Date: December 9 2006
Author: Alun Buffry, Legalise Cannabis Alliance
Recently the Evening News reported "Warning over rogue batches of cannabis" (November 24) referring to what is commonly known as "soap bar" resin supposedly from morocco.
This stuff has been around for over 15 years and the report was a result of a Legalise Cannabis Alliance press release.
However, a potentially lethal form of contamination has appeared on the illegal market recently.
It's not on resin, but on "bud" (the flowering heads commonly sold as "skunk" - often a misnomer). The bud seems to have been sprayed with some sort of ground glass of gritty silica. It falls out when shaken but sticks to the inside and outside of the plant bud.
I am sure I don't need to tell anyone the possible dire consequences of smoking that, particularly when through unfiltered tobacco joints - yet people take the risk (as they do). I have heard of people coughing up blood!
Reports have been coming in, not only from Norfolk and Norwich, but also from across the UK, Ireland and some places in Europe. It is clearly being done on s massive scale.
I would like to ask why neither the police nor the department of Health or Home Office has issued warnings.
Whether of not cannabis itself harms the users, this "glass-grass" could be deadly.
It may show (to the police who apparently see low quality and high prices as a good sign that their tactics are working - one of their yardsticks) - surely warnings MUST be issued.
The Government can spend millions advertising that cannabis is illegal or by making a nonsensical Frank Brain Shop advert - now what about spending some on actually doing some good?
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