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Cannabis was being grown on Network Rail property beside the Eurostar line.
Security guards who regularly patrol the area in Sandling, near Maidstone, in 4x4s found the grow yesterday
They alerted British Transport Police who attended the site in a clearing beside the Eurostar track.
All the plants were seized and inquiries continue
pics on link
surprise surprise they had to mention cannabis
Terror suspect came ‘fleetingly’ on MI5’s radar over information suggesting he had aspirations to travel to Libya
The Libyan terror suspect accused of stabbing to death three people in a frenzied attack was reported to MI5 less than a year before, it emerged last night.
Khairi Saadallah, 25, was put on the security service’s ‘radar’ after a tip-off that he planned to travel to his native Libya over fears he wanted to join a militant jihadist group. But the file was closed after two months when intelligence services found no credible evidence to support the claim.
Questions remained last night over whether Saadallah should have been at large at the time of Saturday evening’s attack in a park in Reading, Berks, after being released early from prison this month for a minor, non-terrorist offence.
It has also emerged that Saadallah, who it’s claimed had serious mental health problems, had come to the UK as an illegal immigrant in 2012, but was granted asylum in 2018. He had boasted to friends in the UK that he had fought as a child soldier to overthrow Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.
The UK is prevented from deporting Libyan prisoners back home after they serve their sentence because to do so would breach their human rights due to the dangers posed in the failed nation state. Sources said last night that Priti Patel, the Home Secretary, is planning to crackdown on asylum seekers and speed up the deportation of foreign national offenders.
Saadallah is the latest Libyan accused of a terrorist strike on UK soil and follows the blowing up of a US airliner over Lockerbie, the murder of WPC Yvonne Fletcher outside the Libyan embassy in London and the suicide bombing at the Manchester Arena in 2017.
Saadallah first lived in Manchester when he arrived in the UK and former neighbours in Reading claimed that he knew Salman Abedi, who carried out the Manchester attack, when he lived in the north west. Home Office sources have denied any evidence of a connection.
Boris Johnson said yesterday the Government is determined to learn lessons from Saturday’s terrorist outrage. One of the victims was named last as James Furlong, head of history at a school in Wokingham, described by colleagues as a ‘kind and gentle man’.
The prime minister said he was “sickened and appalled” by what had happened in Reading and said the police must be allowed to get on with their job of investigating the incident.
But he added: “If there are lessons we need to learn about how we handle such cases, and how we handle the events leading up to such cases, then we will learn those lessons and we will not hesitate to take action where necessary.”
Whitehall sources said Saadallah came ‘fleetingly’ on MI5’s radar over ‘information suggesting he had travel aspirations’. The sources stressed that Saadallah was just one of about 30,000 names on MI5’s terror suspect list in the middle of 2019 but that he was never elevated to a ‘subject of interest’ reserved for the 3,000 suspects posing the greatest threat to national security.
“After a couple of months, we were confident there was nothing in the original information,” said the source. “It didn’t pass the threshold to merit a full investigation because the information was not credible enough.”
Saadallah remained in custody last night after being arrested allegedly fleeing the scene. Eyewitnesses described a man entering the park, shouting something ‘unintelligible”, possibly in a foreign language, before stabbing a group of friends sat in a circle on the grass with a knife with a blade at least five inches long.
The man attacked a second group and then fled before being rugby tackled by police officer.
Saadallah’s flat, just over a mile from the scene of the attack, was raided by counter-terrorism police in the early hours of yesterday morning.
Police yesterday warned people to stay alert in parks amid fears lone wolf attacks are becoming even more rudimentary during the coronavirus pandemic when large crowds are gathering outside.
Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, the head of counter terrorism policing, said yesterday: “Please continue with your daily lives, but be alert, not alarmed, when you are out in public. If you see anything suspicious, anything at all that makes you feel suspicious, then please report it, please remain vigilant.”
Saadallah relocated to the UK from war-torn Libya in 2012 because he could not bear the violence, his family said last night.
However, those who knew him in Manchester and Reading described an unpredictable character who smoked cannabis, a habit which friends believed affected his personality
A cousin revealed he had mental health problems which caused him to hear voices and fear he was being followed.
She said he had converted to Christianity and even got a tattoo of a cross on his arm.
“He’s not Muslim any more,” she said. “It’s like he’s always been in the UK.”
Whitehall sources said it was not clear whether there was an idealogical motive behind the incident but Counter terrorism police are now leading the investigation, amid concern that the attack may have been Islamist inspired.
Saadallah claimed asylum in the UK on arrival in 2012. He initially enrolled as a student in Bury, but according to close friends, “went off the rails” after becoming involved in drugs and suffered depression and mental health issues.
