Cannabis and Violence. It has all been rounded up to the skunk cannabis.

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A string of serious crimes has been committed by users of skunk cannabis.

Muhiddin Mire, 30

The schizophrenic was jailed for life for the attempted murder of commuters at Leytonstone Tube station, East London, in 2016. A court heard his addiction to skunk cannabis had altered his brain to make him believe he was being followed by MI5.

Walter Pantellaro, 27

The kung fu champion was tried for kicking his way into a London flat in March and attacking a woman, 22, with a knife. She was saved by her 15-year-old brother, who was hurt as he defended her with a chair.

Pantellaro, a schizophrenic who thought he was God, told police he had taken cocaine. But tests showed the only drug in his system was cannabis.

Nicholas Salvador, 25

A cage fighter, he was detained indefinitely at Broadmoor for beheading an elderly woman with a machete on a rampage through gardens in North London in 2015.

He was a heavy user of skunk cannabis and thought his victim was Adolf Hitler or a demon in the form of an old lady.

Matthew Graham, 29

The office worker was detained after stabbing a prostitute in the neck with a seven-inch knife in Rochdale in 2015.

He struck her with such ferocity that the handle snapped off while the blade remained lodged in her neck. The court was told he was a schizophrenic whose attack had been triggered by his use of cannabis.

Michael Adebowale, 22

The Islamist extremist was jailed for the murder of drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich, South-east London, in 2013. His trial heard that his symptoms of psychosis were increased by heavy use of cannabis.

Frederick Russell, 28 

He was tried for stabbing a homeless man near Putney Bridge Tube station, West London, in 2013. Russell was said to be a schizophrenic with a history of alcoholism and cannabis use.

Nicola Edgington, 32

She was convicted of murder after stabbing a stranger Sally Hodkin, 58, in the street with a 12-inch butcher’s knife in 2013.

Edgington had been in detention for killing her mother but had been freed. Before the stabbing, she had told a psychiatric nurse she had stopped taking her medication and had used skunk cannabis.

The latest study by five researchers from institutes based in Montreal, Canada, examined the lives of 1,136 men and women who were patients at psychiatric hospitals in Missouri, Pittsburgh and Massachusetts.

Records were gathered from interviews carried out every ten weeks for a year after their discharge.

It said patients who were using cannabis at each of these five checks were nearly two-and-a-half times more likely to have turned to violence than those who had not used the drug.

The study pointed to ‘significant findings regarding the adverse effects of cannabis use on violence’.

It found there was a ‘more constant relationship’ between cannabis and violence than between alcohol or cocaine use and violence. The researchers said the link between cannabis and violence was not two-way but ‘uni-directional’.

Researchers said that cannabis causes violence and they found no evidence that the link is the other way round – ie that violent people are more likely to use cannabis.

"There was no support for theories put forward by campaigners anxious to free the drug from the taint of links with crime."

The academics said the effect of cannabis use was clear and not diminished by other factors such as patients who were heavy drinkers of alcohol.

The study comes after a series of American states have decriminalised cannabis – despite it being stronger and more potent than the hash smoked by hippies in the Sixties – or made it available for medical use. 

A number of influential figures have backed a campaign for British laws banning the drug to be relaxed, including Richard Branson, Sting and former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

Even Prince William gave a boost to the liberalisation lobby last month when he asked a group of recovering addicts at a drugs charity about legalising banned drugs.


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State cuts through the cannabis haze by rolling out a website. And grandmas are not happy about it. Find Why!!

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Every day, Anna Denny encounters people who know their way around a joint.

Denny owns Elevated 916, a smoke shop in north Sacramento that sells tobacco products and smoking accessories. But many of her customers don’t limit their smoking to tobacco.

Because they’ve been there, done that, Denny just can’t imagine them using a new state website that offers resources — and plenty of warnings — about the use of cannabis now that lighting up recreationally is legal in California.

