Cannabis farm found in Leicester house after police turn up to stop burglary



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Cannabis farm found in Leicester house after police turn up to stop burglary

A report of a crime turned into a surprising discovery




Police officers called out to stop a burglary stumbled upon an even bigger find when they arrived at the scene.

Leicestershire Police received a call from a member of the public who described a suspected burglary at around 1.50am yesterday morning in Winchester Avenue in the Westcotes area of the city.

Leicestershire Roads Policing Unit tweeted to say that they had attended the scene.

A spokeswoman for the force said that two men had been seen running from the property as officers arrived.

“A man, 23, was arrested nearby on suspicion of burglary. He has since been released under investigation,” she said.

“The second man was not located.”


A search of the property in question was carried out and found inside was a number of cannabis plants.

The plants were recovered after they were discovered.

Inquiries are ongoing into the circumstance of the incident and the force requested that anyone who may have any information should ring 101.







Royal Navy warship seizes £6m cannabis stash in Middle East



Royal Navy warship seizes £6m cannabis stash in Middle East

Bahrain-based HMS Montrose made the find after intercepting a dhow in the Gulf of Oman.




Type 23 frigate HMS Montrose, which is based long-term in Bahrain, intercepted the tonne of hashish hidden aboard a dhow in the Gulf of Oman.

The seizure comes after Type 45 destroyer HMS Defender captured two-and-a-half tonnes of the drug earlier this month.

And HMS Montrose also intercepted a cargo of crystal meth and heroin in October worth £1 million.


Armed forces minister James Heappey said: “This seizure is another impressive demonstration of the Royal Navy’s vital work around the world.

“Our servicemen and women, once again, have proved that their skill and professionalism can disrupt major criminal organisations and continue to keep our citizens safe.”

Commander Charles Collins, Montrose’s commanding officer, said: “I am very proud of the crew of HMS Montrose.

“Last week we were 800 miles away providing maritime security for merchant shipping in the Gulf and Strait of Hormuz, and this week disrupting the flow of illegal narcotics through the seizure of hashish worth around £6 million on the UK market.

“It was a proper team effort and just shows how HMS Montrose is like a Swiss Army knife of capability, able to react at a moment’s notice to anything we are tasked to do.”







CannaBiz: Professor Michael Barnes on the medical cannabis supply chain



CannaBiz: Professor Michael Barnes on the medical cannabis supply chain


Professor Michael Barnes tells Medical Cannabis Network about the challenges facing the UK’s current medical cannabis landscape and the medical cannabis supply chain.

MCN attended the Hub on 4 and 5 December 2019 in London, UK, where we had the opportunity to speak with consultant neurologist and medical cannabis expert Professor Michael Barnes about the challenges facing the UK’s current medical cannabis landscape.

Medical Cannabis Network is proud to act as media partner to the Cannabiz Innovation Hub, a pioneering conference for cannabis industry stakeholders.

Professor Michael Barnes, what can you tell me about your plans to establish medical cannabis clinics in the UK?

The model is twofold. January 2020 will see a clinic open in London – it is currently awaiting Care Quality Commission (CQC) approval – and we have a sister clinic in Birmingham which has already received this.

I have trained 31 doctors now and while they don’t all have to work for us, of course, we hope around 12 or 15 will go on to work in the clinics. Because of the geography, we are also supporting doctors who have been trained and then want to go and work in their own areas. Nevertheless, we will still have them under a medical cannabis clinics umbrella and organise the referrals for them, help them and support them through the process and the prescriptions and everything else. So, there are two models: the ‘go to your own place’ model and the option to work from our brick and mortar central location.

As soon as we get another doctor trained up locally we will reopen the Manchester clinic (which closed due to illness): the principle is still absolutely there and the first prescriptions were written from there by the pain consultant who has some 40 patients. This means that he has written something like 120 to 150 prescriptions, because you have to rewrite them every month.

The total number of patients prescribed medical cannabis in the UK is now approximately 80, which translates to around 200 or 300 prescriptions. Those patients are all private; there are none on the National Health Service, despite what the government says because they are counting prescriptions for nabilone and Sativex, but there have been no full extract product prescriptions written since 1 November last year on the NHS.

How involved are you in consulting with NHS bodies in order to try to make medical cannabis prescriptions work?

