Site near Huntworth ponds used for 'growing poor quality cannabis'

Site near Huntworth ponds used for 'growing poor quality cannabis'

Site near Huntworth ponds used for 'growing poor quality cannabis'

First published in Bridgwater Area News

WASTELAND allegedly once used by squatters and drug users growing “poor quality cannabis” could become an overnight stop for fishermen.

Councillor John Swayne, who is backing an application by Willow Fisheries to put two static mobile homes in a wooded area by the fishing ponds near The Boat and Anchor Inn at Huntworth, said: “I fully support this application. The owner has brought back into use a piece of waste ground which was being used illegally by squatters from time to time and for growing poor quality cannabis.”

He said the mobile homes would not be visible from public areas and having visitors would improve the area's security.

However, the application is recommended for refusal at next Tuesday's Sedgemoor District Council development control committee meeting, because a planning officer says the site is outside the normal development boundary.

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2:57pm Wed 10 Oct 12

Babs Stanley says...

We need to stop this stupid and unwinnable war against cannabis. It is causing far more harm to our communities than it prevents. If we had a properly regulated system of production and supply we'd have no more illegal cannabis farms, instead we'd have thousands of new jobs. We'd have no more dealers on the streets. Cannabis would be available to adults only through licensed outlets and we'd have some control over the THC and CBD content.

Doctors would be able to prescribe one of the most effective medicines that has no serious side effects at all. At the moment the government has given GW Pharmaceuticals an illegal monopoly on cannabis so they make millions out of a medicine that you can grow in your greenhouse for virtually nothing.

If we introduced a legally regulated system we would solve nearly all the problems around cannabis. Science proves how much safer it is than tobacco, alcohol, prescription medicines and all other recreational drugs. If anyone does have a problem with it they could get help without having to confess to a crime.

CLEAR published independent, expert research last year which shows that a tax and regulate policy on cannabis would produce a net gain to the UK economy of up to £9.3 billion per annum.

It is a scandal that our government, our judges, our courts, our police and our newspapers keep misleading us about cannabis. Find out the truth for yourself and wake up to the lies you have been told.
We need to stop this stupid and unwinnable war against cannabis. It is causing far more harm to our communities than it prevents. If we had a properly regulated system of production and supply we'd have no more illegal cannabis farms, instead we'd have thousands of new jobs. We'd have no more dealers on the streets. Cannabis would be available to adults only through licensed outlets and we'd have some control over the THC and CBD content. Doctors would be able to prescribe one of the most effective medicines that has no serious side effects at all. At the moment the government has given GW Pharmaceuticals an illegal monopoly on cannabis so they make millions out of a medicine that you can grow in your greenhouse for virtually nothing. If we introduced a legally regulated system we would solve nearly all the problems around cannabis. Science proves how much safer it is than tobacco, alcohol, prescription medicines and all other recreational drugs. If anyone does have a problem with it they could get help without having to confess to a crime. CLEAR published independent, expert research last year which shows that a tax and regulate policy on cannabis would produce a net gain to the UK economy of up to £9.3 billion per annum. It is a scandal that our government, our judges, our courts, our police and our newspapers keep misleading us about cannabis. Find out the truth for yourself and wake up to the lies you have been told. Babs Stanley
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3:57pm Wed 10 Oct 12

SuperSilverSourDiesel says...

''Illegality creates obscene profits that finance the murderous tactics of the drug lords; illegality leads to the corruption of law enforcement officials; illegality monopolizes the efforts of honest law forces so that they are starved for resources to fight the simpler crimes of robbery, theft and assault. Drugs are a tragedy for addicts. But criminalizing their use converts that tragedy into a disaster for society, for users and non-users alike. Our experience with the prohibition of drugs is a replay of our experience with the prohibition of alcoholic beverages."
''Illegality creates obscene profits that finance the murderous tactics of the drug lords; illegality leads to the corruption of law enforcement officials; illegality monopolizes the efforts of honest law forces so that they are starved for resources to fight the simpler crimes of robbery, theft and assault. Drugs are a tragedy for addicts. But criminalizing their use converts that tragedy into a disaster for society, for users and non-users alike. Our experience with the prohibition of drugs is a replay of our experience with the prohibition of alcoholic beverages." SuperSilverSourDiesel
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4:49pm Wed 10 Oct 12

Alan-_Hobday says...

