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Abandoned Police Station Turned into Cannabis Farm

Jordan Webber

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Cannabis Farm

Police officers found a massive cannabis farm at a former police station in the United Kingdom last July 3, 2019. According to various news sites, authorities found more than 1,000 marijuana plants being grown by illegal farmers.

The Greater Manchester Police Failsworth and Hollinwood department entered the former police building, believing the place was compromised. After entering the establishment, the authorities found a huge cannabis farm.

Abandoned Police Station Building

The old police station was located on Oldham Road, previously called the Failsworth Police Station. The office was closed six years ago.

In a Facebook post, the Greater Manchester Police Failsworth and Hollinwood revealed that the structure had been abandoned by the department as a result of the budget cuts. The department further disclosed that the place was “sold at auction a short time later. The building has been privately owned ever since.”

Breaking and Entering the ‘Cannabis Farm’

Residents around the area reveal that the criminals resulted in extreme measures to conduct their business. According to the Daily Mail, “criminals smashed and boarded up windows to hide the bright lights needed to cultivate plants.” In addition, the criminals also found a way to make the electricity work within the building.

Regardless of these activities,  residents were unable to smell the marijuana plants grown inside the premises.

Findings and Revelations

Both the entire first floor and the loft space of the building have been used as a planting space for more than 1,000 cannabis plants. However, upon entering, officials found the plants to be bare, believing “the grow was ‘taxed’ in the early hours of this morning where all the cannabis plants had been removed”. Officers disclosed that only root balls, soil, empty pots, and light sources remain inside the establishment.

Apart from the remaining roots and pots, the authorities also believe that the farmers had been living in the same property. The remaining items had been donated to a local growing hub at Earls Lodge.

Despite having a police station located less than a mile away, reports said that officers failed to notice the establishment being used for illegal activities.

Following the latest turn of events, Mary Brett, the chairman of Cannabis Skunk Sense, believes that authorities should take a more proactive approach in dealing with cannabis activities.

 

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Quebec Raises Legal Age of Cannabis Consumption

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Quebec Raises Legal Age of Cannabis Consumption

Last October 29, 2019, the Quebec government passed Bill 2, effectively changing the legal age of cannabis consumption from 18 to 21. The new law is slated to take effect come January 1, 2020.

Following the Coalition Avenir Quebec’s (CAQ) provincial election in December of 2018, the local Quebec government now has a say in how they will manage the legal age of marijuana consumption in their area. While the federal government of Canada observes the minimum age of use at 18, it also allows other provinces within the country to implement the legal age they deem fit.

Quebec and Cannabis Law

Most provinces and territories in the country have chosen 19 as the legal age, with the exception of Alberta who designated 18 as its legal age.

Changes in Quebec’s laws comes after the government’s reservations on pushing marijuana towards the younger market. Junior health minister Lionel Carmant said he was concerned over the possible effects of marijuana on the minds of young adults. During an interview, Carmant said, “we really want to protect our teenagers, which are most vulnerable to cannabis.”

While Carmant expressed satisfaction over the government’s approach, many other detractors expressed violent reactions. For one, the Quebec Association of the Cannabis Industry (AQIC) said doing this “[pushes] the most vulnerable consumers to the black market.”

After passing Bill 2, the AQIC issued a statement, with Francois Limoges saying the desire to legalize marijuana stemmed from Canada’s desire to provide a safe, legal, and regulated market for all Canadians. With the new bill, Limoges states that the province of Quebec only seemed to move backwards.

Other political entities who expressed disdain over Quebec’s decision were health professionals as well as Justin Trudeau, the prime minister of Canada. Quebec Solidaire remarked that “the CAQ is creating two classes of adults,” highlighting the ability of these 18-year-olds while questioning the ability of these youngsters to decide their take on cannabis.

Although the law had good intentions for its citizens, Marianne Dessureault remarked that the allegations of the government against cannabis were unfounded and had no scientific basis.

Apart from raising Quebec’s age of use to 21, they also set to ban the sale of cannabis products on the market, with emphasis on edibles such as candies, desserts, and chocolate. These products, however, will become legal to the rest of Canada by mid-December this year. In line with Canada’s cannabis 2.0 or the second wave of legalization, these products will be made available to the public come mid-December.