I’m not directly involved. But I do things like today’s event and engage with the media, saying not only how awful the situation is at the moment but hopefully being more positive and saying what we can do about it. So we set up the Academy of Medical Cannabis, a training programme; and we set up the Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society which is now supporting about 120 clinicians who are interested in cannabis – though not all of them can prescribe, because we opened it up to GPs and interested health professionals.

I’m more into the lobbying side, running direct negotiated approaches to the National Health Service; because I know that the answer from the NHS senior hierarchy is: the law’s changed, it’s now down to the individual doctors, it’s not the government’s fault, it’s the doctors’ fault for being far too cautious and conservative. In a sense they are right, because the NHS can’t force a doctor to prescribe; so my view is that the absolute priority is to train doctors and then they will start prescribing, and then the problems like the supply chain will begin to fall away.

You have told us previously that your priority is to educate doctors. Are you beginning to see any progress with this? Do you believe that, as doctors’ education surrounding this issue increases, this will put more pressure on NHS leadership to reform their policies?

Doctors are understandably and quite rightly reluctant to prescribe products they don’t know anything about. Once they understand this actually isn’t too complicated, it’s not too difficult – particularly given the limited products we can prescribe at the moment. And there will be pressure from the patients and from the parents of the children. Hopefully, doctors who now won’t prescribe because they don’t understand it will come to understand it and go on to prescribe. Things will change.

The parents can come with evidence from a double blind placebo controlled clinical trial and say: my child has been on this product privately, look at the difference it’s made, will you now prescribe? That’s the pressure we need to put on the NHS leadership. Are there other people doing it? I hope so, because it shouldn’t be all down to me and the Academy and the Society.

The big thing which I’m not anything to do with is the Twenty21 project. This is a brilliant idea and very ambitious – and it should be ambitious – but I think the limitation won’t be getting 20,000 patients (that should be relatively easy); it is going to be getting enough doctors. Again, we come back to the same question of the number of doctors trained and willing to prescribe for 20,000 patients; you need more. At the moment in the UK, five doctors have written cannabis prescriptions; and you need a lot more than that to prescribe for 20,000. It’s a great project and I wish them all the best; but we’ve got to prioritise doctors’ education.

The supply chain in the UK is particularly cumbersome which results in extortionate cost to the patient. Which country’s model do you feel works best in addressing this issue and producing enough supply to keep costs affordable?

Firstly, you’re absolutely right: the supply chain is appallingly cumbersome and ridiculously expensive. The government can’t influence doctors, but what it can do is get the supply chain better and allow bulk import. At the moment we are prescribing for one patient for one month’s supply.

It takes four to six weeks for that to arrive in the country at a ridiculous cost – the parents are spending £2,000 a month for it. Not many people in this country can afford that. If you think about the supply chain delivery, you’ve got to write the second prescription before you fill the first one. That’s bad medicine; you’ve got to guess what the response might be like. The whole supply system at the moment is just appalling.

Can we learn from other countries?

Yes, I think they’ve got it better in other countries. Germany is a little bit skewed as it is mainly a flower market. I am very impressed with New Zealand, it’s not enacted as yet in big volume but I think they’re going to get that right; and Australia have got it reasonably well looked at. There are countries, not just in terms of the supply chain but also in the way they’ve looked at the evidence, where they’ve set up something offering a medicinal cannabis equivalent like Holland has done.

There are 50 countries where medicinal cannabis is legal now; and what we really ought to do – and it’s not difficult to do – is learn from all of those countries. I think every country’s got something wrong, but most of those countries have got quite a lot right; so we should learn from all that and get it right ourselves. Sadly, we might not do this; we might want to do it the ‘British’ way and not learn from other countries. I hope that’s not the case; and I hope we learn from those countries and get it right first time, and quickly.

Guidelines that the government come out with, such as the NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) guidelines are, for the moment, holding us back, which is very unfortunate. However, let’s hope that we don’t have to wait four or five years for double blind placebo controlled studies to be the be-all and end-all, because they’re not in this space. And let’s hope it’s done quickly and efficiently.

Professor Mike Barnes
Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society
The Academy of Medical Cannabis





Police walk through open door into large cannabis factory in Farebrother Street



Police walk through open door into large cannabis factory in Farebrother Street


Humberside Police attend call and discover hundreds of pot plants


Police have discovered more than 400 cannabis plants at a house in Grimsby after finding the door left open and windows smashed.

Humberside Police said local officers were called to Farebrother Street arriving at 2.25am on Thursday.

When they arrived they found the door open and inside a large cannabis factory.


