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  • "Why don't we try taking a completely new approach to cannabis? Around three million people in Britain are regular users and whatever we do we're not going to be able to stop them.

    We waste £500 million every year on police, court and prison resources when a large proportion of society uses cannabis without any problem at all. In fact, the only real problem with cannabis is that it's illegal.

    The risks to health are very small - much, much less than alcohol or tobacco. By a recent analysis of mortality, hospital admissions, toxicity and propensity to psychosis, cannabis is nearly 3000 times safer than alcohol. Why not introduce a tax and regulate system and realise the benefits?

    That way we'd have a properly regulated supply chain with no criminals involved, no theft of electricity, no human trafficking, no destruction of property and disruption of neighbourhoods. Then there would be some control over this huge market. There would be thousands of new jobs, sales would be from licensed outlets to adults only with guaranteed quality and safety. Then our police could start going after some real wrongdoing instead of trying to fight a crime that exists only because of a misguided government policy.

    Also, very importantly, science now proves that cannabis is one of the safest and most effective medicines for a wide range of conditions. While the government promotes the lie that "there is no medicinal value in cannabis", it has granted an unlawful monopoly to GW Pharmaceuticals to grow 20 tonnes a year for, you guessed it, medicine!

    Cannabis Law Reform (CLEAR) published independent research on 14th September 2011 that shows a cannabis tax and regulate regime would provide a net gain to the UK exchequer of £6.7 billion per annum as well as reducing all health and social harms.

    The only thing that keeps the present absurd status quo in place is weak politicians corrupted by Big Booze and the GW Pharma monopoly.

    Go to the CLEAR website for full details: www.clear-uk.org"
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400 cannabis plants found following tip-offs

Growing – a room full of cannabis growing under specialist hydroponic li

Growing – a room full of cannabis growing under specialist hydroponic li

First published in Echo News by

HUNDREDS of cannabis plants were seized following a raid on a home off the A127.

Police discovered 400 plants when they raided an outbuilding, near a bungalow, following tip-offs it was being used to grow the Class B drug.

Officers forced their way into the building where they found a purpose-built drugs growing factory.

Three rooms had been converted and were equipped with high-powered fans, to help get rid of the drug’s tell-tale smell, as well as powerful hydroponic lights, used to help the drugs grow.

One of the rooms, which had the drugs hanging from the ceiling, had been turned into a drying room – which is the last stop for the cannabis before it hits the street.

Another room had mature cannabis plants, ready to be cropped, lined up in rows of plant pots.

Officers also found baby cannabis plants and seized an air rifle, following a search of the building, on Tuesday.

The haul, found at the back of the bungalow next to the Carlton Cafe, off the Southend-bound carriageway, is the largest to be found in the Basildon area in recent months.

Sgt Dave Darnell, of the Basildon East neighbourhood policing team, said: “I’m pleased a large quantity of drugs has been seized and will no longer be hitting the streets of this area.

“When we receive good information from the community, we will act.

“If you know who is involved in drugs, please contact us immediately so we can take robust action.”

A 56-year-old man, from Wickford, was arrested on suspicion of cultivating cannabis with the intent to supply, while a 51-year-old woman, from Wickford, was arrested on suspicion of production of cannabis and abstracting electricity.

The man has been bailed and police are continuing to question the woman.

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