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Cannabis plants worth £600,000 seized in Burnham-on-Sea drugs raid

By This is Somerset  |  Posted: December 04, 2012

  • Cannabis plants found at the property in Burnham-on-Sea

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Cannabis plants with a street value of £600,000 has been seized by police during a house raid in Burnham-on-Sea.

Officers discovered more than 600 plants when they searched the property yesterday, along with a sophisticated hydroponics set-up used to grow them.

Avon and Somerset Police said that no arrests had been made, but that investigations were ongoing.

Sergeant Ian Kennet said: "This is a really significant seizure that will take a large amount of money out of the pockets of drug dealers and will help to make our communities safer.

"I would like to thank the public for the information that is regularly provided to help us in our fight against drugs.

"There is real momentum to work together to reduce drug misuse in our area and this is having a positive affect on the levels of crime locally."

Police said a total of 619 cannabis plants and equipment were seized.

Inspector Roger Tolley said: "We were alerted to the potential cannabis factory by the community. The public are our eyes and ears, and information regarding suspected illegal activity is absolutely vital in helping us combat crime.

"We use a variety of methods to prevent and detect crime but community intelligence still remains one of the most effective weapons we have in targeting criminals.

"I want to encourage people to keep talking to us, we do listen and we do take action – as this warrant demonstrates."

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  • eyeopener  |  December 05 2012, 10:29PM

    Part Two: The British Lung Foundation carried out a survey of 1,000 adults and found a third wrongly believed cannabis did not harm health. And 88% incorrectly thought tobacco cigarettes were more harmful than cannabis ones - when the risk of lung cancer is actually 20 times higher. Part of the reason for this, say the experts, is that people smoking cannabis take deeper puffs and hold them for longer than when smoking tobacco cigarettes. This means that someone smoking a cannabis cigarette inhales four times as much tar as from a tobacco cigarette, and five times as much carbon monoxide, the BLF says. The BLF report warned that smoking one cannabis cigarette every day for a year increases the chances of developing lung cancer by a similar amount as smoking 20 tobacco cigarettes each day for one year. http://tinyurl.com/bo97k52 The news is even worse for males because it doubles the risk of testicular cancer! http://tinyurl.com/cuytvj3 Fancy yourself with the girls? One of the consequences of smoking cannabis is Erectile Dysfunction. In a study published in 2010 in the journal European Urology, researchers found receptors for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient in marijuana, in penis tissue from five male patients and six rhesus monkeys. These receptors were mainly in the smooth muscle of the penis, Additional lab studies suggest that THC has an inhibitory effect on the muscle. "This is a more serious effect on the erectile function because the smooth muscle makes up 70 percent to 80 percent of the penis itself," http://tinyurl.com/d694wfe What isn't taken into account but is obvious from the British Heart Foundations study is that if smoking one cannabis joint/spliff is equivalent to smoking 20 cigarettes, and if smoking cigarettes can lead to peripheral cardiac disease then it will lead to erectile dysfunction. Erectile Dysfunction is caused by a lack of blood flow to the penis to achieve or maintain an erection sufficient for sexual intercourse. In the case of smoking, inhaling the carcinogen-laden smoke over a long period of time, can lead to ED as it impacts the ability of the heart to pump the massive amount of blood needed to achieve and maintain an erection, while arterial sclerosis or hardening of the arteries, also caused by smoking, slows the flow of blood to the penis, thus diminishing the hardness of the male's erection or preventing the man from achieving an erection at all. As the heart has to work harder to pump blood, it can become weaker and less blood reaches the penis, thus impacting the strength, stamina and frequency of the erections. http://tinyurl.com/25v58y3 Still fancy smoking cannabis?

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  • eyeopener  |  December 05 2012, 10:29PM

    Part One: Although there may be reasons to alter our drug strategy you are quite wrong to describe cannabis as a drug "that has no serious side effects at all." The side effects are well documented. Cannabis use is now the biggest single cause of serious mental disorders in the UK, a leading expert warned yesterday. Professor Murray, head of psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, said the vast majority of psychotic patients - those who lose contact with reality and are unable to function in their daily lives - have used cannabis. Professor Murray himself led a study last year which showed that cannabis users are seven times more at risk of developing mental illness than the population in general. http://tinyurl.com/6ct3h9l Young people who smoke cannabis for years run the risk of a significant and irreversible reduction in their IQ, research suggests. Researchers found that individuals who started using cannabis in adolescence and then carried on using it for years showed an average eight-point IQ decline. Stopping or reducing cannabis use failed to fully restore the lost IQ. http://tinyurl.com/9qmyfjd

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  • SourAlienOG  |  December 05 2012, 6:22PM

    @nickthompson I think your on to something Nick

  • nickthompson  |  December 05 2012, 9:17AM

    I wonder if the legalsation of the use of Cannabis would follow the same path as CB radio,as soon as CB became legal everyone lost intrest in it.

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  • PoetPeter  |  December 04 2012, 9:14PM

    Avon and Somerset Constabulary's 'Operation Viscount' is a scandalous waste of public money to enable police to report easy crime statistics. Contact Sue Mountstevens, your new Police and Crime Commissioner here and tell her that this is not the way you want your money spent: https://http://tinyurl.com/abyytva On 6th November 2012 Colorado and Washington state legalised cannabis for adults! Are we so stupid in Britain that we cannot learn the lessons of history? If we prohibit something for which there is huge demand then the price rises and violent criminals become involved. 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. The evidence is that where legal regulation is introduced, consumption by children and all health and social harms are reduced. 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. Independent, expert research also indicates that a tax and regulate policy on cannabis would produce a net gain to the UK economy of up to £9.3 billion pa. Our present policy on cannabis is irrational, irresponsible and dangerous. Surely, this inevitable and long overdue reform will now begin to roll out across the world?

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