A spokeswoman for the force said: “Local officers initially attended the house having been called at 2.25am today.

“When officers arrived they found the house windows broken and the door left open.  No one was found inside the house but around 150 large cannabis plants and around 300 samplings were found.”

“We are continuing to investigate the incident and would ask that if anyone has any information about the house or its occupants to call us on 101 quoting log 31 20 February 2020.”





Angry shouting outside Bristol Magistrates’ Court as police search men for cannabis



Angry shouting outside Bristol Magistrates’ Court as police search men for cannabis

Vid On Link



Police spent 15 minutes searching two men for cannabis outside Bristol Magistrates’ Court today (February 20).

The pair were sitting on the steps leading down from the court this morning, directly opposite two police vans parked on Marlborough Street.

Both men were smoking roll-ups and one was drinking from a Stella Artois bottle.

A woman, who did not wish to be named, suspected the roll-ups contained Class B drug cannabis and at 10.20am reported the men to the officers sitting in the vans.

Three officers proceeded to get out of their vehicles and approached the two men.


One officer said to the pair: “There is a strong smell of cannabis.”


Over the following 15 minutes, the police searched the two men.

One of the suspects could be heard shouting: “I ain’t f****** got anything on me.”

The other yelled at an officer: “F*** off before I slap you.”

The officers walked away from the two men at 10.35am, without taking any action.


An Avon and Somerset police spokesman said: “Two people were searched but nothing was found on them.”

And one of the officers present told Bristol Live: “We couldn’t find any cannabis.”

The woman who had reported the men to police said: “A strong smell of cannabis being smoked outside the court was enough for me to alert the police, who happened to be nearby.


“The two gentlemen were confronted by the officers, but after a long search the police left them to get on with their days.”




Farmers could cash in on cannabis



Farmers could cash in on cannabis


GROWING CANNABIS for export could be a lucrative post-Brexit business for farmers looking to tap into new markets.

Property agents Savills has teamed up with cannabis specialists to launch a business venture for UK growers. The new project Crop17 will help farmers learn how to identify the best land for planting cannabis, how to source equipment and understanding the legal stipulations around the Class B drug.

Cannabis is banned for recreational use in the UK – only last week more than 1400 plants worth £1.2m were seized in a series of drug raids in Sussex. The active ingredient in cannabis – Tetrahydrocannabinol – is illegal in the UK but Cannabidiol (CBD) is not. However, all CBD products sold in the UK have to be imported typically from the US, Canada and Columbia. There are several countries worldwide which have legalised it, sparking a boom in exports from the UK.

A director at Savills, Alex Bragg, said: “The UK agriculture sector is embarking upon a period of unprecedented change. A phasing out of subsidies, a new dawn for trade, adapting to meet climate change targets and a huge growth in ag-tech presents the industry with huge challenges and opportunities. For the forward-thinking and innovative farmer and grower adapting into new markets is a key priority.”


Director of farm contracting business LF Papworth, Kit Papworth, based near North Walsham, has been invited to attend a Savills conference in London on hemp cultivation in the UK. He said: “The hemp and CBD (Cannabidol) oil markets have a huge potential, for both the oil and the biomass produced by the plant, which can be used in industry, building materials and for sequestering carbon.

“Farming in a post-Brexit world means we have to look closely at all of the opportunities, and this is just one of many that we are considering,” he concluded.




Police seize drugs and dart gun from a Burwell house



Police seize drugs and dart gun from a Burwell house


Police stormed a Burwell house yesterday, seizing drugs and a dart gun from the property.

At the Orchard Way house Cambridgeshire Police found the weapon as well as a large amount of cannabis, cannabis resin and a quantity of other drugs.

PC Brad Munday said: “The warrant was a result of intelligence linking the property to the importation of illegal weapons.



A large amount of cannabis and a dart gun was recovered from a Burwell house yesterday Picture: Cambridgeshire Police (29692010)


“While we realise some weapons are advertised online and seem accessible, it is an offence to import them and we will act on any intelligence in relation to these kinds of offences.”

No arrests have yet been made.



Drugs recoverd from a house in Burwell's Orchard Way (29692225)


he force has urged those who know someone who carries a weapon to report them on 101 or by going online to

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.





Cannabis reefer cost Pembroke man £453



Cannabis reefer cost Pembroke man £453


Smoking a cannabis reefer cost a Pembroke man £453 and his driving licence.

