Police have seized more than 200 cannabis plants and 20kg of cannabis leaf in 48 hours after two unrelated raids on the NSW mid north coast.
The drugs have a potential estimated street value of half a million dollars, police said.
During the first search at an Argents Hills property west of Bowraville on Thursday, officers allegedly discovered 145 cannabis plants, and about 7kg of cannabis leaf and cash.
A 47-year-old man was charged with cultivating, possessing and supplying an indictable quantity of cannabis and dealing with property suspected of being the proceeds of crime. A second man, 68, was also charged with cultivation and supply.
Sir Patrick Stewart reveals he uses marijuana every day to help deal with debilitating arthritis symptoms
By: Rebecca Lawrence – MailOnline – March 16, 2017
Patrick Stewart has revealed that he uses medical marijuana daily to help him deal with the symptoms of his arthritis.
The veteran actor, 76, made the admission as he threw his support behind a UK-first research initiative by Oxford University which aims to explore the benefits of cannabis-based medicines.
In a powerful statement, the X Men star explained that he uses an ointment, spray and edible marijuana medicine to help him with his condition.
He explained: ‘Two years ago, in Los Angeles, I was examined by a doctor and given a note which gave me legal permission to purchase, from a registered outlet, cannabis-based products, which I was advised might help the ortho-arthritis in both my hands.
‘This, it would seem, is a genetically-based condition. My mother had badly distorted and painful hands.
‘I purchased an ointment, spray and edibles. The ointment, while providing some relief from the discomfort, was too greasy to use during daytime and so I only use it at night.
‘It helps with sleep as the pain was reduced. The spray, however, is much more usable and I spray my fingers and particularly my thumb joints several times a day.’
Describing the process, Sir Patrick detailed: ‘The spray very quickly evaporates and leaves my hands quite dry, though with a slight burning or tingling sensation, which is not unpleasant.
‘I believe that the ointment and spray have significantly reduced the stiffness and pain in my hands.
‘I can make fists, which was not the case before I began this treatment.”
‘I have had no negative side effects from this treatment and the alternative would have been to continue taking NSAID’s, Advil, Aleve and Naproxen, which are known to be harsh on the liver and to cause acid reflux.
‘This is an important step forward for Britain in a field of research that has for too long been held back by prejudice, fear and ignorance. I believe this programme of research might result in benefits for people like myself as well as millions of others.’
A programme to allow patients with specific conditions access to medicinal cannabis could be in place by autumn, the Oireachtas health committee has been told.
The committee heard on Tuesday that the Department of Health was looking at setting up the access programme using statutory instruments rather than primary legislation. The department estimated that this would take six months.
Department of Health principal officer Eugene Lennon told the committee the current situation in relation to access to medicinal cannabis was “not ideal”.
He said setting up the proposed programme through legislation would take 18 months.
As the hearing took place, Cork mother Vera Twomey completed her walk to Dublin in support of access to cannabis-based medicine for her seven-year-old daughter Ava, who has a severe form of epilepsy.
Ms Twomey, who finished the 260km journey in a wheelchair after suffering a knee injury, was met by several hundred supporters outside the Dáil.
The Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) has recommended access to medicinal cannabis under a monitored five-year programme for sufferers of severe epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and intractable nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy.
By Joe Leogue _ The Irish Examiner – March 1, 2017
A group representing medical specialists who treat patients with chronic pain disorders disagrees with the view of the Health Product Regulatory Authority, following its recommendation against the use of medical cannabis for the treatment of chronic pain.
The Irish Pain Society’s stance comes in the wake of the publication of a HPRA report in which it recommended that if the Government approves access to cannabis-based treatments on compassionate grounds, this access should be limited to some patients with MS; some who may suffer nausea associated with chemotherapy; and others with specific forms of epilepsy.
“Overall, the Irish Pain Society considers the HPRA report to be a well-researched, well-written, and important contribution to the debate on medical cannabis and cannabinoids and the HPRA should be commended for preparing such a thorough report at relatively short notice,” said Prof David P Finn, president of the society.
“Controversially, however, the HPRA report recommended against the use of medical cannabis for the treatment of chronic pain.
The 17-year-old girl was questioned on suspicion of possessing cannabis and released pending further enquiries
The teenage girl was arrested after cannabis and cash were seized at an address in Litherland.
Residents reported seeing police activity in Moss Lane on Saturday at around 7.15pm.
Several police vehicles including two mobile CCTV vans were at the scene throughout the evening
Officers could be seen going in and out of the side gate next to one property which had a broken front door reinforced with wooden boards.
Police said a 17-year-old girl was arrested on suspicion of possessing cannabis and has since been released pending further enquiries.
A police spokesman said: “The local Police Community Team have made a number of arrests in that area in recent weeks after listening to the concerns of local residents and will continue to take action on any information that is received.”
More than 80 percent of Danes are in favour of legalising the medical use of cannabis, a new survey has found, increasing the chance that a pilot scheme planned for next year will lead to an end to prohibition.