The Telegraph understands that the Home Office had concerns over Saadallah’s presence in the UK, but was powerless to seek his removal because the Government has agreed not to deport people to failed states, or those with serious human rights concerns.
Dr Alan Mendoza, executive director of the Henry Jackson Society, said: “In order to safeguard the public, the Home Secretary must be able to remove those foreign nationals, including asylum seekers, who no longer have the right of abode.
“Yet over time, human rights case law has expanded so far as to make that near impossible with some nationals. This cannot be right, the Home Secretary’s powers must be restored”
Sir Keir Starmer, the Labour leader said it was important that lessons were learned from the tragedy. He said it was “not a time for party politics” adding that he was willing to work with the Government to see if there are “lessons that can be learned”.
“It’s horrific that it happened at all wherever it happened, and across Reading, across the country there will be communities really upset and worried about this, united in their grief.
“And all of our thoughts are with those who have lost someone in this. The investigation must be completed, but of course, this is not a time for party politics.”
Seriously taking the piss this guy, when people going inside for Percy grows
Check out his pics here …
If those plants are your pride and joy and with all those resources, your a shit grower mate
Cannabis referendum: Legalisation would be a ‘disaster’ for New Zealand – ex-detective
A former detective is warning a black market will still exist and gangs will still thrive even if cannabis becomes legal after this year’s election.
Dave Pizzini, a member of the ‘Say Nope to Dope’ campaign, believes there will be a surge of negative impacts if cannabis is legalised. Kiwis will get to vote on the issue at September’s general election.
Under the proposed legislation, THC – the main psychoactive ingredient of cannabis – can be restricted to a maximum of 15 percent by authorities. The legal age for purchasing it will be 20.
Advocates hope the Bill will eliminate illegal supply of the drug while raising awareness of the health risks of using it.
But Pizzini told The AM Show on Monday the proposed potency of the drug won’t be enough for those already using it, and gangs will continue to sell to those under 20.
“It’d be a disaster for New Zealand if it’s legalised. For a lot of users, 15 percent doesn’t do it to get high, so they’ll be accessing the more potent cannabis from the gangs and [the gangs will] thrive.
“I wouldn’t like to see it legalised at all. I had 35 years in the police and I spent a lot of time interviewing offenders that I arrested that had cannabis issues, and a lot of them told me they regretted touching the stuff because it ruined their lives.”
But another former detective, Tim McKinnel, is fronting the ‘Vote Yes’ campaign alongside other high-profile Kiwis such as former Prime Minister Helen Clark. McKinnel argues the current system is a failure.
“It discriminates, the law is unevenly applied, and I think it is time for a change,” he told The AM Show earlier this month.
“I think cannabis we know, in terms of harm, is less harmful than alcohol and so it is a good place to start.”
But Pizzini believes legalisation could put further strain on New Zealand’s health system, while also devastating lower socioeconomic areas.
“The cost to our mental health system, which is already overburdened, would be horrendous. It would increase crime because cannabis is a driver of crime.
“Our poor neighbourhoods will have a proliferation of pot shops, just like with the liquor shops in the late 1990s,” he told The AM Show, adding he believes legalisation would cause “devastation”.
Studies have found in places where cannabis is legalised, usage doesn’t increase.
Earlier this month, The Drug Foundation executive director Ross Bell said the legislation would put strong controls on cultivation, supply, and use.
Under the proposed legislation, cannabis can also not be consumed in public, there will be childproof packaging, and sales will be limited to licensed premises. It would also allow people over 20 years old to buy up to 14 grams of dried cannabis or its equivalent per day.
A Newshub-Reid Research poll conducted in February found 39.4 percent were for legalisation, 47.7 against, while 11.6 percent didn’t know.
Lobby groups have said the legislation strikes a good balance, but some politicians continue to express skepticism over it. Opposition leader Todd Muller has openly said he doesn’t support legalisation and plans to vote against it.
Can you love cannabis and support the police?
Police have used cannabis prohibition as a pretext to hassle and arrest Black people, and other people of color, for decades. Police agencies not only enforce these unjust laws, they help create them, protect them, and increase the human suffering that flows from them.
To love cannabis is to know this plant is both a life-saving medicine and a wonderfully life-affirming enhancer of music and ice cream sundaes.
Even if you’ve never been busted, to truly love weed is to know that when the police abuse any one of us, none of us are free.
To love cannabis is also to be part of an incredibly diverse and inclusive global community of people brought together to celebrate and share this most beneficial botanical species.
But to love cannabis is also to see this same plant senselessly demonized by the authorities, in order to prop up a century-long campaign of racist, abusive, corrupt, counterproductive and overtly cruel policing.
