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Cannabis farm finds reach a new high

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: September 06, 2012

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The number of cannabis farms unearthed by police officers in Gloucestershire has rocketed. The figure has more than doubled in the last three years. New figures have revealed officers found 60 farms in 2011, compared to 38 in 2009 – a rise of 58 per cent. The statistics show the highest number of plants seized by officers from one premises in 2011 was 371. The number of people facing prosecution in 2011 also went up with 37 people charged, compared to 29 in 2009.

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  • achesandpains  |  September 07 2012, 9:14PM

    So where are all the resulting paranoid schizophrenic axe murderers then? Or is the government lying to us? Meanwhile, somewhere in darkest Kent a company called GW Pharmaceuticals are growing thousands of high potency cannabis plants (20 tons a year) with total impunity. They grow cannabis in the biggest cannabis garden/farm/factory in the UK, extract all its components and sell them as a tincture to the NHS at huge profit and the government deems their product safe and effective (Google Sativex or Nabiximols). At the same time the government insists that cannabis is dangerous. So according to them cannabis in its natural state is dangerous but cannabis in a bottle is safe, GW Pharma can safely grow their cannabis in their £million, state of the art greenhouses with generous tax breaks but we risk incarceration for growing just one plant for its safe and effective qualities. Do some research people - you are being lied to.

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  • malcolmkyle16  |  September 07 2012, 11:14AM

    Every single day, hundreds of thousands of people are just one harvest away from retirement. Due to prohibition, cheap growing equipment and a few seeds from friends, or ordered over the internet, it's now possible to grow a whole retirement fund in just 12 weeks. Why are we wasting our precious resources on a futile attempt at trying to prevent the impossible? Who gains? Everywhere I go, I come across people discussing their latest growing techniques or swapping recipes for pest control. I get shown more indoor marijuana gardens than holiday photos. So why are there still so many people buying into the dangerous and failed farce of Prohibition? It's not even possible to keep drugs out of prisons, but prohibitionists wish to waste trillions in an utterly futile attempt to keep them off our streets.

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  • SourAlienOG  |  September 06 2012, 10:42PM

    The number of Cannabis grow ops will continue to rise as long as its prohibited and gifted to criminals. Take the control away from drug dealers, legally regulate cannabis, and tax buyers and growers. Have it sold in dispensaries for over 18's only. Make sure its medicinal value is recognized but don't prohibit recreational use as all it will do is present a gap in the market for criminals. Have it lab tested for its cannabinoid profile, THC/CBD content, quality controlled for impurities. This will create new jobs. Educate dont incarcerate. Cannabis isnt harmless, neither is junk food but we dont prohibit burgers and jail unhealthy eaters. Cannabis is safer than alcohol and tobacco, prohibiting it is causing much more damage to society and the user than the cannabis itself. Nah i don't like dealers and i dont like children being sold weed and or becoming enticed by gangsterism, so i say NO to prohibition and NOW to legal regulation.

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  • PoetPeter  |  September 06 2012, 9:40PM

    We need to stop this stupid and unwinnable war against cannabis. It is causing far more harm to our communities than it prevents. If we had a properly regulated system of production and supply we'd have no more illegal cannabis farms, instead we'd have thousands of new jobs. We'd have no more dealers on the streets. Cannabis would be available to adults only through licensed outlets and we'd have some control over the THC and CBD content. Doctors would be able to prescribe one of the most effective medicines that has no serious side effects at all. At the moment the government has given GW Pharmaceuticals an illegal monopoly on cannabis so they make millions out of a medicine that you can grow in your greenhouse for virtually nothing. If we introduced a legally regulated system we would solve nearly all the problems around cannabis. Science proves how much safer it is than tobacco, alcohol, prescription medicines and all other recreational drugs. If anyone does have a problem with it they could get help without having to confess to a crime. CLEAR published independent, expert research last year which shows that a tax and regulate policy on cannabis would produce a net gain to the UK economy of up to £9.3 billion per annum. It is a scandal that our government, our judges, our courts, our police and our newspapers keep misleading us about cannabis. Find out the truth for yourself and wake up to the lies you have been told.

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