Entries by Chris Bovey

CPS drop charges against Bud Buddies’ Jeff Ditchfield


By Kevin John Braid The CPS has discontinued the case against Bud Buddies founder, Jeff Ditchfield. Earlier today Jeff appeared at Southwark Crown Court where the prosecutor informed him that he was not proceeding with the prosecution and upon being pressed confessed: “having read the evidence in the case I’m not confident of a conviction” Every […]

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The Great British Cannabis Postal Code Lottery


By Richard Shrubb The postcode lottery of police attitudes to cannabis means that you’re four times more likely to be prosecuted for possession in Nottinghamshire than if the police find you with it in Surrey. Careful with that weed in your pocket if you live in Nottinghamshire or Cleveland as you have more than a […]

Police protect the Tory Drugs Minister’s cannabis interests


By Chris Bovey Two men have been arrested after police discovered four lorry containers full of cannabis plants in north Dorset. Police who found the plants say they were acting on intelligence. I suppose the two poor guys arrested should be relieved they were not shot dead like Sean Fitzgerald who was fatally wounded in […]

UK cops shoot dead unarmed cannabis grower in the back


By Richard Shrubb A 31-year-old man fatally shot by police during a botched cannabis raid in Coventry has been named as ex-soldier Sean Fitzgerald. During the First World War, a US senator famously said, “The first casualty, when war comes, is the truth.” So it appears in the case of the Coventry drugs raid on […]

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Cheap and nasty policing – PCSOs demand more powers


By Richard Shrubb Swindon police community support officers (PCSOs) are calling for more powers to bust people smoking weed in the town. Policing on the cheap would just get cheap and nasty On the 29th December Swindon, Wiltshire’s PCSOs demanded that they have the powers to confiscate and arrest weed smokers. In the Evening Advertiser, “PCSOs […]

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2018: A year of weed in review


By Chris Bovey 2018 was an interesting year for cannabis law reform, especially in the USA where it is gradually the land of red white and green. Things got off to a good start on the 1st January 2018, when California legalised the sale of recreational marijuana to adults. The GDP of California is the […]

Study finds pot smoking in teens falls following legalisation


By Chris Bovey Contrary to predictions, cannabis usage in Washington State has fallen since they legalised for adults according to a study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association. Data from the Washington Healthy Youth Surveys of 2010-2012 and 2014-2016 has been analysed by researchers who found that among eighth-graders fell from almost […]

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Tories rule Boris Johnson’s burka comments were respectful


By Chris Bovey The Tories have been accused of giving “a license to bigotry” after they ruled Boris Johnson’s burka comments were “respectful and tolerant”. The Muslim Council of Britain said: “Far right Islamophobes have been empowered to follow his rhetoric.” Hypocrisy is what the Conservatives do best. Only yesterday they were feigning outrage because […]