British Sugar's legal weed farm vs tiny grow in a lorry in Dorset.

British Sugar's legal weed farm vs tiny grow in a lorry in Dorset.

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 a botched raid of cannabis grow in a small terraced house in Coventry last week in what West Midlands Police described as an ‘intelligence-led operation’.

The story made the BBC news, although the amount of cannabis that can be grown in lorry would be a drop in the ocean to meet the demand in the UK. Over two million people regularly consume cannabis in the UK and the figure is even higher if you count occasional consumers. Many do so for medicinal purposes to alleviate pain and suffering.

The men, aged 48 and 62, from the Dorchester area, are being held on suspicion of involvement in supplying class B drugs.

Police oath

Every police officer is required to take the following oath before commencing their careers:

“I, … of … do solemnly and sincerely declare and affirm that I will well and truly serve the Queen in the office of constable, with fairness, integrity, diligence and impartiality, upholding fundamental human rights and according equal respect to all people; and that I will, to the best of my power, cause the peace to be kept and preserved and prevent all offences against people and property; and that while I continue to hold the said office I will to the best of my skill and knowledge discharge all the duties thereof faithfully according to law.”

How preventing access to a therapeutic plant is serving a 92-year-old lady whose great, great, grandmother, Queen Victoria, used cannabis for therapeutic reasons, I do not know.

The 19th-century monarch’s personal physician, J.R. Reynolds, stated in one of the most prominent medical journals of the age:

“When pure and administered carefully, [cannabis] is one of the most valuable medicines we possess”

It’s not that unusual to see the news report a small cannabis bust, very occasionally, they even get a big one, but of course, it does nothing to restrict supply, just a waste of taxpayers’ money. It certainly is not upholding fundamental human rights. To deny people a natural therapeutic plant and criminalise them is a fundamental abuse of human rights.

Who are the police really protecting?

As we at Feed The Birds love to remind people, the largest legal industrial cannabis grow in the world is in Wissington, Norfolk, England. A few years ago, British Sugar stopped growing tomatoes in its huge greenhouse, the largest in Europe, and switched to growing cannabis.

To legally grow weed in the UK you need a license from the Home Office, which are rarely issued. This was not a problem for Paul Kenward, Managing Director of British Sugar, as he happens to be married to the prohibitionist Tory Drugs Minister, Victoria Atkins MP, so he’s allowed to legally grow tonnes of it. What’s more, they sell it to G.W. Pharmaceuticals which produces the cannabis-derived medicines at a grossly over-inflated price that the Prime Minister’s husband’s investment company has a 22% share in.

Atkins has since said she will not be involved in any government decisions relating to cannabis, but this was long after her husband got the green light from the Home Office to grow tonnes of weed for Theresa May’s husband.

Paul Kenward, Managing Director of British Sugar, with his legal cannabis grow produced with a licence granted by the Home Office whose Drugs Minister happens to be married to him.

Paul Kenward, the husband of corrupt Tory Drugs Minister, Victoria Atkins MP, will not be getting a visit from plod for his 45-acre cannabis grow in Norfolk that he sells to the PM’s hubby …  nothing to see here folks … look away.

Britain is the world’s largest producer of legal marijuana, as revealed in a report from the United Nations.

The UK produced ninety-five tonnes of cannabis in 2016 for medicinal and scientific use, accounting for 44.9 per cent of the world total, the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) found.

This makes Britain the largest exporter of cannabis, with 2.1 tonnes exported in 2016 – roughly 70 per cent of the world’s total, the report stated.

You can smell the Tory corruption smellier than the smelliest skunk

British Sugar’s cannabis farm is an 18-hectare glasshouse, the largest in Europe, a space the equivalent of 23 football pitches.

This is considerably far more than what two chaps could grow in the back of a lorry. They’re not married to people at the highest level of government, so no Home Office license to grow cannabis for them. Off to Court for a criminal record and possible prison sentence is all they have to look forward to.

When it comes to medical cannabis, I’m afraid what’s good for the goose is not good for the gander, as far as the British government is concerned. They have been lying to us for years that cannabis has no medical value, yet due to unfavourable media stories concerning dying kids, last year the government made some botched changes in the law to give specialist doctors powers to prescribe cannabis-derived products to patients, which miraculously changed from having ‘no medicinal value’ to an approved cannabis-derived medicine when its put into an overpriced Big Pharma packet that lines the pockets of greedy Tories.

Sadly, unless you can fork out in the region of a grand a month, these new law changes mean sweet fuck all, as the NHS will not pay for it, so you have to obtain it at great personal expense on a private prescription and that’s after jumping through considerable hoops of fire to get it. Mr Kenward’s weed is mainly destined for the overseas market; people in the UK that need cannabis will still either have to illegally grow their own or source it from where it has been illegally grown in places like lorries in remote parts of rural Dorset or terraces in Coventry.

Chris Bovey, writer and musician.

Chris Bovey is a businessman, writer, artist, musician and practical joker. He lives in Devon with his partner, two children and cat. You can follow him on Facebook or Twitter @ADHD_BadBoy.

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