Cannabis plants are found in blaze flat

HUNDREDS of cannabis plants were discovered above a hairdresser’s after a blaze started in the building.

Police found between 500 and 600 plants after an electrical fire in the building in Lee Lane, Horwich, at about 9.30am yesterday.

The owner of the Boyz to Menz Barberz, Karen Hugo, raised the alarm when she noticed the burning smell in the shop and called the fire service.

Firefighters called police to break into the flat above the shop and found three rooms full of cannabis plants — the occupant of the flat fled before police arrived.

Ms Hugo, aged 44, said: “I just came in here as usual this morning and all I could smell was smoke, so I called the fire service straight away.

“I’m more upset about the smell it has left in here rather than shocked. I’ve not been able to open for trade this morning. And it’s the second time the main fuse has burnt out — the same thing happened before Christmas.”

The main fuse serving the first and second floor flats, based in the ground floor, had overheated, causing the burning.

Horwich watch manager Glyn Megann said: “The electrical fire was caused by the overheating of the main fuse serving the first and second floor flats — caused by the main meter upstairs being bypassed for the makeshift cannabis farm. The lady who owns the barber’s did exactly the right thing by closing all the doors, leaving the property immediately and calling us.”

Until the plants have been tested, the street value of the crop is unknown but it is estimated to be worth thousands of pounds.

Another shop owner in Lee Lane, who did not want to be named, said: “I am surprised by what they found because we’ve never had any trouble in the three years we’ve been here.

“But we hardly ever see any of the tenants in the other flats other than the ones above our shop. We just keep ourselves to ourselves.”

Police inquiries are continuing.

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10:06am Fri 11 Jan 13

MarkAllRead says...

Well it's not like the fire engines had far to go!
Well it's not like the fire engines had far to go! MarkAllRead

12:15pm Fri 11 Jan 13

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

4:06pm Fri 11 Jan 13

aardwolf says...

"Doctors would be able to prescribe one of the most effective medicines that has no serious side effects at all"
"Science proves how much safer it is than tobacco, alcohol, prescription medicines and all other recreational drugs"
Possibly the two stupidest lies ever to be printed
"Doctors would be able to prescribe one of the most effective medicines that has no serious side effects at all" "Science proves how much safer it is than tobacco, alcohol, prescription medicines and all other recreational drugs" Possibly the two stupidest lies ever to be printed aardwolf

4:45pm Fri 11 Jan 13

Babs Stanley says...

aardwolf wrote:
"Doctors would be able to prescribe one of the most effective medicines that has no serious side effects at all"
"Science proves how much safer it is than tobacco, alcohol, prescription medicines and all other recreational drugs"
Possibly the two stupidest lies ever to be printed
Produce evidence to show that there is anything incorrect about the two statements.

Or are you only capable of abuse?
[quote][p][bold]aardwolf[/bold] wrote: "Doctors would be able to prescribe one of the most effective medicines that has no serious side effects at all" "Science proves how much safer it is than tobacco, alcohol, prescription medicines and all other recreational drugs" Possibly the two stupidest lies ever to be printed[/p][/quote]Produce evidence to show that there is anything incorrect about the two statements. Or are you only capable of abuse? Babs Stanley

5:29pm Fri 11 Jan 13

SuperSilverSourDiesel says...

aardwolf wrote:
"Doctors would be able to prescribe one of the most effective medicines that has no serious side effects at all"
"Science proves how much safer it is than tobacco, alcohol, prescription medicines and all other recreational drugs"
Possibly the two stupidest lies ever to be printed
Lies? You seem indoctrinated. Cannabis is safer and less toxic than caffeine. Let alone pharmaceuticals and alcohol/tobacco. You have obviously been brainwashed into thinking cannabis is a bad plant. Maybe you should stop basing your research on Daily Mail opinion pieces.

Cannabis has been known as a medicine a lot longer than its been known as a street drug. But even if it had no medicinal value (which it does, ask Gwpharma in Kent) Why shouldnt one be allowed to use a substance safer than caffeine?

