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Lydney cannabis smoker admits supplying among friends

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 17, 2014

Gloucester Crown Court

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Cannabis smoker, Sid Meadows, has avoided going to prison despite admitting growing and being concerned in the supply of the drug.

The 44-year-old was said to be a long-term and heavy user of the drug, but wanted help to give it up, Gloucester Crown Court heard.

Meadows pleaded guilty to producing the drug between February 1, last year and May 8.

He admitted a further charge of being concerned in the supply of the class B drug, between May 5 and May 9, this year, and said he sold the drugs to a close group of friends in a bid to fund his own habit.

Prosecutor Julian Kesner told the court 200 grams of drying out flowering head of cannabis was found by police.

Meadows, who has six previous convictions that all date back further than 15 years ago, was said to have pictures of cannabis leafs at his Hope Close home in Lydney.

Mr Kesner said on Friday that it is not often that heavy users just supply to close friends only, but in this case it was the truth.

Defending James Haskell said: “He is a heavy user and he has been for some time. He accepts he has supplied some to a small amount of friends to fund his own addiction, but he is somebody that is keen to take advantage of help that is on offer.”

Judge William Hart said Meadows was someone that had come to the realisation that something had to be done and was already taking steps.

He was sentenced to 16 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months. He will undergo one year supervision with a drugs rehabilitation requirement.

The judge warned him: “If you complete this you won’t go to prison, but if you fail to you will.

“You are a young man with old convictions.

“You have been out of trouble for 15 years and I take the view you are capable of staying out of trouble for the next 15 years if you are minded to do so.

“I hope this works out for you.”

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  • RoadWombat  |  January 18 2014, 4:47PM

    You're absolutely right, of course, GlosAnarchy. The only thing you missed was the link to organised crime and funding for terrorism. Quite apart from the health issue, these idiots' money is paying for the next bombing on our streets. But then if you're a pot head you'd probably neither know nor care about that (or, even more likely, agree with the bombers!).

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  January 18 2014, 1:25PM

    Replace friends with victims, many smokers are too stoned to pay any active role in society unless you include claiming benefits and petty crime! People also forget that dope smokers often affect their personal wealth that has a direct link to their life expectancy.... "a large study in New Zealand followed up 1265 children for 25 years. It found that cannabis use in adolescence was linked to poor school performance" "Of course, some areas of work are more demanding than others. A review of the research on the effect of cannabis on pilots revealed that those who had used cannabis made far more mistakes, both major and minor, than when they had not smoked cannabis. As you can imagine, the pilots were tested in flight simulators, not actually flying... The worst effects were in the first four hours, although they persisted for at least 24 hours, even when the pilot had no sense at all of being 'high'. It concluded "Most of us, with this evidence, would not want to fly with a pilot who had smoked cannabis within the last day or so"." "In New Zealand, researchers found that those who smoked regularly, and had smoked before driving, were more likely to be injured in a car crash. A recent study in France looked at over 10,000 drivers who were involved in fatal car crashes. Even when the influence of alcohol was taken into account, cannabis users were more than twice as likely to be the cause of a fatal crash than to be one of the victims" There is growing evidence that people with serious mental illness, including depression and psychosis, are more likely to use cannabis or have used it for long periods of time in the past. Regular use of the drug has appeared to double the risk of developing a psychotic episode or long-term schizophrenia. However, does cannabis cause depression and schizophrenia or do people with these disorders use it as a medication? Over the past few years, research has strongly suggested that there is a clear link between early cannabis use and later mental health problems in those with a genetic vulnerability - and that there is a particular issue with the use of cannabis by adolescents. Depression A study following 1600 Australian school-children, aged 14 to 15 for seven years, found that while children who use cannabis regularly have a significantly higher risk of depression, the opposite was not the case - children who already suffered from depression were not more likely than anyone else to use cannabis. However, adolescents who used cannabis daily were five times more likely to develop depression and anxiety in later life. Schizophrenia Three major studies followed large numbers of people over several years, and showed that those people who use cannabis have a higher than average risk of developing schizophrenia. If you start smoking it before the age of 15, you are 4 times more likely to develop a psychotic disorder by the time you are 26. They found no evidence of self-medication. It seemed that, the more cannabis someone used, the more likely they were to develop symptoms. Why should teenagers be particularly vulnerable to the use of cannabis? No one knows for certain, but it may be something to do with brain development. The brain is still developing in the teenage years – up to the age of around 20, in fact. A massive process of 'neural pruning' is going on. This is rather like streamlining a tangled jumble of circuits so they can work more effectively. Any experience, or substance, that affects this process has the potential to produce long-term psychological effects.

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  • CVFHQ  |  January 18 2014, 12:58AM

    The sooner a policy of legalisation and regulation is implemented in regards to cannabis the better. Cannabis is far safer for adult consumption than both alcohol and tobacco, so why does our government insist on wasting tens of millions of pounds every year trying to tackle it? Under a legal scheme, thousands of taxable jobs would be created. It would also allow our police and court systems to focus on real crime, such as murder and assault. Cannabis Volunteer Force (CVF) CVF Media Team facebook.com/cvf420

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