“Some of this, I can see it being useful for a grandma who might be interested [in cannabis] and is getting her information from her grandson, In that case, this website is probably a better source.”

Grandmas and all other Californians can now visit the “Let’s Talk Cannabis” website launched last month by the state Department of Public Health. The site is the first step in the department’s public education campaign to inform state residents about the drug as it becomes more widely used and available.

It’s not a user guide. Instead, it is geared to youth, parents and drivers, mostly focusing on weed’s potential risks and harms.

Research on its effects has been mixed, but cannabis has been linked to potential cognitive impairments and driving accidents; it may be hazardous for developing fetuses. Today’s dope is also two to seven times stronger than it was in the 1970s, according to researchers at the University of Washington.

Last November, voters approved Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, making California one of eight states — plus the District of Columbia — to legalize the drug for recreational use. California’s recreational measure immediately made it legal for adults 21 and over to possess up to 1 ounce or 28.5 grams of cannabis.

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State Cannabis Task Force hears the concerns related to the CANNABIS legalisation

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The Adult Cannabis Use Task Force met for the second time Wednesday. The task force is gathering information on potential legalization to submit to Gov. John Carney early next year.

The Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security wants strict state regulations on recreational cannabis - if lawmakers decide to legalize it.

Homeland Security Director John Yeomans said he’s against allowing people to grow cannabis at home. In Colorado, some residents have exploited rules permitting people to grow their own pot, leading to a “grey market.”

Meanwhile, the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce voiced employers’ concerns about attempts to legalize recreational cannabis in Delaware.

Labor lawyer Tim Holly told members businesses are concerned about workplace injuries, unemployment claims and the definition of impairment.

Holly said if the state legalizes cannabis use for adults, companies want immunity from worker’s compensation and unemployment claims.

He also argued for employers to keep their existing right to have zero tolerance policies for drug use and ability to fire workers for using pot.

Members of the task force also presented recommendations on labeling and packaging of recreational cannabis. The meeting also addressed food safety issues and preventing use by minors.

The task force is made up of state lawmakers, agency leaders and interest groups. It plans to meet once a month for the rest of the year.

Know the history of Northwest weed: From hippies to prohibition to the medical decriminalization

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Before Portland had bougie weed shops furnished by Design Within Reach, budtenders with man buns, and poly-hybrid designer cultivars called King Louis XIII, we had great weed.

Strains like Blueberry, Space Queen and Dogshit are part of our cultural heritage. These cultivars were grown in attics and basements on suburban cul-de-sacs, and guerrilla style on government land. They were revered for their idiosyncratic highs and distinctive flavors.

Since full legalization, many of these strains have become relative rarities, eclipsed by more marketable strains in a climate in which everyone from retired basketball players to long-dead reggae singers are peddling product. Just tracking down many of these old-school strains takes a lot of legwork.

Rare as they've become, these iconic cultivars tell the story of Northwest cannabis, from the early hippie days to the drug war to the medical years up through today.

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UK aims higher as cannabis dealers begin prescribing "weed" to treat illnesses

UK cannabis dealers are now giving their customers ‘medical advice’ and prescribing different cannabis strains for various ailments.

A Birmingham based 28 years old cannabis producer and dealer told Metro.co.uk that he has been giving out medical advice since the spring. Dealers also believe it is only a matter of time before the Government follows America and legalises cannabis and are preparing for that eventuality.

A veteran Midlands drug dealer, aged 55, said: ‘I was telling everyone about cannabis being good for you and being medicinal years ago but was written off as a hippy by other dealers but now the whole world is waking up to medical marijuana. I was selling cannabis to a fella with Multiple Sclerosis back in the 1990s so this nothing new.

Since the cannabis was legalised in several states across America the corporate cannabis companies have created new strains of the drug and made the entire process more professional.

Cannabis plants are now being grown in ‘crop houses’ across the country. The American Gorilla Glue skunk is now one of the most popular cannabis strains in Britain.