Prohibition does not make cannabis vanish, disallowing legal regulation simply gifts the control to the only people in society willing to risk freedom for easy fast cash, criminals. See cannabis has been grown, sold and smoked for over 10,000 years non problematically. It has only become a problem since prohibition and 'reefermadnesspropag
anda' indoctrinating a generation of well intentioned people.

Why is prohibition such a problem? Well, children find cannabis easier to obtain than alcohol and tobacco (dealers dont ask for ID) Children moving onto other drugs, cannabis isnt a gateway drug, but the dealers are and may pressurize the young and vulnerable. Children are being enticed by the gangsterism cannabis prohibition has helped create, and kids are lured into organized crime. Cannabis being illegal glamorizes it in the eyes of the young rebel. Dealers only sell the stronger strains. Dealers get involved in theft of electricity, human trafficking, gang violence. The list does go on...

If you support prohibition, you support drug dealers being in control of the market, which is where most of the harms come from.
[quote][p][bold]aardwolf[/bold] wrote: "Doctors would be able to prescribe one of the most effective medicines that has no serious side effects at all" "Science proves how much safer it is than tobacco, alcohol, prescription medicines and all other recreational drugs" Possibly the two stupidest lies ever to be printed[/p][/quote]Lies? You seem indoctrinated. Cannabis is safer and less toxic than caffeine. Let alone pharmaceuticals and alcohol/tobacco. You have obviously been brainwashed into thinking cannabis is a bad plant. Maybe you should stop basing your research on Daily Mail opinion pieces. Cannabis has been known as a medicine a lot longer than its been known as a street drug. But even if it had no medicinal value (which it does, ask Gwpharma in Kent) Why shouldnt one be allowed to use a substance safer than caffeine? Prohibition does not make cannabis vanish, disallowing legal regulation simply gifts the control to the only people in society willing to risk freedom for easy fast cash, criminals. See cannabis has been grown, sold and smoked for over 10,000 years non problematically. It has only become a problem since prohibition and 'reefermadnesspropag anda' indoctrinating a generation of well intentioned people. Why is prohibition such a problem? Well, children find cannabis easier to obtain than alcohol and tobacco (dealers dont ask for ID) Children moving onto other drugs, cannabis isnt a gateway drug, but the dealers are and may pressurize the young and vulnerable. Children are being enticed by the gangsterism cannabis prohibition has helped create, and kids are lured into organized crime. Cannabis being illegal glamorizes it in the eyes of the young rebel. Dealers only sell the stronger strains. Dealers get involved in theft of electricity, human trafficking, gang violence. The list does go on... If you support prohibition, you support drug dealers being in control of the market, which is where most of the harms come from. SuperSilverSourDiesel

7:41pm Fri 11 Jan 13

boltonnut says...

I'm going to the Barberz shop tommorrow to get a BUZZZZZ.
I'm going to the Barberz shop tommorrow to get a BUZZZZZ. boltonnut

7:53pm Fri 11 Jan 13

Beyond News Forum says...

Babs Stanley wrote:
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.
Absolutely well said...

Too many people with blinkers, to many educated to the elites derogatory standards. THE GOVERNMENT WANT YOU TO REMAIN STUPID so that you do as you are told...

The question is; are you a SHEEPLE or are you a PEOPLE?

I laugh at the law and the government who's wish is to keep this once Great Britain in the stoneage and pander to the US and the EU.
[quote][p][bold]Babs Stanley[/bold] wrote: 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.[/p][/quote]Absolutely well said... Too many people with blinkers, to many educated to the elites derogatory standards. THE GOVERNMENT WANT YOU TO REMAIN STUPID so that you do as you are told... The question is; are you a SHEEPLE or are you a PEOPLE? I laugh at the law and the government who's wish is to keep this once Great Britain in the stoneage and pander to the US and the EU. Beyond News Forum

7:58pm Fri 11 Jan 13

Beyond News Forum says...

aardwolf wrote:
"Doctors would be able to prescribe one of the most effective medicines that has no serious side effects at all"
"Science proves how much safer it is than tobacco, alcohol, prescription medicines and all other recreational drugs"
Possibly the two stupidest lies ever to be printed
You are talking sh*t dude!

