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UK: The ÂŁ2m-a-year cannabis factory hidden inside a nuclear bunker

These pictures show the ÂŁ2 million-a-year cannabis crop grown behind a disused NUCLEAR BUNKER built to protect civic dignitaries during the Cold War.

The subterranean 20-room compound was fitted with nuclear blast doors, making the site almost completely impenetrable, and cops had to wait outside during a midnight raid to pounce on the ringleaders.

The former Ministry of Defence structure was built in the 1980s to shelter local government officials should there be a nuclear attack, but was commandeered by organised criminals Martin Fillery, 45, Plamen Nguyen, aged 27, and Ross Winter, 30.


GW Pharmaceuticals' stock crashed 17% in May - Why?

The threat of increasing competition for GW Pharmaceuticals' promising epilepsy drug took a toll on investors' confidence last month.

What happened

Following comments from a competitor's CEO that suggest competition for the company's epilepsy drug is in the works, shares in GW Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:GWPH) tumbled by 17.2% in May, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence.


What a Regulated UK Cannabis Market Might Mean for Business

Nick Clegg has warned of the risks of 'unfettered commercialisation', but how could the UK build a model that works for both small and large enterprises?

Former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg claimed on Friday that legalising cannabis in the UK would improve public , but warned of the “risks of unfettered commercialisation”.

In doing so, Mr Clegg highlighted the potential tension between building a model that works for health and one that works for business.

So what might that model look like and what could it mean for UK business?


Marijuana cured 12-year-old girl of rare epilepsy syndrome

Annalise Lujan was in the middle of a gymnastics meet in April when she started vomiting and lost all feeling in her legs. 

As the 12-year-old fell into a crippling seizure, her parents rushed her to the hospital, and she was put into a medically induced coma to save her brain from damage. 

Annalise was then flown to a specialist unit at Phoenix Children's Hospital, where she was diagnosed with a rare epilepsy syndrome, known as febrile infection-related epilepsy syndrome (FIRES).

The condition causes Annalise to have seizures continuously, which can lead to brain injury and even death. It meant doctors couldn't bring her out of the coma until they had an effective method to prevent her seizures.


Green dreams: the growing case for medical marijuana in the UK

Nicky Haynes has almost forgotten the pain she used to be in. She has been taking Sativex, a drug derived from cannabis, for about five years and says it has hugely improved her life. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1994, and her condition progressively worsened to the point where she couldn’t sleep, where reaching for a glass of water would trigger a spasm and she was in constant pain. The first time she took Sativex was during a long car journey, fearful that she wouldn’t be able to walk when she got out. But she was able to walk better than she had for a long time.


UK: What do general election manifestos say about legalizing cannabis?



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  • Jeremy Corbyn has said he would be in favour of legalising cannabis for medicinal use.
  • But the party's official policy is still to maintain its legal status, and legalisation is not in their 2017 manifesto.



The Prime Minister echoed earlier sentiments that the UK should be "pulling together" (Photo: 2017 Getty Images)


The Rise of Cannabis in UK Pop Culture

Weed, pot, skunk, grass and dope are just a few of the words taken from the vast dictionary of slang terminology used to describe a certain plant.

A plant that has been widely used as far back as ten thousand years, long before the war on drugs began. In the world of agriculture it is seen by many as a miracle crop, and was one of the very first plants to be cultivated by humans.

Throughout history it’s had countless applications in numerous industries such as clothing, textiles, fuel, cooking and medicine. Its natural healing qualities have been utilised for centuries in civilisations all over the world and its medicinal benefits have been recognised by many cultures and religions.


Nick Clegg: Why the UK's Liberal Democrats believe a legal, regulated cannabis market would improve public health

In 1926, an American trade unionist, William Roberts, gave evidence on the effects of alcohol prohibition to the Senate Judiciary Committee:

“Everywhere we went there was plenty of distilled liquor, but seldom real beer. We found that the homes of the people had been turned into breweries and distilleries which turned out dangerous decoctions that if drunk to any extent would ruin the health of those who drank them. When asked why they drank such stuff they said there was nothing else to be obtained, and they invariably asked when were Members of Congress going to realize that the manufacture and sale of beer would make for true temperance.”


Europe: Cannabis Isn't the Health Problem - It's the Tobacco You Mix with It

Europe may seem like an increasingly divided continent, but there is one thing that unites its people: an obsession with using tobacco to smoke cannabis. Up to 90% of Europeans combine tobacco with cannabis, according to the latest Global Drug Survey. By comparison, only 8% of Americans smoke cannabis this way.

Cannabis is illegal in the UK – and many other European countries – and it has known harms, but the reality is that many people use the drug anyway. Consequently, policy needs to reflect this reality.


British Prime Minister Theresa May Spews Gateway Drug Rhetoric About Cannabis

Do a quick internet search of the phrase, 'debunking the gateway drug theory', and you'll quickly see how many stories are churned out on this subject each year by reputable news sources and various associations.


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