The survey by Analyse Denmark found that only five percent of people in Denmark opposed medical cannabis, with the remainder saying they did not have an opinion.
“It shows that the population understands that certain patient groups have specific problems that cannot be treated by ordinary medicine, but where medical cannabis can help,” Lasse Skovgaard, health policy manager at Denmark’s Multiple Sclerosis Society, told the Avisen newspaper.
“I’m not surprised that there is so much support,” added Mette Bryde Lind, chair of the Danish Arthritis Society. “We see many arthritis patients with chronic pain and a poor quality of life. They have tried several treatments but medical cannabis can help.”
It is not clear how many marijuana plants were stolen but each fully grown one is worth up to £900.
Other items to have been pilfered from police premises include 13 pedal bikes worth £7,650, two iPhones, an iPad and a £150 pair of Nike trainers.
While one red-faced officer was forced to explain how their flat cap was stolen from their police car.
he embarrassing revelations came to light during a Freedom of Information request to Merseyside Police asking for all the recorded items stolen from their buildings, including stations, custody suites headquarters and command centres, and vehicles since January 2015.
A source said: “It’s usually cops who go round nicking people not being nicked from.
Clever children are twice as likely to smoke cannabis during their teenage years due to their curious minds, a landmark study has revealed.
Students who are high academic achievers at the age of 11 are also more likely to drink alcohol as teenagers, but less likely to smoke tobacco cigarettes, a nine-year study by University College London found.
Analysing data for 6,059 young people from state-funded and fee-paying schools in England, experts deemed bright children less likely to smoke cigarettes as teenagers but more likely to smoke cannabis.
This is thought to be a result of middle-class parents being more likely to warn their children of the dangers of tobacco and smoking traditional cigarettes.
According to the study, published in the BMJ Open journal, clever children are more likely to smoke weed in their late teenage years – ages 18-20 – because they are more curious and have a stronger desire to be accepted by older peers.
Children are “initially cautious of illegal substances in early adolescence as they are more aware of the immediate and long-term repercussions that breaking the law may incur than those with lower academic ability”, researchers added.
Six people have been arrested after police discovered an “enormous” cannabis farm worth more than £1 million in an underground nuclear bunker.
Police carried out a midnight raid on RGHQ Chilmark, an underground bunker constructed in the 1980s in Wiltshire to house and protect government officials and dignitaries in the event of a nuclear attack.
The site is no longer owned by the Ministry of Defence but the bunker is still intact and the nuclear blast doors are in place.
Wiltshire Police attended the site after gathering intelligence.
A spokesman said officers knew the bunker was “almost completely impenetrable” so they waited outside for three people to leave.
The three men, aged 27, 30 and 45, from Somerset, were detained and officers used their keys to enter the bunker, where they found three more males, aged 15, 19 and 37, all of no fixed address, believed to be working as gardeners.
They discovered several thousand cannabis plants at various stages of growth.
The oil, which is available online for as little as £6 a bottle, was legalized in July 2015.
According to Amy, the oil works by “sparking the receptors” in the patient’s brain.
She claims: “The cancer cuts those off, but what the oil does is send an electrical spark to the receptors and they realise an alien – the cancer – is invading your body and your immune system hits back in and starts fighting the cancer.
“It makes the cancer cells die.”
The substance is often derived from low THC, which is the component in marijuana that can make you feel ‘stoned’, and instead utilises high CBD – which isn’t psychoactive – cannabis strains.
Basically, it means users don’t get ‘high’ like those who smoke the drug recreationally,
Amy added: “When you hear cannabis oil, cannabis has such a bad reputation people don’t think it could be medically acceptable.
“But you are not sitting there having a joint and getting high.
“My dad doesn’t get high – he literally does nothing.
Pictures show thousands of pounds worth of cannabis washed up on a beach
Haul was spotted by dog walker when carrier bags full of the plants came ashore
The Border Force crew said they did not think the cannabis had been imported
Thousands of pounds worth of cannabis plants have been discovered washed up on a popular British beach. The haul was spotted by a dog walker who called police after several carrier bags full of the plants came ashore in the tide at Slapton Sands in Devon. Twelve members of the Coastguard Search and Rescue Team and four police officers attended the scene around 10.30am on Wednesday morning.
The haul (pictured) was spotted by a dog walker who called police after several carrier bags full of the plants came ashore in the tide at Slapton Sands in Devon. Estimates say the cannabis discovered on Wednesday was worth ‘several thousand pounds.’
A Border Force craft was seen patrolling along the coastline as police and coastguard officers combed the beach looking for further plants. Buds were still attached and officers suspect that they were dumped in a hurry Around five full carrier bags were located around the centre of the beach.
One officer said he suspected that plants had been home grown and had been dumped on the outgoing tide, only to resurface when the tide came back in.
The Border Force crew said they did not think the cannabis had been imported.