If the council refuse his application to,put mobile homes on the land, there is of course a very good alternative.

As the land is suitable for growing cannabis, he could lease it to G.W. Pharmaceuticals to grow some of their high quality cannabis that the government have licensed them to grow. G.W. are of course milking their state-enforced monopoly for all it is worth, so they will be able to afford to pay him far more for the use of the land than those fishermen could.
If the council refuse his application to,put mobile homes on the land, there is of course a very good alternative. As the land is suitable for growing cannabis, he could lease it to G.W. Pharmaceuticals to grow some of their high quality cannabis that the government have licensed them to grow. G.W. are of course milking their state-enforced monopoly for all it is worth, so they will be able to afford to pay him far more for the use of the land than those fishermen could. Alan-_Hobday
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6:40pm Wed 10 Oct 12

moreachesandpains says...

Correct me if I'm wrong but if councillor Swayne considered the cannabis 'low quality' then I can only assume he tried it. How else would he know? If they had grown grapes and made wine he wouldn't judge the quality of that wine on the location or the makers social status would he? Surely he would have to at least sip it to judge the quality. Cannabis grows very well in this country (as it does in most countries in the world) and if it receives some basic attention it will produce a good quality product. When possession and cultivation are legalised, the treasury coffers will start to fill and the health of the nation will improve as alcohol and tobacco use drops.
Correct me if I'm wrong but if councillor Swayne considered the cannabis 'low quality' then I can only assume he tried it. How else would he know? If they had grown grapes and made wine he wouldn't judge the quality of that wine on the location or the makers social status would he? Surely he would have to at least sip it to judge the quality. Cannabis grows very well in this country (as it does in most countries in the world) and if it receives some basic attention it will produce a good quality product. When possession and cultivation are legalised, the treasury coffers will start to fill and the health of the nation will improve as alcohol and tobacco use drops. moreachesandpains
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8:51am Thu 11 Oct 12

Alan-_Hobday says...

moreachesandpains wrote:
Correct me if I'm wrong but if councillor Swayne considered the cannabis 'low quality' then I can only assume he tried it. How else would he know? If they had grown grapes and made wine he wouldn't judge the quality of that wine on the location or the makers social status would he? Surely he would have to at least sip it to judge the quality. Cannabis grows very well in this country (as it does in most countries in the world) and if it receives some basic attention it will produce a good quality product. When possession and cultivation are legalised, the treasury coffers will start to fill and the health of the nation will improve as alcohol and tobacco use drops.
I would not be at all surprised if he had tried it, as very many people in public office use or have used cannabis, need I mention The President of The United States?
[quote][p][bold]moreachesandpains[/bold] wrote: Correct me if I'm wrong but if councillor Swayne considered the cannabis 'low quality' then I can only assume he tried it. How else would he know? If they had grown grapes and made wine he wouldn't judge the quality of that wine on the location or the makers social status would he? Surely he would have to at least sip it to judge the quality. Cannabis grows very well in this country (as it does in most countries in the world) and if it receives some basic attention it will produce a good quality product. When possession and cultivation are legalised, the treasury coffers will start to fill and the health of the nation will improve as alcohol and tobacco use drops.[/p][/quote]I would not be at all surprised if he had tried it, as very many people in public office use or have used cannabis, need I mention The President of The United States? Alan-_Hobday
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11:25am Thu 11 Oct 12

bts73 says...

i think it's disgraceful that we are allowing people to grow poor quality cannabis. having lived in holland for a while, i think i am more qualified than most to claim that growers in this country need proper skills and training to become growers of top quality cannabis.
i think it's disgraceful that we are allowing people to grow poor quality cannabis. having lived in holland for a while, i think i am more qualified than most to claim that growers in this country need proper skills and training to become growers of top quality cannabis. bts73
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1:23pm Thu 11 Oct 12

el_pablo says...