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New Jersey Community College Launches Cannabis Course

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New Jersey Launches Cannabis Class

New Jersey-based Atlantic Cape Community College introduced a zero-credit cannabis course within the institution. The course is titled, “Cannabis 101: Essential Knowledge for a Growing Industry.”

Thre are now 13 students have already enrolled for the six-week course. The class reportedly started last month.

In attempts to provide more insight on the flourishing cannabis industry, the Atlantic Cape Community College launched a course that delves deeper into the industry. Vice President of Academic Affairs Josette Katz said the course “[is] an overview. Rather than starting out with a credit class, we wanted to gauge the interest that the constituents in Atlantic and Cape May counties had on the topic.”

Cannabis Course – How it Came to Be

The course’s introduction to the college comes amid the legalizations happening left and right in the United States. Moreover, the class comes at a crucial time in history, in particular, during the continued pursuit of obtaining state cannabis licenses and providing more dispensaries and marijuana facilities in various locations of the country.

The zero-credit course is done with support and participation with the New Jersey CannaBusiness Association. The organization reportedly helps college students and faculty alike to shed more insight on cannabis from an academic perspective.

After holding the short course, Katz expressed her sentiments, saying the college hopes to gain more understanding and awareness about the pans student have after learning about the cannabis industry. Following student feedback, Atlantic Cape will provide classes as a response to the enthusiasm and reception of the initial offering.

Apart from the Atlantic Cape Community College, other educational centers have already pioneered this in the state. Ashbury Park Press shares that Stockton University and Union County College have also debuted cannabis-centric courses within their institutions. Both of the classes were also done in partnership with CannaBusiness Association. The course names supposedly took on a pun-filled name.

Of these courses, Stockton University initially offered a minor in cannabis studies in 2018. As the interest of the students and the public grew, so did the course offerings by the New Jersey-based university.

Besides education access to this budding industry, the New Jersey educational institutions also look forward to providing research and internship opportunities in the future.

Currently, the state of New Jersey has strengthened its medical marijuana program for patients. Today, approximately 51,000 patients, 2,000 caregivers, and 1,000 doctors have joined in on the initiative. However, the state remains at a standstill on the legalization of recreational cannabis in the area.

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German Resto Accidentally Served Cannabis Cake at a Funeral

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German Resto Accidentally Served Cannabis Cake at a Funeral

German police recently reported that a funeral party in the city of Rostock was supplied with cannabis cake. The Guardian reported that the restaurant served the marijuana-infused cake by mistake.

According to the authorities, attendees of the burial in Wiethagen stopped by the resto after the funeral for coffee and cake, in accordance with German customs. However, 13 people reported feeling dizzy and nauseous after consuming the cake served by the restaurant. The mourners also required medical assistance.

Upon examining the case, police discovered that the confection served by the restaurant was laced with the plant. According to the report, the staff responsible for the cakes asked her daughter to bake the cake.

The 18-year-old daughter obliged, however, opted to bake another one for a different event. The other cake was infused with cannabis. When the mourners ordered confections, the mother mistakenly served the cannabis-laced cake.

As of this writing, the staff’s daughter is currently being investigated.

Cannabis Legalization in Germany

The incident occurred back in August and that authorities decided to make it public recently as respect to the funeral attendees.

With this incident, there is no better time to discuss the status of marijuana legalization in Germany. German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party, Christian Democratic Union (CDU) has recently been considering the complete legalization of the plant, Deutsche Welle reported.

Maria Wendt, CDU’s interior policy spokesperson, said that “cannabis could be freed for personal use, of course with controlled production and distribution.” She also noted that the “resources freed in the police and judiciary should be used to fight the illegal trade” of the plant.

The CDU’s complete shift in its stance of marijuana came in light of the new drug czar’s liberal stand on the matter. According to drug commissioner Daniela Ludwig, it is important to “stop with the ideologically charged black-or-white debates” regarding cannabis. She also stated that drug-related laws should focus on practicality as a progressive approach can help protect the health of the people.

Currently, the plant is only legal for medicinal use. The Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices allow the cultivation, selling, owning and exportation of the plant, as long they the interested parties acquire permission.

Regarding prosecution, Germany typically does not take cases involving possession of 6 grams or less to court. This limit is agreed upon by interior ministers in 2018.

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