Dylan Cooper, of St Davids Road, appeared at Haverfordwest magistrates court on Tuesday, February 11, and pleaded guilty to driving while over the controlled drug limit.

Vaughan Pritchard-Jones, prosecuting, said police could smell cannabis when they stopped Cooper’s Mini Cooper at 1.30am on September 10 at Bush Hill, Pembroke Dock, as part of a routine check.

“They could smell cannabis in the vehicle and on the defendant’s clothing. A drug swipe was positive.”

The court heard that he was previously of clean character.


Jonathan Webb, defending, said Cooper, 24, had been open and honest with the officer.

“Much earlier in the evening he had, with some friends, partaken in the smoking of a cannabis reefer.

“By 1.30am he thought that he was okay to drive.”


Mr Webb added that the offence would affect Cooper ‘greatly’ as he had started working for an electrical company.

“It appears that because he is such a good worker, measures have been put in place so that he can remain in employment with the company.”

A ‘glowing’ reference from his employer was handed to the bench and the court heard that the offence was out of character.

Magistrates banned Cooper from driving for 12 months and fined him £334.


He was ordered to pay £85 costs and a £34 surcharge.



Two men are stabbed to death in armed gang raid on cannabis factory inside house before onlookers see men ‘running away carrying plants’



Two men are stabbed to death in armed gang raid on cannabis factory inside house before onlookers see men ‘running away carrying plants’


Daily Mail


Two men were stabbed to death in an armed robbery on a cannabis factory at a house in the early hours of today with people seen ‘running away carrying plants’.

Police launched a double murder investigation after a fight spilled out into the street outside a house which was attacked in Brierley Hill near Dudley in the West Midlands.

Several witnesses had earlier called 999 after seeing a group of young men trying to force entry into the property and its windows being broken at about 3.30am.

The fight saw two men suffer stab wounds and a car crashed into parked vehicles. A cannabis factory was later found inside the property on Pensnett Road.

One man was pronounced dead at the scene while a second man, who was driven to hospital, later died in hospital having suffered also been stabbed.


West Midlands Police arrested one man on suspicion of conspiracy to rob and were investigating today to identify other men involved in the robbery and stabbings.

Homicide Unit Inspector Nick Barnes said: ‘We believe this property was deliberately targeted by a group of men who knew it was being used to cultivate cannabis.

‘Witnesses have reported the property being attacked, windows broken, and men running away carrying plants. In the ensuing disorder two men have suffered fatal knife wounds.

‘We’re appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time and witnessed the disorder or people or vehicles leaving the scene to get in touch.

‘I’d also like to hear from any motorists who were in the area at the time and have dash cam footage as they also may have recorded something important.’

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: ‘On arrival, crews discovered one patient, a man, who had suffered serious stab wounds. 

‘He received specialist trauma care from ambulance staff at the scene, who also administered advanced life support.

‘However, despite their best efforts it sadly became apparent nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

‘Around the same time, one ambulance crew and two paramedic officers helped to treat a second man who had been driven to Russells Hall Hospital, he too had suffered serious stab wounds.

‘Sadly, despite the best efforts of ambulance and hospital staff, nothing could be done to save him and he was also confirmed deceased.’

Anyone with information is urged to call West Midlands Police on 101 or message via the force’s website chat, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.






Is Weed Legal in the UK? What You Need to Know



Is Weed Legal in the UK? What You Need to Know


Finding legal weed in the UK is not as easy as it should be.

UK flag with cannabis on it


The United Kingdom consists of 4 countries: England, Wales, Scotland, and  Northern Ireland. While each of these countries has its own set of laws, they all abide by the same cannabis legislation. 


Unfortunately, weed is recreationally illegal in the UK. As in the United States, illicit cannabis use is prevalent despite prohibition. 

There is only one legal way to obtain cannabis in the UK, and that is through a medical prescription. 

A person who has been convicted of possessing cannabis without a medical prescription may receive a prison sentence of up to 5 years and an unlimited fine.

A person who has been convicted of supplying or producing cannabis may receive a prison sentence of up to 14 years and an unlimited fine.  

Medical Marijuana is Legal in the UK

As in the United States, the UK places cannabis in a drug schedule. When this drug schedule was first signed into law, cannabis was categorized as a Schedule 1 substance. It was illegal to possess or supply cannabis without special permission.


In November 2018, the U.K. rescheduled cannabis to a Schedule 2 substance, meaning it could be legally prescribed by doctors on the General Medical Council specialist register. 