While tremendous progress has recently been made towards legalization, the total number of cannabis arrests in the United States has actually risen each of the last three years.
All of these arrests disrupt the lives of the targeted individuals, their families, and their communities. Many of these disruptions are truly devastating. A routine interaction with law enforcement over simple possession can result in arrest, incarceration, job loss, housing loss, denial of student aid, financial ruin, the loss of your children, or getting shot to death by police.
Policing targets people of color and the poor
In every state—even states that have legalized—these arrests vastly disproportionately target the poor and people of color.
So much so, that if you don’t happen to be poor or a person of color, you might not feel the oppression of those 650,000+ annual cannabis arrests (in the United States alone!) as directly as you should.
Actually, as you must.
A cannabis arrest every 18 seconds in America
To love cannabis is to know that every law against it is an affront to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
But it’s got to be more than that.
For more than a century, the police in this country have terrorized our communities by putting tens of millions of us in handcuffs, sending peaceful, kind-hearted people to prison for decades, raiding our compassion clubs set up to supply the sick and dying, shooting our dogs in no-knock armed raids of our homes, snatching us off our own porches and street corners, arresting cancer patients in their hospital beds, spying on us, sending snitches and narcs after us, combing through our ashtrays for a seed or a stem, or failing all that, just planting weed on us—and for what?
Someone gets arrested in this country for marijuana every 18 seconds.
Doesn’t that make you angry?
Even if you’ve never been busted yourself, even if you’ve never had a friend or loved one busted, to truly love weed is to know that when the police abuse any one of us, none of us are free.
Police actively creating more victims
If the war on marijuana hasn’t personally, directly affected you yet, or even if it has, let’s all take a moment to stop and think about Jesse Snodgrass.
In late 2012, an undercover narcotics officer in Riverside, California, infiltrated the local high school and befriended a lonely, isolated student named Jesse. Jesse was new to town and had been diagnosed with autism as well as bipolar disorder, Tourette syndrome, and several anxiety disorders.
The story of Jesse Snodgrass illustrates the lengths to which police will go to use cannabis as a way to entrap people.
Sensing a vulnerable target, this narc sent a 17-year-old special needs student—who’d never previously been involved with cannabis—more than 60 text messages begging for help finding weed. The narc said he needed it to treat his anxiety.
Jesse understood anxiety all too well. He also felt intense pressure not to lose his only friend, so he spent weeks searching before finally managing to buy half a joint off an unhoused person who lived downtown.
He brought the half-joint to his friend, who pushed a $20 bill into his hand to make sure it counted as a “sale.” Soon after, a team of armed police officers entered Jesse’s classroom, arrested him in front of his classmates, and dragged him off. The police took 22 students into custody that day at three different high schools as part of a coordinated campaign .
Jesse spent the night sleeping on the floor of a detention center using toilet paper as a pillow. That was his reward for putting himself in danger to score weed for his “friend.”
Nobody involved in the police operation faced discipline. Jesse’s parents sued the school. Their case was dismissed.
Actually, cops do ‘make the laws’
When asked to defend this indefensible policy and its horrific costs to the public, the police typically respond with a shop-worn line: “Hey, we don’t make the laws, we just enforce them.”
But to date, every single campaign to end cannabis prohibition has been met with organized and well-funded opposition from police, sheriff’s departments, and other law enforcement organizations that profit off the American prison industrial complex. Which means the people and institutions most intimately involved in enforcing these unjust laws remain steadfastly committed to ever-bigger budgets, harsher penalties, and fuller prisons.
It’s not that the law forces cops to arrest people for cannabis. They want to arrest and imprison people for cannabis.
It’s not protection, it’s oppression
Some small percentage of cops may truly believe that weed smokers pose a threat to society so severe as to justify all the no-knock raids and draconian sentences. But anyone so willfully ignorant or irredeemably delusional has no place in any position of authority.
As for the rest, we must come to the uncomfortable but obvious conclusion that they simply enjoy fucking with “undesirable people” with impunity. And cannabis serves as a convenient pretext to do just that—even in cases where cannabis has nothing to do with anything.
Cannabis as a pretext to fuck with Black people
When Michael Brown was shot to death by police in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014, his lifeless body was left for four hours in the street. The authorities later went out of their way to publicize the fact that Brown was wearing socks decorated with cannabis leaves.
When Sandra Bland was pulled over by police in Hempstead, Texas, (a town literally named for cannabis) and later died while held in jail, Waller County District Attorney Elton Mathis claimed “she swallowed a large quantity of marijuana or smoked it in the jail.”