The evidence IS there should you care to study and not listen to the dross you read in the mainstream media. From cancer to depression, cannabis is also know in medicine as a 'wonder drug'.

I suppose you think the Afghan wars is all about keeping terrorism and drugs off our streets???

Heroin production is up, imports are up and more terrorists are produced for every minute we stay in that country fighting America's fake war on drugs and terrorism. That war is about lining the pockets of warlords who own ammunition and weapons factories.
[quote][p][bold]aardwolf[/bold] wrote: "Doctors would be able to prescribe one of the most effective medicines that has no serious side effects at all" "Science proves how much safer it is than tobacco, alcohol, prescription medicines and all other recreational drugs" Possibly the two stupidest lies ever to be printed[/p][/quote]You are talking sh*t dude! The evidence IS there should you care to study and not listen to the dross you read in the mainstream media. From cancer to depression, cannabis is also know in medicine as a 'wonder drug'. I suppose you think the Afghan wars is all about keeping terrorism and drugs off our streets??? Heroin production is up, imports are up and more terrorists are produced for every minute we stay in that country fighting America's fake war on drugs and terrorism. That war is about lining the pockets of warlords who own ammunition and weapons factories. Beyond News Forum

4:03am Sat 12 Jan 13

oftbewildered2 says...

Beyond News Forum wrote:
Babs Stanley wrote:
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.
Absolutely well said...

Too many people with blinkers, to many educated to the elites derogatory standards. THE GOVERNMENT WANT YOU TO REMAIN STUPID so that you do as you are told...

The question is; are you a SHEEPLE or are you a PEOPLE?

I laugh at the law and the government who's wish is to keep this once Great Britain in the stoneage and pander to the US and the EU.
good point well presented - just look at the problems in America when they had prohibition!!!!!!!!! The only good thing to come out of that has been some rip-roaring yarns and good movies.
[quote][p][bold]Beyond News Forum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Babs Stanley[/bold] wrote: 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.[/p][/quote]Absolutely well said... Too many people with blinkers, to many educated to the elites derogatory standards. THE GOVERNMENT WANT YOU TO REMAIN STUPID so that you do as you are told... The question is; are you a SHEEPLE or are you a PEOPLE? I laugh at the law and the government who's wish is to keep this once Great Britain in the stoneage and pander to the US and the EU.[/p][/quote]good point well presented - just look at the problems in America when they had prohibition!!!!!!!!! The only good thing to come out of that has been some rip-roaring yarns and good movies. oftbewildered2

4:06pm Sat 12 Jan 13

angus macoatup says...

Babs Stanley well said
Babs Stanley well said angus macoatup

6:09pm Sun 13 Jan 13

aardwolf says...

"You are talking sh*t dude!"
I rest my case. Well no I don't actually. I think it is worthwhile to dispel the myths that junkie imbeciles like to, ahem, peddle. For instance the British Lung Foundation report that "Cannabis smoking poses a 20-times greater risk of lung cancer per cigarette than tobacco smoking ". Of course the buffoons above will insist that they are only referring to 'medicinal' usage. And that is where it is my turn to say "You are talking sh*t dude!" (dude???? Jesus wept)
"You are talking sh*t dude!" I rest my case. Well no I don't actually. I think it is worthwhile to dispel the myths that junkie imbeciles like to, ahem, peddle. For instance the British Lung Foundation report that "Cannabis smoking poses a 20-times greater risk of lung cancer per cigarette than tobacco smoking ". Of course the buffoons above will insist that they are only referring to 'medicinal' usage. And that is where it is my turn to say "You are talking sh*t dude!" (dude???? Jesus wept) aardwolf

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