The government defines a “cannabis-based product for medicinal use (CBPM)” as one that meets the following criteria:

  • The product is cannabis or contains cannabis, cannabis resin, cannabinol or a cannabinol derivative 
  • The product is intended for medicinal use in humans 
  • The product is regulated by the government as a medicinal product or an ingredient of a medicinal product 

However, this definition does not include CBD (cannabidiol). CBD is legal in the UK and is not a scheduled substance.

CBD is not controlled by the government because pure CBD products contain little to no THC. 

How to Get Medical Marijuana in the UK 

There is a legal avenue to obtain medical cannabis, but it is a narrow one.

The government has made it legal for certain doctors to prescribe cannabis, but it has also encouraged doctors to use cannabis prescriptions as a last resort. The government has emphasized the lack of clinical evidence supporting most cannabis-based medicines.


However, since cannabis has been strictly prohibited until recently, there has been little opportunity for scientists to conduct the necessary research. Consequently, convincing doctors to prescribe cannabis to their patients has been difficult

Despite these hurdles, some patients are being prescribed cannabis. Here is how to get a prescription for medical cannabis in the United Kingdom. 

Step 1. Determine the likelihood of being prescribed marijuana

There is no list of qualifying medical conditions to be eligible for a cannabis prescription.

The government has given specialist doctors the authority to determine the appropriateness of cannabis as medicine for their patients based on the patient’s clinical condition and the evidence supporting cannabis as a treatment for that condition. 

Even though there is no official list of qualifying conditions, the government has recommended the use of cannabis as a treatment for people with chronic pain, intractable nausea, and vomiting, spasticity, or severe treatment-resistant epilepsy.

Patients with one of those conditions are more likely to be prescribed cannabis than patients with other conditions. 

While the government has issued the aforementioned recommendations, it has also recommended that cannabis remain a third-line treatment.


It recommends doctors first prescribe treatments licensed for the specific disorder, then off-label medicines for the disorder. If these first two treatment types do not work, then doctors should consider cannabis as a third option. 

Step 2. Find the right doctor

Medical patients must schedule an appointment with a clinician listed on the Specialist Register of the General Medical Council. 

To find a doctor listed on the Special Register, you can search by name on the medical register. If a clinician is listed on the Special Register, it will say so as a part of their medical register status. This might be easier in a major city like London rather than a more rural town. 

You can also select “special register” as a search criterion to filter your results. However, in order to use this search tool, you must already have the doctor’s name or GMC number. 

In addition to having Special Register as a part of their status, the clinician must be a specialist in the condition for which the patient is seeking treatment. 

For example, if the patient has epilepsy, the clinician must specialize in treating epilepsy to be authorized to prescribe cannabis. 

Once the registered specialist has established a cannabis-based treatment prescription for a patient, supplementary prescribers (such as specialty registrars, supplementary prescribers, and non-medical independent prescribers) may continue to prescribe cannabis for the patient.

The patient must remain under the direct care of the registered specialist doctor for the duration of the prescription period, however. 

Whether or not cannabis is an appropriate treatment for the patient’s condition is left to the doctor’s discretion.

A cannabis prescription is not a guarantee even if the patient finds a doctor who is authorized to prescribe medical cannabis.  

Step 3. Buying Cannabis in the UK

This step has proven to be very difficult for patients in the UK.

Pharmacies must obtain special licensing to stock cannabis since it is a Schedule 2 substance. The ones that do have the appropriate licensing are choosing not to stock or import cannabis medicines. 


Patients are mostly left to obtain regulated cannabis from the private sector. However, private medicine is much more expensive than public since it does not receive funding from the government.

UK patients are in the frustrating situation of having a legal way to obtain cannabis that isn’t there. 

The UK Encourages Cannabis Research 

The government is encouraging the British scientific community to expand research on cannabis-based medicines. Researching medicinal cannabis remains a “priority,” and the United Kingdom’s National Institute for Health Research has prioritized the funding of the following research areas:

  • CBD as a treatment for adult patients with fibromyalgia or treatment-resistant neuropathic pain 
  • The use of medicinal cannabis to treat chronic pain in pediatric patients 
  • Cannabis as treatment of spasticity
  • Cannabis as a treatment for severe epilepsy in all ages 
  • The effect of combined THC and CBD versus CBD only on brain structure and the treatment of seizures

The UK government cites the lack of evidence supporting the use of cannabis-based medicines as the reason for restricting its access.








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