Uk Teacher from Will Adams Centre in Gillingham faces disciplinary hearing over drug allegations

A teacher arrested twice over drug allegations has avoided being banned from the profession.

Teresa Kujawski was working at the Will Adams Centre in Gillingham when she faced disciplinary action for not disclosing she had been arrested prior to her being taken on at the school.

The maths teacher had been quizzed in November 2015 over allegations relating to the production of a controlled drug on her premises. She was charged with the offence in January 2016 after she began working at the pupil referral unit.

Although related offences were admitted by her lodger, she was found guilty of allowing her premises to be used for the production of a controlled drug and was given a conditional discharge after appearing before magistrates in November 2016.

She had a disciplinary hearing a month later and was issued with a written warning.

However, she was then arrested in September 2017 on suspicion of driving while under the influence of drugs.

Although Ms Kujawski informed the school of her arrest, she did not inform it of subsequent developments including her charge and court date.

The offence was later discontinued but Ms Kujawski was dismissed by the school in May 2018.

As a result, she appeared before a teacher misconduct panel held by the Teaching Regulation Agency in February.

The panel heard how she didn’t think she needed to tell the school about the first arrest as her lodger had admitted the offence in its entirety shortly afterwards. Ms Kujawski therefore assumed that no further action would be taken against her and there was no need to inform the school.

Following her second arrest, she said she felt “ashamed and embarrassed” but recognised she should have kept the school updated.

The centre looks after 14 to 17 year olds and is rated ‘good’ by Ofsted.

The panel found two out of the three allegations put before them to be proved and further found Ms Kujawski’s conduct “amounted to both unacceptable professional conduct and conduct that may bring the profession into disrepute”.

However, they did not go as far as giving her a prohibition order, which would have banned her from teaching.

The panel’s decision maker, Alan Meyrick, said: “A prohibition order would prevent Ms Kujawski from teaching and would also clearly deprive the public of her contribution to the profession for the period that it is in force.

“On balance, I have concluded that a prohibition order is not proportionate or in the public interest in this case.

“I agree with the panel, that the publication of the adverse findings it had made was sufficient to send an appropriate message to the teacher as to the standards of behaviour that are not acceptable, and the publication would meet the public interest requirement of declaring proper standards of the profession.”

KentOnline attempted to contact Ms Kujawski directly and through her union but without success

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/medway/news/teacher-escapes-ban-after-drug-arrests-226522/

Cannabis is addictive and leads to other drugs, studies agree

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Cannabis is addictive and leads to other drugs, studies agree

Cannabis is addictive and can act as a ‘gateway drug’, two new studies have shown.

A research team from Canada analysed data from 23,000 cannabis users and argue that the drug is far more addictive than previously thought, causing serious withdrawal symptoms.

A separate study from the US suggests that cannabis acts as a ‘gateway drug’ encouraging users to experiment with other illegal substances such as cocaine.

Withdrawal

Researchers from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, found that 47 per cent of all regular cannabis users suffered from withdrawal symptoms when they stopped using the drug.

Symptoms include irritability, anger, aggression, anxiety and depression.

The academics said the more a person uses cannabis – a Class B drug in the UK – the greater the risk of severe withdrawal effects.

The team concluded: “Many professionals and members of the general public may not be aware of cannabis withdrawal, potentially leading to confusion about the benefits of cannabis to treat or self-medicate symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorders.”

Gateway drug

The separate US study showed that cannabis acts as a ‘gateway drug’ leading users to other illegal substances such as cocaine.

Co-senior author Professor Denise Kandel of Columbia University, said: “This study suggests that teenagers who use cannabis may have a favourable initial reaction to cocaine”.

She added that cannabis use will “increase their likelihood” of repeated use of cocaine.

 

https://www.christian.org.uk/news/cannabis-is-addictive-and-leads-to-other-drugs-studies-agree/

 

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Medical cannabis webinar: “EU novel food, and how the UK is winning the CBD war”

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Medical cannabis webinar: “EU novel food, and how the UK is winning the CBD war”

Leading cannabis event company CannaTech has responded to the Coronavirus pandemic with a drive to move its event content and speakers into the digital world. Saul Kaye, CannaTech CEO, will be joined by our very own CEO Clifton Flack

 

Leading cannabis event company CannaTech has responded to the Coronavirus pandemic with a drive to move its event content and speakers into the digital world.  After live streaming cannabis investment and legal panels, Saul Kaye, CannaTech CEO, moves focus to the hottest legal cannabinoid market in the world, the UK.