I personally know councillor Swayne, and i think some of the comments on here are rediculous! Nothing like tarring everyone with the same brush! Some people are complete IDIOTS.
You dont have to eat a sunflower to know it is a bad one, any plant is the same. And generally, when you have rough wasteland any plants that do grow are very poor in quality. Use a bit of that brain matter and think.
The main comment for this story is regarding the planning authority. They themselves are pretty much a filling short of a sandwich. Who cares about the boundaries. Judge each application individually. If the public can see it, its going on wasteland and it is doing good, why not let it happen??! Probable planning comment:"I dont like mobile homes".
Enough said.
I personally know councillor Swayne, and i think some of the comments on here are rediculous! Nothing like tarring everyone with the same brush! Some people are complete IDIOTS. You dont have to eat a sunflower to know it is a bad one, any plant is the same. And generally, when you have rough wasteland any plants that do grow are very poor in quality. Use a bit of that brain matter and think. The main comment for this story is regarding the planning authority. They themselves are pretty much a filling short of a sandwich. Who cares about the boundaries. Judge each application individually. If the public can see it, its going on wasteland and it is doing good, why not let it happen??! Probable planning comment:"I dont like mobile homes". Enough said. el_pablo
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1:25pm Thu 11 Oct 12

el_pablo says...

el_pablo wrote:
I personally know councillor Swayne, and i think some of the comments on here are rediculous! Nothing like tarring everyone with the same brush! Some people are complete IDIOTS.
You dont have to eat a sunflower to know it is a bad one, any plant is the same. And generally, when you have rough wasteland any plants that do grow are very poor in quality. Use a bit of that brain matter and think.
The main comment for this story is regarding the planning authority. They themselves are pretty much a filling short of a sandwich. Who cares about the boundaries. Judge each application individually. If the public can see it, its going on wasteland and it is doing good, why not let it happen??! Probable planning comment:"I dont like mobile homes".
Enough said.
typo: If the public CAN'T see it,
[quote][p][bold]el_pablo[/bold] wrote: I personally know councillor Swayne, and i think some of the comments on here are rediculous! Nothing like tarring everyone with the same brush! Some people are complete IDIOTS. You dont have to eat a sunflower to know it is a bad one, any plant is the same. And generally, when you have rough wasteland any plants that do grow are very poor in quality. Use a bit of that brain matter and think. The main comment for this story is regarding the planning authority. They themselves are pretty much a filling short of a sandwich. Who cares about the boundaries. Judge each application individually. If the public can see it, its going on wasteland and it is doing good, why not let it happen??! Probable planning comment:"I dont like mobile homes". Enough said.[/p][/quote]typo: If the public CAN'T see it, el_pablo
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7:10pm Thu 11 Oct 12

SuperSilverSourDiesel says...

bts73 wrote:
i think it's disgraceful that we are allowing people to grow poor quality cannabis. having lived in holland for a while, i think i am more qualified than most to claim that growers in this country need proper skills and training to become growers of top quality cannabis.
I agree, poor quality usually means not cured, not flushed properly, mouldy, harvested early, causing a lack in CBD (the anti psychotic cannabinoid) and or may be contaminated with foreign objects. If people want to grow cannabis for a non profit personal supply, they should be taxed and licensed. If everyone grew their own, im sure the drug dealers wouldnt be too happy about that. But then again, neither would GW pharma who grow thousands of cannabis plants in Kent, as medicine, Much more potent and 10 times more expensive than street weed. If people could grow this medicine at home for next to nothing, it may be a threat to GW pharma, who sell the worlds most expensive cannabis legally.
[quote][p][bold]bts73[/bold] wrote: i think it's disgraceful that we are allowing people to grow poor quality cannabis. having lived in holland for a while, i think i am more qualified than most to claim that growers in this country need proper skills and training to become growers of top quality cannabis.[/p][/quote]I agree, poor quality usually means not cured, not flushed properly, mouldy, harvested early, causing a lack in CBD (the anti psychotic cannabinoid) and or may be contaminated with foreign objects. If people want to grow cannabis for a non profit personal supply, they should be taxed and licensed. If everyone grew their own, im sure the drug dealers wouldnt be too happy about that. But then again, neither would GW pharma who grow thousands of cannabis plants in Kent, as medicine, Much more potent and 10 times more expensive than street weed. If people could grow this medicine at home for next to nothing, it may be a threat to GW pharma, who sell the worlds most expensive cannabis legally. SuperSilverSourDiesel
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