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Large Cannabis Farm Found in Ancoats

Police uncover more than 300 plants

Written by . Published on December 8th 2011.

Large Cannabis Farm Found in Ancoats

POLICE have uncovered a large cannabis farm in Ancoats.

Shortly after 11.20am on Wednesday 7 December 2011, police raided an industrial unit on Cable Street in Ancoats, near to the Northern Quarter.

“It was clearly a professionally run cannabis factory as there was a significant amount of specialist equipment that had been installed."

Specialist officers from the Tactical Aid Unit’s Task Force assisted neighbourhood officers to gain entry to the unit, where they found more than 300 cannabis plants, all of which were close to being ready for harvest.

Inquiries are now continuing to find the people responsible for the cannabis farm.

Inspector Alan Clitherow from the Ancoats Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “This is an excellent result that has taken a large amount of drugs out of circulation.

“It was clearly a professionally run cannabis factory as there was a significant amount of specialist equipment that had been installed.

“The electricity supply had also been illegally tampered with and colleagues from a utilities provider were called out to make the electricity supply safe.

“PCSOs in the area are dropping off leaflets and are on hand to address any concerns, in an effort to inform and reassure the local community.

“If anyone has any information or has seen people coming and going from this address, please get in touch with police as your information could be vital to our investigation.”

Anyone with information or concerns about drug dealing in their area should call police on 0161 856 3832 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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AnonymousDecember 8th 2011.

With the scientists in charge of the government's own licensed 'cannabis factory' now stating categorically that cannabis is safe and effective surely it is time to apply the Misuse of Drugs Act correctly and get cannabis properly controlled and taxed.

GW Pharma have said of their whole plant extract Sativex '...extensive studies have been conducted before satisfying the regulators of the safety,efficacy and quality of the medicine enough to issue us with marketing authorisation...'

At a conference at GW Pharmaceutical's headquarters in Porton Down, Wiltshire, Professor H.P. Hartung, Chair of Neurology at Heinrich-Heine University, Dusseldorf, Germany announced that Sativex, the super strong, concentrated cannabis medicine has "…limited relevant adverse effects and – particularly reassuring – the drug does not appear to lead to withdrawal effects if patients suddenly stop using it."

Dr Geoffrey Guy, Chairman of GW Pharmaceuticals is quoted as saying:
"My professional view of cannabis as a substance is that it appears to be a remarkably safe substance in comparison to most medicines prescribed today. The more I learn about this plant the more fascinated I become. It has through its various constituents multiple effects of therapeutic interest, many of which are now being validated by the enormous growth in basic cannabinoid research."

GWP are cultivating 20 tons of cannabis per year with the government's blessing whilst anyone else doing exactly the same thing gets a criminal record, and organised crime cashes in to feed the demand to the tune of £6billion pa. Madness.

As the realisation of the vast array of medical benefits of cannabis grows - then so does demand and, funny old thing, so does the spread of so-called cannabis factories.

Proper control can only happen with legalisation and, when this happens, and people can grow their own in safety, the era of the illegal cannabis factories will end. It's time for a new approach. CLEAR-UK.ORG to find out the truth.

Peter ReynoldsDecember 8th 2011.

Why don't we try taking a completely new approach to this problem? Around three million people in Britain use cannabis regularly and whatever we do we're not going to stop them.

We waste billions 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.

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 the alcohol and Big Pharma lobbies.

Go to the CLEAR website for full details: http://www.clear-uk.org

AnonymousDecember 8th 2011.

If you compressed it to tablet form and sold it on the streets - would that contribute to the UK's much needed 'manufacturing' industrial output?

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