 

Saul will be joined by our very own CEO Clifton Flack who is no stranger to discussing the UK market and some of his more contentious beliefs on the direction of the cannabis industry.

 

The CannaTech panel What is a Novel Food and How Does CBD Play in the UK Market?” is taking place online on 4 May 2020.

 

Register and join Clifton, CEO and founder of CiiTECH, together with Melissa Sturgess, founder of Montana Wellness and CEO of Ananda Developments. Learn how the UK has successfully rolled out a cannabinoid program for more than one million people.  Find out from both Clifton and Melissa about the need and power of a strong brand marketing strategy.

 

CannaTech Webinars is part of CannaTECH – the Global Cannabis Summit that brings cannabis global professionals and thought leaders together across the globe. CannaTech Webinars is a way to stay on top of buzzworthy subject matters happening in the world of cannabis by catching up with leading industry experts covering financial, legal and medical topics.

 

CiiTECH – As founder and owner of a company that is renowned for researching, developing and commercialising top-grade CBD for the UK and global markets, Clifton has shown his true passion and commitment that goes into each brand and product that the company develops. CiiTECH’s soul was built by collaborating with some of the leading cannabis researchers and research centres in the world including no other then the cannabis epicentre of the world – Israel.

 

With its initial launch of flagship brand Provacan in 2016, the brand was quickly recognised as one of the most reliable and trustworthy brands in the UK.  Provacan is set apart by being backed by CiiTECH science and research. Furthermore the brand is supported by its loyal customers and recognised by key players within the UK’s CBD community that share a similar vision of bringing properly marketed products to market. This is what brings the UK to hold a leading position as a CBD market leader in properly regulated and credible CBD health products.

 

However, along with regulation comes limitation. “The inclusion of CBD in the novel food catalogue was an unfortunate situation we found ourselves in last year.  It likely secures the legal future of CBD in the UK whilst potentially spelling the end of full spectrum food supplements putting efficacy at risk,” said Clifton.

 

Novel Food Catalogue lists products of animal or plant origin that have not been significantly consumed by consumers in the UK or EU before May 1997.

 

In the UK, the Food Safety Agency (FSA) is responsible for ensuring that novel foods coming to market undergo proper safety assessment, authorisation and are marked safe for human consumption.

 

Clifton hopes that “with the UK already becoming the de facto CBD market leader in credible CBD health products and the highest use across Europe, we could now cement that position with the FSA taking the lead and potentially giving control of high strength CBD sales to pharmacists”.

 

Tune in 4 May to get the full views of Clifton and Melissa on What is a Novel Food and How Does CBD Play in the UK Market? Register via this link: https://www.canna-tech.co/cannatech-webinar-series-may-4-uk-panel-registration-2/

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https://www.journalism.co.uk/press-releases/medical-cannabis-webinar–eu-novel-food-and-how-the-uk-is-winning-the-cbd-war-/s66/a755165/

 

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Man Charged Over Cannabis Farm Found After Explosion, Wetherby Road, Leeds.

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Man Charged Over Cannabis Farm Found After Explosion, Wetherby Road, Leeds.

A man is due to appear in court today charged over a cannabis farm discovered at a flat in Leeds following an explosion.

Andi Mokra, aged 26, of Wetherby Road, Leeds, has been charged with production of cannabis and abstracting electricity after a large-scale cannabis growing set-up was found at a flat in Wetherby Road after a gas canister exploded in a fire started next to the building on Tuesday afternoon.

He is due to appear at Leeds Magistrates Court this morning.

Detectives from Leeds District CID are continuing enquiries into the fire and explosion, which is being treated as arson.

 

https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/news-appeals/man-charged-over-cannabis-farm-found-after-explosion-wetherby-road-leeds

 

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Funny smell in the air leads police straight to cannabis factory with 200 plants in Pontypridd

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Funny smell in the air leads police straight to cannabis factory with 200 plants in Pontypridd

Officers also found bags and bags of drugs ‘ready for the streets’

 

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A man has been arrested after more than 200 cannabis plants were found by police officers who followed their sense of smell.