As if that justified every abuse of their constitutional rights and human dignity.
In neither of these cases did the authorities actually claim cannabis as the cause of death—since cannabis has never caused a single death in human history. They just used cannabis as a smokescreen, to smear their victims and distract from their own crimes.
Yes, legalize it. But that won’t fix the police
The legal cannabis industry has rightly faced criticism for allowing rich white people to profit off the plant while so many people of color remain incarcerated for doing the same thing. Even rich white assholes have latched onto this critique.
Selling weed literally went from major felony to essential business (open during pandemic) in much of America & yet many are still in prison. Doesn’t make sense, isn’t right.
Two problems to consider
Drill down a little, however, and what looks like one problem is actually two problems that throw each other into stark relief.
The economic problem of rich white people getting richer off cannabis is an outgrowth of the institutional racism embedded in capitalism. Put another way, the legal cannabis industry is increasingly full of rich white people getting richer because it’s now like every other industry.
In some cities and states, equity programs have been implemented to help level the playing field. But it’s clear there’s much more to be done, and this must be an immediate and urgent priority for regulators, industry leaders, and consumers. Cannabis should transform capitalism, not the other way around. But make no mistake: It will be a long, uphill battle.
Legalizing is a big help, but not the total solution
The second problem, however—that people of color continue to be arrested and incarcerated for cannabis—is a political problem. Legalizing cannabis is the solution.
When Washington, D.C., legalized in 2014, the arrest rate for Black people fell by more than 99%. The remaining arrests were attributed to everything from underage possession to unlicensed cultivation and sales. Even with that staggering drop, however, Black people still remain four times more likely than white people to be arrested.
Statistics from many other states tell the same story.
The good news is that legalizing cannabis massively reduces the number of people, of all backgrounds, forced into encounters with law enforcement. The bad news is that after legalization, the police remain just as racist as before.
Because the war on weed is not now, and never has been, about weed.
It’s about war.
‘We couldn’t make it illegal to be Black’
Many years after the fact, Richard Nixon’s former domestic policy chief admitted that the modern war on drugs was started as a way to attack the President’s two chief political enemies, “the antiwar left and black people.”
“We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black,” John Ehrlichman told a reporter in 1994, “but by getting the public to associate hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders. raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news.”
For a fuller illustration of how policing and white supremacy are intertwined, check out this video by the team at John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight:
The war on drugs is the new Jim Crow
As anyone who’s read Michelle Alexander’s groundbreaking book The New Jim Crow knows, that’s exactly what the police did. And do. And will keep doing—over cannabis or for some other reason—as long as we give them massive budgets, unchecked authority, and an unwritten mandate to go after the poor, minorities, and political dissidents.
According to a 2017 report by the Center for Popular Democracy, most large cities spend more than 25% of their general fund budgets on police. Chicago and Oakland have spent 40%. The NYPD’s budget now comes to more than $6 billion annually, in a city facing a housing crisis and a transit crisis, where people lack access to basic healthcare and children go to sleep hungry.
Giving weapons of war to those who ‘protect and serve’
Those figures don’t include money from the federal government.
Between 1990 and 2017, the Defense Department supplied local police departments with $5.4 billion in military aid. Those grants brought tactics and equipment previously deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq to America’s cities and rural communities.
All of which means the officers of the law that kick down your door in the middle of the night over a dime bag show up in a tank and look like RoboCop. Meanwhile doctors and nurses wear trash bags to protect themselves from a deadly pandemic.
That’s what you support if you support the police.
So if you love weed and don’t support the police, what comes next?
Act locally. You, your voice, and your vote control your local city council, which controls the police budget. Start learning how to change things with this Practical Guide to Defunding the Police by Tessa Stuart.
Science Reveals The Cannabis Industry’s Greatest Lie: You’re Buying Weed Wrong (And So Is Everyone Else)
There’s much more to cannabis than THC—for solid proof, look no further than the CBD boom—but when it comes to moving product on the legal recreational market, only two numbers matter: the list price, and the THC content.
Super-potent cannabis flower, with THC percentages of 25 percent and up, dominate dispensary shelves. High-THC cannabis will sell out very quickly while lower-percentage weed gathers dust.
When cannabis tests at more than 25 percent THC, dispensaries can justify charging $75 or more for a store-bought eighth—because there’s a very good chance people will pay it, confident that they’re taking home the best and most potent weed available. If the weed’s in the teens, well, it had better be cheap.
The problem is that this is all wrong. All of it.
THC shopping is almost as bad and dumb as buying wine based on how cool the label looks (which is also how some people buy weed).