The National Crime Agency said a number of holdalls were found at Hopton-on-Sea and a ‘small number of packages’ were discovered at Caister-on-Sea on Friday. Both locations are near Great Yarmouth.
Matthew Rivers, from the NCA´s border investigation team, said: ‘We are now working with Border Force, the Coastguard Agency and Norfolk Police to try and establish how the bags ended up where they did; however, it is extremely unlikely that this was their intended destination.
It comes a week after cocaine with a street value of £50m was discovered on a Norfolk beach
‘This is obviously a substantial seizure of class A drugs, and its loss will represent a major blow to the organized criminals involved.’
A member of the public had alerted Norfolk Police to the holdalls at Hopton-on-Sea, and the separate find at a location near Caister-on-Sea forms part of the NCA investigation.
Inmate Carried on Running Two Marijuana Grow-ops from Inside his Prison Cell
Thomas Rayment, 26, managed to set up a cannabis farm with the help of hospital porter Daniel Williams.
Despite being behind bars Rayment conspired with Williams to run two farms worth thousands of pounds.
Rayment had been in prison for just five days when police uncovered his new growing operation.
Now he will spend another three years in jail after admitting the offences which took place from his cell at HMP Forest Bank in Manchester.
Rayment had been jailed in May 2015 after police officers raided his two cannabis farms in Bury, Wythenshawe and Cheetham Hill.
But while serving time on remand he was able to ring his mum and girlfriend on a contraband phone and to carry on running his cannabis enterprise, with the help of Williams, a porter at Royal Oldham Hospital, the Manchester Evening News reports.
From his jail cell, Rayment conspired with Williams to set up two new cannabis farms with a potential £14,000 yield.
Williams set up one at at his own home in Failsworth, Greater Manchester, and another at the home of his 53-year-old father, Glenn Williams, in Moston, Manchester.
But just five days into his time in prison, on October 25, police discovered he was still running his cannabis empire.
Rayment has now been jailed for another three years after admitting production of cannabis, causing another person to bring a SIM card into prison and possession of mobile phones in prison.
Meanwhile Williams was jailed for one year and 11 months after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to produce cannabis and bringing a SIM card into prison.
His father, Glenn Williams, admitted allowing premises to be used to cultivate cannabis and was given a 12-month community order.
Defending, Rob Kearney said Rayment had been a ‘significant user’ of cannabis himself, but after doing courses in jail ‘realised the control cannabis had upon him’.
Richard Vardon, defending Daniel Williams, said he suffered from ‘severe depression’ and had lost the hospital porter’s job he had been ‘proud of’.
“It began as a grow for his own personal use – but soon morphed into some very different”, Mr Vardon added.
Rachel Faux, defending Glenn Williams, said there was little prospect of him being back before the courts. She said: “He’s vulnerable because of his poor health – he has a history of strokes – and vulnerable because he’s the father of a child who asked him to help out.”
Sentencing Rayment, Judge Martin Steiger QC said: “Rayment had significant degree of control over his cannabis empire once he had been sent to prison.”
Speaking after the sentencing, Detective Sergeant Andy Buckthorpe said: “The seizure of these plants ensured a significant amount of cannabis was unable find its way on to the streets of Greater Manchester and fund further criminal activity.”
Police in Ireland raid two cannabis farms for a total of 375 plants
175 cannabis plants with an estimated value of €140,000 were discovered in Leitrim while 200 cannabis plants worth an estimated €160,000 were found in Limerick. The Leitrim bust was made yesterday morning during a planned raid of a house at Carraigallen.
Police report that the property at Clauin Alainn was unoccupied when the search was carried out and no arrests were made after the discovery of 175 plants at the property. The scene had been sealed off while the police investigate the scene. The local police are appealing to anyone with information to contact them.
In Limerick a collection of mature cannabis plants were discovered growing at a property in Kilknockan, Adare. Two unidentified men, aged 56 and 58 were arrested at the Limerick site, police did not provide information about the charges. An investigation is underway regarding the growing operation.
Kieran Mutter (22) was a passenger in a car parked near his home in Cort Crescent (UK), when police searched the vehicle.
Apparently, police were called to Cort Crescent after complaints about a group of youths running around. Upon arrival, they noticed a parked Subaru with a “strong smell of cannabis” coming from it.
Mutter was handed a suspended jail sentence after being found with 219 grams of cannabis (or a large ziplock bag) under the front seat. Police estimated the cannabis had a street value of £2740, but in reality the “bulk” price is estimated at £1440 (or $600 CAD).
At the police station, Mutter gave a statement accepting possession of the cannabis for personal use, but he also pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply.
It turns out both were true: he was supplying cannabis to friends on a small scale, and he was also using it personally (with his doctor’s knowledge) to treat anxiety that had been troubling him for years.
For the past seven months, Mutter has been on curfew while he awaits sentencing on bail. Taking into consideration he has no prior drug convictions and he cooperated with police, Mutter was sentenced to six months in jail and 12 months house arrest.