The cannabis factory was found in the back lane of the busy Main Road in Church Village, Pontypridd on Tuesday after two police officers were on patrol in the area.

 

On noticing the smell, the officers from South Wales Police made enquiries and were led to a commercial premises in the area.

 

 

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A force spokesman said: “A search warrant was secured and they entered the building to discover four growing rooms containing 239 plants.”

In addition to the plants, the officers also discovered 33 vacuum packed bags of cannabis.

“As police searched the premises, an off-duty officer walking his dog nearby noticed a man acting suspiciously and alerted colleagues.

 

“Shortly after, a 37-year-old Albanian national was arrested and is currently in police custody.”

 

Inspector Stephen Daley described the find as “great” and “timely”, with the drugs already bagged and ready for supply.

 

“It was a great find by these two officers who trusted their instincts. A timely one too, with drugs already picked, bagged and bound for the streets.”

 

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/cannabis-plants-pontypridd-police-drugs-18170404

 

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Neighbour describes ‘screams’ as police raid Glasgow West End cannabis farm

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Neighbour describes ‘screams’ as police raid Glasgow West End cannabis farm

Police broke down the door during the raid (Marina Lynch)

 

 

A WOMAN has described her shock over “screaming and crying” during an early morning police raid of her neighbour’s flat.

Officers in the West End dramatically broke down the door of the two-bedroom apartment in Cresswell Street, just off Byres Road, at around 5am on Sunday morning.

There, they discovered a cannabis farm which has since been seized.

Police did not disclose the size of the cultivation, nor it’s estimated street value.

 

Two men, aged 30 and 31, have been arrested following the operation. 

Marina Lynch, a neighbour, sent the Glasgow Times pictures showing the front door of the property boarded up after the raid.

She said: “There was screaming in the house, the police were broke the door down and made arrests.

“Tenants want to know what happened, apparently the landlord was advised by police to change all the locks.

“My other neighbour said that this was to do with drugs, and after the men were arrested someone came back and moved the board and took things out of the flat – that’s why the door code was changed.”

 

A spokeswoman for Police Scotland said: “Two men aged, 30 and 31 have been arrested following a police operation in Cresswell Street on Sunday, April 26. 

“Officers, acting under warrant entered a property and discovered a cannabis cultivation site.

“The men have been released on an undertaking and a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.”

 

https://www.glasgowtimes.co.uk/news/18414147.neighbours-horror-screams-police-raid-glasgow-west-end-cannabis-farm/

 

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The War on Drugs has failed. But a profit-driven legal market is not the answer

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The War on Drugs has failed. But a profit-driven legal market is not the answer

With big business eyeing up cannabis as a future market, it is essential that legalisation supports racial and economic justice.

 

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he idea that certain drugs should be prohibited by law is often viewed as simple common sense, but it is actually a recent social phenomenon. The first international laws prohibiting drugs only appeared at the start of the twentieth century, and it wasn’t until the United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs in 1961 that banning the non-medicinal trade in drugs like cannabis, cocaine and opiates was accepted across the world.

Since then, the War on Drugs has become a huge driver of the world’s ever-growing prison population. In the UK, more than 1 in 8 of all prisoners currently incarcerated in British prisons are serving their sentences for drug offences. Furthermore, in the UK black people are over-represented in cannabis prosecutions, with over 20% of those convicted for cannabis offences being black, even though they comprise less than 4% of the UK’s total population.

 

However, the 21st century seems to be showing signs of a change in direction. In December 2013, Uruguay became the first nation-sate to legalise cannabis. Uruguay was soon followed by Canada in 2018, with countries such as New Zealand and Mexico currently working on legislation to allow a recreational market to be implemented over the coming year. Furthermore, in the USA, the country that drove the War on Drugs for most of the twentieth century, a host of states from California and Alaska have also legalised recreational cannabis markets.