Not only does THC content have nothing to do with how “good” the weed is, as recent research conducted by the University of Colorado and published in JAMA Psychiatry found, THC content is also a poor indicator of potency.
High-THC weed doesn’t even get you “more high”!
Researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Institute of Cognitive Science documented the experiences of 121 cannabis users. Half the study participants were users of cannabis concentrates—very-high THC cannabis extracts—and the other half preferred cannabis flower.
Both groups received cannabis at varying “strengths”: flower users tried cannabis flower at either 16 percent or 24 percent THC, and extract users received oil at either 70 percent or 90 percent THC. Researchers checked study participants’ blood and monitored their mood, cognitive function, and intoxication level before, immediately after, and one hour after use.
As the researchers expected, the concentrate users had very high levels of THC in their bodies after use. But they weren’t “more high.”
In fact, every participants’ self-reported “highness” was about the same—“as were their measures of balance and cognitive impairment,” as CU noted in a news release. Medium THC flower, high-THC flower—all the same high! This was not what the researchers were expecting.
“People in the high concentration group were much less compromised than we thought they would be,” said coauthor Kent Hutchinson, a professor of psychology who studies addiction, in a CU news release. “If we gave people that high a concentration of alcohol it would have been a different story.”
Consider the cannabis flower users. Sixteen percent THC compared to 24 percent THC is a big difference—50 percent “stronger.” How can users of such differnet “strength” products report such similar psychoactive effects?
The short answer is a theory that cannabis connoisseurs and cannabis scientists have been saying for years: There are many more factors at play than THC. Put slightly longer: Judging a cannabis strain on its THC content is not unlike judging a film based on the lead actor. The THC number isn’t going to be an indicator of the performance.
(One very large exception to this: edibles. If one edible says it has 100 milligrams of THC, and another says it has 10 milligrams, and you eat the 100, you will absolutely be higher, longer, than if you ate the 10.)
There are a host of cannabinoids, including CBD as well as more than 100 others—most of which aren’t even tested for. (Even if they were, would the average buyer know what to do?)
There are also aromatic compounds called terpenes that dictate how cannabis affects the mind and body. All of these work in concert, a phenomenon known as “the entourage effect.” This is why synthetic THC simply didn’t have the same medical effects as smoking weed.
A good way—maybe the best way—to determine if cannabis will be good, or at least good for you, is to smell it. But in legal markets like California, that’s now impossible. Pot is sold in prepackaged containers. And the coronavirus pandemic eliminated what limited opportunities there were to smell cannabis. Some shops let you wave under your nose a designated “smell jar”—a few buds in a container with a perforated lid. No longer.
But back to THC numbers. Cannabis researchers know it’s not an indicator. Cannabis growers and sellers know it’s bogus. And yet, here we are. The market simply hasn’t caught on—and merchants, by putting high-THC cannabis out on the shelves to satisfy the misdirected market demand, are ensuring that the misunderstanding continues.
“It’s a shame,” said Neil Dellacava, the co-founder of Gold Seal, a San Francisco-based cannabis brand that specializes in high-end flower. “I find stuff that’s absolutely amazing that I have to throw in the trash because it tests at 18 or 19 percent.”
At that level, despite “an amazing terpene profile, the best smoke I’ve ever had” simply will not sell, he said.
“People just don’t understand,” he added. “When people go shopping, they look for two things: they’re looking for price, and they’re looking for THC percentage.”
The THC fallacy persists despite everyone’s best efforts. Both Instagram influencers as well as cannabis entrepreneurs and advocates have tried to explain that the THC number is, at best, a rough estimate (and a number that, depending on the lab that came up with it, might be inflated or suspect).
With this much momentum, it’s unlikely science will change anything. It will take a long time for buyers to adjust their habits and realize THC content isn’t like alcohol by volume on a beer label after all. Until they do, connoisseurs can take advantage of the market inefficiency, and take home superior pot with lower THC levels at a reduced price. It will just require a little more work on the consumer’s end.
But it will also require cultivators of lower THC, higher-high weed to have demand high enough to keep them in business, and that’s far from guaranteed.
Sorry this is from the hate mail…
“Police called after ‘cannabis’ is found on road…only to discover it’s Curly Kale…”
“Worried members of the public called the public after seeing the salad ingredient”
I don’t know whether to laugh or fecking cry…
What bothers me is that some busy cunt has taken it on themselves to pick up the phone, ‘cos someone’s lost their shopping after visiting the farm shop…
[ https:// www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/rona-ambrose-juul-1.5573968 ]
CBC – Calgary: Rona Ambrose, Canada’s former health minister, joins e-cigarette company Juul’s board of directors (2020-May-17)
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