Alfie Dingley’s cannabis medicine prescription secured after Mike Barnes intervention

Alfie Dingley will continue to get access to cannabis medicine – after having his licence revoked – thanks to an intervention by Professor Mike Barnes. The family’s long fight contributed to the legalisation of the use of cannabis medicine to treat epilepsy in the UK, which came into effect on 1 November. However, that law change saw Alfie’s temporary licence lapse, which was secured through a temporary ‘expert panel’ set up by the Home Office, leaving him at the mercy of strict guidelines set for prescribing cannabis. Thankfully Alfie’s supply…

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Professor Green denounces police moves to expand stop and search along with racist media portrayal of knife crime

Stephen Manderson, better known by his stage name Professor Green, has denounced police moves to expand stop and search powers along with racist media portrayals of knife crime as a predominantly black issue. Police chiefs want to trigger an expansion of stop and search by lowering the level of suspicion an officer needs against a suspect to use the power, according to the Guardian. They want to scrap the requirement that “reasonable grounds” are needed before a person can be subjected to a search. Green, who declared his support for…

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This Week In Weed – 11 November 2018

Licence for London-based Dragonfly Biosciences London-based Dragonfly Biosciences Ltd has announced that it has secured a licence to create CBD oil, and will begin the production and distribution of medical cannabis early in 2019, when it will also begin to approach Clinical Commissioning Groups. The firm produces the drug at huge open-air farms in Bulgaria. The UK is already Dragonfly’s biggest market for cannabidiol food supplements. The company’s grower in Bulgaria harvests their 420-hectare crop every September, producing around 232,000kg of plants – or six million units a year. It…

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‘My brother would still be alive if he’d had access to a cannabis social club’

During a BBC 5 Live discussion about the emergence of the cannabis social club movement in Britain a listener called in to say that he believed his brother, who died from an overdose before the age of 40, would still be alive if he had had access to a cannabis social club. In a powerful testimony, Aidie from Norfolk said that his brother would have had a better chance of not being led down the wrong path if he had access to a social environment where drug-taking was regulated. “I…

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Derbyshire PCC Hardyal Dhinsda: UK needs adult conversation about legalising cannabis social clubs

Hardyal Dhinsda, the Police Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire and National Lead for Drugs Misuse, has told BBC 5 Live that Britain needs to have “an adult conversation” about legalising cannabis social clubs and says that the concept is gaining traction among UK Police Crime Commissioners. The interview came after more national media coverage of UKCSC and the legalisation movement, with chairman Greg de Hoedt calling for the right to grow on 5 Live and Teeside CSC founder Michael Fisher calling for club licences on BBC News. Dhinsda recently met with…

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