However, Britain is still yet to have a serious national conversation about what is being referred to as the ‘green rush’– the 21st century growth of a legal cannabis trade. The creation of a legal regulated market for cannabis in North America has become big business in a short space of time. According to marijuana business daily, the legal cannabis industry is estimated to generate between $8 billion to $10 billion in annual retail sales already, and is projected to rise to $22 billion annually by 2022. In the American states that have legalised the drug, California has generated the largest revenues with over $2.75 billion in cannabis sales. Smaller states such as Oregon and Washington have also produced large markets, with Oregon registering $500 million in recreational sales and Washington over $975 million through its recreational market. Some of the biggest cannabis corporations to emerge in this new marketplace include Canada based companies Aurora Cannabis (market cap of over $7billion) and Canopy Growth (market cap of over $12 billion). However, on its current trajectory, it appears that the emergence of a profitable cannabis market may not necessarily challenge economic and racial inequality across society.

 

In North America, those who have suffered the most under the War on Drugs are also being excluded from the wealth that is being generated in its transition to a legal market. Across many of the states that have legalised cannabis, people with Federal convictions (which includes most drugs crimes) are excluded from gaining cannabis business licences. With the drug war criminalising racial minorities disproportionately, those communities find themselves being punished twice-over – once by prohibition and again by being banned from the legal market.

 

As well as the legal blocks, there are also significant financial barriers to entry. The major banks are reluctant to lend to this new industry, meaning that many of the people able to enter this new industry are independently wealthy already. Furthermore, cannabis companies in North America have often been reliant on seed cash and private capital investment, not only bank loans. Therefore, individuals with the knowledge of how to raise private financing and who are already embedded in networks of wealthy individuals and institutions are often highly present within these cannabis companies. This helps explain why companies and individuals from industries such as tech, pharmaceuticals and mining have been drawn to cannabis.

Recently there have been some exciting new initiatives launched in North America. This includes proposals such as Real Action for Cannabis Equity, or RACE, launched in Boston in September 2019. RACE is a coalition of actors that seeks to promote the interests of entrepreneurs and workers of colour as they try to gain entry into the legal cannabis marketplace. Another organisation aiming at similar changes is the Minority Cannabis Business Association (MCBA). Founded in late 2015, MCBA understands itself as aiming to ‘serve the specific needs of minority cannabis entrepreneurs, workers, and patients/ consumers.’

 

The work of these organisation and other advocates, lawyers and politicians has resulted in more innovative and exciting plans for greater economic equity being included in some cannabis legalisation laws over recent years. For instance, in 2017, the city of Oakland launched its equity programme, through which cannabis business permits would give priority to ‘equity applicants’, a category that was defined as either someone whose annual income is less than 80% of the city’s average income, someone who is from one of the 21 areas where drug arrests were most prevalent, or someone who has been convicted for a cannabis-related crime after November 5 1996.

In addition, even ‘non-equity’ applicants that do not fit within this criteria can improve their own chances of gaining permits if they commit to helping equity applicants with free rent or real estate. In 2018, the neighbouring city of San Francisco followed suit with a similar equity programme established through a city ordinance, which included amnesty for weed-related crimes, wiping out or reducing the sentencings for all cannabis-related crime convictions dating back to 1975. This helps empower people who might have been convicted decades ago but are still barred from certain jobs or housing. Most recently, California’s biggest city, Los Angles, has also adopted a social equity program which offers priority application processing and business support to individuals who can show they were disproportionately impacted by the previous laws prohibiting cannabis during the War on Drugs.

As well as initiatives to try to diversify ownership in the cannabis industry, there are also moves towards exploring cooperative forms of ownership of dispensaries. Massachusetts has considered co-op models where people in the city can pool resources and enter into a competitive market. Currently the law allows co-ops to cultivate and deliver cannabis to high-street dispensers, but not to own or operate them.

 

In terms of consumption, the co-ops have a collection of members who are able to use cannabis together and pool resources in terms of cultivation. In Washington State, it is only legal to set up a co-op for medical marijuana, with each co-op allowed a total of four members. Members must be over 21 and not give away or sell any cannabis they grow to non-members.

However, there has also been a backlash against cannabis co-ops. Colorado, for instance, recently pushed back against the co-op form. Until 2017, recreational cannabis users could group their maximum personal allowance of six cannabis plants into large co-ops, but in April 2017 the state criminalised the practice of individuals growing cannabis for other people as these large co-ops could not be adequately supervised.

