen of England to do so. According to Bustle, Queen Victoria “may have been given cannabis as a method of relieving her menstrual cramps.”

Her doctor seems to have prescribed her a tincture — a liquid form of medicine made by dissolving a drug in alcohol — which Bustle characterizes as “the most common way of administering it (and many other things) at the time.” Plus, The Daily Meal reported Queen Victoria may have used cannabis to deal with the worst symptoms of pregnancy and even the pain of childbirth.


9. Prince Philip probably hasn’t tried marijuana, either


If we had to guess, we’d say that Prince Philip likely hasn’t tried marijuana, either. The Express reported Philip, husband and consort of Queen Elizabeth II, quit smoking for good the night before the couple’s wedding. The publication was undoubtedly referring to tobacco, but we’d guess the prince hasn’t smoked anything else, either.

According to PopSugar, the prince actually quit smoking “cold turkey the morning of the wedding.” Queen Elizabeth II expressed serious concerns about how her father died of lung cancer. So Philip gave up his smoking habit — likely a good choice both for his health and for the health of their marriage.



Huge £300k cannabis farm busted inside house backing onto school



Huge £300k cannabis farm busted inside house backing onto school


Police have arrested one male after over 300 plants were discovered in Greenfinch Road – at the rear of Smithswood Primary Academy


A huge cannabis farm has been busted by police just yards from a city primary school.

Officers discovered a factory worth £300,000 during a raid on a house backing onto Smith’s Wood Primary Academy on Monday, January 20.

Some 300 plants were found in a property in Greenfinch Road, which backs onto the gates of the school playground.

Police arrested one man at the scene as they seized the drugs.


Officers were pictured outside the house ahead of the bust.

Smith’s Wood and Castle Bromwich neighbourhood police shared the images to Twiiter.


They said: “Another successful drugs warrant executed in Smiths Wood this afternoon.. You’ll need a few more cans of air freshener to hide from us!”

They added: “Greenfinch Road b36. 300+ plants. One male arrested.”



Elsewhere in Ladywood, officers busted another, separate cannabis farm.

Officers said all of the plants had been seized from the property.

The force said: “A large cannabis factory has been discovered in Ladywood over the last few days. Our cannabis disposal team have attended and seized all of the plants!”




Dazed and amused: Illinois cops hot box with a giant joint in Cheech and Chong spoof to explain new laws after state legalizes cannabis



Dazed and amused: Illinois cops hot box with a giant joint in Cheech and Chong spoof to explain new laws after state legalizes cannabis


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Two Illinois police officers pretend to smoke a joint and hotbox a car in a video meant to educate residents about new cannabis laws. 

In the video, which is cheekily titled ‘Up in Smoke,’ two officers dressed as stoner comedy duo Cheech & Chong sit inside a parked car with waves of smoke billowing from the open windows.

One officer scarfs down a bag of Doritos while the other pretends to smoke a rolled up piece of construction paper meant to be a fake joint. 

‘What highway are we on,’ the officer in the passenger seat asks.


The officer in the driver’s set replies: ‘I don’t know. I just see a bunch of bricks and walls. Maybe we’re next to a castle or something, man.’



The two continue to chat in a daze, when suddenly a patrol vehicle from the Park Forest Police Station parks behind them and goes to inspect the vehicle.  

The driver, unaware that he was parked, asks the responding officer how fast he was driving. 

‘You’re actually parked in the parking lot of the police department,’ the officer says. 

The video then transitions to members of the Park Forest Police Department spelling out the dos and don’ts of marijuana consumption.  

The video ends with the phrase: ‘If you drive high, you’ll get a DUI.’



The two officers smoke a fake joint and eat Doritos while unknowingly sitting in the Park Forest Police Department parking lot


This Dazed and Confused style video comes after recreational marijuana was legalized for adults in Illinois, and authorities attempting to educate the public about the law. 

Illinoians enjoyed their first day of legal cannabis sales at the start of January, but the Chicago Tribune reports that authorities are facing challenges training officers on new protocol and informing residents about what’s allowed. 

Local department chiefs say education is currently ongoing, but gray areas and unanswered questions make it difficult to adequately proceed.  

Tinley Park Chief Matthew Walsh said: ‘There are a lot more questions than answers. There is going to be a learning curve.’

‘A lot of people don’t understand all the restrictions,’ said Christopher Mannino, Park Forest’s police chief. 

He added that people have a perception ‘that it is a legal free-for-all.’

According to Illinois law, residents 21 or older can legally purchase up to 30 grans, or an ounce, of marijuana flower from a licensed retailer.

The Cook County state’s attorney’s office will no longer be prosecuting low-level possession crimes, meaning that purchasing from street dealers carries a penalty comparable to getting a parking ticket. 

Communities like Park Forest are just starting to divert possession cases, excluding cases with amounts large enough to be trafficking charges, to municipal court where a fine is the maximum punishment. 

‘There is a wide variety of approaches,’ Mannino said, adding that officers now have more discretion on how or whether to charge residents. 

Possession of more than 30 grams can be charged as a Class A misdemeanor with penalties up to one year in jail and a $2,500 fine. 

New laws dictate that marijuana carried inside a vehicle should be sealed in a child resistant, odor-proof container that is kept out of site.

McCarthy said: ‘We should never see it or smell it.’


Park Forest officer then tell viewers: 'If you drive high, you’ll get a DUI'


The Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police says that adults walking with a plastic bag of cannabis, as long as it’s under an ounce,’ is all good. 

Another area of confusion are field sobriety tests geared towards cannabis, with many officers forced to rely on ‘reasonable suspicion.’

Drivers with five nongrams of THC in one mililiter of blood, or 10 nanograms in fluids like saliva or urine, are considered under the influence. 

McCarthy said: ‘We would like to have an instrument to have people blow into and come up with a definite number.’

There have been some testing done with saliva tests, but it only shows the presence of THC in the system and not if an individual is impaired. 

Getting conclusive evidence that someone is impaired can sometimes mean getting a search warrant to draw blood, which is difficult since officers only have a two-hour window for a judge to sign off on a warrant. 

Illinois is a implied consent state, meaning that a driver that doesn’t agree to a blood or urine test can face driver could face a possible license suspension. 

‘It’s almost impossible,’ McCarthy said.






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My friend who is a police officer in London says around 30% if his police friends smoke cannabis and they all go to Amsterdam every few months


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