 

If overly marketized, there is a real danger that a legal cannabis market could just create new processes of exclusion and inequality. A profit-driven legal cannabis market could easily be accompanied by even more punitive controls on the black market. This could lead to the worsening of social and racial inequalities in wealth, economic opportunities and criminal justice that emerged during the twentieth century drug war.

On the other hand, cannabis legalisation may offer a rare opportunity to introduce policies that could rebalance some of those inequalities that have plagued society for too long. This opportunity should not be overlooked.

 

This article is a shortened version of a report that was published by Common Wealth.

 

https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/oureconomy/war-drugs-has-failed-profit-driven-legal-market-not-answer/

 

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Routine police COVID-19 check leads to cannabis haul

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Routine police COVID-19 check leads to cannabis haul

 

A routine check for Coronavirus regulations turned into an arrest for supplying drugs and the seizure of a large amount of cannabis in North Yorkshire.

At about 10.55am on Monday 27 April 2020, North Yorkshire Police officers were on patrol on the A1(M) near Scotch Corner. A grey VW Passat was stopped, and the driver spoken to.

While talking to the driver, officers noticed a strong smell of cannabis. A search of the vehicle revealed several shopping bags full of suspected cannabis, with a street value of tens of thousands of pounds. The car itself was also seized for being driven uninsured.

 

The driver, a 25-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply cannabis, and driving without insurance.

He has been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

 

https://northyorkshire.police.uk/news/routine-police-covid-19-check-leads-to-cannabis-haul/

 

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Rural officers seize £1 million of cannabis in Cambridgeshire in just one year

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Rural officers seize £1 million of cannabis in Cambridgeshire in just one year

 

Nearly 40 cannabis factories worth more than £1 million have been raised by police officers in rural Cambridgeshire in the past year.

Cambridgeshire Police’s Rural Crime Action Team (RCAT) has dismantled 39 cannabis factories and seized plants worth more than £1.2 million in a busy year of crime enforcement.

They also secured 83 prosecutions for various offences, given £16,748 worth of fines and dealt with cases resulting in driving bans totalling nearly 10 years.

In addition, 31 items of stolen farm machinery, including plant and trailers, were recovered over the year (March 2019-April 2020)

 

RCAT Sergeant Craig Flavell said: “We’ve had a very busy 12 months and achieved some exceptional results, which are demonstrated in the statistics and show how committed the team is to tackling criminality within the rural communities.

 

“The hare coursing season was particularly challenging and saw the team issue almost 200 dispersals and summons 42 suspects to court.

“With the latest edition of drone capability and armed with a new fleet of vehicles we are prepared for a summer of proactive enforcement while also supporting other departments in the Covid-19 crisis.”

The team comprises nine officers and staff working across Cambridgeshire. They work all year round, combating theft, heritage crime, hunting, rural and wildlife crimes and working alongside partner agencies including the local and county councils, RSPCA, Environment Agency and Crown Prosecution Service.

 

https://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/news/crime/rural-officers-seize-ps1-million-cannabis-cambridgeshire-just-one-year-2553740

 

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Six people arrested after police bust cannabis farm

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Six people arrested after police bust cannabis farm

 

Police have released a statement about what has happened

 

Six people have been arrested after police busted a cannabis farm in Sleaford.

Officers executed a warrant at a property in the town on Tuesday morning, April 28.

 

Inside they found a cannabis farm and initially arrested four people.

However, this morning, Wednesday, April 29, Lincolnshire Police confirmed at total of six people have been arrested and investigations are continuing.

In a post on the Sleaford Police Facebook page in Tuesday, officers said confirmed the bust had taken place.

 

“This morning along with Lincolnshire Police Tactical support team Sleaford officers executed a warrant in relation to the cultivation of cannabis,” it said.

 

“Four persons have been arrested at the scene.”

It later added: “A fifth person has now been arrested and a further property is being searched in relation to the warrant.”

In a statement Lincolnshire Police said five men – aged 22, 31, 31, 33 and 44 – and one 41-year-old woman have been arrested and remanded into custody.

 

A spokesperson for the force said: “Six people have been arrested after a warrant was carried out at an address in the Sleaford area.

“A number of cannabis plants were discovered.

“They remain in custody and will be questioned in due course.  Investigations are ongoing.”

 

https://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/local-news/lincolnshire-police-cannabis-farm-sleaford-4088313

 

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